First up, thanks again to Pirate’s Cove and The Other McCain for the Rule Five links!
It seems the hysterics and whining of some of Her Imperial Majesty’s more… unhinged supporters continues apace. Excerpt:
Ever since Donald Trump won the presidential election, all eyes, and wringing hands, have been on the white blob who voted for him. These “loud, illiterate and credulous people,” as a sap at Salon brands them, think on an “emotional level.” Bill Moyers warned that ours is a “dark age of unreason,” in which “low information” folks are lining up behind “The Trump Emotion Machine.” Andrew Sullivan said Trump supporters relate to him as a “cult leader fused with the idea of the nation.”
What’s funny about this is not simply that it’s the biggest chattering-class hissy fit of the 21st century so far — and chattering-class hissy fits are always funny. It’s that whatever you think of Trump (I’m not a fan) or his supporters (I think they’re mostly normal, good people), the fact is they’ve got nothing on the Clinton cult when it comes to creepy, pious worship of a politician.
By the Cult of Hillary Clinton, I don’t mean the nearly 62 million Americans who voted for her. I have not one doubt that they are as mixed and normal a bag of people as the Trumpites are. No, I mean the Hillary machine—the celebs and activists and hacks who were so devoted to getting her elected and who have spent the past week sobbing and moaning over her loss. These people exhibit cult-like behavior far more than any Trump cheerer I’ve come across.
But here’s the real nub of the article:
It’s all incredibly revealing. What it points to is a mainstream, Democratic left that is so bereft of ideas and so disconnected from everyday people that it ends up pursuing an utterly substance-free politics of emotion and feeling and doesn’t even realize it’s doing it. They are good, everyone else is bad; they are light itself, everyone else is darkness; and so no self-awareness can exist and no self-criticism can be entertained. Not for even one second, in Heffernan’s words. The Cult of Hillary Clinton is the clearest manifestation yet of the 21st-century problem of life in the political echo chamber.
Of course, it is only in a political echo chamber that a politician as deeply and fundamentally corrupt, so bereft of the skills at political maneuvering that characterized her husband, so utterly unfit for the office of President as Her Royal Highness Hillary I could be nominated by a major party. They had better candidates; the loony old Bolshevik from Vermont is a nut but he is at least sincere. Jim Webb may well have won this election, being as he is one of the few remaining moderate Democrats who may have appealed to a larger audience than the Dowager Empress with her serial scandals, but Webb never even made it out of the starting gate.
And now, with all that has come to light about the DNC’s machinations to anoint the Dowager Empress, we are beginning to see why. It’s rather amusing that Wikileaks has done the only real investigative reporting of this election cycle, but there you are.
The headline of this Reason article, by the way, is “America Called Bullshit on the Cult of Clinton.” That’s a pretty good description of what happened, and “Cult of Clinton” is a pretty good example of some of the more unhinged devotees of Her Imperial Majesty. But it’s all over now but the whining, and one would hope that we have finally – finally – seen the last of the Clintons.