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Saturday, April 22, 2017

A lefty gets the election right

The book, "Shattered," has the chattering class in the capital chewing on Clinton's colossal collapse on Election Day.

The book was supposed to be about the triumph of her will, with Andrea Mitchell as Leni Riefenstahl directing her crew to capture the romance of the fireworks over the Javits Center as President-Elect Clinton embraced President Clinton, and the reign of 1,000 years of the Democratic Party continued.

Instead, the book is a post-mortem on the political career of a woman who is Not My President -- ever.

Failure has consequences.

In his review of "Shattered," Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone wrote:
The real protagonist of this book is a Washington political establishment that has lost the ability to explain itself or its motives to people outside the Beltway.

In fact, it shines through in the book that the voters' need to understand why this or that person is running for office is viewed in Washington as little more than an annoying problem.

In the Clinton run, that problem became such a millstone around the neck of the campaign that staffers began to flirt with the idea of sharing the uninspiring truth with voters. Stumped for months by how to explain why their candidate wanted to be president, Clinton staffers began toying with the idea of seeing how "Because it's her turn" might fly as a public rallying cry.
Such a slogan was unnecessary. Everyone understood that argument. Her campaign dripped with it. After Obama schlonged her in 2008, she was entitled. It was her turn dammit. The stench overwhelmed any message she may have had.

Curiously, she offered no reason to run other than running:
"There wasn't a real clear sense of why she was in it. Minus that, people want to assign their own motivations – at the very best, a politician who thinks it's her turn," one campaign staffer said. "It was true and earnest, but also received well. We were talking to Democrats, who largely didn't think she was evil."
Ow. Just plain ow. It's like a Monty Python skit on focus groups. They ask townspeople to say something nice about the queen, and the answer comes back: We largely don't think she's evil.

And yet everyone in Washington saw nothing wrong with this messageless, meaningless campaign. On the media, the money men, and the Democrats marched.

But what really killed her campaign was the lack of understanding of America by her, her campaign, and her coterie of  reporters -- whose reporting was little more than contributions in kind to her campaign from Disney and other corporate media owners.

They thought the economy was fine.

They thought NAFTA worked.

They thought coal miners were too few in number to matter.

They thought the only thing wrong with rural America was the people didn't have the gumption to move on out to the big city.

Clinton and company scoffed at wanting to Make America Great Again.

They still do.

I hope they enjoy their oblivion for a long, long, long time.

Taibbi ended his review, "Shattered is what happens when political parties become too disconnected from their voters. Even if you think the election was stolen, any Democrat who reads this book will come away believing he or she belongs to a party stuck in a profound identity crisis. Trump or no Trump, the Democrats need therapy – and soon."

The original, "Trump the Press" chronicled and mocked how the media missed Trump's nomination.

It is available on Kindle, and in paperback.
Then came "Trump the Establishment," covering the election, which again the media missed.

It is available on Kindle, and in paperback.

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  1. "The real protagonist of this book is a Washington political establishment that has lost the ability to explain itself or its motives to people outside the Beltway." More than that, they don't believe they NEED to explain to the rabble.

    " In fact, it shines through in the book that the voters' need to understand why this or that person is running for office is viewed in Washington as little more than an annoying problem." The voters don't NEED to understand; they must OBEY. Voters...disagreed. Politely, but firmly.

  2. It won't be over until the last Clinton is dead and buried, and I'm afraid that Chelsea will be with us for quite a while. It's already begun. - Elric

  3. I've wondered if Clinton was a raging alcoholic. Watching her being thrown in that van was something else. Gin or vodka? My money is on Gin.

    1. I think gin is easier to detect on the breath, so my money's on vodka. 'Member that debate where she left in the middle? It was Stoli time in Stall 2 of the Ladies' Bathroom.

  4. Ted Kennedy couldn't explain why he was running for president, and that killed his campaign. So Hillary Clinton's campaign wasn't smart enough to learn from Kennedy's embarrassing failure and deal with the same issue their candidate had? Let's face it, the Democrats think they are anointed by the Heavens to rule other people's lives. They are in it for power, control, money, but are imbued by nothing that resembles the ideals of the Enlightenment that led to the founding of our nation and are embodied in its founding documents.

  5. Delicious reading. And the libs seem to have not learned one lesson from the election.

    The schliongings will continue for the foreseeable future.

  6. Replies
    1. You're right of course- it puts money in lobbyists' pockets, and Uniparty politicians' pockets, and benefits huge companies; it just sucks for US workers and the country as a whole, is all. All working just as intended!

  7. "They thought coal miners were too few in number to matter."

    The U.S. coal industry basically imploded as Chinese demand slipped. Peabody Energy, Arch Coal, Alpha Natural Resources, Patriot Coal and Walter Energy have all filed for bankruptcy over the past two years. (Peabody Coal is nearing a plan to pull itself out of bankruptcy.) The number of people who work in coal has tanked, too. In 1985, the industry employed 177,000 people. At the end of 2008, that number fell to 86,000. It was at 56,000 by last year.

    The market is telling coal that it’s a dying fuel source because we have abundant supplies of natural gas that are indigenous to the country,” Pete Fontaine, a veteran environmental lawyer who works for fossil fuel companies, told HuffPost. “You can scrap rules that make coal mining more expensive, you can scrap the Clean Power Plan, but ultimately coal is on the way out."

    1. Coal will never be on the way out. Nothing else matches its' usefulness as a stable, storage of energy. It does not degrade with time. A great asset to have in the bank, so to speak.

    2. An environmental lawyer? Gee, I'm totally sure he's totally unbiased. Probably threw parties each time the oil and Nat gas pipelines were blocked by the Obummer admin, even as Solyndra was exposed as a three card Monty.

  8. Encourage them to double down, forever.

  9. What I remember of HRC's reason d'ĂȘtre: "don't you want to see a female president?" Cracking the "Glass Ceiling" and all that.

    That was reason enough as far as she and her campaign (and the MSM) were concerned.

    The remainder of her campaign was "Trump is a horrible person".

    Entitlement is not a convincing reason to be POTUS.