While rummaging through the ruins of Hillary Clinton's self-immolating campaign, Dowd reflected on what Trump's decisive 30-state victory means to Obama's legacy.
I don't care about Dowd's baggage. I find wisdom where I can, even if it is in the New York Times. My book quotes a cartoonist, a physicist, and a porn star. Dowd fits none of those categories, but she did provide insight:
Sold out is the phrase I believe she was looking for.How can it be that in the end, Barack Obama did not understand the Obama revolution?He came away from that elated whoosh in 2008 not comprehending that many voters viewed him as the escape hatch from Clinton Inc. It never would have occurred to anyone then — even the Clintons — that President Obama would be the one to brush away any aversions and objections, take us by the elbow, and firmly steer us back to Clinton Inc.Voters waited in line for hours at those early Obama rallies because they wanted thunderous change. They wanted a newcomer who didn’t look like the old dudes on our money, someone who would bust up the incestuous system and give us, as the poster said, hope.But Obama lost touch with his revolutionary side and settled comfortably into being an Ivy League East Coast cerebral elitist who hung out with celebrities, lectured Congress and scorned the art of political persuasion.
Trump was a celebrity before he became president. Obama was president and became a celebrity.
Trump was a billionaire before he became president. I believe Obama can top the mere $150 million the Clintons are worth.
Trump embraced the working class before he became president. Obama never had it, never will.
President Obama, trying to hoist Hillary over the finish line, offered a solipsistic message, saying it would be “a personal insult” if African-Americans did not vote for Hillary, and an accusatory message, suggesting that sexism was stopping men from voting for Hillary.
In September, Hillary stumbled when she dismissed half of Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables.” Tellingly, the snooty remarks were made at a high-dollar fund-raiser hosted by Barbra Streisand and other sparklies at Cipriani Wall Street.
Hillary should have spent less time collecting money on Wall Street and more time collecting votes in Wisconsin.
So should have Obama.
Obama will blame his failure as president on racism. A predominately white country elected a black man as president, and yet that man will insist on calling it racist. And he will take credit for whatever replaces Obamacare. Of course, had he worked with Republicans -- compromised here and there -- Obamacare would not be swept into the dustbin of history.
The Obama administration was all about Obama. One big selfie.
Hillary's campaign was the same thing. I'm with her.
Trump's will be about serving America. Many did not see this, and do not see this now. Perhaps upon reflecting in 2024 they will.
For all his loud ego-tripping, Trump does not need the presidency. He built his monuments already. But like Washington, he leaves his home and comes to the aid of his nation. Just like Lincoln. And Grant. And Reagan.