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Andrew Sullivan is no fan of President Trump, and indeed probably voted for Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I in the last election cycle, but he isn’t one of the folks bemoaning every possible cause but the obvious one as to why she lost the election. Excerpt:
Let us review the facts: Clinton had the backing of the entire Democratic establishment, including the president (his biggest mistake in eight years by far), and was even married to the last, popular Democratic president. As in 2008, when she managed to lose to a neophyte whose middle name was Hussein, everything was stacked in her favor. In fact, the Clintons so intimidated other potential candidates and donors, she had the nomination all but wrapped up before she even started. And yet she was so bad a candidate, she still only managed to squeak through in the primaries against an elderly, stopped-clock socialist who wasn’t even in her party, and who spent his honeymoon in the Soviet Union. She ran with a popular Democratic incumbent president in the White House in a growing economy. She had the extra allure of possibly breaking a glass ceiling that — with any other female candidate — would have been as inspiring as the election of the first black president. In the general election, she was running against a malevolent buffoon with no political experience, with a deeply divided party behind him, and whose negatives were stratospheric. She outspent him by almost two-to-one. Her convention was far more impressive than his. The demographics favored her. And yet she still managed to lose!
“But … but … but …” her deluded fans insist, “she won the popular vote!” But that’s precisely my point. Any candidate who can win the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes and still manage to lose the Electoral College by 304 to 227 is so profoundly incompetent, so miserably useless as a politician, she should be drummed out of the party under a welter of derision.
Here’s the real money quote:
Well, partly. Her Imperial Majesty was a horrible, horrible candidate who ran a perfectly clueless campaign. Her entire appeal to the electorate was based on the twofold message “I have a vagina” and “it’s my turn, peasants!” But you have to give President Trump some credit; he understood how the Electoral College works, he understood the wants and needs of a large and largely ignored voting bloc in the Upper Midwest – and he went after that voting bloc aggressively and relentlessly.
I wasn’t a supporter of Trump early on; there were a host of candidates in the primaries I preferred. But one thought that never fails to bring a smile to my face is the fact that Her Royal Highness Hillary I will never be President.
Of course, there’s another complication. Wannabe-First Daughter-Again Chelsea Clinton-Whatever is rumored to be considering a political career.
After the 2016 election, at least 46.1% of the electorate decided they had had enough of the Clinton political dynasty. With that election done past, it sure looked like time for Her Imperial Majesty and all her assorted kinfolk to finally fade from the political scene, ushered into obscurity by the incompetent Presidential campaign of the most deeply and fundamentally corrupt political figure since Caligula.
Let’s hope if Chelsea gives politics a shot, she flames out early and spares us another generation of self-entitled whining.