Hillary Clinton Needs to Keep Talking
I’m a big fan of Al Franken. I don’t really get what he’s saying here though.
“Sen. Al Franken told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric Thursday that Hillary Clinton should “move on” from her failed presidential bid.”
“The Minnesota senator’s remarks come a day after Clinton told a tech conference she was unfairly targeted during the 2016 campaign, arguing the media paid more attention to her own personal scandals than reports of Russian interference in the election.”
“I love Hillary. I think she is very prepared to be president of the United States … and I think she has a right to analyze what happened, but we do have to move on,” Franken said. “We have to move on by proving we are the party that cares about a lot of the people who voted for Donald Trump.”
I’m sorry-but why exactly? Why are the poeple who voted for Donald Trump more important than the many more millions who didn’t and the millions who did vote for Hillary?
People need to realize this is a despite what Bernie says no one is every winning 90% of the vote. I think many people mistakenly believe you can.
If you get 55% of the vote in US politics that’s a huge amount, 60% has only been done a few times-they were each historic landslides.
There are two theories of how to win a campaign:
1. Persuade those who don’t agree with you and change their mind.
2. Mobilize to the maximum level your natural base of support-those who do agree with you.
All things being equal number 2 is probably better for the electorate we have now though you can do some of each.
When you’re talking about the Trump voters, not all of them are died in the wool base supporters who will support him no matter what. Many of them came to him late-and yes I will say it, the Comey letter gave many of these educated whites who normally vote GOP an out.
But anyone saying that the Dems must ‘move on’ from Hillary ignores how many of us are #StillWithHer and #AlwaysWithHer.
Now it’s true for the most part when you lose an election you need to ‘move on.’ But this was not a normal election. Russia interfered on a massive cyber scale. The FBI also for murky reasons which still need to be explained, interfered.
The fact is that if there were no Comey letter she would have won.
The Comey Letter Probably Cost Clinton The Election
So why won’t the media admit as much?
“Nate Silver: It’s ‘painfully obvious’ the James Comey letter cost Hillary Clinton the election.”
What makes it even more outrageous is that we now see that the email investigation was itself compromised by Russian hackers-as Comey himself now says that he based his July presser on a phony Russian hacked email. And yet he claimed that Hillary was ‘extremely careless.’
So how do you ‘move on’ from that? The election was rigged, full stop. It’s an illegitimate result. We have an illegitimate President in the Oval Office, who just propagated a disastrous policy-getting out of the Paris climate deal-because he was mad at the Europeans. Putin is openly laughing at the diminution of our role.
Sorry. This is a crime against our system of government and our voting system. We can’t move on until we get to the bottom of it and all guilty parties-up to the so-called President-are held accountable.
As for Hillary she needs to keep talking. Anyone who tells her to shut up misses that you’re sticking your finger in the eye of the majority of Democratic voters. And she was right on the nose with what she said-it’s very tough to believe that the Russian hackers pull this off without American help.
After all, how would they know which documents to hack and when to time it? What was notable was their absolutely impeccable timing-I mean the DNC emails timed for the first day of the convention forcing Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to quit in disgrace to kick it off?
No, Hillary cannot-and must not-be silent:
Thus speaks the brilliant Charles Pierce in Esquire, who says,
“On Wednesday afternoon, my man Chuck Todd and his panelists on the daily version ofMeet The Press gave their audience as clear and simple a demonstration of the Clinton Rules as has been seen in public since that day Dan Burton murdered a melon in his backyard. Things got so weird so fast that, on a panel with two women, former RNC chairman Michael Steele was the lone voice arguing that, yes, misogyny might have played something of a role in last November’s results.”
“Put simply, the Clinton Rules state that any relatively commonplace political occurrence or activity takes on mysterious dark energy when any Clinton is involved.”
“Amen to all of the above.”
“And one of these days we’ve got to have a serious talk about ageism and misogyny. Because every time I read a nasty comment, including here on KOS, sliming Hillary Clinton, telling her to shut up, crawl off, blame herself for this perfect storm of propaganda, lies, targeted analytics, social media, and FBI interference (not to mention Russia) in our election, I want to scream.”
“I take this very personally. It’s an attack on women everywhere but especially older women, the wise women who’ve struggled against misogyny all our lives, who fought for workplace equality, who’ve struggled to equal rights including the right to control our bodies and our destinies; to be free. And we’re now the backbone of the #Resistance.”
“Think about that.”
Indeed-Amen to all of the above.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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