The problem Clinton strategist must face is how to pilfer from Trump at least a portion of the white working class of the Rust Belt and how to contend for a slice of the independent voters. Not an easy task, not so much because of the character of a candidate like Clinton, who is struggling to assert herself and make her way, but for features tied to her personality, her history, her choices, her liabilities (real or imagined) and probably also with open or shrouded forms of misogyny.
There is another issue, perhaps more important. There is a fundamental problem for the Democratic Party, which makes it difficult to challenge someone like Trump. It can be synthesized in the participation of another New York tycoon, Michael Bloomberg, ten times richer than Trump, at the convention in Philadelphia. A presence far from random on the Wells Fargo stage in Philadelphia.
According to Lee Drutman, quoted by the conservative commentator Reihan Salam on Slate, the Democrats have replaced the Republicans as the party of the most affluent Americans. The researcher of the think tank New America says that back in 2012, Barack Obama won a share of voters in the income bracket above $220,000 higher of that obtained by Mitt Romney, and it was the first time since 1964 that the top 4 percent of the income scale supported a Democrat more than a Republican.