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Subject: Re: Why Hillary lost the election
From: Olga Bourlin <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Olga Bourlin <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:32:42 -0800
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There are SO MANY issues ... and this is just another one of them (a big
puzzler for me, but then in small increments over the decades I've pretty
much lost my naivete). All that ranting about conservative white men more
often than not neglects to mention the other side of the coin - i.e., that
a majority of white women voted for Trump. White women gave their majority
vote to McCain/Palin in 2008 and to Romney/Ryan in 2012, and I was hoping
that in this election things would be different. Wrong.:

"More than half of white women voted for the man who bragged about
committing sexual assault on tape, who said he would appoint Supreme Court
justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, who has promised to undo
legislation that has afforded health insurance to millions of uninsured
Americans, whose parental leave plan is a joke, who has spent his campaign
dehumanizing nonwhite people, who has spent 30-plus years in the public eye
reducing women to their sexual attributes. More than half of white women
looked at the first viable female candidate for the presidency, a wildly
competent and overqualified career public servant, and said, 'Trump that
bitch.'”

http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2016/11/09/white_women_
sold_out_the_sisterhood_and_the_world_by_voting_for_trump.html

On Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 8:37 AM, Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> As in any 12-step program, acknowledging that one has a problem, and
> recognizing what
> the problem really is, is the first step in recovery.
>
> Blaming anyone other than the candidate for a loss is not only silly, it
> is a type of denial.  It
> is the candidate's responsibility - and ONLY the candidate's - to convince
> enough people to
> vote for him or her so that he or she can win.
>
> Hillary Clinton lost the election because she was Hillary Clinton.  She
> was a lousy candidate
> with limited political skills and personal appeal and more ethical baggage
> than any
> Presidential candidate in living memory.  Being the poster child for the
> elite political class,
> she was the wrong candidate for a "change" election, which is why she did
> so poorly against
> a banal, uncharismatic, superannuated socialist like Bernie Sanders (the
> only honest person
> in this election cycle).
>
> Re the popular vote v. the electoral count - I am glad that Clinton's
> supporters have
> something with which to console themselves, even if it is politically
> irrelevant.  The United
> States is not, and has never been, a democracy; it is a democratic
> republic, which is quite a
> different thing.
>
> MDW
>
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