Thursday, September 07, 2017

Quote of the Day

The simple facts are these: Senator Sanders enjoyed so much success in the primaries and Donald Trump won the election because they both tapped into widespread voter anger against the very establishment Hillary Clinton represented. And to top it all off, they both were simply more convincing and persuasive as campaigners than Secretary Clinton ever was or could be.

Think about it. Was there ever a time when Sanders or Trump didn't sound authentic & angry when they were on the stump? Love or hate them as candidates, they sure seemed like they were speaking from the heart. And their hearts were eerily as angry as a critical mass of American voters. By contrast, Clinton ran anything but an ad-libbed campaign with everything from her speeches to her tweets looking like they had been vetted by a team of advertising experts for weeks before seeing the light of day.

The Clinton campaign's repeated claims of how "experienced" and "presidential" Clinton was just made the case stronger that she was indeed part and parcel of the "establishment." It also made her come off as if she was perhaps unaware of the real concerns and anger so many voters hold to this day.

The Democrats and establishment liberals in general might want to start fixing this by following Sanders' personal example instead of bashing him. The latest Harvard-Harris poll shows Sanders is the most popular active politician in America. Leave it to Clinton's bad timing to release a book blaming him for losing the election just as that poll was released.

. . . What the political and media establishments don't get is that they all lost the election more than Donald Trump won it. It's probably impossible to prove or even ask about this question in a reliable poll, but Trump's victory was more about people voting against Clinton and all of Washington than people actually voting for him.

His stubbornly high unfavorable poll ratings give us more than a hint that this is true. But by continuing to attack him instead of changing their message, all of establishment Washington does nothing to improve its fortunes or esteem among the voters.

The good news for the Democrats is that Hillary Clinton's new book is an excellent example of what not to do and say for the next four years and beyond.

Related Off-site Links:
What Hillary Clinton Still Doesn't Understand About Bernie Sanders – Chris Cillizza (CNN, September 5, 2017).
Clinton’s Score-settling Frustrates Democrats – Jonathan Easley (The Hill, September 7, 2017).
Seth Meyers to Hillary Clinton: Lay Off Bernie Sanders – Laura Bradley (Vanity Fair, September 7, 2017).
Bernie Sanders Fires Back at Hillary Clinton’s Book Criticism: Stop "Arguing About 2016" – Matt Wilstein (The Daily Beast, September 7, 2017).
Sanders Brushes Off Clinton Criticism: "Look Forward and Not Backward" – Alexander Bolton (The Hill, September 6, 2017).
Bernie Sanders Still Towers Above Trump – Brent Budowsky (CNBC, September 5, 2017).
The Democratic Party Needs to Become a Workers’ Party – Scott Courtney (The Washington Post, September 4, 2017).

UPDATES: Hillary Clinton Admits Her '"Most Important" Blunder That Swayed the 2016 Presidential Campaign – Meredith McGraw (Good Morning America via Yahoo! News, September 10, 2017).
Clinton: I Am Done With Being a Candidate – Julia Manchester (The Hill, September 10, 2017).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Something to Think About – January 20, 2017
Election Eve Thoughts
Carrying It On
Progressive Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump
Quote of the Day – November 9, 2016
Quote of the Day – June 9, 2016
Progressive Perspectives on Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton
Hope, History and Bernie Sanders
Quote of the Day – March 9, 2016
Super Tuesday Thoughts on Bernie Sanders
Quote of the Day – February 17, 2016
Something to Think About – February 4, 2016

Image: Kristen Solberg.

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