The campaign never stops; it just kicks into speculative mode

If you're on the Facebook feed of a bunch of Clinton critics you have perhaps seen this Atlantic piece by Derek Thompson:

The Dangerous Myth That Hillary Clinton Ignored the Working Class

You see, Clinton advocates don't just stop writing Clinton advocate stuff simply because their candidate lost the election. And it doesn't seem to matter too much to them that "Hillary Clinton's 'Corrupt Establishment' Is Now Advising Donald Trump." What's important is Hillary Clinton, now as always, because:

She detailed plans to help coal miners and steel workers. She had decades of ideas to help parents, particularly working moms, and their children. She had plans to help young men who were getting out of prison and old men who were getting into new careers. She talked about the dignity of manufacturing jobs, the promise of clean-energy jobs, and the Obama administration’s record of creating private-sector jobs for a record-breaking number of consecutive months. She said the word “job” more in the Democratic National Convention speech than Trump did in the RNC acceptance speech; she mentioned the word “jobs” more during the first presidential debate than Trump did. She offered the most comprehensively progressive economic platform of any presidential candidate in history—one specifically tailored to an economy powered by an educated workforce.

Well, that's what matters to Derek Thompson, at least. It will probably never sink in with the likes of Derek Thompson that Clinton's campaign promises, like Trump's, were and are of no consequence to actual policy, and that party platforms are also of no consequence regardless of how fervently Vox talks them up.

Nor, of course, does clarity matter to the likes of Derek Thompson, because it's supposedly "dangerous" to believe that Hillary Clinton ignored the working class. Those of you who are familiar with Clinton campaign rhetoric recognize that Clinton was a great champion of listening and of paying attention to ordinary people, but that everyone knows at this point that all of this nice listening and paying attention had nothing to do with, say, actual policy. So Thompson can say that:

The more frightening possibility for liberals is that Clinton didn’t lose because the white working class failed to hear her message, but precisely because they did hear it.

So let's not confuse "hearing" a message with actually listening to it, which itself is still a long distance away from heeding, or even believing, what the message-sender said or wrote.

At any rate, we may now proceed to the economic argument in the Atlantic essay. Thompson says:

What’s more, the evidence that Clinton lost because of the nation’s economic disenchantment is extremely mixed.

Of course, Thompson is the one doing the mixing here. Anyone can go to the NY Times election breakdown to see what the problem was. Neoliberal economics under Obama sacrificed the countryside for the cities, so people were doubtless angry about that. And you probably already know, now, that if you look at the county-by-county results you can see that Trump won the countryside whereas Clinton won the big cities. In fact, the only big cities I can find that went to Trump were Phoenix, Oklahoma City, and Jacksonville. In this regard Cracked magazine, peddlers of second-rate humor (when I was young, Cracked was a wannabe magazine for Mad Magazine -- it's what you read when you were finished buying up all of what Mad had to offer), counts as more incisive election analysis than Derek Thompson. (I"m not going to go over the Cracked article: it's amusing, so you should read it.)

At any rate, the pivotal question as regards the 2016 election is not one that Derek Thompson wishes to address. Here's a quick graph revealing what that question is:

The votes for the Republican Presidential candidates, then, appear to be about the same from 2008 to the present. Why did rural white voters in the swing states vote for Trump? Maybe, y'know, it's that they're Republicans? The obvious question, then, is one of why whole legions of people who voted twice for Obama failed to vote for President at all in 2016.

But Thompson does not care about this question, which is why at the end of his piece he asks:

But what if the vast majority of white voters who voted for Trump aren’t interested in any version of that future, no matter who the messenger is?

Of course, Thompson might have asked in his piece about whether or not Sanders could have beaten Trump, if he's interested in the idea of a different messenger for a promised future of nice stuff for the working class. But where's the nice job writing for David Brock in that?

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They will learn nothing. We need another party - now, and I don't care what color it is.

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The I'm With Her poster on my wall, right alongside Bobby Sherman?

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piss off the landlord when you take it down to move and he sees the wall looking like Swiss cheese from all the dart holes... Wink

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lol Smile

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And you thought Hillary was the other shoe dropping.
Like a case of the crabs, ya just can't get rid of the damn Clintons.

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After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.

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According to her, Hillary lost because women hate women. Yep. Apparently, it's women who are the true anti-female sexists.

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I was thinking of writing about it and submitting my article to Cracked magazine.

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"The future is inside us/ It's not somewhere else." -- Radiohead

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No. I'm just inoculating the general public now.
Thinking of printing up a batch of bumper stickers.

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After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.

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Remember that Katy Perry endorsed Clinton, too, for $70,000...

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"The future is inside us/ It's not somewhere else." -- Radiohead

after the election. But it was for 2018 and the House of Representatives. Nita Lowey's seat is in a posh Westchester non-gerrymandered district and Chelsea aims to get it. Bwahahaha! However, Nita already gave up her chance to run for the Senate - to Hill when she ran for Daniel Moynehan's seat. Nita says "no way", but Clintons have persuasive means at their disposal (wink, wink) and Nita is old.

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Gëzuar!!
from a reasonably stable genius.

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Submit to the American Sociological Review. Sure you'll only reach a fraction of the readership. But think how much more annoyance you'll create with the same effort. And who needs to read it more?

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Hillary lost because nobody in their right mind wants a BJ from Madonna.

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According to Bill Hicks, Madonna had two of 'em at the same time. Wink

From "Relentless" Full transcript here. www.gavinsblog.com/rel.htm

Warning: It is very raw!

"'We're rock stars who do Pepsi Cola commercials!'..."Here's Madonna, with two heads!" (sucking) Suckin' Satan's pecker, suck it! It's only your dignity. Suck it!" ~Bill Hicks

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an interview of madonna, by carrie fisher. they started talking about their particular approaches to giving head, and all i can say is, madonna made it sound more than a little, uh, shrinkage-inducing.

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statement. An insane number of women voted for Trump in spite of his misogynistic attitude. Not in a million years would I have seen that. That as much as anything is why I was surprised by Trump's alleged victory.

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the crap economy doesn't discriminate based on gender. Trump ran on improving a crap economy that rural people could see plainly, while Hillary ran on... being a woman, I believe it was? I'll be honest, I can't remember what message she had outside of that. Well, that and "fuck you poor people, go die from your health issues."

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She ran on Sanders' platform. heh. You're right. What would have happened if Obama ran on being a black guy?

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Her sycophants did. In fact, after the coronation at the DNC, she wasn't really campaigning at all. Unless fundraising and warning us about the end of the world as we know it if we don't stop Trump counts as campaigning.

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This requires more of an examination. While her sycophants and surrogates raved about the most progressive platform in the history of ever, the problem was that Hillary gave it a giant "meh". What exactly did her ads talk about? Frightened moms looking at their children as the TV showed Trump saying one of his nasty comments. For Hillary, the platform was there to give ammo for her surrogates, but for her to utterly ignore on the campaign trail. Though, I have to take that back, the campaign trail being too generous to describe what she actually did. All black people like Beyonce and Jay-Z, so better schedule something with them. The poor won't care that I'm at a 50K a plate fundraiser, even though half of American workers make less than 40,000 a year. Gay people like Ellen, so better get on her show, also a plus because Ellen is gay, so double bonus. I've checked off all my identity politics. Oh wait, Latinos....oh yeah, Hi, I'm Hillary Clinton, and I'm like your abuela. Phew, back to fundraising with Wall Street.

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In 2008. The behind the scenes fiasco of a campaign that was detailed in "Game Change" tells me she learned nothing since then.

My only "pleasure" in all this is an image of her lying in bed at 3am mumbling to herself that she lost to Donald Hairball Trump.

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... My only "pleasure" in all this is an image of her lying in bed at 3am mumbling to herself that she lost to Donald Hairball Trump.

In this image, is she on the phone at 3 AM, not dealing at all well with this disaster?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yr7odFUARg

Hillary Clinton Ad - 3 AM White House Ringing Phone

It could be worse; at least she isn't creating more disasters - especially for women and children - in the White House, even than she did as Secretary of State.

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that she isn't the one answering the phone at 3am in the morning. But the idea of the Hairball answering it either isn't much better.

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No, but perhaps he'll just let it ring and things'll work out better that way than if Hillary woke up confused and irritated and just started randomly nuking whoever woke her?

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She most certainly co-opted Sanders' platform and then hobbled on it after it was clear that he had struck a shining, harmonious chord. She continued to do so until, of course she had won the primary and pretended that she'd actually acquiesce to the Sanders' camp demands. She'd mention elements of it from time to time when it suited that days ersatz press conference or phony town hall meeting. Her surrogates all carried on with it, as you noted. Her surrogates all being fabulously well- to-do, representing every leftish members of society (except the working class) attempting to give the impression that if one votes for her, they too will be fabulously well-to-do.

So, we're really on the same page, you and I.

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Even the candidate herself...... given the pondering over body doubles after her 'pneumonia incident'.

Boy did those who donated waste their money. You'd think they would have learned from 2008.

I know there's been talk of 'running Chelsea', but I just can't see it. She has 'seriously empty pantsuit' written all over her.

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Gëzuar!!
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Never say die. Maybe she'll snag be unlawfully awarded a congressional seat. I think she's a barred attorney so she can go straight to the Senate. Except, I think her mother will croak before then and she'll be much to grief stricken.

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I guess I was believing the press that no right minded woman would vote for Trump after his remarks--which at the time seemed reasonable. But interesting in 2012 a number of gopers did lose based on remarks they made about women--those remarks were about rape and de-legitimizing and marginalizing it as a crime. I don't think that Trump said anything about rape that was close to what was said in 2012. Calling Rosie O'Donell names is not in the same league as marginalizing rape. I remember this quote from Karen Hughes:

And if another Republican man says anything about rape other than it is a horrific, violent crime, I want to personally cut out his tongue. The college-age daughters of many of my friends voted for Obama because they were completely turned off by Neanderthal comments like the suggestion of “legitimate rape.”

I don't think Trump ever went there from what I remember.

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Her and Donny have had a private war going on for quite sometime.

Not quite the same as the blanket, misogynistic remarks made by Donny DunderMoose, champion of racist, rapist frat boys everywhere.

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Wed, 12/07/2016 - 11:46am — Thaumlord-Exelbirth

Have you heard Madonna's excuse yet?

According to her, Hillary lost because women hate women. Yep. Apparently, it's women who are the true anti-female sexists.

Lol, it's really just women weren't interested in the blow-jobs she was apparently offering for Clinton voters.

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

Maybe not intentionally, but their forced denial of reality will keep those to the left of Trump divided, unless the media makes Hillary rightfully responsible for her loss.

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Beware the bullshit factories.

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coins! It's the loser function of the Democratic Party that makes this kind of BS possible. I recently saw commemorative coins for Reagan, Ford and, best of all, NIXON! Ah, the good ol' days of GOP power and Democratic ineptitude! Just like now. The more things change . . . Well, you know the rest.

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of Obama commemorative plates.
Is it time to order a new set already.

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Donnie The #ShitHole Douchebag. Fake Friend to the Working Class. Real Asshole.

the supporting structure(backbone) to stand on its own.

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n/t

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read "Plate and Stand not included". I guess I'm conditioned after 8 years of empty rhetoric...

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So apropos.

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After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.

trashed.

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lost millions more this election cycle--the estimate was 5 million, but not sure that it stands now, since she supposedly gained a couple million votes.

They (Dems) lose because of epic fail. IMO, the Dem Party is dead, for all intents and purposes.

Proof of this is Pelosi prattling on during a Sunday political program, saying with a straight face--'people don't want a new direction;' that working class folks 'share our values.' And, Joe Biden actually contemplating out loud, a run for President in 2020!!!

Also, there's Schumer's appointment of a team of toxic 'centrist' and conservative Dems to the ranks of Leadership--ostensibly, to balance Bernie and Warren.

The MSM reports that Manchin began meeting with McConnell and DT, starting about November 11. Not to mention all the calls that flew between Schumer and DT according to George Stephanopoulos--which Schumer didn't deny. Schumer did, however, protest that 'he didn't know him all that well.'

Yeah, sure. Wink

[Edit: Added Stephanopoulos; re-paragraphed.]

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Without cutting off the Y-axis.

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New York Groups That Backed Bernie Sanders Join Forces
More than 25 grass-roots organizations launch coalition called New York Progressive Action Network

http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-groups-that-backed-bernie-sanders-j...
SNIP

More than 25 grass-roots groups signed on to lobby together for campaign-finance reform, single-payer health insurance, more aid for public schools, a ban on fracking and other goals, said leaders of the New York Progressive Action Network, the name of the coalition.

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A truth of the nuclear age/climate change: we can no longer have endless war and survive on this planet. Oh sh*t.

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Their FB page was originally 'New York for Bernie Sanders', and was chock-full of Hillbots and assholes of the 'you have to support Hillary because Bernie says so'.

I unblocked the page, and I'm going to keep a watchful eye on them. As a NYer, I smell a rat, but I'll give them a chance...

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It will probably never sink in with the likes of Derek Thompson that Clinton's campaign promises, like Trump's, were and are of no consequence to actual policy, and that party platforms are also of no consequence regardless of how fervently Vox talks them up.

I'm sure Derek writes what he is told to write. That's how you keep a job and a career afloat among the Liberal elites these days. It's like they are all reading from Mao's little red book.

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They have to keep that Foundation money flowing. God, I despise them to no end. Dash 1

Hillary lost because she was a shitty candidate who symbolized everything that is wrong with politics today. People will vote their wallets first before anything else. The thought of them "grooming" Chelsea for a House or Senate seat nauseates me.

I want them gone far away from the levers of power forever. All of them! Diablo

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Do I hear the sound of guillotines being constructed?

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." ~ President John F. Kennedy

Outside sales and inside sales, but for the same shitty product.
Being the truly gifted salespeople they are, they have no need at all to believe in or even understand their product.
Thats why HRC can so easily claim to be and environmentalist without any conscience as the world biggest cheerleader for fracking, she is just trying to sell a product. She doesn't disregard truth, she just simply doesn't regard it in the first place. It has no place in a sales effort, it has no place in the formula.

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and make it sound like Americans just don't want any help with that massive income inequality thing. What a load, but the comfortable ones will buy into it - anything not to have to admit they too are part of the problem.

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Only a fool lets someone else tell him who his enemy is. Assata Shakur

Given the Derek's background I am not sure he knows anything about the white working class other than the cliches in his bubble living and working in Washington DC. This contrasts with Michael Moore who saw trouble for Clinton after talking to his home boys.

This guy writes about plans for steelworkers. But didn't Bill Clinton and free trade remove tariff's on steel which allowed China to glut the market and basically cause a huge reduction in number of steel mills and workers?

So what did the white working class think about Clinton and all her very detailed working class policies? Does anybody know of any? Only 9% of Clinton's ads were on the economy/trade/jobs.

I think what many people saw started in the primaries when she became of the candidate of the status quo and was against all of Sanders pro-worker policies. The Wall Street speeches may have really come back to bite her. She came off as the lackey of the big business which Wikileaks revealed to be utterly true. Who was going to trust her on any working class issue regardless of what she said. Maybe the white working class didn't read the NYTimes and WaPo to get her message.

This guy is trying to re-invent Clinton as the establishment tried during the general election.

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Next on my reading list when it comes out next month:

Are mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality? To judge by thousands of years of history, the answer is yes. Tracing the global history of inequality from the Stone Age to today, Walter Scheidel shows that inequality never dies peacefully. Inequality declines when carnage and disaster strike and increases when peace and stability return. The Great Leveler is the first book to chart the crucial role of violent shocks in reducing inequality over the full sweep of human history around the world.

For a bunch of people who claim to value education, the Dems and their professional class toadies really don't seem to read much.

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We can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed.
- Greta Thunberg

Lol, it's the new propaganda line - you can only have a living wage if you participate in their global War On The World carnage and disaster - or, more likely, you can manage to live on globalist 'competitive' slave wages nicely if you consume the remains of other poors who are victims of this carnage and disaster, as corporate mercenary forces kill off the defiant and those unable to work hard and fast enough to be worth feeding.

And with unlimited fracking and other global industrial pollution, you should be able to cook it, using your flammable cup of drinking tap-fluid for flambe - all while working your diapered 14-hour break-free day - right on the crumbling section of side-walk you get to sleep on. Sorta what they seem to be setting up for in India right now...

Too bad there's no 'World's Policeman' to step in demand the abused people in any and all countries be treated humanely, as many Americans could also use some help.

Edit: I thought I was snarking, but now I'm not so sure...

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

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Speaking from an economic perspective, and to paraphrase Chuck Heston:

'Lean Cuisine is people !!!'

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