November 13, 2016
Stabbed In The Back?

When I played football, our coach forbade us from complaining about bad calls. If you lose a game because of a bad call, he sternly admonished us, you didn’t deserve to win in the first place. “Winners win in spite of adversity!” was his blunt response to whining of any kind.

This was Pop Warner, mind you, and I was only about, oh, eleven or twelve. It’s a pity the leaders of the Democratic party never received this bit of Pee Wee football tough love. Apparently they don’t teach it on the playing fields of Palo Alto or the Acela Corridor, or any of the other nurseries of the best and the brightest. They’re primarily responsible for a Dubya-sized political disaster, but rather than admit any culpability, they’re blaming everyone but themselves.

It was Jill Stein. It was the Bernie Bros. It was Putin. It was Wikileaks. It was the media. And now Hillary herself is whining that is was all James Comey’s fault:

“There are lots of reasons why an election like this is not successful,” Clinton told top donors on a farewell conference call Saturday.

“But our analysis is that [FBI Director James B.] Comey’s letter raising doubts that were groundless, baseless, proven to be, stopped our momentum,” she said.

What, one wonders in despair, will it ever take to make these people stop and question their analyses? Not since the economic crash, when Alan Greenspan admitted there was a flaw in his model of how the world worked, have we seen such a stark example of elite cluelessness and failure, but rather than admit that her campaign may have been flawed, Hillary is complaining she lost because she was stabbed in the back.

Yeah, that explains the amazing feat of losing Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, states that have been reliably blue for decades. It had nothing to do with the fact that these states are sunk in stagnant misery, and Clinton offered them nothing but four more years of the same doldrums. It had nothing to do with the fact that Team Clinton strolled into the game thinking they could win with one or two predictable stock plays — “Trump is a horrid meanie!” and “I’ll be the first woman president ever!”— while making no further adjustments and offering no positive reasons to vote for her at all. One waited in vain for Clinton’s campaign to start hammering through the wall of Trumpian bullshit with ads about what she would actually do as president. It didn’t happen.

She took it for granted that all she had to do was scare people about the monster Trump in order to coast into the White House, just as she took it for granted that she would sail unopposed to the nomination in 2016, which was the exact same mistake she made in 2008. She was consistently overconfident, consistently made miscalculations, consistently took the wrong advice, and was consistently blind to threats that were visible from a mile away. What makes you think she would have governed any differently?

I agree with Chuck. We need to send these people packing. No more Clintons. No Robby Mooks, John Podestas, Debbie Wasserman Schultzes, Ed Rendells and Tim Kaines. They’ve forfeited all claims to our support. They grossly mishandled the election, partly because they are blinkered and out of touch, and partly because they didn’t really want to do anything for people at all. They just wanted to scare us into voting for them so they could go back to pushing the same neoliberal shit that got is into this mess in the first place. Now that they’ve gotten they’re asses whipped, they’re poking around looking for scapegoats and concluding that, well, Virginia, I guess half the country is just deplorable. Yeah, well, they’re deplorable too.

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Posted by OHollern at November 13, 2016 09:01 PM
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You wrote: "One waited in vain for Clinton’s campaign to start hammering through the wall of Trumpian bullshit with ads about what she would actually do as president. It didn’t happen."

But Hillary started out doing just that — explaining in excruciating detail exactly what she would do. Many of us piled on her saying, essentially, "For goodness sakes, stop all that wonky policy stuff. Nobody is going to listen. Nobody's interested."

Yes, in addition Comey committed an uncalled-for political act that is beyond contempt, and it did do Hillary harm. Yes, Debbie Wasserman Schulz should be sentenced to life in the dog house, too.

But the main failing of Clinton Dems is failure to find and use a pithy way of saying to the suffering working class, and also to the middle class, "Hey, we know you're hurting badly and we've got an encyclopedia-thick bunch of policies we'll use to put you back to work and even the financial score with the one percen. And by the way, despite everything he says, the one percent is Trump and his friends, who are sucking the vitality out of America's economy.

Add the deplorable lack of a resonant message to Hillary's basket of deplorable.

Yours very crankily,
The New York Crank


Posted by: New York Crank on November 14, 2016 1:36 PM

Why must the two be mutually exclusive: that she was stabbed in the back, and her campaign was sub-par?

Posted by: chrisanthemama on November 19, 2016 11:58 PM
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