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Where have all the firewalls gone?

by | Feb 15, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion Hillary Clinton

Pro-abortion Hillary Clinton

It’s easy to get confused because the Republican and Democratic parties do not necessarily hold their caucuses and primaries on the same day. For example, this Saturday, Republicans conduct their South Carolina primary at the same time Democrats in Nevada hold their caucuses.

Nevada is getting outsized attention because after being held to a draw in Iowa and blitzed in New Hampshire, the Clinton campaign has touted Nevada as the first brick in her “firewall.”

Having not so long ago predicted a comfortable win, the Clinton campaign is now telling reporters the results will be close/closer. Here are a few thoughts, gleaned from coverage in the Washington Post and the RENO GAZETTE JOURNAL.

First, the lead from Jon Ralston’s story in the Journal is “It seems like yesterday.” Ralston, the dean of Nevada political observers, is making the point that way back when Mrs. Clinton made all the right moves, all the right hires.

THERE WAS NO RACE between Clinton and Bernie Sanders, whose campaign had yet to leave an organizational footprint. But according to Ralston

Now, one week before Nevada Democrats break the tie between Iowa and New Hampshire and decide if the Sanders Surge is real, yesterday has vanished and Hillary Clinton can’t stop thinking about tomorrow.

No, not the way the Clintons meant it in 1992, with optimism and hope. This campaign is filled with dread and fear; you can feel it.

Which, if we believe Ralston, has led the Clinton campaign to furiously backpedal. Suddenly the state which was a firewall because of its Hispanic (and according to the campaign, almost entirely Clinton-leaning) was now nearly as white as Iowa and New Hampshire. Referring to what he calls the Clinton “fairy tale,” Ralston writes

From the top (campaign manager Robby Mook) on down (spokesman Brian Fallon) they pushed the false narrative that Nevada had an 80 percent white voter population. This is so far from true, and they know it (especially Mook, who – wait for it – ran Hillary’s campaign here in 2008).

They know that electorate was at least 30 percent minority, and they know it is projected to be closer to 40 percent this cycle. Nevada’s Hispanic population is about 27 percent, and it is barely a majority white state anymore….

On Sunday, the contrast in enthusiasm was impossible to miss. The Post reported

Sanders’s rally at a high school gym on Sunday was at least twice as large as Clinton’s, the senator of Vermont picking up a bullhorn to thank an overflow crowd. It skewed young, and it appeared to make converts out of people who had only just heard of Sanders.

We’re five days out, and the Clinton’s political muscle will be flexed harder than ever. But here’s Ralston’s conclusion:

Yes, that seems like yesterday. But now, after Feb. 20, Team Clinton has to be worried there may be no tomorrow.

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