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Did Democrats Fail in 2016 Because of Sexism in America?

Relying on demographic changes, the Democrats expected 2016 to become the End of History for the Republicans. Boy, were they wrong.

Hillary Rodham Clinton (Pete Souza/White House)

Takeaways


  • The End of History — the Republicans having no path to the White House in the future — never arrived.
  • The Supreme Court will allow the minority party, the Republicans, to extend its influence for another 30-40 years.

It was only a week ago that many analysts were trumpeting the arrival of a new era of Democratic Party dominance in U.S. politics, at least at the federal level. Owing to demographic changes, they expected a solid majority of voters supporting them from here on out.

But that presumed End of History — of the Republicans, a largely white-dominated party, having no path to the White House in the future — never arrived, not even for a moment.

The presumed End of History never arrived

Instead, in the early hours of November 9, 2016, Democrats and civic-minded people across the North American continent, including in Mexico and Canada, had to realize that their vision of a fair-minded and equitable United States had been blown to smithereens.

The Republican Party, in addition to holding most state governorships, will now dominate all levers of power in Washington, including the Supreme Court. That one tool alone will allow Republicans, the de facto minority party in the country, to extend its influence for as much as another 30-40 years.

Strong Republican influence will only come to a close, if ever, when the last conservative Supreme Court justice appointed by Mr. Trump during his possible eight-year tenure will have passed away.

Democrats’ unpardonable acts of self-deception

Such is the price of two forms of profound self-deception: First, a political culture that focuses its major battles on the bathroom rights of transgender people is a political culture lost.

Celebrating such achievements as political progress is ineffective at a time when the issue that counts is that average Americans have gained only $29 in total annual income on a net basis since 1979.

The Clintons as hijackers

If there ever was an issue that was ready-made for the Democrats, it was income stagnation. Why then was the party not able to pounce on that?

Because of the ultimately self-destructive machinations of the two Clintons, stupid! It took the combined efforts of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Wikileaks to expose the full ruthlessness of the House of Clinton.

It took a full quarter-century, from 1992 to 2016, before the Democratic Party apparatus could no longer deny the disastrous effects of the clandestine transformation of the Democratic Party ever since Bill Clinton started selling out his party’s values in 1992 in exchange for more campaign financing from corporations.

Living in complete denial

That cunning hijacking of the Democratic Party, with the two Clintons always mouthing words about feeling the peoples’ pain while grotesquely lining their own pockets, has finally ended.

Many Democratic voters tried to deny the crass reality of the hijacking until the last moment. As we explained on The Globalist as early as April 2015, Hillary Clinton’s political fate was sealed the moment the stories were published showing that she had insisted on getting paid hundreds of thousands of dollars per speech from public universities in the United States — and not just banks like Goldman Sachs.

No matter how the Democratic National Committee (with plenty of its own operatives lining their pockets) was rigged to aid and abet the Clintons, it was to no avail.

Launch a RICO investigation of the DNC?

What’s left to do with the past management of that body really is an investigation under the RICO statute, originally developed to tackle the mafia. But count on the Republicans, despite their penchant for vindictiveness and Mr. Trump’s campaign announcements, not to do the Democrats the favor of criminally investigating them.

Such a step, which an Attorney General Rudy Giuliani might relish, would only unite the Democrats. That is the last thing the Republicans will want.

They are much better served by playing magnanimous — all the more so since they can then sit back and enjoy the spectacle of the Democrats at each other’s throats.

The Democrats will undoubtedly take some time to digest the 2016 disaster and get used to the idea of their much dimmed electoral prospects.

To reconquer Washington, long their one and only path to real power, they will need to start with a strategy to regain power in the states — building from the bottom up.

And that will require the near wholesale replacement of the set of Clinton cronies whose interest, following their masters’ path, includes self-enrichment from politics.

“She lost because she’s a woman.” Really?

Part of the postmortem of the failed Clinton candidacy will be that the country wasn’t ready to vote for a woman to serve as president.

Along those same lines, one can expect discredited party functionaries like the former DNC Chairwoman Deborah Wasserman Schultz, to start claiming that sexism is more deeply rooted in the United States than racism.

Not so. What the Clinton defeat proved compellingly, and fortunately, is that the country wasn’t ready for a woman who acted like a queen rather than an elected official — and who wanted to justify her arrogance and sense of being above the law.

The Steinem moment

Just remember that in February 2016, Gloria Steinem, an icon of the women’s liberation movement, chastised younger women during the primaries.

Steinem was unable to understand why younger women were throwing their support behind Berne Sanders as the Democrats’ real progressive candidate (while regarding Clinton as a PILO — a progressive in labeling only).

Steinem argued that young women were enthralled by Bernie Sanders because “they want attention from boys.” It is hard to imagine that former First Lady Laura Bush, hardly a fighter for feminism, would have ever stooped to such a low.

Gender arguments for whitewashing

Blaming sexism and gender inequality for their loss — as Clinton surrogates in the Democratic Party will certain promote — only serves to muddy the real reasons for the HRC collapse.

But that is their purpose and intent — whitewashing an indisputably rotten legacy, not the urgent rejuvenation and reinvention of the Democrat Party.

The American people — and indeed many women — saw right through that.

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About Stephan Richter

Stephan Richter, from Berlin, is the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Globalist. [Berlin/Germany]

Responses to “Did Democrats Fail in 2016 Because of Sexism in America?”

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  1. On November 14, 2016 at 4:33 am camera111 responded with... #

    A good review.

    The effort to portray all those who voted for Trump as racist, sexist bigots doesn’t fly too well when we realise that many of those floating voters had voted for Obama on two occasions over 8 years.

    HRC is principally a neoconservative, and one who has failed to introduce a single piece of legislation from her own initiative. Trump hasn’t done so either.

    Yet Trump appears to have a vision for his Presidency, even though it appears to be inspired by Roosevelt’s New Deal (a Democrat) and incorporates some pretty objectionable elements.

    If the Democrats are to win in 2020 the Trump needs to blunder big, the DRC has to drop identity politics, and they need a far better candidate!

  2. On November 14, 2016 at 8:18 am Daniel S. Morrow responded with... #

    ALL those who voted for Trump aren’t racists, or sexists, or homophobic, or islamophobic, or Xenophobic, or think Mexicans are nationally inclined to crime, disease rape, and murder.

    BUT . . . the vast majority of folks who DO believe those things, support Trump and the post-Nixon-Southern-Strategy GOP.

    Trump won with with a minority of the popular vote (48%) built on top of a solid, significant, iirrational, mean-spirited racist, sexist, homophobic, islamophobic, xenophobic “base.”

    The question for the GOP is . . . why has your party become the party that attracts such people in such hugely disproportionate numbers? And what, if anything, are you going to do to prevent such people from feeling both justified and empowered by your “victory.”

  3. On November 14, 2016 at 10:13 am Karin Barnaby responded with... #

    AMERICA’S POLITICAL ROT
    Here’s a bold and, in my opinion, accurate analysis of America’s political rot—Democrats and Republicans included. That said, while Stephan Richter’s article may explain the rise of Trumpism, nothing can ever justify Trump or anything he and his supporters believe, support or propose.

    What is justified—and necessary—is a New American Revolution, i.e., a brave and clear-eyed, take-to-the streets civil insurrection against the absolutist rule of America’s (and the world’s) entrenched, corrupt, corporate/political tyrants.

    What is justified—and necessary—is a New Declaration of Independence, i.e., our re-dedication to re-establishing the “self-evident truths and unalienable rights that all [men and women] are created equal, that they are endowed […] with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

  4. On November 14, 2016 at 2:21 pm Herman Heyn responded with... #

    In my opinion, one of Hillary’s biggest mistakes was to bring Bill into the picture. For many people, including me, it confirmed the perception that a Hillary administration would be a pre-2008 throwback. She should have told him, “Stay away!”

  5. On November 15, 2016 at 4:24 pm Anna H. (Anima Mundi) responded with... #

    The question I’m asking is this: why are these qualities so prevalent in the U.S. right now? Inherited culture and moral failing only go so far — although, yes, they are definitely a factor. Could it be because white people working two or three crappy, go-nowhere jobs after having been “rightsized” multiple times in the last 20 years, while their kids have to take out $50,000 in lifelong student debt, aren’t real thrilled at having college kids lecture them about their privilege?

    The Democrats have forgotten how to win friends and influence people. I say this as a liberal, as someone who devoutly believes we need to continue to work on racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and all the rest. However, clearly our approach isn’t working. And I believe that a working class and middle class who feel secure and optimistic will be more receptive to messages of equality. Plus, a secure and truly healthy economy, with a wide variety of good jobs and opportunities, will better help our citizens of all colors and genders.

  6. On November 16, 2016 at 6:47 pm ThomasBonsell responded with... #

    As of Wednesday, Donald Trump was still hundreds of thousands of votes short of the total Mitt Romney received in being trounced in 2012. Trump was handed the presidency by tens of millions of Democrats who just couldn’t be bothered with voting.

    Trump will certainly take that gift and use it to bludgeon millions who had no interest in protecting themselves or the nation.

  7. On November 19, 2016 at 4:05 am redeemed626 responded with... #

    I’m never surprised by full blown over reactions to election results after an unexpected and painfully close loss. I do shake my head a bit, though, at the ridiculous things that people claim are supported by those election results.

    In the past seven Presidential elections, Democrats have won the popular vote for the Presidency six times, but won the office only four times. On three of the occasions that majorities were obtained, a Clinton was on the ballot. The two times the office was lost followed a two-term Democratic President. In both cases, the outgoing President’s approval rating was well north of 50%.

    No progressive or liberal or social justice advocate worth listening to would waste so much time supporting Trump’s election and agenda unless they were either stupid or complicit. Social media and corporate news have weaponized the vast right wing conspiracy, assisted in no small part by the so-called liberal media’s pathological envy of FoxNews ratings.

    Not to be outdone, the Bernie or Bust folks spent a significant portion of this election cycle promoting every fake news article ever produced about HRC, including known falsehoods initially spread by the right. Trump should invite Susan Sarandon to the first State Dinner in honor of her contribution to his legacy.

    I truly don’t think most people understand the deeply ingrained, knee jerk response by people who blame changing social mores and people of other races for personal economic failure. I am a middle aged, white guy who grew up in a rural portion of a Southern state that was once well known for moderate Democratic leadership by nationally renowned progressive politicians.

    That legacy died dramatically and deeply the moment President Obama beat HRC in 2008. Now, I’m not suggesting that’s a good thing, but some of you need to evacuate the echo chamber before developing a deeper understanding of the problem.

    A Democrat would stand a better chance of surviving a shark attack than spending ten minutes in a room with under educated, white, southern males, while promoting the legacy of FDR and utilizing the populist inclinations of Hey Long. That is just where we are for the time being.

    The attitudes in the Midwest during this election were no different than the initial reactions faced by African Americans who fled a depraved and destitute South and migrated North. In many cases, all that changed was their zip code.

    I realize it is hard for folks who once had good paying jobs and healthcare to deal with loss of control over their livelihoods and well being. But is it really necessary to step on the fingers of folks who never had that control, instead of focusing on the guy stepping on your head?

    Some would say yes, because the perceived superiority to gays, or blacks, or immigrants is the only thing that doesn’t cost a dime, and it makes them feel just a little better.

    While state houses and Congress continue to be a problem for Democrats since the gerrymandering of America by Republican governors, the popular vote totals of our Presidential nominees shouldn’t just be dismissed . It could be argued that it was a feat of significant electoral strength to come even close to beating the carnival barker that the corporate media and self professed socialists helped elect.

    The clap trap in this article bears remarkable resemblance to a father blaming his daughter for being raped by her prom date, when Dad provided the car and the booze.

  8. On November 29, 2016 at 11:06 am Jacob's Trouble responded with... #

    The elephant in the room is globalism and it is not limited to USA.
    Exhibit German election forecast, French primaries and Brexit.