Democrat Hillary Clinton has struggled to find her place with voters as she continues her quest to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming the first female president of the United States, which may have reached beyond its “sell by” date with her loss to newcomer Barack Obama in 2008.

Clinton has been forced to “reintroduce” herself more than once during the past 18-months in an effort to appeal to various segments of the population – with little effect.

First she was the ultimate insider full of experience at the highest level of government, but in an election year when voters are expressing frustration with Washington gridlock, that failed to strike the right tone.

She then portrayed herself as an abuelita – “grandma” in Spanish, and a tech-challenged Baby Boomer who thought email servers were cleaned with a soft cloth.

She came out on the “right” –the political Left, side of social issues like gay marriage, Black Lives Matter and climate change, but has missed the opportunity to really win over millennials by jumping on the legalized marijuana bandwagon.

Recreational use of marijuana was legalized in Colorado in 2014 and is legal in Alaska, Oregon and Washington with the trend clearly leaning toward national legalization.

Election year polls reveal two-thirds of Democratic voters support the move and her opponent in the primaries, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who captured the enthusiasm of young voters despite being older than Clinton, advocated legalization in its platform last summer.

Clinton has said she supports the legal use of the drug for medical purposes and research, saying she wouldn’t interfere with legalization efforts of the individual states, she has stopped short of supporting recreational use of it.

Ironically, that moderate stance may end up alienating both spectrums of the voters – Baby Boomers, like Clinton herself, who came of age during Woodstock and millennials who support legalization by more than 80 percent.

And while she may draw on women of her own age who see a vote for the first American female president as a chance to make history, young women voters have been notably lukewarm about someone who seems out of touch and out of tune with their times.

Clinton’s opponent, Republican Donald Trump has said he considers the legalization of pot to be a state issue.

 

 

 

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