NYU Black Renaissance Noire NYU Black Renaissance Noire Volume 16.2: Fall 2016 - Page 102

In the matter of Hillary Clinton , the inevitability label was affixed to her persona over a decade ago , when she began her first run for president in 2006 . Having already been a national figure for two decades , Hillary Clinton had been First Lady and a United States Senator , who had been centrally involved in four presidential campaigns . In 2006 she and her husband , former President Bill Clinton , were charter members of the political establishment of the Democratic Party , and the Democratic Party relied on a hybrid presidential nominating process that combined a primary system along with the fixed participation of that establishment through “ super delegates .” Historians will remark on how it came to be that Hillary Clinton lost to a first-term United States Senator , who also happened to be African American . It may be that the Obama team simply outmaneuvered Team Hillary . It may be that Team Hillary believed too much in that dreaded inevitability , or that they were too slow to respond to the challenge presented by Barack Obama .
Whatever the case , having been humbled and chastened in 2008 , Hillary Clinton knew to avoid the Scylla of inevitability and the Charybdis of complacency when she began her run for the 2016 nomination . While she utilized her outsized reputation in the Democratic Party to lock down the super delegates , she also built a campaign machine designed to win anywhere and everywhere in these United States .
When the Bernie Sanders movement morphed from a cascade of ongoing Facebook and Twitter talking points into a real campaign , there was very little prospect of him also morphing from being an Independent iconoclast into a dedicated Democrat , who could make any significant inroads with the Democratic super delegates . As a result , from the outset , the Sanders team had to focus its efforts on eking out a victory over Team Hillary by campaigning as a movement and dominating the primary process — the super delegates being a lost cause . Unfortunately , for the Berners , the Sanders team accomplished one out of two of its objectives . The Sanders campaign was an undeniable movement that attracted everyone from disaffected millennials to environmentalists to Black community activists . The Sanders Movement was notable for its breadth and the sheer enthusiasm of the Berners , but the Sanders team did not dominate the primary process , because Team Hillary had spent two years building a formidable ground game , and , in the end , the Sanders Movement was wide enough but not deep enough .
In the matter of Donald J . Trump , several factors have contributed to his improbable success as the presidential nominee of the Republican Party . First , Trump has spent four decades developing his personal , international brand . As a result , at the moment that he announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in June of 2015 , Trump already had the asset all political candidates crave : name recognition . Combining his almost universal familiarity with an adept use of social media , New Age television journalism , and a genius for the outrageous , in retrospect it is no surprise that Donald Trump became the Republican nominee for president . That Trump could serially spew forth insults , idiocies and bizarre free thinking that would be fatal to any other mortal candidate is proof that he is sui generis and a character that cannot be replicated . With 20 / 20 hindsight it is obvious that traditional candidates could not withstand the gale force winds of Hurricane Trump . Also , 20 / 20 hindsight reveals that the heavy reliance on the presidential primary process was tailor-made for Trump given his ability to whip the right wing of the right wing crowds into a frothing frenzy . As a result of a field of competitors numbering sixteen , he was able to claim the Republican nomination with 35 % of all the primary votes cast in 2016 , because he had more zealots .