Yesterday morning, as a close friend was about to create life, her husband sent a text saying, “My daughter is about to be born on the same day as our first female President.” Another friend said the same, and I remember thinking it was presumptuous. Sure I’m a superstitious, neurotic Jew, but this was different. Social media (and the polls) seemed to think we had it in the bag. So what went wrong, and why was my viscera on alert?
Though the popular proclamation is that this country is more sexist than racist, I beg to differ. While there is a certain sector of “Feminazis,” as Michael Moore put it, that’s a simplistic view of a much larger issue. In fact, if there’s a quote to be had, it might be that this country finds corruption to be more enraging than racism.
It’s worth noting that I voted for Hillary, but you were not going to see me post about how #IMWITHHER. Her many corrupt activities include the infamous email issue, her hiring of Debbie Wasserman Schultz immediately after the DNC Chairman stepped down for rigging the primary, her Wall Street speeches, her alleged donor favor trade while serving as Secretary of State, and her unfair access to questions prior to the debate against Sanders.
People are tired of the political machine, and Donald Trump represents a rejection of the old guard. Hillary represents elitist entitlement, and her actions while campaigning prove it. For starters, she could not be bothered to rally in the Rust Belt, and it cost her the election. She thought it was in the bag, and even if it was, doesn’t she care enough to meet the people that would put her in office? According to Michael Moore, who predicted this outcome:
In 2012, Mitt Romney lost by 64 electoral votes. Add up the electoral votes cast by Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. It’s 64. All Trump needs to do to win is to carry, as he’s expected to do, the swath of traditional red states from Idaho to Georgia (states that’ll never vote for Hillary Clinton), and then he just needs these four rust belt states. He doesn’t need Florida. He doesn’t need Colorado or Virginia. Just Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. And that will put him over the top. This is how it will happen in November.
Bernie Sanders echoed this and was adamant that Hillary was not electable. Carl Bialik said it best:
Back when he was trying to win the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders repeatedly said he was more electable than Clinton, citing hypothetical polls pitting each of them against Trump in head-to-head matchups. There’s no way to know if Sanders’s lead would have held up if he’d won the nomination and faced the full force of opposition from Trump and the Republican Party, but some Sanders supporters must be wondering if their favored candidate would be holding up better today, considering what was perceived to be his appeal to at least some of what has become Trump’s general-election constituency.
As I sit here today, the majority of my inner circle crestfallen and aghast, I’m forced to ask what we’ve learned. First, we’ve learned that everyone has a breaking point, and connections will get your foot in the door, but they won’t get you elected. You might have a machine of support with millions of dollars, but if your hands aren’t clean, you don’t deserve the post. Bernie Sanders’ hands were clean, and he’d have won that primary had it not been rigged. It wasn’t a fair fight, and I’m curious why my Facebook friends don’t say their favorite quote, “Karma is a b*tch,” for this instance. I hate that quote and find it offensive, but if you’re going to say it, now’s the time. Second, we’ve learned that there’s a zero tolerance policy for the opinion of others, and that policy will leave you blindsided come election day. If you shun those who think differently, you won’t hear their opinions. And if you don’t hear their opinions, you won’t have an honest dialogue that may lead to change. Third, we’ve learned that campaigning matters, and if Hillary couldn’t win against Obama (a complete unknown), why were we all so confident she could win now? Furthermore, she ran this campaign much like the campaign against Obama when she should have just hired David Axelrod. Axelrod actually criticized how she ran her campaign, saying, “Obviously her penchant for privacy is what led her to have a separate email system, and there have been other occasions in her public career in which she’s tried to create a zone of privacy.” He’s right. It’s a new era, and she was unable to kill controversies with swift candor. Lastly, we’ve learned that we’re just going to have to wait and see. I was sad and scared yesterday, especially after receiving texts from someone saying that our empire has fallen. Today, I feel different. I feel cautiously hopeful that this inexperienced blowhard will hire people who know what they’re doing. If he doesn’t, we’ve got two years to flip Congress. Stay tuned . . .