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Hillary Clinton carried the email story the whole campaign….

Yup,  she did something that in hindsight was dumb…

Not criminal….

But DUMB.

And YES she was unable to get out from under the issue to Republicans glee….

And finally while he probably didn’t know it….

Donald Trump’s MULTIPLE issues served to NOT the focus any ONE like the current Russian issue is doing NOW….

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The phrase “But her emails!” has become a sarcastic rallying cry among many liberals who bemoan the attention dedicated last year to questions over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Their perception ― that the focus on Clinton’s emails overshadowed the rest of her campaign ― is backed by data, according to an analysis recently released by researchers at Gallup, Georgetown University, and the University of Michigan. The results don’t directly address the share of media coverage focused on Clinton’s emails, or the degree to which it hurt her standing, but they make it clear that much of what the public remembered hearing about her was focused on the controversy.

“Email-related scandals clearly dominated recalled words about Clinton. This is true for almost every week of the campaign,” the authors concluded in a presentation given Saturday during a panel on election surveys. “There was no similarly common theme for Trump, whose multiple scandals produced a changing, and perhaps more easily overcome, narrative during the campaign.”….

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Are we reliving the 2016 campaign 6 months later?

Trump people need to  keep reminding people that they won?

President Trump’s upset November victory never seems to be far from the White House’s mind.

On Tuesday, Dan Scavino, the White House director of social media, celebrated the six-month anniversary of the election by tweeting a screen grab of the late night phone call in which Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton called to concede to Republican candidate Donald Trump. Scavino promised to share video of the conversation, which he said came via a Nov. 9 phone call at 2:30 a.m. from longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin to Trump’s then-campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway.

Scavino did not respond to an email asking when he plans to reveal the clip. He posted the message on his personal account rather than his official White House Twitter page. Scavino has previously been attacked by Democrats for using his personal account to call for the defeat of a congressman who criticized Trump. Ethics laws bar government officials from using their position to influence elections.

Conway, who is now a counselor to the president, responded to Scavino on her personal account and suggested there were people who had not yet come to grips with Trump’s victory….

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Hillary Clinton throws down about her loss…

In a sit down yesterday Clinton advised that she isn’t going away and she isn’t gonna be quiet….

She did admit that she made mistakes in last years campaign but laid most of the blame of her lost where she has previously….

On James Comes, the FBI Director….

And the Russian campaign against her…

But we must acknowledge also that Clinton was outfoxed by Republicans and Trump in the four states that gave Trump the electoral win, even though Hillary beat Trump by almost 3 Million votes overall…

This is also her second unsuccessful try to get back to the White House…There IS something to read in that….

The tough throw down from Clinton is probably the side of her that has hurt her politically in 2008/2016….But it IS good for her (And Democrats) to step up and get her anger out in public ….

Oh, and she IS part of the ‘Resistance’!…..

Hillary Clinton had kept a purposely low profile in the wake of her stunning 2016 defeat at the hands of President Donald Trump. Until Tuesday, that is.

In a sit-down interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour as part of a “Women for Women International” event in New York City, Clinton let rip on Russian interference in the election, FBI Director James Comey, misogyny, the media and, last but certainly not least, Trump.
“He should worry less about the election and me winning the popular vote and more about other things,” Clinton said.
 “Remember, I did win more than 3 million votes than my opponent,” she said.
“I’m back to being a private citizen, and part of the resistance,” she said.
It was a remarkable moment for Clinton — fierce, unapologetic and even sarcastic. It was a striking reversal from the measured public persona she had cultivated throughout her career.
What came through loud and clear — despite her assertions that she made a number of mistakes in the course of the campaign — was that Clinton believes that the election was taken from her. And that she’s still mad as hell about it…..
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Update…..

President Donald Trump on Tuesday night bashed his FBI director, James Comey, and Hillary Clinton, after Clinton placed some blame on the FBI for her loss in the 2016 election.

In two tweets published around 11 p.m. Trump said that Comey aided Clinton by not recommending charges following a probe into her use of a private email server…..

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2016 Presidential Voting Analysis…Trump stole the White Working Class vote from Hillary…

This isn’t a surprise….

The number cructhers are just confirming what a lot of us had figured out…

Turnout for Democrats won’t get them the White House in 2020….

So moving the WHOLE party to the left is NOT the answer for the future….

Getting WHITE  swing voters back IS the ANSWER….

The numbers have  STRONG race implication in that white Republicans tipped the scales by narrow margins in the states that gave Trump electoral win, NOT the overal vote win….(Interestingly Obama got the swing voters for 2008/2012…Clinton did NOT)

Remember despite the larger electoral numbers for Trump?

He only won the election by less than 100,000 of 150 Million votes….

In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, many analysts suggested that Hillary Clinton lost to Donald J. Trump because of poor Democratic turnout.

Months later, it is clear that the turnout was only modestly better for Mr. Trump than expected.

To the extent Democratic turnout was weak, it was mainly among black voters. Even there, the scale of Democratic weakness has been exaggerated.

Instead, it’s clear that large numbers of white, working-class voters shifted from the Democrats to Mr. Trump. Over all, almost one in four of President Obama’s 2012 white working-class supporters defected from the Democrats in 2016, either supporting Mr. Trump or voting for a third-party candidate.

This analysis compares official voter files — data not available until months after the election — with The Upshot’s pre-election turnout projections in Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. The turnout patterns evident in these states are representative of broader trends throughout the battleground states and nationwide.

The turnout was slightly and consistently more favorable for Mr. Trump across all three states. But the turnout edge was small; in one of the closest elections in American history, it might not have represented his margin of victory….

This was part of a broader national pattern. Mr. Trump’s turnout edge was nonexistent or reversed in states with a large Hispanic population and a small black population, like Arizona. His turnout advantage was largest in states with a large black population and few Hispanic voters, like North Carolina.

What was consistent across most states, however, was higher-than-expected white turnout.

The increase in white turnout was broad, including among young voters, Democrats, Republicans, unaffiliated voters, urban, rural, and the likeliest supporters of Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump. The greatest increases were among young and unaffiliated white voters.

For this reason alone, it’s hard to argue that turnout was responsible for the preponderance of Mr. Trump’s gains among white voters. The turnout among young and white Democratic voters was quite strong.

But the turnout was generally stronger among the likeliest white Trump supporters than among the likeliest white Clinton supporters….

The stronger Republican turnout among white voters narrowed the Democratic registration edge below pre-election expectations in Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina…..

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There is gonn ahve to be more looks for exacyly why thios occurred…

Was it Trump, Clinton or Obama?

Surely a bit of the three and other factors….

But how much?

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Donald Trump STILL lives in a Alternate Universe….

……The guy apparently doesn’t know what ACTUALLY happened in November?…..

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Trump is tweeting today about how he “would still beat Hillary in popular vote.” Just a reminder: He lost the popular vote.

New polls out today are very good considering that much of the media is FAKE and almost always negative. Would still beat Hillary in …..

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Yes…. Obama failed to warn about Trump & Company’s Russian Connections..

I asked this question early on…

“WTF didn’t President Obama sound the alarm on the Trump /Russian connections…..

Politico tries to answer it with info from a Obama Homeland advisor…

In my mind?

This IS another of Barack Obama’s mistakes as President…

And it probably cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency and will cost his legacy…

Few former officials have explained it, but in a new interview for The Global POLITICO, Lisa Monaco, President Obama’s top homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, describes a White House afraid of “doing the Russians’ work for them.” By going public before the election with evidence that the Kremlin was trying to help Donald Trump , the Obama team feared it would be accused of intervening to help Hillary Clinton. So it mostly kept quiet despite intense lobbying from fellow Democrats to say more before the voting.

That decision continues to be hotly debated months later now that the FBI has acknowledged it is investigating whether Trump or his team colluded with the Russians, and Monaco’s comments amount to the most extensive on-the-record description yet about the Obama White House’s internal thinking as it struggled to come up with a proper response to what it would eventually characterize as “unprecedented” foreign interference in a U.S. election.

“There has been this theory we didn’t do anything, which I take issue with,” Monaco says in the interview, describing a decision by the administration—despite the extraordinary nature of a series of cyberattacks targeting the American political process itself—to treat the Russian intervention using the same law enforcement-focused approach it had in previous major hacks by “malicious” state actors.

The comments by Monaco, a longtime Justice Department official who rose to become Republican-appointed director Robert Mueller’s chief of staff at the FBI before moving into senior roles in the Obama administration, came in a wide-ranging interview that focused on the sharp policy shifts Trump has promised on the issues she helped oversee in the Obama White House, from the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to the vetting of refugees.

Obama came into office promising to roll back what Democrats saw as the excesses of the Bush years and put in place a more sustainable approach to fighting terrorism. And Monaco, who helped lead those efforts, acknowledges that Trump may well undo much of that Obama legacy. “In this area, so much of this is by executive order, so there is no constraint,” she says. “It can go with the stroke of a pen, as we’re seeing.”…..

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It IS becoming increasing apparent that blaming FBI Director Comey   on Hillary Clinton’s  loss is INCORRECT ….

The Director WANTED to go public…But was overruled from the Obama White House which was scared of political ramifications that the Trump people could give a shit about as they muddle thru ….

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Fareed Zakaria GPS…Putin…The Most Powerful Man in the World….

An EXCELLENT piece of Media about Russian President Vladimir Putin and his history, actions and the why he elistited action against Hiullary Clinton becoming the 45th American President….

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FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Winston Churchill famously said of Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Prime Minister Churchill, meet Vladimir Putin.

DONALD TRUMP, U.S. PRESIDENT: He is really very much of a leader. He’s been a leader far more than our president has been a leader.

HILLARY CLINTON, (D) FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: He was a KGB agent. By definition, he doesn’t have a soul.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, (R) ARIZONA: Vladimir Putin is a thug and a murderer and a killer.

BILL BROWDER, EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF HERMITAGE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT: He’s the richest man in the world. Hundreds of billions of dollars of wealth.

ZAKARIA (voice-over): What does he want from Donald Trump?

JULIA IOFFE, JOURNALIST WHO WITNESSED INAUGRAL CRACKDOWN: Putin is going to eat him like a sandwich.

H. CLINTON: He’d rather have a puppet as president.

TRUMP: You’re a puppet.

ZAKARIA (voice-over): Just how powerful is he?

ROBERT GATES, FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: Putin has an untrammeled authority.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How did you check his power?

ZAKARIA (voice-over): So powerful he rigged the American election?

DAVID REMNICK, EDITOR, THE NEW YORK: Of course Putin wanted Hillary Clinton to lose. He despised Hillary Clinton.

DMITRY PESKOV, VLADIMIR PUTIN’S DEPUTY: Whom would you like better?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Of the world.

ZAKARIA (voice-over): While Russia celebrates, Americans ask, what does he want? And is he really the most powerful man in the world?….

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Here’s the Special Report link….

[voice-over]: He has created what he calls a vertical of power, unlike any we have seen in any great nations. As the Russian chess grandmaster, Kasparov, noted, himself a harsh critic of Putin, the entire structure of Russian political authority rests on one man. When the Czar died after all, you knew the process by which his successor, his son would be elevated. When the General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party died, the standing committee and the politburo would select his successor. But when Putin dies, I almost said if, what will happen? No one knows….

Culturally, it has often thought of itself as the third Rome, preserving Christianity even as Roman Byzantium fell to the barbarians.

Putin understands Russia, but he also understands the world. He’s not foolish enough to make a frontal assault on America or Europe. He knows how to use power asymmetrically with cyber tools and disinformation. He understands the vulnerabilities of free societies, the internal divisions and discord, and the gaping openness. He understands the fragility of institutions like the European Union and NATO and ideas like integration and diversity.

(on camera): In other words, Vladimir Putin understands us very well. The question is, do we — does Donald Trump really understand him?

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Trump keeps up a election lie at meeting with leaders of Congress…

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In his usual way of working it?

Donald Trump reveals his alternate Universe view of something…..

No matter how much he tries to undo it?

He LOST the 2016 Presidential vote….

By almost THREE MILLION votes….

Yesterday he gave a Bull Shit explanation about it out load to the leaders of Congress who ALL knew he was lying when he said it….

With Million demonstrating against him last weekend and more doing so since he wiggled the White House gig?

The man is well aware of the illegitimate argument Rep Cummings (D-Ga) made out loud about his ‘win’……

And he doesn’t seem to be able deal with it….

President Trump used his first official meeting with congressional leaders on Monday to falsely claim that millions of unauthorized immigrants had robbed him of a popular vote majority, a return to his obsession with the election’s results even as he seeks support for his legislative agenda.

The claim, which he has made before on Twitter, has been judged untrue by numerous fact-checkers. The new president’s willingness to bring it up at a White House reception in the State Dining Room is an indication that he continues to dwell on the implications of his popular vote loss even after assuming power.

Mr. Trump appears to remain concerned that the public will view his victory — and his entire presidency — as illegitimate if he does not repeatedly challenge the idea that Americans were deeply divided about sending him to the White House to succeed President Barack Obama.

Mr. Trump received 304 electoral votes to capture the White House, but he fell almost three million votes short of Hillary Clinton in the popular vote. That reality appears to have bothered him since Election Day, prompting him to repeatedly complain that adversaries were trying to undermine him….

The president’s comments about the election results and his inauguration came as he gathered the bipartisan leadership of Congress for a White House reception. He also sought to build support for an ambitious legislative agenda, despite days earlier castigating the very institution he needs to approve it….

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Justice Dept IG to probe Clinton Email action by FBI and DOJ…

A little late?

How will the Trump Justice Dept handle this?

The Justice Department inspector general will review broad allegations of misconduct involving the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email practices and the bureau’s controversial decision shortly before the election to announce the probe had resumed, the inspector general announced Thursday.

The probe will be wide ranging — encompassing the FBI’s various public statements on the matter, whether its deputy director should have been recused and whether FBI or other Justice Department employees leaked nonpublic information, according to a news release from Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz.

Lawmakers and others had called previously for the inspector general to probe the FBI’s pre-election actions when it came to the Clinton probe, alleging that FBI Director James B. Comey bucked long-standing policies with his communications about the case and that information seemed to have leaked inappropriately — perhaps to former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani…..

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President Obama joins Congress in ordering a look possible outside tampering with American Election computers…..

…from Politico….

President Barack Obama has ordered a “full review” of hacking-relating activity aimed at disrupting last month’s presidential election and he expects that report before he leaves office on Jan. 20, a top White House official said Friday.

“We may have crossed into a new threshold and it is incumbent upon us to take stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what has happened and to impart some lessons learned,” Obama counterterrorism and homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco told reporters at a breakfast arranged by the Christian Science Monitor.

U.S. intelligence officials have blamed the Russian government for pre-election hacking of Democratic officials and political committees. Several Democratic senators have asked Obama to declassify more details about the attacks and why the U.S. concluded the Russians were behind them….

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Your Rural vote IS worth More than Your Urban vote….

It used to be Republicans wanted to get rid of the Electoral College in America that actually picks the American President….

Now it’s the Democrats….

The Upshot @ The NY Times takes a look at how the Electoral college works which has had Democarts LOSE the Election TWICE for President even though they have won the popular vote…This time by MORE than 2 Million votes….

(The system give white rural America a bulkhead against the countries changing demographics)

In ANY other election in this country?

Hillary Clinton would be a Winner….

Washington Politicans are NOT in any hurry to change the ssytem because to do so would require a Constitutional Convention , which could lead to re-written parts of the countries Constitution ……

But something IS glaring wrong with how having the person with the most votes lose being President…..

(And having a Senator from Montana have as much influenece as a Senator from Texas, California or New York according to population…)

In 1920, for the first time, the Census Bureau counted more people living in urbanized America than in the countryside. This hasn’t been a rural nation ever since.

Yet the idea of Thomas Jefferson’s agrarian America has receded slowly despite demographic change. We still romanticize the family farm, though relatively few of them exist anymore. We view even suburbia in pastoral terms — the “crabgrass frontier,” as the historian Kenneth T. Jackson put it. And, as the recent Electoral College results make clear, we still live with political institutions that have baked in a distinctly pro-rural bias, by design.

The Democratic candidate for president has now won the popular vote in six of the last seven elections. But in part because the system empowers rural states, for the second time in that span, the candidate who garnered the most votes will not be president.

Rural America, even as it laments its economic weakness, retains vastly disproportionate electoral strength. Rural voters were able to nudge Donald J. Trump to power despite Hillary Clinton’s large margins in cities like New York. In a House of Representatives that structurally disadvantages Democrats because of their tight urban clustering, rural voters helped Republicans hold their cushion. In the Senate, the least populous states are now more overrepresented than ever before. And the growing unity of rural Americans as a voting bloc has converted the rural bias in national politics into a potent Republican advantage.

“If you’re talking about a political system that skews rural, that’s not as important if there isn’t a major cleavage between rural and urban voting behavior,” said Frances Lee, a professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. “But urban and rural voting behavior is so starkly different now so that this has major political consequences for who has power.

Seems the one wild card not mentioned is the founders realization of the power of the “mob” circa 1776. The cities would always produce…

“And it’s not just in terms of policy outcomes,” she continued. “This pervasively advantages Republicans in maintaining control of the U.S. national government.”

The Electoral College is just one example of how an increasingly urban country has inherited the political structures of a rural past. Today, states containing just 17 percent of the American population, a historic low, can theoretically elect a Senate majority, Dr. Lee said. The bias also shapes the House of Representatives.

It exists, as a result, in the formulas that determine where highway funds are spent or who gets Homeland Security dollars. It exists in state capitols, where bills preferred by urban delegations have been much more likely to be rejected.

Today, the influence of rural voters also evokes deeply rooted ideals about who should have power in America. Jefferson and James Madison argued that the strength of the nation would always derive from its agrarian soil….

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In Defense of Hillary Clinton….

There are things that NEED to be Said out loud about Hillary Clinton….

Her loss should NOT diminish her efforts and her accomplishments….

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Sometimes I think I have never seen anything as strong as Hillary Clinton. That doesn’t mean that I like and admire everything about her. I’m not here to argue about who she is, just to note what she did. I watched her plow through opposition and attacks the like of which no other candidate has ever faced and still win the popular vote. To defeat her it took an unholy cabal far beyond what Barack Obama faced when he was the campaign of change, swimming with the tide of disgust about the Bush administration. As the New York Times reported, “By the time all the ballots are counted, she seems likely to be ahead by more than 2m votes and more than 1.5 percentage points. She will have won by a wider percentage margin than not only Al Gore in 2000 but also Richard Nixon in 1968 and John F Kennedy in 1960.”

You can flip that and see that Trump was such a weak candidate it took decades of scheming and an extraordinary international roster of powerful players to lay the groundwork that made his election possible. Defeating Clinton in the electoral college took the 2013 gutting of the Voting Rights Act by Republican appointees to the supreme court. It took vast Republican voter suppression laws and tactics set in place over many years. It took voter intimidation at many polling places. It took the long Republican campaign to blow up the boring bureaucratic irregularity of Clinton’s use of a private email server into a scandal that the media obediently picked up and reheated.

It took James Comey, the director of the FBI, using that faux-scandal and his power to stage a misleading smear attack on Clinton 11 days before the election in flagrant violation of the custom of avoiding such intervention for 60 days before an election. It took a compliant mainstream media running after his sabotage like a golden retriever chasing a tennis ball. It took decades of conservative attacks on the Clintons. Comey, incidentally, served as deputy GOP counsel to the Senate Whitewater committee, that fishing expedition that began with an investigation in a messy real estate deal in Arkansas before Bill Clinton’s presidency and ended with a campaign to impeach him on charges related to completely unrelated sexual activities during his second term.

It took a nearly decade-long reality TV show, The Apprentice, that deified Trump’s cruelty, sexism, racism and narcissism as essential to success and power. As the feminist media critic Jennifer Pozner points out: “Everything Trump said and did was framed in a way to flatter him, and more importantly, flatter his worldview.” The colossal infomercial fictionalized the blundering, cheating businessman as an unqualified success and gave him a kind of brand recognition no other candidate had.

It took the full support of Fox News, whose CEO, Roger Ailes, was so committed to him that after leaving the company following allegations of decades of sexual harassment of employees, he joined the Trump campaign. It took the withdrawal of too many Americans from even that calibre of journalism into the partisan unreliability of faux-news sites and confirmation-bias bubbles of social media….

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I know that if Clinton had been elected there would not be terrified and weeping people of color all over the country, small children too afraid to go to school, a shocking spike in hate crimes, high-school students with smashed dreams marching in cities across the country. I deplore some of Hillary Clinton’s past actions and alignments and disagreed with plenty of her 2016 positions. I hoped to be fighting her for the next four years. But I recognize the profound differences between her and Trump on race, gender, immigration and climate, and her extraordinary strength, tenacity and courage in facing and nearly overcoming an astonishing array of obstacles to win the popular vote. Which reminds us that Trump has no mandate and sets before us some of the forces arrayed against us….

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There’s a possibility for Clinton to achieve a status that eluded her during the campaign, and over her last 30 years in public life. If elected president, Clinton would have moved into the White House and had to unpack years of baggage—emails, her husband’s scandals, “super predators,” Benghazi—and then deal with the grueling and unpredictable politics of the next four years. That’s a lot to fit in the Resolute desk. But in defeat, that matters less. Her place in American culture is suddenly very different. Hillary Clinton’s transgressions may be largely forgiven by her supporters and largely forgotten by the public.

As a presidential candidate, Clinton was vanquished. But as a feminist icon, she lives on. She’s the women who withstand the painful misogyny of American society. She’s telling your daughter to raise her hand in class, even if the boys make fun of her. She’s pantsuits and she’s the more than 3 million members of the Facebook group Pantsuit Nation. She’s every qualified woman who had an unqualified man beat her out for a job. She’s the “I Voted” stickers on Susan B. Anthony’s grave. She’s the cracks in the glass ceiling that didn’t break. She’s what could’ve been. She’s the promise of what someday will be.

And as a symbol, she comes right when the American women who supported her most need one…

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Clinton blames FBI Director Comey…For HER Loss….

Hillary Clinton points her finger in the wrong direction….

A person who never connected with the Media until the end….

A person who did NOT want to campaign….

Which Allowed the Media to KEEP running with the issue which helped the opposition and poisoned the water for her…

Hillary Clinton maintained the private server….

Hillary Clinton, when confronted with that fact ?….. Could NOT and  DID NOT find a way to adequately deal with the issue…

In having the private server?

She gave the Republicans an issue they would be able to effectively  undermine her trustworthiness, which was suspect BEFORE the email issue…

Hillary Clinton’s close associate Huma Abedin LEFT the emails from her work on her private laptop, which was used by her husband….

 

FBI Director Comey did what he did because HILLARY CLINTON allowed the email issue to be used by Republicans to whipsaw Comey AGAINST Clinton….

Donald Trump did NOT show HIS taxes…

He told everybody ‘Go Fuck Yourself’….

As a matter of fact he did that OVER and OVER…..

Hillary Clinton Would NEVER be able do THAT….

She made a series of mistakes HERSELF….

She  just wasn’t smart or STRONG enough to get past HER mistakes and who she IS….

She needs to stop blaming others…

She didn’t do THAT bad….

She had the organization, the money and the majority of Americans do NOT think Trump is good for the job….

But it was HER inability to carry the Obama states….

And Comey didn’t do that by HIMSELF….

He had a LOT of help….

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Streak stays alive: Vigo County, Indiana voted for the Presidential Winner AGAIN….

Evening all!

There is something folks about Vigo County, Indiana. Since 1956 Vigo has voted for the Presidential Winner in every POTUS Election. Vigo, where the City of Terre Haute is located kept his winning streak alive on Tuesday by voting for Donald Trump who later that Night won the Presidency.

Another streak was kept alive on Tuesday: Ohio. Republicans can’t win the WH without it. Well, Trump won Ohio.

Daniel G.

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Thoughts on the 2016 Election and Democrat’s future….

Trump was right….

In the end for about 100,000 voters in the MidWest and the South?

Hillary Clinton was NOT Presidential….

On the whole?

Democrats did NOT do so bad…

Hillary Clinton, like Al Gore ,  IS gonna earn MORE votes than Trump…

But WHERE they came from is the issue for Democrats….

If you look at the final electoral map?

The results are stark….

Except for parts of the upper coast of this country ?

The Democrats lost…

The amount of the lost’s are not big…..

They number in some places less than 20,000

But they are losses….

For voters in these area’s Hillary Clinton was just not an option…

 

Hillary Clinton …

Where do I start ?

Hillary Clinton has been on the American political scene for decades…

For now?

She will NOT be missed by most….

A very smart woman…..

But not a natural political, and unable to exhibit something basic  that gets one to lead large groups of people….

Trust and Empathy….

Her husband had it…..

Barack Obama and even  George W. Bush had it…..

Bernie Sanders had it…..

And Donald Trump has it….

It has NOTHING to do with policy….

It has nothing to do with Political experience….

It is something you either have or don’t….

Hillary Clinton does NOT have it….

The guys above ALL embraced the Media from the start of their campaigns….

The guys above have BIGGER faults than Hillary had….

But their projection of self overcame anything that would work against them…..All except Sanders where able to carry on….

There will be those who say that ground games don’t work anymore for Presidential candidates…

That is all about the media….

They will be wrong….

Hillary Clinton DID turn out MORE voters for herself….

More voters that Trump and the Republicans….

Again…

It is WHERE  those voters  voted….

 

Barack Obama…

American’s LOVE President Barack Obama….

He probably would have won a third term easily ….

But his success I agree with some posioned the waters somewhat for Hillary Clinton….

The Latino/Hispanic vote rose this year……

But the efforts of President Obama also stayed in the news and aroused a backlash in the states that Hillary Clinton lost….

Those in the South and the MidWest…..

In addition, while the Latino/Hispanic vote did increase?

The Trump percentage of the 2016 vote was actually close….

One reason that may come out in post analysis is that President Obama has deported MORE people than any recent American President….Also….President Obama has tried very publicly to reform  Immigration and failed VERY publicly , thus making white and Latino voters annoyed at him and maybe casting votes for Trump or NOT voting at all….

Everytime President Obama issued a Executive order on something?

The Republicans made a VERY big deal about it….

They fought him in the courts….

THAT narrative found ears in the American South and MidWest….

In the Blue states these efforts bolstered Clinton’s vote probably …

But she HAD those votes going in….

 

The Media….

Let’s face it….

The Media counts for something….

Love it…

Or Hate it?

It sets the table….

Donald Trump came to the table as an entertainer…..

A guy who LOVES the spotlight…..

Hillary Clinton NEVER liked the spotlight….

Never trusted the Media….

And in a way her husband IS to blame for that….

She suffered in the end for it….

 

Email’s….

Hillary Clinton’s lawyer and lack of media and political smarts will looked at in this will be examined for a long time….

She simply got played by herself and the Republicans….

I’m only going to relate this….

Donald Trump by his shear Media presence was able to go thru the last 18 months WITHOUT showing his taxes….

The guy simply said ‘Fuck You…I’m NOT showing them….’

The issue went away ….

Hillary Clinton carried the issue on her back the WHOLE campaign, unable to deal with it in any effective way….

It hurt her in those places she need the xtra few thousand votes….

 

The Future of the Democratic Party….

A few days ago EVERYBODY was worried about the split of the Grand Ole Party….

I warned here that they would be ok….

They will…..

Oh, they’ll have a whole lot political fist fights coming their way with Trump in the White House, the establishment  trying to corral him and bring him back to reality , while the hard-right knuckleheads try to get their piece….

But the real trouble place is the Democrats….

With Barack Obama stepping down?

The Democratic party has issues….

Look a the party leadership….

It is OLD….

It is hurting …..

The Republican’s have the whole ball of political wax…..

They just the White House to Trump….

Couldn’t even get the Senate and had no chance to get the House…

The leadership of those bodies are BOTH over 60…..

Looking at the electoral map today?

A Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren is NOT the answer for making headway in the South and MidWest….

Democrats will need a YOUNGER bench to go to work….

Democrats will need to SLOW their roll on some issues in the South and MidWest and concentrate on enabling those area’s to improve THEIR economic vitality …..

And Yes….

Obamacare , the Affordable Healthcare Law IS gonna need adjustments…

The person Democrats send to run for the White House in four years  will have to be Media Savvy ….(America seems to NOT to be ready for a Woman President)

Should have little political history to have GOPer’s chew on …..

And have the file on ALL the mistakes that will accumulate during the next four years by Trump and Republicans….

There are a LOT of Americans who ARE upset and walking around in disbelief….

THAT by itself is NOT enough….

DEMOCRATS HAVE TO find away to get more votes in the South and Mid West…..

THAT is what they need to WIN….

 

The Dog….

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Donald J. Trump is elected President….

In a stunning evening that proved most of the pundits and pollster wrong AGAIN….

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Donald J. Trump has captured the American Presidency by virtue of the Electoral College numbers in the states…

It appears that Hillary Clinton, like Al Gore, could actually win the popular vote…

There will be complaining about that by Democrats , but this is the way this country picks it’s leader….

I don’t pretend to be happy about this…

But,  I’ll get over it in a while…

Some thoughts….

First Donald Trump….

Forget most of the Bull Shit that Trump used to get the job…

He isn’t gonna reinvent America..

The place , that he ranted against isn’t set up to handle big changes….

Ask Barack Obama….

The Democrats and his own parties establishment will be pulling at him to conform and they have their own needs and wants…

Trump is gonna find in the time before he takes the job that it will harder than anything he has every done….

Now ALL of the private things he has tried to hide from others WILL be fair game for the Media and they will pounce…

All of the Media spotlight and negativity will only make Trump stronger to his cult like base…He has flaws…

But he will have support , because he is in the end a simple old timer that projects old fashion Republican ‘I don’t give a fuck’….

Now Hillary Clinton….

Hillary Clinton , as usual?

Ran a terrible campaign…

She is who she is….

And repeats the 2008 primary mistakes…

From day one she signaled that she did NOT like or want to campaign…

On a basic human level she quite conveyed that sense that she was one of us…

She was NEVER comfortable with the Media , that Sanders and Trump where able ride in the beginnings of their campaign….

She IS more qualified that anyone in modern history to BE President…

But to get the job?

THAT is NOT nearly enough…

But more that anything else?

Hillary Clinton lost the job because she simply could NOT get away from the email’s story…

The Republicans started on it…

She NEVER was able to explain the actions enough…

And in the waning days of the campaign the FBI Director put the issue front and center after House Republicans made him do it…

The Republicans played the long game against Hillary Clinton and she was never able to get ahead of it….

The Media…

The Media in the beginning got pimped as I continually said here when the ‘Donald’ jumped in…

And entertainer, not shy in front of the camera’s, with Bill Clinton’s need to be loved…He swept the GOP primaries by being larger than life and being willing sink lower than anybody else and call them names….

The played to the media’s hunger for something ‘different’…

After Trump won the nomination, the Media turned on him and he retreated from their embrace, but even with that ?….The Media was hooked…

Clinton , as mentioned before, has NEVER liked the media and will be a footnote to future candidate’s as how NOT to deal with the media…

The Pollsters….

They got is wrong…..

Almost ALL of them….

Wether it was people lying to them or other factors?

They screwed up in the general election as in the primaries…

We’ll be hearing why for the next four years…

The Black, Brown, and Yellow vote….

As in the Texas Governor race last time the Democrats sold everyone on the ‘ground game’…..

Its looks like it worked , because Clinton will probably end up with more votes than Trump…

But…

Barack Obama WAS History….

Hillary Clinton simply was as i say above NOT sold as such…

No matter what?

She is a white female…

While minorities came out in large numbers for her…

There hearts where NOT in it ….

The White Vote….

Let’s face it…

Donald Trump is the poster guy for the 20th Century White ‘I’m the MAN’….

With all of the 21st Century changes ushered in by America’s first Black (Mixed) President ?

A lot of white people ARE scared….

Donald Trump masterfully has used THAT for the last year to demobilize anyone that ain’t his religion or skin color….

He isn’t gonna build a Wall across the US Southern Border….

He isn’t gonna stop the flow of people coming here any better that President Obama who has had more deported that any America President ….

But the perception thing?

He and Republicans are aces at THAT ….

America is gonna be fine for the next four years….

The change parties thing is alive and well still….

For the last few weeks my posts here assumed a Clinton victory…

I and others WHERE WRONG…

We ALL must hope that Donald Trump can fumble thru this with the help of those who KNOW BETTER helping him measure up to the office….

Democrats have a LOT of soul searching to do….

I know America is divided ….

But the Democrats simply cannot run somebody that promises to make TOO much of a radical change in things…

Trump and the Republicans in the end will NOT dismantle ALL of Obama’s efforts…

America is in the 21st Century we cannot go backwards….

But Democrats need to find someone young with little history to be strapped around their efforts to run…

Democrats need to find someone who LOVES to campaign…

Democrats need to KEEP at efforts to organize Black, Brown, Yellow  and Whites that will become MORE of what America is everyday…

Donald Trump IS a wake up call to Democrat’s….

This election like 2010 is a message….

And Democrats better get THAT message…

2018 is a cold wind coming and while the country changes?

Republicans could keep winning and trying to go inward and backwards, which is NOT what this countries strength is…

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