The Democrats have a new take on circling the wagons. First you make the circle and then you commence firing . . . . . across the circle . . . at each other. It’s a beautiful thing.
As with any defeat, examination is imperative to determine why things did not go according to plan. Nothing improves until mistakes are identified and eliminated. Someone always needs to be held accountable.
The Democrat Party, undertaking an examination of last week’s numbing defeat, is more like a post-mortem morphing into a wide open, finger pointing, free-for-all blame game.
Former Clinton campaign communications director, Jess McIntosh blamed white women with “internalized misogyny”. McIntosh pulled this from thin air out of desperation, likely on her recall of Obama’s equally vacuous claim that society reacts less favorably to women seeking power.
Angela Merkel, Margaret Thatcher, Theresa May, former NJ Governor Christie Todd Whitman, current Governors Jan Brewer and Nikki Haley (just barely scratching the surface here folks), prove otherwise.
Haley is scheduled to meet with President-elect Trump about a cabinet position.
House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, a formerly powerful woman long in office, is facing opposition. Rumblings suggest she may be partially to blame for Clinton’s embarrassing loss. Pelosi was forced to postpone this week’s leadership elections until November 30. She has no challenger but that will soon change. The level of discontent is described as surprising. Pelosi is described as pissed.
Clinton’s campaign Chairman, John Podesta, blamed “a hostile press corps”. Podesta must have missed last week’s news about the liberal media, led by the New York Times, Washington Post and CBS, admitting they, the ‘mainstream media’, were allll, (and I do mean allll) in the tank for Hillary Clinton. The Times issued a letter of apology and a promise to do better. The promise lasted about two days.
Podesta must have missed CNN’s Chris Cuomo admitting on camera that the Clinton News Network “. . . couldn’t help her anymore than we already have . . . she’s gotten just a free ride so far from the media. We’re the biggest ones promotin’ her campaign.”
Thank God there is no bias at CNN. Well . . . no hostility at least. Podesta makes it up as he goes.
Another Clinton campaign communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, acknowledged many factors contributed to the Democrat’s defeat. FBI Director Jim Comey topped her list for reopening the Clinton investigation one week prior to the election.
The problem with Palmieri’s theory is that polls showed a slow but steady tightening of the race before the release of Comey’s statement. Momentum had already shifted back to Trump.
Like Palmieri, Hillary also blamed Director Comey. So did Pelosi. That poor guy can’t buy a break.
Campaign Manager, Robby Mook, took a hit from Bill Clinton who also fired a round in Podesta’s direction. Slick Willy included Hillary in his shoot ’em up noting they all ignored the weak economy and it’s impact on millions of working class voters.
Bravo Bill. Almost a bullseye but Hillary was more to blame than he admitted.
Jennifer Palmieri was right. Numerous factors did contribute to a major loss for Democrats but too many began and ended with the candidate. The over experienced, under achieving Hillary never developed a message that reached the heart and soul of the voters. Her oft repeated themes were heavily weighted with Trump’s negatives, never her positives.
You go with what you’ve got and Clinton had nuthin’.
Basing electability on the amount of freebies you intend to hand out appeals to the takers. It ignores the producers who have to pay for the grandiose giveaways.
People who earn a paycheck are fed up carrying those who won’t. Take that to the bank.
No college or university education is free. Health care is not free. Not in this, the real world.
As a petitioner, Hillary Clinton showed comtempt for her opponent’s supporters who could not agree to plunge the US economy into a deeper death dive. Constantly shouting her message revealed her lack of warmth, personality and sincerity. Perhaps shouting was a way to convince herself her words meant something even though they never have and never will.
Despite encouraging poll results, the election of Hillary Clinton as President was unlikely for a number of reasons. The one that was insurmountable was everything lacking with the candidate herself.
Hillary Clinton, alone, is responsible for her own defeat.