Thursday, May 04, 2017

Another satisfied customer

Sometimes the best way for a columnist to open a piece is with a statement of purpose. Writing for the New York Daily News, Gersh Kuntzman cuts right to it:
Hey, Hillary Clinton, shut the f--- up and go away already.
All righty, then. Kuntzman is just getting warmed up:
On Tuesday at the Women for Women conference, she reminded us again what a flawed candidate she was last year — and what a flawed person she has always been. 
In her talk before a friendly audience, Clinton said she’s writing a memoir — and said it’s “painful” to revisit how Donald Trump beat her like a ragdoll in an election that was a lock.

Painful? We’re the ones in pain, Hillary. You’re making millions to process it. We’re the ones living it.
It's been ever thus. But there's more. Kuntzman lists five items on his bill of particulars. This one is my favorite:
She ran a very poor campaign: Clinton will likely point out on page 1 that she stayed “on message” when Donald Trump shambled and grabbed p------ all over the place. But Clinton did not have a message beyond, “I’m not with stupid.”

She had genuine experience serving the public and understanding how the government works. She had an entire party establishment clearing the decks for her (and giving her the debate questions!). And she was running against a madman.

But when she called half the country the “basket of deplorables,” it was pretty much over. As Mitt Romney learned four years earlier when he said 47% of the country was “freeloaders,” you’re not the smartest guy in the room if you make a gaffe as dumb as that.
It's worse than that, truth be told. Romney's remarks were not meant for public consumption, but were plastered everywhere via a surreptitious recording. Clinton made her remarks in a public forum. Romney was describing the challenge of getting people who are reliant on government to vote for Republicans. Clinton was just insulting people. The definition of a gaffe in politics is when you inadvertently tell the truth. Romney was saying something that is obvious. Clinton was revealing her worldview. And for Kuntzman and other disillusioned lefties, that's a problem that goes beyond Clinton's ineptitude, because they share the same worldview. If you view your fellow citizens with contempt and aren't willing to make even a rudimentary effort to hide it, you aren't going to win many elections. Mrs. Clinton's husband was an excellent liar and he got by with it, because he felt your pain, or something like that. Hillary doesn't bother with fake empathy. The Democrats, as always, need better liars.


Gino said...

The Democrats have no shortage of good liars. They just hitched their wagon to a jackass this year.

Mr. D said...

True. Perhaps I should have said "more personable liars."

R.A. Crankbait said...

It was the jackass's turn.