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  • Julie Driscoll 10:06 pm on September 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bernie Sanders, , Clinton What Happened, Democrats 2020, Hillary Clinton, James Comey   

    News flash: Bernie was supposed to cause Hillary “lasting damage” 

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    We’ve talked about this way too much, but alas, talk about it we must – because, once again, this daft, doddering fool is slithering back onto the political landscape. And she’s messing up the feng shui.

    Hillary Clinton. She’s not gone. Contrary to popular hope, she elected not to spend her elderly days sipping chardonnay and tramping through the Chappaqua woods (where she, miraculously, randomly ran into fans who she would generously take selfies with). She kept talking. And wrote that book, “What Happened,” which debuts on, what, Tuesday? We’ve already heard enough, haven’t we? She blames the same old villains, the Russians and Comey and, yes, even Obama and Biden and Bernie, for her humiliating loss. I think about that a lot, her endless rehashing of her worst moments.  I remember moments in my life that make me cringe to this day, and not only would I not write a book about them, I don’t even want to think about them, and hope I someday have total amnesia for that time snippet. But we’re not so fortunate with Clinton. Apparently, even negative attention is better than no attention. I keep thinking, shit, at least Palin eventually left the stage. But for Dems (and in full disclosure, I Demexited prior to the 2016 election, registered independent, and voted for President Trump), there’s no moving on until Democrats, en masse, force Clinton to blow town. For good. But there’s even talk, these days, about her nursing a dream of a 2020 run. So the whole moving on thing – not happening quite yet.

    Caitlin Johnstone, writing for Medium.com, wrote,   

    You can’t have it both ways, Democrats. You can’t keep bitching and bitching and bitching and bitching that Hillary should have won the election day after day after day after day, and then cry with Bambi-eyed dismay, ‘Why are you still picking on Hillary?? She lost! Move on!’ It doesn’t work that way, Democrats. Everyone else will move on when you move on.

    We’ll be waiting a while, because there’s some faction out there who believes that a site devoted to Clinton partisans (Verrit.com) with some very weird verification code thing that nobody seems to understand is a good idea. There are some who think that she still has something to offer politically. There are some who think she has political value. Hell, I still hear people blather about the “popular vote.” But anyone who thought she had value before her “What Happened” disaster should be re-thinking that now. After all, she didn’t exactly take blame for her epic fail, and in fact seemed to think that Bernie Sanders and his supporters should have moved aside for her coronation:

    Some of his supporters, the so-called Bernie Bros, took to harassing my supporters online. It got ugly and more than a little sexist . . . When I finally challenged Bernie during a debate to name a single time I changed a position or a vote because of a financial contribution, he couldn’t come up with anything . . . Nonetheless, his attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign . . . 
    Hold up. Bernie was running against her in the primary. She was taking shots at him at every turn. He was supposed to cause her damage. He was, in fact, supposed to beat her. That was the job his supporters had tasked him with. It was only “sexist” because he insulted her and she’s a female. It was ugly, in part, because she and her crew, led by horrid little troll David Brock (water does, let’s remember, seek its own level) and funded by PAC money, hired legions of online trolls to go forth and slay dragons on her behalf. 
    It was a primary. It wasn’t supposed to be pretty. I must have missed something, somewhere, because he was supposed to beat her. When she and her loyalists continue, long after her election loss, to hysterically toss the accusation out there that Bernie and his supporters cost her the election, well, I think, it may be true – in fact, I hope it is. It was my mission, at least, to make sure she was sent packing back to Chappaqua. A lot of Bernie supporters voted Stein, some did write-ins, and some, like me, took the bull by the horns and voted for her opponent. We didn’t want her in office. We didn’t want her in politics. We still don’t. And if we succeeded in our mission to ensure that, so what? It’s what you call a democracy. But it’s a funny thing, there: Clinton had no problem with Bernie campaigning for her after the primary, courting him and his supporters, despite what we now know was deep-seated anger, hostility and resentment against him. 
    Many of us will keep talking about Clinton as long as she keeps trashing Bernie and others we hold dear (like President Obama, and Vice President Biden). A whole slew of people (including Obama, Biden and Bernie) should have given her the heave-ho and not campaigned for her, in my opinion, but they did, and this is the thanks they get. A thorough thrashing in a post-loss book that somehow manages to STILL avoid taking blame.
    Are we done here yet? Can we ignore her book tour and not buy her book? Can we let Bernie lead the way, or Joe Biden, forgetting Clinton even exists? The first step in this is for us to admit that, yes, we Bernie supporters did do her lasting damage and yes, we needed to and wanted to do her lasting damage. I, for one, am certainly not disappointed at the outcome. I, for one, think she and the Dem establishment and the DNC and all her water-carriers got what they deserved. I, for one, would vote for Trump 100 times over rather than cast one single vote for Clinton, or any of her apologists and stooges or “influential establishment Democrats.” As Douglas MacKinnon of the Chicago Tribune wrote, “They elevate the definition of ‘craven’ to an entirely new level.”
    MacKinnon pointed out that Clinton likely sees an opening in 2020.  Gawd help us. But he may be right. She no doubt figures it was a fluke of Russia or Comey that yanked the presidency from her grasp in 2016. She no doubt figures that, after four years of President Trump, this country will be ready for anything different, even her. Sure, the 2020 Dem field is weak, at best. (Kamala Harris? Cory Booker? Puh-leeze.) But the one thing Clinton has always overlooked – in her postmortem, in her rehashing the ins and outs of 2016 – is that we really hate her. This country detests her more than they dislike Trump, according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Only some starry-eyed Verrit subscribers and delusional miscreants on social media still think highly of her. 
    We can’t rule out Clinton’s ego and arrogance and utter miscalculation, again, of the political climate. As MacKinnon noted,
    I think she does want to avenge her embarrassing loss to Donald Trump. And I’m convinced she will still have the fire in her belly to go through the grueling process one more time to become president.
    Good luck with that. Many of us will be waiting to once again fatally damage her candidacy should that “fire” propel her to even greater heights of stupidity to run again.
  • Julie Driscoll 12:35 am on May 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Clinton Resistance, Demexit, Democrats 2020   

    Come on, people, Dems aren’t our saviors 

    It hasn’t been that long since I Demexited after a lifetime as a yellow dog Dem, registered independent, and voted for Donald Trump.  Like a lot of people, I’m still unpacking it all – the campaign, the choices, what island to now land on.  Not a Republican, surely never a Democrat again, and “independent” doesn’t really have a home in this two-party system.  

    All my adult life, when progressive values were under siege, threatened, by hard right Republican policies, I’d think, well, not to worry – the Dems will save us.  Then came 2016, and the primary debacle, and Wikileaks, and Clinton, sauntering haughtily toward the White House with, “girl, we don’t need no stinking message, it’s your turn” churning in her brain, and in the brains of her loyalists – and I changed.  Contrary to popular belief, this sea change I, and others, went through wasn’t just sour grapes that the DNC had its thumb on the scale for Clinton hard as hell and Bernie suffered for it.  Bernie might or might not have beaten Trump – that, we’ll never know.  No, what changed was my belief that Dems were the good guys.  I lived in a utopia – everything Dem = Good, everything Republican = Bad.  I don’t know what I am now, but the one sure thing is that I now have an opportunity for re-growth and a hardened eye toward who the good guys really are – and aren’t.

    The most astounding thing about the 2016 election and Trump’s win is how many people still believe that, if only Clinton were in office, things would be sweetness and light and all about doing the right thing and flower power and moonlight and roses.  Far be it from me to burst that particular bubble, but no – we’d be having special prosecutors and investigations and the same sort of obstruction from Republicans against Clinton that we’re now seeing by Dems against Trump.  It would be business as usual, with Clinton surrounding herself with her closest personal allies and those who did their best to screw over Bernie Sanders (Podesta, Abedin, Palmieri, Mills, Samuels, Tanden – I would have included Mook, except the book “Shattered” indicated she hates him) – only their side lost, so the business of today is tea-party-channeling Dem obstruction of everything Trump.  There are no words to describe my horror when I heard the Dems in the House this week singing some way wrong version of “Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey, Goodbye” around the House healthcare vote – first, because it was pettiness taken to an insanely juvenile, humiliating level, and also because that’s what I’ve been saying to the Democratic Party for the past year.  And these are the same people who crucified Ted Cruz for reading Dr. Seuss during a long-winded speech on the Senate floor.

    The Democratic Party has gone about this all wrong.  They ran a terrible candidate, who ran a terrible campaign, who didn’t lose because of misogyny, Russia, Comey, or because some witches cast a spell on the American electorate.  She lost because people couldn’t stand her and couldn’t trust her, and they can’t stand her or trust her now.  She’s setting up a PAC, joining the “Resistance” movement, pretending relevance when even progressives are begging her to STFU and go away.  I echo that sentiment – but more importantly, hyping her as some hybrid, grass-roots “leader” of the Democratic Party is, first, laughable, and second, only shoots down any hope the Party has to resurrect itself into something palatable for the millions who rejected Clinton, the Establishment’s preferred candidate.  Look at the Democratic bench for 2020:  Elizabeth Warren (considered a sell-out by many for not endorsing Bernie Sanders in the primary), Bernie Sanders (who, though wildly popular, would, again, not get Democratic Party support), Cory Booker (a Clinton lap-dog from way back), Martin O’Malley (never a popular choice by the Dems), Joe Biden, Al Franken, Andrew Cuomo, Kamala Harris, even Tom Perez . . . the list goes pretty much on, but there’s nothing to see here.  Each and every potential 2020 candidate has one thing in common: They’re pure establishment candidates (with the possible exception of O’Malley), not even close to the Sanders wing of the party (except for, well, Sanders, who isn’t a Democrat).  And despite her stated claim that she won’t run for president again, nobody should ever rule out the walking ego that is Hillary Clinton – you can almost hear the wheels spinning in her brain, that after four years of Trump, it might really really this time be her turn.  (Ever hear any serious mention of Nina Turner, Tulsi Gabbard, Keith Ellison, any of the Bernie progressive wing?  Me, neither.)  The Resistance movement (or whatever it’s calling itself) is one of the most mundane, lame, garden variety nothing-burgers out there.  Their stated agenda is to obstruct everything Trump does – which sounds pretty familiar, since the Tea Party invented that concept in 2009 when Obama took office.  But so what?  They sing snarky songs on the House floor, stage some protests, let Trump know they don’t like him.  Does this build a brand?  Does this make up for the multitude of mistakes they’ve made, for their failure to back the working class, their failure to openly advocate for single payer, their dismal record on jobs, their self-serving sucking up to the healthcare industry (hello Senator Feinstein), financial industry (nice try, Pelosi), Big Pharm (nice gig, there, Booker), lobbyists of every stripe, their failure to promote a plan for and message of success for this country?

    After losing about 400 friends on Facebook during the 2016 campaign and another few hundred after people learned that I, a long-time, loud-mouthed, activist, Dems-can-do-no-wrong progressive, had voted for Trump, I changed.  Dems aren’t the good guys, and Dem loyalists – those feverish types like Peter Daou, who thinks the media should apologize to Clinton, and that we should just overthrow Trump and install Clinton in the White House – are destroying any chance that the Democratic Party may have to ever get it together.  Dems are, actually, veering closer and closer, in my mind, to being the bad guys.  They’re a bunch of false-flaggers.  They don’t take responsibility, won’t admit they need to change, are petty, narrow-minded, small-tent, rude, hostile, bitter – and dumb.  They’re looking at 2020 candidates who are just incarnates of who they looked at in 2016 – and look how that turned out.  They conduct “unity tours” and talk about progressive values, try to convince people they’re the grown-ups in the room, all while singing stupid shit on the House floor.  Dems did at one time have a brand:  They supposedly stood up for the little guy, were big on social policies that helped the poor and downtrodden, liked economic equality and equality for women and all those other positive things.  Now, all they have is an urge to break shit, not build shit.  Blanket obstruction only works when there’s a goal and organization – and at this point, I’d be shocked if the Democratic Party, as it stands, could organize a one-car funeral.

    I was duped for a long time by the hype that the Dems stood for what I stood for.  My disgust at what they actually do stand for, and who and what they are willing to back at all costs, led to my Demexit and vote for Trump.  And there’s one more thing (goodbye, 500 more Facebook friends):  I still have no regrets, about either Demexiting or voting for Trump.  It’s what the Dems deserve, and what they will continue to deserve since introspection isn’t their thing.  They aren’t, folks, here to help us.

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