Why Hillary Lost the Election

I found this article on one of Fox’s back pages. I just hope the Democratic Big wigs don’t read it!

In an opinion article published this week, the communications director for Hillary Clinton’s campaign – Jennifer Palmieri – highlighted a small electoral victory that ironically captured the reason for my party’s ultimate defeat. “As I like to note, Clinton received more votes for president than any white man in history,” she crowed.

Got it. White men bad, women good.

In Palmieri’s political world, she believes that we can cruise to electoral dominance if we build a coalition of voters based on identity politics. In other words, if Democrats can get a particular slice of Americans to the polls – women, Jews, ethnic minorities, gay men and lesbians  – we will win.

The idea for this dates back most famously to 2004 when political experts John Judis and Ruy Teixeira published their book, “The Emerging Democratic Majority.” They convinced my party that hard data – demographic, geographic, economic, and political data – forecasted the dawn of a new progressive era.

They argued that there was a massive wave of Democratic voters in the country’s urban areas just waiting to support the party, and would do so for generations to come.

In short, we couldn’t lose. We just needed to better organize these various categories of people and inspire them to show up on Election Day.

Unfortunately for my fellow Democrats – and the country – these political experts made a series of bad assumptions that has proven disastrous.

First, they assumed that each category of people was largely homogenous. For instance, people like Palmieri would make the case that all gay men are basically the same.

Next, the experts came up with policy solutions and related messaging to cater to a category’s specific needs. Again, gay men would likely respond to increased funding for HIV/AIDS research, so that’s what was pushed in gay-friendly media outlets.

With those two pieces in the bag, the actual candidate running for office was important but not terribly so, provided that she or he stuck to the script. And so that was our approach taken in 2016; Clinton was anointed as our nominee. Voters didn’t need to like her.

Pre-election polls seemed to support this strategy. The liberal Huffington Post put her chances of winning at 98 percent. My friends in the Democratic National Committee started jockeying for positions at the White House last summer.

And then, on November 9, America woke up to President-elect Donald Trump.

As a shell-shocked campaign and party struggled for answers – coming up with a litany of excuses – they missed the obvious: successful campaigns are built on candidates first, policies second, and coalitions of voters last. We had it completely backwards.

I will offer up myself as an example. By all measures in Palmieri’s playbook, I should have pulled the lever for Hillary Clinton. I’m a Democrat and voted for President Obama twice. I’ve got a college education and, for years, I lived in big cities. I support renewable energy instead of foreign oil. I’m also gay and have faced discrimination throughout my life.

Slam dunk for Team Clinton? Not so fast.

I was – and remain – appalled at her vote in Iraq that sent 4,491 servicemen and women to their deaths.

Equally egregious, she bragged about killing Libya’s dictator despite him no longer being a threat to our country. The result of that fiasco? Dead soldiers and Ambassador in Benghazi, a new safe haven for the Islamic State, and a refugee crisis that threatens Europe’s stability to this day.

In sum, she pushed for wars without reason; she lacked the judgment to be commander in chief.

To the horror of my party, it turns out that I think critically. I do not follow the party line. Moreover, the Clinton campaign profoundly misunderstood my identity. I am an American first, a family man second, and a Democrat third. My sexual orientation is deeply important but it does not dictate how I vote.

After wrestling with what to do on Election Day, I decided on Gary Johnson; I couldn’t stomach Clinton and didn’t trust Trump. In fact, I still don’t. But the American people chose differently. Whether I like it or not, Donald Trump will be the president of the United States in just over a month.

It is now my solemn duty to follow the example I learned at the Central Intelligence Agency: salute my flag and commander in chief irrespective of my party affiliation, all while staying true to those Democratic values that I hold dear.

I will not whine or protest. I will not demand a recount. Instead, I will encourage people to support President Trump as their conscience allows, and oppose him respectfully and fairly where they cannot. We owe him the chance to succeed. That’s how adults behave in a democracy.

To Palmieri and Democrats who think like her, I urge our party to reconsider our embrace of identity politics. Most Americans simply do not care that Secretary Clinton won more votes than any other white man. It’s an offensive and intellectually lazy argument to make.

We will not be falsely divided into a nation of neat categories. If you cannot accept that, then please go away. And take your fellow ideologues with you.

If, however, you can accept this new direction, we can once again make our case to the American people – white, black, and brown; gay and straight; Christian and Muslim; rural and urban – that we are a party worthy of their vote.

The country deserves a faithful opposition, and that requires a credible voice to hold Trump accountable. Unless we ditch identity politics and stop whining, we will not be taken seriously. Instead, we will be stuck at the edge of an electoral abyss.

Bryan Dean Wright is a former CIA ops officer and member of the Democratic Party. He contributes on issues of politics, national security, and the economy. Follow him on Twitter @BryanDeanWright.

 

 

 

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/12/08/im-democrat-but-clinton-staffer-jennifer-palmieris-twisted-logic-is-exactly-why-lost.html?intcmp=ob_article_sidebar_video&intcmp=obnetwork

Obama Orders Review of Cyber Security

So Barack Obama has ordered that a thorough review of cyber security measures directly affecting the recent elections.

That the leaked emails had a detrimental effect on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC is hardly something that can be disputed.

The elephant in the room that everyone, Democrat AND Republican seems to be blind to is this. If Hillary Clinton, the DNC, the Clinton Campaign, CNN et al had conducted themselves professionally and ethically, following all Federal laws to the letter as well as the spirit of………there would have been nothing worth leaking.

 

Will Trump Be Blackmailed?

Carrier and President Elect Trump recently announced that the company would remain in the US. With that simple agreement Trump saved more jobs before he was even sworn in than Obama did in almost eight years.

Yet, as announced this AM, those jobs are not 100% secure.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/30/hundreds-could-still-lose-jobs-at-carriers-indianapolis-plant-despite-trump-deal.html

True, no job ever is, but that is not the concern I have. Has the President set his administration up for a continual stream of “Companies” seeking favorable treatment while using the threat of moving offshore to secure said favor?

What’s Wrong With Millenials and Liberals

I received this as an email today:

> *HERE’S WHY WE GRIEVE TODAY by John Palovitz*
>
> *I don’t think you understand us right now.*
>
> *I think you think this is about politics. *
>
> *I think you believe this is all just sour grapes; the crocodile tears of
> the losing locker room with the scoreboard going against us at the
> buzzer.*
>
> *I can only tell you that you’re wrong. This is not about losing an
> election. This isn’t about not winning a contest. This is about two very
> different ways of seeing the world.*
>
> *Hillary supporters believe in a diverse America; one where religion or
> skin color or sexual orientation or place of birth aren’t liabilities or
> deficiencies or moral defects. Her campaign was one of inclusion and
> connection and interdependency. It was about building bridges and breaking
> ceilings. It was about going high. *
>
> *Trump supporters believe in a very selective America; one that is largely
> white and straight and Christian, and the voting verified this. Donald
> Trump has never made any assertions otherwise. He ran a campaign of fear
> and exclusion and isolation—and that’s the vision of the world those who
> voted for him have endorsed.*
>
> *They have aligned with the wall-builder and the professed p*ssy-grabber,
> and they have co-signed his body of work, regardless of the reasons they
> give for their vote:*
>
> *Every horrible thing Donald Trump ever said about women or Muslims or
> people of color has now been validated.*
> *Every profanity-laced press conference and every call to bully protestors
> and every ignorant diatribe has been endorsed.*
> *Every piece of anti-LGBTQ legislation Mike Pence has championed has been
> signed-off on.*
>
> *Half of our country has declared these things acceptable,
> noble, American. *
>
> *This is the disconnect and the source of our grief today. It isn’t
> a political defeat that we’re lamenting, it’s a defeat for Humanity.*
>
> *We’re not angry that our candidate lost. We’re angry because our
> candidate’s losing means this country will be less safe, less kind, and
> less available to a huge segment of its population, and that’s just the
> truth.*
>
> *Those who have always felt vulnerable are now left more so. Those whose
> voices have been silenced will be further quieted. Those who always felt
> marginalized will be pushed further to the periphery. Those who feared
> they
> were seen as inferior now have confirmation in actual percentages.*
>
> *Those things have essentially been campaign promises of Donald Trump, and
> so many of our fellow citizens have said this is what they want too. *
>
>
> *This has never been about politics. This is not about one candidate over
> the other.*
> *It’s not about one’s ideas over another’s.*
> *It is not blue vs. red.*
>
> *It’s not her emails vs. his bad language. It’s not her dishonesty vs. his
> *
> *indecency.*
>
> *It’s about overt racism and hostility toward minorities.*
> *It’s about religion being weaponized.*
>
>
> *It’s about crassness and vulgarity and disregard for women. It’s about a
> barricaded, militarized, bully nation. It’s about an unapologetic,
> open-faced ugliness.*
>
> *And it is not only that these things have been ratified by our nation
> that
> grieve us; all this hatred, fear, racism, bigotry, and
> intolerance—it’s knowing that these things have been amen-ed by
> our neighbors, our families, our friends, those we work with and worship
> alongside. That is the most horrific thing of all. We now know how close
> this is.*
>
> *It feels like living in enemy territory being here now, and there’s no
> way
> around that. We wake up today in a home we no longer recognize. We
> are grieving the loss of a place we used to love but no longer do. This
> may
> be America today but it is not the America we believe in or recognize or
> want.*
> Here’s Why We Grieve Today
If they are all about inclusion, explain the attacks on Christians for voicing their beliefs? It works just as well for someone to say that the election was about the war between Satan’s minions who would tear down and marginalize Christianity and Judasim as old fashioned and exculding people who don’t share their beliefs. Why then are “inclusives” allowed their beliefs but others are not, if they are not the same as theirs? To paraphrase Henry Ford….”you can hold any belief..as long as it is mine”

Bull shit.

A huge percentage of the people who voted for Hillary or would have voted for Bernie, have no concept of how the world works. They are still in school, living at home, living off of their parents or the government  on one support program or another.

They are enamored of the perfect world concept that everyone IS equal, that all should be provided for all, that they should be allowed to “be” whatever they want to be without restraint or responsibility. If I or you hold a different opinion we are immediately labelled as racist, homophobic,sexist, misogynistic (whatever the hell that is), or the current label of the day.

This is the most spoiled, self centered group of misfits the world has ever seen. Their heroes are overpaid sports celebrities, Hollywood celebrities, people like the Kardashians, Real Housewives of Self Centeredville, or any of a number of groups of people who have one thing in common. They get paid far more than their contribution to society.

There is only one thing I remember from college Psychology. Maslow’s hierarchy of Need.

https://www.google.com/search?q=maslow’s+heirachy+of+need&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari#imgrc=qqFg1FKo1FRNiM%3A

Simply stated, people exist at one level or another, at different times somewhere on the pyramid. The goal of humanity is of course to strive for the highest level.

The misguided Liberal supporters are under the delusion that THEY can be at the top of that pyramid without having to earn their way to the top, AND at the expense of those who WORK to pay to maintain them there.

Again…BULL SHIT!

 

Disconnected Democrats

The election is over, most of the Trump supporters have come down off of their “high” from winning an unwinnable election…….and the Dumbocrats still don’t get it.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/14/bernie-sanders-humiliated-democrats-cant-talk-to-white-working-class-voters.html

While I, and virtually everyone I talk to at WORK is very happy that Hillary did not win the Presidency, there is more if a feeling of relief than of euphoria. We feel that for at least the next 4 years we, the WORKIng class, have at least a chance to regain more than the toe hold we had on the beach of this great country.

What Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party fail to grasp, is that their “powerbase” is no longer the working man. It is now the non working man. Or woman, transsexual, non gender specific, illegal immigrant, welfare whores, and the disenfranchised dregs of society, that do nothing to contribute to the growth or stability of this country. People such as college professors, Hollywood actors, and the odd category of people such as the Kardashians, Rich Housewives of Beverly Hills etal, who live in fantasy or artificial worlds so  disconnected from the reality of the every day man that they cannot conceive that it takes WORK to build and maintain a country at a level that truly does benefit all.

Which, in the case of the last election is a good thing, since they were so busy protesting this or that injustice to society, or were simply to lazy to get off their couch and vote, that we, the “working class”, now have a chance to enact new legislation, judicial, and social reforms, as well as enforce the existing laws of the land to fight our way back up the beach head of the bottomless ocean into which we had been backed.