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04 March 2017 @ 07:16 am
“They all had johnsons”  
In 2008 the Democrats did a brave thing (like many brave things, it was done because they had no choice): They wrote off the millions of American voters for whom Barack Obama is the wrong color to be president, and they won anyway.

In 2016 they made a similar gamble: In the eyes of a comparable number of voters Hillary Clinton lacks essential equipment for any responsible job, and just to be on the safe side, they voted for someone who not only has one but is one. Together with voter suppression and FBI & Russian meddling, that cost them the election. Bernie might have won enough more votes in the swing states, but the difference would have been less political than anatomical.
amaebi: Black foxamaebi on March 4th, 2017 01:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks for saying this. I've been bitterly amused at how swiftly the Very Possibility of Misogyny vanished from public discourse about the election.
Violsvaladyblank on March 4th, 2017 05:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Lavender Took: Carrie Jabbalavendertook on March 4th, 2017 07:32 pm (UTC)
I agree--these were the biggest factors, but not all. I think the wonk factor that hurt Gore, and especially Kerry played a big part as well--Obama had youth (agism) and the charismatic flash to cover his wonkitude, thank goodness. And the outsider-bringing-change narrative was a powerful force for a lot of people that her campaign didn't find a way to counter, so misogyny wouldn't have been the only big factor if Sanders had won in her place. Having been on her campaign's email lists from the beginning of her campaign, I could see a lot of ways in which her staff did not serve her well, and that's a factor, too. And the Republicans had such a long entrenched machine of throwing fake scandals against her from White Water on down--they are pro's at it. They could not pull down Elizabeth Warren this way, so I won't accept the "Americans are too misogynist--we can't run a woman again" argument some will keep making this all into.

And if people want an authoritarian robber baron cave man they know from television, because that's what makes them comfortable, those are a lost cause.

Of course, I still think enough voting machines in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been tampered with, so I'm one of those not convinced she lost the electoral vote; if you don't have a wide enough audit in place, the paper trail means nothing, and all the machines without a paper trail are just calling to be hacked. And that one of the very first things this admin did is defund the election commission that devotes money to help the states upgrade their machines isn't at all suspicious, no. Not after Trump fought all calls for doing audits and recounts in those states.
msrat1900 on March 6th, 2017 01:06 am (UTC)
"Not only has one but is one."

Reminds me of a cartoon from long ago, where the punch line is "You may already be a wiener".

Well, he certain already was one. And is one.

El Coyote Gordo: cazzosupergee on March 6th, 2017 10:43 am (UTC)
Which in turn reminds me of Anthony's Wiener, the congressman who sent out pictures showing his good side.

Edited at 2017-03-06 10:45 am (UTC)