“Don’t bring me down…”
Don’t bring me down
So here we are. I’ve spent the past 17 months listening to everything I could about this election from both sides. It has often left me scratching my head and in a state of bemused wonderment. It’s had me actually laughing at times….but I ingested all I could. This is just one working man’s bi-partisan analysis of it all.
November 8th left us with what we now own. The road to get here was very complex. It started in the primaries where there was a multitude of foreshadowing happening.
Hillary Clinton was the heir apparent since 2008 when she was soundly defeated….or chosen might be a better word,…to stand down against Barack Obama. I believe, then and now, that she stepped back as part of a back room deal per Soros. It was then understood that she would be the nominee in 2016. She knew it. The Democratic Party knew it….most of America knew it. Obama came out of no where and was backed by millions of dollars. This was pure strategy on the part of the Democrats who couldn’t risk another failure to the Republicans. It just wasn’t her time.
But then came along Bernie Sanders. Most people said, “Who?” when he announced his candidacy. Even the pundits that I was listening to had to go and do research on his bio. (They came up with some book he wrote about women actually liking to get raped or some such nonsense.) He was an independent junior senator from Vermont. Very progressive. His track record said he voted against everything anyone put up. A rogue villain, as it were…elected in 2007.
He didn’t have the money, he didn’t have the support….but he did have a big mouth to call corruption out at it’s core….basically setting his sights on Hillary Clinton.
He gained tremendous footing in doing that. Even the democrats were leery of Hillary and her back room deals. She was on shaky ground…and then on earthquake ground when Sanders set his sights on her. He was exactly what the disillusioned Millennials, disillusioned intellectuals and disillusioned seniors were looking for. He was their panacea. Something a little more palatable than Hillary. He built a solid core base. Rabidly devoted. Passionate.
He was the fly in the ointment to the Democratic party….as was so aptly displayed by the emails of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz….who eventually had to resign as the head of the DNC because of them.
The problem that Bernie had was the apparent loyalty of the Democratic party to Lady Hillary….and that little issue of the super-delegates that is only a known anomaly of the Democratic party. He had the votes to win the nomination in the primaries, for sure….but the damn super-delegates were canceling him out at every turn. He concedes the nomination.
Gone is “Feel the Bern” and all the passion that went with it. Enter Hillary as the nominee.
Hillary, from what I’ve observed, wasn’t that well received to the general Democrats as their new nominee. I heard no passion for her stances and her presence was looked upon with a jaded eye. No one seemed to get behind her except the upper echelon of the party itself…..because it was a deal and it was “her turn”, so to speak.
As the election drew near, people began to rally…half-heartedly as it was…..but her rallies remained sparsely under-filled and vacant. So much so that the Jay-Z event in Cleveland sat half full…..but Obama remained by her side. Bill stumped. The media gave her the odds along with the pollsters. An 89% chance at a win.
But she had no real backing. It seemed to be an illusion. Her supporters talked of her with an always resigned look on their faces. (I’ve spoken to many of them and that was my impression. There was no passion. There was no fire. Just a sense of, “Yeah….let’s get behind Hillary”.)
Even among my liberal friends, the reception to her was lackluster at best.
Her debates were simply pat answers memorized beforehand. The Republican nominee got the best of her towards the last….even as the MSM media declared her victory….which, I might add, was a huge boon to her to have the media and the pollsters on her side. (That can be argued until eternity but the fact remains that the media and the pollsters gave her opponent a mere 12% chance at a win.)
Enter the GOP and their 72 candidates for president.
Everyone wanted in on this action….but the heir apparent was Jeb Bush. Karl Rove declared he was the only guy who could win against Hillary….even before Hillary won against Sanders.
He entered late with a cock-sure attitude but with a milquetoast personality. He had the money and the backing and the limos…..but then came along Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Cruz, an articulate conservative junior Senator from Texas…and Trump, a brash billionaire businessman from New York.
Let’s face it….these two got the best of the whole bunch of them. Cruz was especially eloquent and Trump was especially brash. They both singularly trounced Rove’s choice out of the race. The money allocated to him was funneled to Trump,…mostly….because they knew Cruz was a pain in the hide of the GOP. They figured they could manipulate Trump because Cruz was such a hard-head.
(I mean, c’mon….when he sits in the Senate and trashes the geriatric and archaic McConnell to his face?…c’mon, man. No one’s gonna get behind that….)
The establishment gets behind Trump….because he’s proven a force to be reckoned with. He had the cop vote, the vet vote, the hard-hat vote….even the women loved him. He could do no wrong. He shoulda committed political suicide 30 times over but still survived. Cruz caves.
Was this due to the wanton ignorance of the GOP voter?
I don’t think so. I watched this closely and this is where people err in their analysis of him. He really should’ve died 30 times over
It’s because there’s a certain section of the population who are sick of political correctness and the ramifications of not being such. Is this due to white male non-educated ignorance? I don’t think so. There are plenty of women who still agree with him. He came out with a huge black backing…as well as a huge “turned” democrat backing….and huge Latino backing, of all things.
He listed the things most people forgot….:
Jonathan Gruber….who said that the administration had to rely on the stupidity of the average voter to get Obamacare passed.
The harvesting of limbs and organs by Planned Parenthood for profit that were caught on tape.
The fact that Nancy Pelosi told the American public that they had to pass a bill to see what’s in it in regards to Obamacare.
The fact that the governor of Texas pleaded with Obama to close the border….as Obama went to his beer summit.
These were the concerns of most Americans, Democrat and Republican both.
Obama’s approval rating fell three times amongst members of his own party. These were real concerns to the American public as a whole.
Enter the general election.
Trump glided into the nomination of his party with arrogance. Hillary with the sense of the entitled with the sense of being anointed one. The American public was bewildered. These were our choices, like it or not. Get behind one or the other….but we weren’t happy in the least.
They stated their stances and the American public was left to suck on it. Trump supporters remained ambivalent when they realized that he really was all he said he was but were left with his brashness of personality which most didn’t think could carry him to the White House….as Hillary supporters were when they realized her many scandals may subvert the next Obama administration.
The last minute contrived scandals set in.
No one could get behind anyone at that point. We….the American public….were just cheated out of a fair election….yet again.
We all just put on a happy face and cheered our respective candidates on…..even if was only in feigned amusement or fright or loyalty to party or ideals.
Enter Election Day:
Personally?…..I figured it was going to be over in the 2nd hour. A sweep by Hillary. I didn’t count on the stay-at-homes. The map increasingly turned red. Facebook exploded. The pundits lost their minds. The pollsters were incredibly wrong. Dewey Beats Truman.
I sat and watched in horror and amusement…with two pads open….along with a computer…..while eating a good Primavera.
In the final analysis, we got what we got because of the two parties and their manipulations. Call it what you want, but that there’s the way it is. The Koch brothers and Soros make the choices we have to choose from. It’s not us, man. Not by a long shot.
If there’s anything we can walk from this with our heads held high is the fact that a Cruz/Sanders match was what would’ve/should’ve happened. It would’ve been fair and passionate on both sides…and let the better man win.
But it didn’t.
Cry and bitch. Protest or go to work….but an outsider is now in the White House…..and I would love to be a fly on the wall when the intelligence community briefs him for the first time.
“We’re doing what,….where….really? This is gonna be huge! HUGE! Hey, Melania….we’re gonna need some coffee in here….so, Area 51 is doing what?….This is HUGE!….The UN is waiting? Waiting for what? Oh, this is HUGE!….”
In the meantime? I’ll be at my piano playing the piano part to Layla….