Saturday, December 17, 2016

Why Hillary lost

Let me get this one.

Hillary Clinton lost because she is Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump exploited that and became President Trump.

In the nearly 50 years since she broke into the limelight in a puff piece in Life magazine in 1969, Missus Clinton did nothing to earn the job she sought, and plotted to get for more than 40 years.

Whilst she was pursuing a husband and a law degree at Yale, Trump was learning how run his family's business on Coney Island. He had the same dream she had of being president some day.

Her storyline was First Woman President!

His was Successful Businessman Becomes President and Saves the Nation.

If I were placing bets in the 1970s, I would have placed money on her, not him.

History was on the side of women. So were demographics, as they outnumber men. And the baby boom generation just was not all that into capitalism back then.

Besides, a woman would be more oriented to the needs of the commoners and peasants, right?

But over the years, Trump became their champion. He associated with his workers. He learned who they are. He always favored the hoi polloi over the hoity toity. Hillary went the opposite direction. She spent most of her adult life kissing up to the rich.

From Joan C. Williams of the Harvard Business Review:
Michèle Lamont, in The Dignity of Working Men, found resentment of professionals — but not of the rich. “[I] can’t knock anyone for succeeding,” a laborer told her. “There’s a lot of people out there who are wealthy and I’m sure they worked darned hard for every cent they have,” chimed in a receiving clerk. Why the difference? For one thing, most blue-collar workers have little direct contact with the rich outside of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
But professionals order them around every day. The dream is not to become upper-middle-class, with its different food, family, and friendship patterns; the dream is to live in your own class milieu, where you feel comfortable — just with more money. “The main thing is to be independent and give your own orders and not have to take them from anybody else,” a machine operator told Lamont. Owning one’s own business — that’s the goal. That’s another part of Trump’s appeal.
Hillary Clinton, by contrast, epitomizes the dorky arrogance and smugness of the professional elite. The dorkiness: the pantsuits. The arrogance: the email server. The smugness: the basket of deplorables.
Worse, her mere presence rubs it in that even women from her class can treat working-class men with disrespect. Look at how she condescends to Trump as unfit to hold the office of the presidency and dismisses his supporters as racist, sexist, homophobic, or xenophobic.
Trump’s blunt talk taps into another blue-collar value: straight talk. “Directness is a working-class norm,” notes Lubrano. As one blue-collar guy told him, “If you have a problem with me, come talk to me. If you have a way you want something done, come talk to me. I don’t like people who play these two-faced games.” Straight talk is seen as requiring manly courage, not being “a total wuss and a wimp,” an electronics technician told Lamont. Of course Trump appeals. Clinton’s clunky admission that she talks one way in public and another in private? Further proof she’s a two-faced phony.
Hillary viewed workers as beneath her.

She deserved to lose.

She does not understand the country she wanted to rule.

President Trump understands full well the nation he will serve.

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33 comments:

  1. Bullseye! That's why the Left has been going down in flames. Every thing they do is a combination of (to paraphrase) dorkiness (Birkenstocks and hybrid cars), arrogance (We're smarter and more virtuous than you), and smugness (And we know we are). Of course, Hillary being who she is and the Left being who they are leaves plenty of room for snark. Even Saul Alinsky recognized that “Ridicule is man's most potent weapon.” - Elric

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    1. Despite the popular wisdom, surveys show more conservatives then liberals own hybrids. 50 MPG with a 36 mile one way commute is a good thing. Also, it's not hypocritical for a conservative to own a car that saves him money, it is hypocritical for a liberal to own a Hummer. Which a lot of them do.

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    2. The shrewish smug virtue of upper middle class academic women is one of the least attractive things to see.

      -Mikey NTH

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    3. @Harold: but the REASONS Conservatives own hybrids differs from that of Liberals.

      Conservatives own them when they've done the math, and the results favor a Hybrid.

      Liberals own them to Save the Earth . . .

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    4. Harold and Keith Glass:
      In West Virginia, a Prius runs on coal!
      And its owner knows it

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  2. If you go back to Trump's Oprah interview (available on Youtube), he says he had no desire to be President, but he thought he'd win if he ran. Otherwise, great post as usual.

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    1. Yes, Oprah interview did say that. Maybe I should modify that.

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    2. Trump knows that, if ya ain't got timing, ya ain't got nothing. He wouldn't tell the media his intentions at a sub-optimal time.

      Which is why the Mainstream Media Hack "Most Wanted" Playing Cards won't be issued just yet.

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  3. HRC wanted her SS protection in the past to carry her luggage, apparently not realizing if she was threaten their response time would be longer. If she had been injured because of that requirement, I would not have felt a bit sorry for her, just for the SS agents who would not have been able to do their jobs properly and probably would have had regrets. Well, maybe no regrets considering how they were treated.

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  4. HRC wanted her SS protection in the past to carry her luggage, apparently not realizing if she was threaten their response time would be longer. If she had been injured because of that requirement, I would not have felt a bit sorry for her, just for the SS agents who would not have been able to do their jobs properly and probably would have had regrets. Well, maybe no regrets considering how they were treated.

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  5. She's always thought she could cheat and get away with it because pussy and the media would protect her because Republicans are nice.

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    1. You need a vagina to be president, but if you say anything about them you're automatically disqualified.

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  6. I've read she treated her guards poorly. They'd likely fall to the ground to get a better posture for shooting back, if there was an attempt on her life.

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  7. Trump at this point in his life wants to give the power he has amassed back to the country and the people in it.

    Hillary wants power for herself and has spent her whole entire life scheming on how to take it from the country and the people in it.

    We get it.

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  8. Rule versus Serve sums up the difference between them ever so succinctly.

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    1. In '08 ValJar said they would be ready to rule from Day One; at least she was honest about their power lust.
      -Fred

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  9. You referred to "the country he would serve." Hillary's approach would be "the country that would serve her."

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  10. She does not understand the country she wanted to rule.

    President Trump understands full well the nation he will serve.

    Two sentences that sum up the total difference between them. Very well put.

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  11. "Good is better than evil because it's nicer."
    Mammy Yokum

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  12. Hillary lost because Obama never had a coalition. Obama was only a novelty candidate. The country has re-aligned during his presidency. Hillary depended on that non-existing coalition, and it didn't show up.

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    1. Good point. If Obamas policies were popular, instead of Obama personaly, repubs would not have been winning every down ballot race, so they ended up controlling every level of gov but prez.

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  13. Let's stop talking about Diane Rodham. She's cold product. She's the piece of meat a grocery story attempts to sell to you at a discount after its expiration date. Rotten. Will give you the runs. Smells bad. Even the dogs wouldn't eat it. Hillary is that.

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  14. Mrs. Clinton has always been a pay-back candidate. Her job at Rose Law was a pay-back. Her senate seat was a pay-back. Her campaign and loss to Obama was a pay-back. Her appointment as Secretary of State: pay-back. This recent campaign was a pay-back. She hasn't done anything on her own since she finished law school.

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    1. Her VP pick was a payback, too.

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  15. The Harpy lost because one Republican took a pro-American stand on immigration.

    Steve in Greensboro

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  16. Not to mention, she just isn't likeable.

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    1. His Obamaness infamously said she was "likeable enough" in '08, but that shelf life expired real quickly.
      Sam L.'s comment recalls LBJ whining to his staff why couldn't he be liked as JFK was, especially with all the Great Society legislation he got passed? The aide told him "Mr. President, you're not a likeable man." (He was probably promptly shipped out to Khe Sanh)
      -Fred

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    2. I meant to add, Instapundit linked to this post today; hopefully more of his readers will come here too.
      -Fred

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  17. She lost because she is an asshole who surrounded herself with sycophants who either could not or would not see that the country was crying for change (sans California which is a whole other story). President Zero may have had 50%++ approval ratings but they were fueled by his carefully crafted "nice guy one of the boys" public fake image. The real story was that the people in those same polls said by close to 75% that the country was heading in the wrong direction. Trump recognized this and from the beginning touted change. The country was sick of the endless wars in the Mideast and the liberals bent to blame the world's problems on the culture of the good old USA. HRC and her "advisers" never recognized this or if they did were shunted to the sidelines (see Jake Sullivan). As a wise man once said "those that want to see can see"

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  18. It's amazing reading in the MSM all the reasons for why Hillary lost and they always overlook the obvious. While Trump has many flaws, Hillary was one of the most arrogant, corrupt, criminal, incompetent to ever run for president. I guess lefties have never heard of Ockham's Razor.

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