You’re a bit late, Senator Warren. You should have “stood tall” and run for president.
You would have toasted Donald Trump for breakfast and probably delivered the Senate as a side dish. But you stood aside and let the Democratic party run a candidate known to be profoundly unappealing to a great many Americans. You let a great opportunity slip away. Why?
AdamR, from where I sit, you are part of the circular firing squad. You disrespect Elizabeth Warren and Bernie as well. Though I voted for Bernie (in Massachusetts I could make a symbolic vote), I never felt he had a way to make his accusations and claims into effective action. Rockstar crowds are not what they seem. I got sick of HillaryHateTM and took a harder look, and what I found might surprise you.
Hillary was thrown under the bus, and people joined in the lynch mob. Sure, she ignored the trolls (after a quarter century of attacks, wouldn’t you too?), but have any of us ever converted a single one?
Hillary had excellent policy proposals that would have helped the people who voted against her. ( http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/31/the-new-yorker-endorses-hillary-clinton ) But she wasn’t allowed to mention them when Comey put the emails front and center again. So many people just “decided” without taking a good hard look. For example, Chaffetz and Republicans voted to defund embassy security. Benghazi was their launching platform to blame the victims, again. Why do Democrats believe this sh**?
Enough with blaming Democrats for what Republicans did. Obama had 5 whole months in 2009, but people like you blame him for not succeeding against organized and effective Republican obstruction. Clinton rescued our economy from Reaganomics.
Dismissing the role of Warren and the rest of the Democratic Party in this catastrophe is submitting to denial. Yes, the Republicans and their zero-fact infotainment machine produced the monster, but the Democrats selected a feeble champion to oppose him. All the talk of Clinton’s strong job qualifications–true though it was–ignored the fact that she was disliked by so many Americans.
I supported Clinton after her nomination and voted for her, but it was with a profound sense of loss at the opportunity missed, an opportunity to release the disgusting Republican grip on Congress and inoculate the Supreme Court against right wing extremism. I knew that even if she won she would lead a paralyzed government. Her candidacy bespoke an unconscionable failure of vision by Democrats. Calling criticism of this failure a “circular firing squad” is a timid failure to face the fact: selecting a mistrusted, dynastic candidate when the people understood there was something badly wrong in America–even if many of them misaprehended the problem–was a recipe for failure.
So, your proposal is to dump any politician the Rethugs publish anything nasty about?
Did it occur to you that the eagerness of the Rethugs as well as the Bernie Bros to believe the worst of Clinton might be due to the fact that she has 2 X chromosomes?
“So, your proposal is to dump any politician the Rethugs publish anything nasty about?”
No straw men, please.
“Did it occur to you that the eagerness of the Rethugs as well as the Bernie Bros to believe the worst of Clinton might be due to the fact that she has 2 X chromosomes??”
Huh? Of course it did: it was obvious. What has that to do with the fact that Clinton was widely mistrusted by the general public, was associated with establishment policies, and was therefore a weak candidate with whom to oppose the sack of the American government by fascists? The threat was dire; the response was feeble.
I concur–a circle is an excellent defensive formation, but one needs to be pointing the guns outward.
Yes, I’m a “third man in” on this comment. IMO, blaming Hillary is just stupid. We all knew–because Trump *told us* and *showed us* what the alternative was. Yet far too many of us fell for idiotic false equivalency, sometimes masked in faux, irresponsible ‘high-mindedness.’