Aaaaaand Hillary collapses just yards from the tape!

I don’t think Trump won, as much as I think Hillary lost.

I’ve already seen the cries of sexism and misogyny echoing around the web-o-sphere.

Really, c’mon now, progressives. Do we have to retreat there? At the risk of sounding like a concern troll, let me tell you that the amount of sexism and misogyny at work in Hillary’s collapse was a tiny thing compared to the overwhelmingly negative reputation Hillary has accumulated for herself across almost five decades in the public spotlight. At some point you have to quit hiding behind accusations, and face the reality that Hillary Rodham Clinton was a scheming, conniving, selfish, self-interested, lying, manipulative, altogether terrible candidate for President.

I know it’s gospel doctrine for everyone under 40 that the only reason anyone didn’t vote for Hillary, is because her vagina terrifies the Red Staters. But really, if people can peel themselves away from Jon Stewart re-runs long enough to examine Hillary’s collapse with a non-biased eye, it comes down to a glaring lack of credibility on Hillary’s part. And all of the most egregious wounds were self-inflicted. Nobody forced Hillary to call 1/4 to 1/2 of the entire country deplorable. That was a cute remark entirely of Hillary’s devising, because she assumed — oh yes, we all assumed — that Hillary was protected by a demographic and political bubble through which nothing about her past could penetrate.

Hillary knew in her heart she had earned the White House.

I thought for sure she’d earned it too — crookedly, and in true Clinton style.

So I confess to being utterly surprised by these results. Even more than I was when Romney lost in 2012. And I thought Romney had it in the bag.

My belief, therefore, is that Hillary — and her supporters — fantastically miscalculated. All of us did, really. Us Trump doubters and nay-sayers. We assumed that identity politics would carry the day. That the nation would be in too much of a hurry to elect TEH FURST WOMAN PRESADENT to notice that Hillary Clinton is unfit for command. She belongs nowhere near the levers of genuine power. When she is, people literally pay. Sometimes with their lives. I assumed not enough Americans saw this, to care. And I was wrong. And so were all of Hillary’s avid fans, who selectively gave themselves amnesia about all the times Hillary fibbed to them, to her superiors, to the public, and even to her own party. Trump was simply too awful to permit him to win.

Except, apparently, no. Trump’s awfulness is like the chewy center of an expired chocolate from a box of sweets. Hillary’s already been gnawed in half. Her staleness is well-known. Trump? He offers the chance of change. Of difference. Of no more same-old-same-old. And no, I don’t think I believe Trump will be any better than he is. I think Trump’s still the same hot mess I thought he was on day one. I just think Americans are choosing the New Hot Mess, versus the Old Hot Mess. Because they’re desperate for a tornado of fresh air in Washington D.C.

And that’s what I would like Democrats to understand.

It’s not misogyny. Hillary’s sins were simply too obvious to hide. And too many voters were sick of seeing business-as-usual down in Foggy Bottom. Not to mention being fed up with all the histrionic knee-jerk nuclear-option name-calling — by progressives, at everyone else.

Liberals, seriously, the name-calling tactic was shopworn 20 years ago, and it’s even more shopworn now. Americans are sick of being bashed for not toeing the progressive party line. Do Democrats and progressives understand? They cannot use these meaningless labels to dodge the issues anymore. The American public seems to have finally refused to be afraid of nuclear-option labels. As Bill Maher admitted, progressives have cried wolf too often. Americans saw Hillary for who she is, and there could be no more sweeping under the rug, of Hillary’s misdeeds — by people who cannot grapple with the fact that they lined up to support a wholly cruddy candidate.

And yes, Trump is cruddy too. It’s just that, he’s new cruddy, and he’s willing to give the name-callers his middle finger. Having been called epithets — by compassionate, caring, tolerant liberals — for years and years, Americans took a look at Trump and said, “Fuck it, why not?”

I am sure the political pundit world will be on fire for months, after the final tally is counted.

My hope is that we hear a lot less about how everyone who wasn’t a Hillary voter, is the devil. And a lot more about how or why the Democrats ever thought running Hillary was a good idea in the first place.

And yes, running (President) Donald is and was (and will be) terrible too. But in every election season, it’s the losing team that has to look hardest in the mirror.

Here’s your chance to get real, progressive America. Enough with the smug style. Tend to your house. Stop excommunicating your fellow countrymen from the human equation. Admit that there are real complaints with actual merit, on the conservative side. Force yourselves to face the fact you do not have all the answers.

Then, maybe, we can have an actual conversation.

P.S: for all the Trump fans, feel free to feed me a truckload of crow in the comments, I’ve clearly earned it.

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23 thoughts on “Aaaaaand Hillary collapses just yards from the tape!

  1. It doesnt matter at all what the reason was. People knew hillary for what she was and Trump appealed to a lot of them

  2. The best part was watching liberal pundits having problems accepting what was going on, starting at about 7 pm PST.

  3. It is going to be interesting to see the discussions and debates about the impact of the 3rd party candidates in this election. There was a lot of fear that this would tip the election towards Clinton, but there was some speculation at one point on CNN that it may have hurt her in a couple of states.

    But I think this actually misses the biggest significant fact of this election. More so than in any prior election, the new organizations were showing the vote breakdown by county/city/town rather than just by state, and it drove home that this was really a urban/rural divide.

    Fixing this is going to be hard, and not something that can be done exclusively from Washington.

    The fist step is going to be to help people deal with the shock and accept that the people who voted for Trump are not Evil. Good luck to us all.

  4. Draven, I was frustrated by the same thing. I think one of them finally admitted what an insulting term “fly-over country” was, as if only the people in the big coastal cities actually mattered. Mayhaps we begin to hope these people finally become aware of their ivory tower?

  5. You saw, up close and personal, exactly how honest and fair the press treated you when all that was at stake was a vote over a toy spacerocket award for sci fi fans.

    They lied, they slandered, they insulted your family, and not a single one of them either called you for our side of the story, or retracted their insanely vicious attacks.

    No consider this: those of the same people who edited whatever bit of tape you saw playing on the TV, or reported whatever edited or falsified comments you heard reported in the news.

    What of your opinion of Trump is based on primary sources? What did you see or hear of him that did not pass through the hands of people who hate him as much as the puppy kickers hated sad puppies?

    If he were a hot mess, or had even half the ill and shortcomings normally attributed to him, how did he run so many successful businesses for so long?

    He was up against the best Republican candidates in living memory. I have never seen so many good and well qualified and sharp men competing for GOP nomination. In the general election, he was up against the entire Leftwing media-government establishment, including all the dirty tricks Veritas caught on tape, such as the sleight of hand of Hillary hiring mentally ill people to start fights at Trump rallies so that the press could report on how violent Trump followers were.

    They dialed it up to 11. They pulled out all the stops. He prevailed nonetheless.

    Could Romney have withstood such a barrage from the press? I seem to recall his performance at the public debates, he was taken by surprise when the moderator came in on the side of Obama, as if he had not expected it. Trump, on the other hand, gets the crowd to boo and heckle the dishonest, lying, filthy mainstream press.

    Which of his policy positions, not his personality, his policy, do you find unacceptable?

    How much of a mess could he actually be, if you separate out the image from the reality?

  6. All fair points, John. I hope to be surprised by this, as you say. Right now I say I’m cautiously optimistic.

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  8. I was afraid that she would get it by virtue of 18-wheel trailer-truckloads of forged or fake ballots, and by having the establishment media in her pocket. Trump is not the answer to a maiden’s prayer, though — and he will be fought tooth and nail by bitter progs … but the news this morning was very sweet.

  9. I watched a lot of my friends, over the past two weeks, change their commitments from, “I like Gary Johnson/The Green Party/etc..” to “I’m sorry guys but I have to vote Trump, this isn’t a vote FOR Trump, this is a vote AGAINST Hilary.”

  10. Yup, they sure showed those philandering New York Democrats . . . by electing a philandering New York Democrat-until-two-years-ago. I fear that the only lesson the GOP learned is that they can win by adopting the tactics of the enemy. They rejected the Tea Party and got the Trump Party instead.

    I’m a Canadian libertarian, so I had no dog in this fight, and I knew the result of this election would be bad either way. I don’t trust Trump. I’ve seen how he says one thing to one crowd and another to the next crowd. I think he’ll betray the people who voted for him, like just about every other politician who ever lived. I don’t think he’s Literally Hitler, though, and it is good that Hillary lost.

    I’m beginning to understand why the Chinese thought “May you live in interesting times” was a curse. These are very interesting times.

  11. Mr. Wright, you’re quite to correct to point out that the same press which slandered me, was at work engineering a win for Hillary (or, barring that, trashing Trump.) But then, there are also too many times that Trump has done and said things that really, really turned me off. Like, really. Going back to the 1980s. Long before he ran for office. As much as I thought Hillary was bad news, I thought (and still suspect) Trump will also be an equivalent level of bad news — just different form. I am wholly prepared to be wrong, and eat crow again (in four years) if I have grossly underestimated the man’s abilities, and his character. In fact, I wholly welcome being proven incorrect, on this matter. I want Trump to be good for America. Unlike the press, I can admit when I am wrong. But winning the election was just Step 1. We have about 99 other steps to take, before I am convinced Trump is not just Train Wreck #2, to Hillary’s Train Wreck #1.

  12. Nick Confessore, on the NYT liveblog, wrote:

    Folks, I am just struck by all the machinery of politics in which Clinton appeared to have an advantage in this election. She had more money, a big “super PAC.” Way more advertising. A sophisticated data operation built on the successful experience of the Obama campaign. And none of those things seem to have made the difference.

    To be indelicate, you can’t polish a turd. They did a great job of putting the best possible version of the candidate in front of the people, and the people rejected her. Some by voting Trump, many by staying home.

  13. I haven’t like Trump since he ran the USFL into the ground in the ’80’s. I have only a small hint of optimism he’ll be a good President. But even that 5% of me that thinks he might be good is 5% more than what I thought of Hillary.

    When he was originally cast as the nominee, I figured he was so unlikable by most of the populace that he’d be lucky to garner 30% of the popular vote and a 3rd party candidate would rise above 10%. As more came out about Hillary, I thought people would begin to flee her and the vote would be close, but she would still win. I’m utterly flabbergasted that he turned PA and WI red. MI is still in play? And MN was close? Close? I can’t tell you the last time MN went red.

  14. The one genuinely good point about Trump: The media won’t carry water for him. It’s far too late to hope that they will go back to actually reporting the truth – a whole generation of so-called journalists have been trained to parrot the party line – but they won’t exert themselves to cover up his misdeeds or propagandize for his bad policies. And that means that for once in a generation, the American political conversation may actually mention real issues now and again.

  15. The one genuinely good point about Trump: The media won’t carry water for him.

    The media might, if he goes for the right causes. It would take a lot of work on his part, though. And the rabid Progressive left will almost certainly never grant him the benediction for his sins against the gospel of Social Justice that they granted the Clintons.

    What’s more important is that I feel certain that almost all of those voting Trump in to power will hold him accountable. Expect him to be perfect, no. But if he seriously screws up there will be an accounting from the right. The Democrats, on the other hand, can do no wrong.

    Obama was handed a Nobel Peace Prize for being elected president, then took forever to get us out of Iraq, left it worse off, then went back in… and he kept us in Afghanistan, let Assad and ISIS run amok in Syria, and started a disastrous war in Libya. And yet the so-called ‘anti-war protestors’ didn’t show up in the news until yesterday… to protest Trump.

    The Progressive left has been furious about Wall Street and the big banks. Yet Hillary gives speeches to Goldman Sachs where she flat out tells them she’s deceiving the rubes on the populist left. She raises millions of dollars from the richest of the rich, and seems to have no problem with the perceived conflict of interest with accepting what looks like bribes from some of the nastiest people on earth. She, with the help of the DNC, rigs the primary process to screw their preferred candidate over. And yet almost all of them fall in lock step behind her.

    I don’t like Trump. I can only hope and pray he’ll be at least a half-decent president. I respect those that couldn’t pull the lever for him. I can even deal with those that thought Hillary was the lesser of two evils… at least they could see that she’s not an angel. But until the Democrats stop regarding their candidates, however flawed (and they’ve been incredibly flawed) as infallible, it’s not safe to let them get their hands on power.

  16. On Trump real vrs via the press: it will take more to convince me he made the the journey from reality TV star to Presidential material than some good positions he seems to have just become passionately involved in right around the time he ran for president. I hope, as all men of good will hope, that he’ll be a good President; I hope even more that he does the proper CEO thing and gets good people and turns them loose. But mostly, for me, he’s like the alternate universe Obama getting the Nobel ‘He’s Not Bush’ prize: he’s not Hillary, and that is a very good thing.

  17. Here’s what Trump said he wants to do in his first 100 days:

    1. Term limits on Congress

    2. Reduce federal workforce (shrink bureaucracy)

    3. Cut regulations

    4. Ban on exiting Congress officials becoming lobbyists for 5 years.

    5. Ban on Congress officials lobbying for foreign governments.

    6. Ban of foreign lobbyists raising money for elections.

    7. Renegotiate or withdraw from NAFTA.

    8. Withdraw from TPP.

    9. Label China a currency manipulator.

    10. Identify and counter foreign trade abuses.

    11. Lift restrictions on the production of energy resources like shale and coal.

    12. Move forward on energy infrastructure projects.

    13. Redirect federal funding from U.N. climate change programs to water and environmental infrastructure.

    14. Cancel all of Obama’s executive orders.

    15. Select a constitutionalist Supreme Court justice.

    16 Cancel federal funding of sanctuary cities.

    17. Deport 2 million criminal illegal immigrants.

    18. Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions.

    19. Reduce and simplify federal taxes, with a 35% cut for the middle class. Lower corporate taxes from 35 to 15 percent.

    20. Tariffs to discourage offshoring of production.

    21. $1 trillion revenue-neutral infrastructure investment.

    22. End Common Core and institute a school choice program (eg. school voucher program endorsed by Milton Friedman).

    23. Repeal and replace Obamacare (with health savings accounts). Streamline FDA approval.

    24. Tax deductions for childcare and elder care.

    25 Build the wall.

    26. Restoring Community Safety Act (federal training and assistance for local police, increased funding for federal law enforcement and federal prosecutors).

    27. Rebuild the military and give veterans the choice of VA or private care.

    28. Reduce corruption in Washington DC by special interests.

    I don’t agree with everything here, but I see a lot of moves in the right direction.

  18. Scott: not term limits: repeal the Administrative Procedure Act, and put Congress back in charge of passing laws. The Executive can write laws and budgets, and offer them to Congress, but “Executive law” needs to die a brutal, unloved death.

  19. Somercet,

    Agreed. The problem is that executive order has a two-century precedent, including the Emancipation Proclamation. As with most things government, executive orders once had some veneer of limit, both in the scope and number of their use. They were intended to reflect the executive branch’s need for discretionary powers to implement legislation. Obama actually issued the fewest executive orders of a two-term president (excluding Kennedy) since Grover Cleveland, but he has made up for that by issuing some of the most overreaching orders since Franklin Roosevelt, whom I consider to have abused that power worse than any president in US history.

    Term limits on congress and other measures are an attempt to break up the nepotism, corruption, and collusion between politicians, their party, and special interests. Will they have any effect? Perhaps. Whether or not the Republican Party will support him in this is another question. I appreciate the intent, regardless, and hope that it all leads somewhere towards better ethics and accountability at the federal level.

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