WHY CLINTON LOST -- POSTMORTEM
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BY MICHAEL WILSON
Nov 15, 2016
BY MICHAEL WILSON
The election of 2016 is now a week in the rear view mirror of our nation. It is over but for the wailing and gnashing of teeth, rending of garments, blame sharing and recriminations. Following the example offered by the current incumbent, Hillary Clinton is blaming everyone but herself for her unpredicted loss. So let's let some daylight into the swamp, shall we?
Mrs. Clinton, it is not the fault of Comey, Limbaugh or Fox News that your attempt to gain the presidency failed. As is generally the case with us humans, your worst enemy looks back at you from your mirror every time you look into it . BTW, I am calling you Mrs. Clinton and not using any of your honorifics since if you were not Mrs William Jefferson Clinton, you would not have attained any of these, nor had even the chance of a one legged man in an ass kicking contest of seeking the highest office in the land.) So let's examine your failure, eh?
The first problem is you personally. You have shown yourself to be a rude, unpleasant person whose record when objectively analyzed is one of serial failures. Your arrogance is abrasive and annoying. Your dishonesty is a matter of record, as is your disdain for ethics. This record reaches back more than four decades, to your termination from the Watergate investigating committee for dishonesty and unethical conduct. Your dishonesty is of the most stupid variety, as you habitually lie when the truth would serve you better. Default dishonesty is not a recommendation for the person who sits behind the desk in the Oval Office. Incidentally, your alleged brilliance was not manifested when you failed the DC bar exam. Your failures of judgment and policy stretch from your failed health plan during your husband's tenure, which resulted in the DP debacle in the midterms elections of 1994 which restored the House to RP control. They run through the recommendations of some the worst candidates to appointed office in recent history. Probably the most egregious of these appointments was that of Janet Reno to AG, in which office she directed the killings of the Weaver family on Ruby Ridge, the wholesale incineration of 86 live men, women and innocent children in the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, TX, and the Gestapo tactics used to thuggishly remove the seven year old Elian Gonzalez from his family's home. It culminated in the worst performance in American history as Secretary of State, overseeing the abject weakening of relations with Russia and China, enabling ISIS, destabilizing the entire Middle East and Muslim Africa, and laying the groundwork for the woeful agreement with Iran.
The second major problem is the Democratic Party which you typify so clearly. The DP abandoned any pretense of representing working class America decades ago. The contempt in which you hold working class Americans is best exemplified by the acceptance with which the party and its media hacks and water carriers greeted your candidate's deeming us "deplorables." I would suggest that the DP power structure, composed of elitists and white collar criminals, comprises the true "deplorables." How long did you think that you would be able to con the majority of Americans that you were on their side, or that you had any intention of even making a minimal effort to represent our interests? You represent an ever diminishing minority of career politicians, lobbyists, corrupt leadership of the unions that have progressively lost power due to their failure to represent anyone of than their own interests, professional race baiters, illegal aliens, and irrational or venal environmental extremists.
The third problem is the recent track record of Barack Obama and his minions in the Congress. Did Democrats really believe that the recent increases in health care insurance, after the promises that costs would go down, with a concomitant reduction in promised services and benefits, would go unremarked by the American people? Did they really believe that the citizens would not see through the criminal behavior of their candidate, abetted and covered by the corrupt AG Loretta Lynch? Did they truly believe that the voters would not realize that corruption and cronyism were rampant among the DP leadership? That the voters would not figure out that the Clintons could never have gone from zero to +/- $300 million honestly and ethically in just twenty years, or that the increase in Speaker Pelosi's net worth from $8 million to $35 million during her short tenure was suspicious? Were they so utterly arrogant that they thought that the smug, dismissive hubris of John Koskinen would not be noted, or that the stonewalling of Lois Lerner did not indicate criminal abuse by the IRS and other executive branch functionaries would not be construed as the criminal behavior it was? Did the DP power structure really think the American people so stupid or compliant as to permit such behavior forever?
My lifelong activist Democrat father, who was honest enough that he would be appalled at what the party he loved and for which he worked for decades has become, frequently quoted the great Democratic President, Harry S. Truman's guidance to "Trust the people." It garnered Truman a victory in 1948 which was almost a model for Donald Trump's recent victory; against the odds and in the face of all "learned" prognostication. The Democratic Party, and its woefully flawed candidate, not only ignored this advice from one of its great representatives, but treated the people with total disdain. These factors, not the machinations of the forces arrayed against her, resulted in the defeat of Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton.