• Moving Forward to 2018? The Danger of Undead Hillary

    May 10, 2017

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    I’m wondering how successful the Democratic meme of “Trump voters, now you’ll get what you deserve” will be.

    Media regularly now run stories “telling” Trump voters how bad their decision was. Many outlets unlikely to be read by Trump voters produce elaborate charts and expert commentary about how whatever Trump is doing with taxes or the economy will negatively affect voters in Red states the most. The implication is hah, hah, suckers, you voted for more jobs and you’ll get nothing! Tag-on articles also include dubious surveys showing vast numbers of Trump voters agree with statements like “Even though Trump policies will definitely kill my mother in front of my eyes, I’d still vote for him.” That’s a two-fer: you were dumb to vote for him once, Cletus, and you still won’t admit how freaking dumb you are.

    The highbrow version of those nasty little stories is the literal glee of too many progressives over how poorly Republican health care plans will work out. Following their defeat in the House over so-called “Trumpcare,” Democrats as one pivoted to saying their loss was their gain, as Americans will suffer and maybe even die as a result of the new rules, and finally realize how wrong they were to vote Republican.

    So a serious question: do party leaders really think this will translate into votes for Democratic candidates in a few years? That badgering people to admit they were wrong is a good tactic (we all know how much anyone likes to admit they were wrong)? That mocking voters for their 2016 choice will bring them to your side in 2018? That hoping enough suffer under even worse health care policy to vote for the party that stood by chortling and watched it happen?


    Alongside this very odd strategy of gain through others’ pain is the issue of Undead Hillary. The two are connected.

    The standard for a losing candidate is to quietly go away. Mike Dukakis (Remember him? No? That’s my point) is the perfect example. For those losers who don’t want to simply write a memoir and fade away playing golf, they can also respectfully reemerge after some time has passed as an elder statesman (Walter Mondale) or as a specific issue spokesperson quietly tolerated at the sidelines of the moving-on-now party (Al Gore and climate change.)

    The problem for Democrats is that Hillary Clinton is not yet convinced, nor are many of her supporters, that she really lost the election. They act in some ways as if the campaign is still ongoing.

    By basically continuing to run a version of the same full-on negative strategy they did in 2016 (Trump is dangerous, evil, stupid, a threat, Putin c*ck holster), there seems to be this poorly-formed notion that somehow Trump will disappear (Emoluments Clause, impeachment for something, whatever) and that it will then be Clinton, not Pence, waking up the next morning in the White House.



    In other words, until the Democrats can stand up as a party and say “We lost. There were a variety of factors but at least some sizable part of the electorate wanted what Trump offered and did not want what we offered” they will continue to push Undead Hillary forward as if she and her negative campaign still represent a hope back into power.

    Until then, no alternatives. No new ideas. No positivity. Indeed, a near-ghoulish sense of “Well, America, you didn’t chose our Clinton so enjoy life in hell as a penalty” pervades. It seems a very unconvincing way forward for a party that currently controls no part of government.




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    • Mitch said...

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      I’m still waiting for Hillary Rotten Clinton’s guest shot on ‘Z Nation’ as the undead, brain eating, un-killable, zombie queen from Hell, who eats the life out of everything on the planet…..

      Holy Shit…… That is way to close to reality……

      Damn……. Ok…… Time for wine…. Been maneuvering to bust pedophiles all day…. My humors off more than usual ….

      Must drink….. Too pissed off….. What the hell is wrong with these people…… People who harm children= BAD!!!!!!

      M

      05/10/17 1:30 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Hillary may be starting a new PAC.

      05/10/17 5:59 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      More mush for US mushrooms. Keep US in the dark and covered in shit.

      Folks, the WarWitch ain’t no different than the orange clown and his Earth Dog Sick Pence none the wiser. The Wall Street War Party owns BOTH parties. It makes More Money for more troops in Afghanistan and less money for the retched poor folks on Medicaid.

      05/10/17 9:06 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich….

      Its ok…. You still have your meds…. Little brown plastic bottle… Second shelf in the medicine cabinet.

      M

      05/10/17 9:57 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Long read…. But worth it….. Sheds some light on things.

      https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/how-to-think-about-vladimir-putin/

      M

      05/10/17 9:58 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      President Hillary Clinton fired FBI Director Comey after his mistaken claim that hundreds of thousands of classified emails were sent by her to an unclassified system.

      Republicans mostly approved of the action.

      05/10/17 11:54 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      NYT: WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, on Wednesday defended President Clinton’s firing of the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, resisting calls to challenge the president.

      “Today we’ll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation,” Mr. McConnell said on the Senate floor, “which can only serve to impede the current work being done.”

      05/10/17 11:57 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      And YET, Repubes also seem to be developing DEM tendencies, like preferring political purgatory to pressing immediate Congressional perjury (among myriad other destruction, obstruction, national security and RIC0 BaRacketeering) charges against the HelldeBeast & Company ! WTF are Trump or Congress’ Judiciary Chair WAITING FOR ? Having Another GoodLatte, IN$TEAD ??

      05/10/17 11:58 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      President Clinton will nominate Anthony Weiner to replace FBI Director James Comey.

      05/10/17 12:02 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      CNN: Three U.S. officials say fired FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers that he asked the Justice Department for more money for the bureau’s investigation into President Clinton’s email security violations.

      President Clinton fired Comey Tuesday.

      President Clinton says ousted FBI Director James Comey “was not doing a good job.”

      Clinton’s remarks come as the White House is defending the decision to dismiss Comey. Administration officials have said the firing was not related to the investigation into Clinton’s classified email violations.

      05/10/17 1:50 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Clinton loyalists made the talkshow rounds armed with talking points that Hillary’s emails have been investigated for months and that it was time to move on.

      05/10/17 4:19 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      This so-called democracy is getting what it deserves.

      Come on, Chris Christie. The FBI ain’t finished until the fat guy sings.

      05/10/17 4:51 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      We are all Walking Dead.

      05/10/17 5:08 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Reports we like to see…objectively.

      WASHINGTON, United States—The surprise dismissal of a powerful security services chief Tuesday night is widely seen here as a part of strongman President Donald Trump’s efforts to sideline critics and consolidate power, raising concerns about the state of democracy and the rule of law in this fragile but strategically vital North American country. This James Keating reporting.

      05/10/17 5:40 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Speaking of crazy old white women, the crazy old white woman who got caught on video berating a Muslim woman in a Trader Joe’s in Reston, Virginia reportedly claimed her anti-Obama, anti-Muslim rant was “taken out out of context,” as reported by Fox5. She actually said she was angry because she was out of Kotex.

      The video which went viral after being posted to Facebook — and has been viewed almost 4 million times — showed the blonde woman telling the Muslim woman, “I wish they didn’t let you in the country,” before adding, “Obama’s not in office anymore. We don’t have a Muslim in there anymore. He’s gone, he’s gone. He may be in jail, too.”

      The story of Obama’s life: On the rag to riches.

      05/10/17 5:54 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      The fixed stance of the two wings of the war party vying for political power suggests that an ethos of public service at the highest levels of government is perhaps no longer possible. I’m now in full acceptance of that grim appraisal.

      05/10/17 6:41 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Good news: James Comey named Special Prosecutor to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.

      05/10/17 6:48 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      If it quacks like a duck:

      On the morning after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey for continuing the investigation into Trump’s secret business deals with Russia, Trump met with his boss, Russia’s foreign minister in the White House, to get instructions how to destroy the United States. The White House declared the meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to be closed press, meaning that reporters couldn’t attend and cover independently.

      But one outlet did get in: TASS, a Russian state media organization.

      In addition, Russia’s foreign ministry quickly distributed photos of the Trump meeting with Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. And the Russian embassy even cryptic tweeted a shot of the president – “Our man in the White House”

      05/11/17 7:44 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      A government that still can’t mention “genocide” to describe the murder of the Armenian population has no problem using the word “atrocities” to describe the actions of an FBI Director.

      05/11/17 10:27 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Postmortem America- Humpty Trumpie has a cracked eggshell:

      Item 1.

      Reporter: Another part of your overall plan, the tax reform plan. Is it OK if that tax plan increases the deficit? Ronald Reagan’s tax reform didn’t.

      Trump: Well, it actually did. But, but it’s called priming the pump. You know, if you don’t do that, you’re never going to bring your taxes down. …

      Reporter: But beyond that it’s OK if the tax plan increases the deficit?

      Trump: It is OK, because it won’t increase it for long. You may have two years where you’ll…you understand the expression “prime the pump”?

      Reporter: Yes.

      Trump: We have to prime the pump. … Have you heard that expression before, for this particular type of an event?

      Reporter: Priming the pump?

      Trump: Yeah, have you heard it?

      Reporter: Yes.

      Trump: Have you heard that expression used before? Because I haven’t heard it. I mean, I just…I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good. It’s what you have to do.

      And all the demented’s men couldn’t put Humpty Trumpie back together again.

      05/11/17 11:51 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Trump: Ever heard the expression “golden showers?”

      Reporter: Golden showers?

      Trump: Yeah, I came up with it a couple of days ago.

      05/11/17 3:20 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Thinking is very taxing to Humpty Trumpie:

      Trump: Depending. It depends on which plan, you know, which concept we’ve got to…but it could be. But I think the Democrats are going to like it. We may align it with infrastructure, which they like. They like it as much as the Republicans like it. We need infrastructure in our country. This country has wasted $6 trillion in the Middle East. Wasted. Like taking it and throwing it right out that window. Right into the Rose Garden. See that beautiful Rose Garden? Look at those very nicely dressed people. It’s religious liberty out there.

      05/11/17 3:31 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      It’s a race to the bottom in DC: the Dems trying to resurrect the decaying corpse of Hillarious and the Repugnicans trying to keep the Trump Titanic afloat. Nothing but the dead and dying in my hometown

      05/11/17 7:03 PM | Comment Link

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