While the crux of her loss might be that she lacked a message, and it can probably be summed up that way and is very true in my opinion, I'm also
fairly persuaded that it was all the factors people had to compare to
her lack of message that defeated her.
The evidence that people just "weren't feeling" her was there all along, but will only be understood now retroactively imho.
- If you look at some of the exit polls, they're saying that 29% of Latinos voted for Trump, but more damagingly in a year with a much higher Latino
turnout than ever before, only 65% of them voted for her. That's 6% less than Obama got. Despite everything Trump said about deporting
undocumented immigrants, Clinton couldn't woo them.
- Trump wasn't just generically underpolled... he was underpolled among white college educated people, the people polls and analysts all agreed would
elect Clinton. This was not just a purely rural victory. Clinton's vote was split in crucial places like Philadelphia where her margin of the vote
over Trump (in a state she lost) wasn't higher than Obama's, and was more pale blue than solid blue in areas.
- The progressive wing of the Democratic party wanted aggressive change, not what they viewed as more of the same. They got so close to a taste of
that with Sanders, I suspect many - or at least enough of them to matter - were so unenthused by Clinton's nomination that they stayed home or even
voted Trump just to throw a spanner in the works, or out of indignation toward her and the DNC for discussing how they could sabotage his campaign in
those emails. It should be evident by how well Trump did in Michigan and elsewhere that at least some of Bernie's coalition stayed home or went Trump,
no matter how ideologically incompatible they may seem.
- This is the part that many liberals (and I am one) don't address enough and I think ignoring it for as long as they have came back to haunt her and
the Democrats (one of whom I am not - not all liberals are Democrats, incidentally) but I feel it's an important lesson: many conservatives in this
country are really smarting economically, and at least some of that is the result of Democratic party policy that ignores white rural poverty. This is
why I disagree with those who say the chief message of Trump's election is that America is far more racist and/or sexist than anyone thought. I think
there's some element of that... but I don't believe it's the core factor. I believe the core factor is deep - and frankly, justifiable - anger among
white working class Americans who find themselves in or on the cusp of poverty. I may not always agree with them ideologically, but I definitely see
their dire straights and believe that all Americans - including them - have to be offered hope by any administration that wants to be deemed a
success, and that has not happened after successive administrations for these people. This was a blind spot, and the Democratic candidate looking down
on and frequently insulting these same people, certainly didn't help either. We've got to set aside our prejudices and partisan instincts, and care
about everyone. Leave none behind, regardless of their beliefs. Enough writing people off on either side in my opinion. We're all human, and all
American, and none of us are perfect.
- At the same time, the African American vote was down 1% from when Obama ran. So Clinton lost some of the support of black voters as well. This too
has clear reasons in my opinion. Obama came to office during a period of heightened racial tensions in the U.S., tension that has only increased since
then despite him initially coming to prominence in part due to speeches and platform positions that promised real change on this front. With recent
events, I don't know about anyone else, but many of my black friends - regardless of how liberal they may be - have seemed fed up with the lack of
action on this front, especially as it pertains to law enforcement. Whether you agree or disagree with them, that can't have helped Clinton, who
seemed even less likely to address it than Obama in their eyes. (And I can't say I disagree with them personally.)
- We are experiencing a wave of populist desire, coupled with increased political activism. People want change. Massive change. And they are fed up
enough to not necessarily care what form it even comes in. Once the DNC failed to put up a candidate that tapped into that (and in my opinion, failed
to even perceive that this was possibly the biggest factor and force in this election,) Trump became the only option that seemed "other" and had a
viable chance of winning in a lot of people's minds, whether that turns out to be the case in reality or not. They took the gamble.
- This part will sound crazy, and I'm not asserting it's the case, but I really do have to still wonder if there's not a chance this or something
like this may have been in play as well lol: www.abovetopsecret.com...
So did she lack a message? I believe so, yes. But I also think it was the lack of persuasive reasons not
vote for her (double
negative, sorry.) Someone (lots of someones actually) said, "you have to have a reason to vote for
someone, not just against someone else." She
didn't provide that reason to enough off her potential voters, and Trump, through a combination of the above factors, won over enough of those people
to bring them over to his constituency.
I didn't vote for either of them, but I think we need to address all of the above - especially what I said about white working class Americans'
economic woes being important in addition
to protections for minorities and vulnerable groups of all kinds and backgrounds because ignoring one
or the other both don't work imho - and truly be sensitive to the needs and beliefs of all rather than simply trying to do things for one half of the
country or the other without compromise, or this isn't going away.
That red cannot all
be racist, sexist, or what have you. No, that red represents people. They are our countrymen and women, and have to be
heard, respected, and cared for whether we always agree with them or not. Or the anger that elected Donald Trump will only grow. And the anger on the
left in response will as well. That's not a recipe for uniting our country. The left should, imho, be humble and learn from this to care about the
other half of the country. And I say that as someone probably further left than any Democrat.
edit on 11/9/2016 by AceWombat04 because: Typos