By, Jason Taylor
I’ve had this conversation a thousand times and it always comes back to the same old worn out issues. I’ll say it, nobody else will. Emails and Benghazi. Frankly I could care less about the emails. Benghazi… what more can be said. Seriously. Mistakes were made, and I promise you Hillary Clinton holds a very small stake in this. No matter what you have been force feed by the likes of Limbaugh and Hannity, it’s just the truth. There wasn’t much she could do. I believe knowing how Hillary works she would have been the first one there with boots on the ground… but she was not given that chance.
The best argument is always to use a candidates, own words to define them. I’m pleased to see someone quoting not just snippets of ideas, but passages. Take a transcript of any two minutes of either candidates response to a question and you will see that one is structured, focused and trying to provide an answer that the public can then decide on. And maybe they come across as a politician. The other however is rambling, incoherent and seemingly incapable of addressing the question or even finishing a sentence. They don’t come across as a politician admittedly, but nor do they seem like a thinking adult — they sound genuinely demented. So I encourage everyone to read even part of a Trump debate transcript as they decide on who to vote for.
“Stamina” sounds like it comes directly from a Viagra ad, coded not so much as about age as about virility. There may be some reason to suspect that Trump’s target demographic is in fact the Viagra voter: the older male struggling with a changing world that includes, alas, a less-robust erection. In effect, Trump is saying, “I am your Viagra and if you vote for me, I will correct your flagging manhood.”
We are now experiencing a colossal “burnt earth policy” by Donald Trump and the Republican party apparatus in its use of inflammatory language and claims that will forever change many people’s attitude toward Hillary and Bill Clinton win or lose.
Behind the scenes are Roger Ailes and Steve Bannon but most of all it’s a man in the person of Donald Trump who has attack-dog in his veins. The three are a natural troika.
“He just ran out of gas,” said Steve Elmendorf, a veteran Democratic strategist and lobbyist, who pointed to Mr. Trump not aggressively attacking Mrs. Clinton on her email practices or the Clinton Foundation. “If we had a person who lacked stamina last night, it was Donald Trump.”
After a couple of rocky weeks, Mrs. Clinton greeted reporters on Tuesday morning with a fresh dose of confidence. “We had a great, great time last night,” she said, and then quoted the baseball legend Ernie Banks, “Let’s play two.”
In an interview on ABC’s “The View” on Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, said, “I don’t want to just win by a little, I want to win by a lot.”
Democratic allies echoed that optimism, but were also cleareyed about the topsy-turvy election year. The debate “gave everyone a big vote of confidence,” said Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio.
“America got the chance to see the Hillary I’ve known for a long time,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York. “She was smart, strong and presidential.”
Although I understand the urge to cast a protest vote against the political machine, the 2016 presidential election isn’t the right time, strategically speaking. I would ask younger and older folks to consider taking a longer view.
It takes a few years to build good political infrastructure. There are a number of organizations working to groom and promote progressive candidates in the 2018 elections, when we will have a chance to replace larger numbers of Congressional representatives. Brand New Congress is one; there are a couple of others.
If we can elect a moderate president to hold the center until we can get some more progressive candidates ready to govern in Congress, it will be more likely that we can really change the makeup of Congress.
It will also stop the country from lurching abruptly to the right, which would occur if Trump were elected now. He’d have a Republican Congress to do his bidding, to approve every right-wing appointment to both courts and governmental departments. Republicans would be in a position to roll back every bit of progress that’s been made during the Obama years. This would make it even harder to change Congress in 2018.
Start with electing a moderate like Clinton now, and move forward to 2018 with a stronger Democratic party. Integrate progressives into the party to push the platform more to the left and restore balance. If we Dems split this year, it will be far harder to move left in the future. We have a fighting chance now.
The question is how did so many people in America latch onto this behavior and language and think it’s OK since they see Hillary Clinton as crooked and not trustworthy? They cheer at his rallies and wave their signs as though they were at a concert or the Garden.
They don’t see former First Lady, US Senator, or Secretary of State, which is probably the second most important US Government, along with a predictable number of human-error missteps.
The answer is systemic demagoguery composed by thousands of people and hundreds if not thousands of communications sources. There are people whose job it is to demagogue. They feed at a trough. At the end of the day their prey is human nature.
The scale is huge. Let’s hope that the good people win out.