In October of 2016, when all the Smart People and most of the Smart Money had Hillary Clinton measuring the drapes for the Oval Office (and repurposing a certain closet off it?) I made the following observation about the growing insurgency.  "But the Democrat-Media-Academic-Entertainment complex has been bringing the nasty, and Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine bring the condescension, and it's time to say Enough."  Tim Kaine has gone to wherever smirking betas go to, but Hillary still doesn't have a clue.  "Hillary Clinton isn’t ready to let go of her election loss to President Trump."  She continues to come off as Nurse Ratched.  Priceless.
She said, “She ran the presidential campaign like a mother who was telling the kids to eat spinach because it was good for health while the other guy was asking them to go eat fast food and have ice-cream,” India Today reported. Clinton may not have realized it, but this also sheds a lot of light on how she sees the average American.
The fatal conceit proved fatal to her candidacy (it wasn't the FBI, and it probably wasn't all those fainting spells, but it was that "basket of deplorables" crack) and now it's proving fatal to her hopes of being Mother Superior to the Democratic coven.  "It’s clear Clinton still resents losing the election, and wants to remain relevant in American and international politics. She hasn’t yet figured out how to do this without tearing down the electorate, and embracing that even Americans who make disappointing voting choices are still represented by the President." Yes, the Democrat court intellectuals are catching on, and yet the reaction from libertarian and conservative circles is more interesting.  "Clinton has made a strong showing for team smug," notes Reason's Katherine Mangu-Ward.  (She's also written an interesting essay suggesting that Team Troll rolls out ever more outrageously futile and stupid gestures in response to heightened outrage or scorn from Team Smug.  Perhaps Hillary is flipping the script, but, in the fashion of bad comedians everywhere, she's delivering the punchline badly.)  Then comes M.B. Dougherty in National Review.  "She articulated a central myth of the liberal elite: We are beautiful and successful because we’re morally superior."  Yes, beautiful and successful the way that emperor's new clothes were elegant ... but I digress.  Also at National Review, Jonah Goldberg.  "It shows that she really doesn’t like large swathes of the country. She has a Manichaean view that says people who voted against her are backward, racist, sexist, and kind of dumb."  Perhaps, as Julie Kelly notes, it's simpler.  "No one was in the mood for a third Obama term." (More precisely, a sufficient plurality of previous Obama voters in states or parts of states that Herself couldn't bring herself to visit.)

Perhaps, though, it's Hillary who is dumb.  Jim Treacher.  "If Hillary thinks Trump's whole campaign was centered around repressing women and Indian-Americans, how does she explain why so many Trump voters are fans of [current Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley]?"

Whatever the explanation, she's provided Twitchy with comic relief.  "We get it, she can’t accept that she is the reason SHE lost and is desperate to convince the world that it wasn’t her fault, but all she’s really doing is proving what we’ve known all along, she’s just a mean old lady."  Each time she does that, she provides cover to reluctant Trump voters, or perhaps to realistic observers of the political scene, that the best reason for a Trump presidency is it's not a Clinton presidency.


Dave Tufte said...

I found this fascinating: "She articulated a central myth of the liberal elite: We are beautiful and successful because we’re morally superior."

This is essentially the same position as the prosperity gospel of some evangelicals.

We could just as easily write "She articulated a central myth of the Protestant elite: We are beautiful and successful because we’re morally superior."

Stephen Karlson said...

Good catch that, and probably on point. Grandma keeps invoking her Methodist upbringing, when it's politically helpful, and there's an overlap between the Protestant elite and the clerisy, currently manifested by the World Council of Churches types, but certainly present in the Social Gospel, and the Secular Trinity of Theodore, Woodrow, and the Croly Ghost.