Sam Smith - Just for the record, in a saner time, the Democrats would not be choosing Hillary Clinton as their candidate. This is not about ideology it's about facts. She is not a good politician. Her only real success has been in the Democratic state of New York.
Nationally, she not only lost to a black guy with minimal political history, she now stands in a dead heat with the most bizarre, unpleasant, and dangerous candidate ever to represent a major party for the White House. On the other hand, Bernie Sanders was still beating Trump in the polls by 10 percent last spring.
It's really not surprising. The Clinton crowd has been in denial for years. They even gave her the gift of being the first politician in history whom, if you didn't like or agree with, you were a "hater."
But on a practical level it didn't work all that well. She lacks the sort of friendly instincts so nicely demonstrated by her vice presidential pick. Her manner often seems artificial or even robotic. And she is lousy both at getting into trouble and getting out of it. Whatever her husband tried to teach her about conning others, it didn't transfer well.
In short, if the Democrats wanted a reliable candidate against Donald Trump they have picked the wrong one.
And, in politics, being a Hillary hater doesn't come close to being a reality denier.
But given the Democrats' choice, reality also tells us now to vote for Clinton anyway and hope that luck will intervene where realism couldn't. It's a necessary if unpleasant step in helping the movement that Bernie Sanders started. We are not choosing a candidate but the best battleground for the future.