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LibertyClick
11-14-2016, 07:41 AM
http://linkis.com/readersupportednews.org/HasCz


Trump made idiots of us all. From the end of primary season onward, I felt sure Trump was en route to ruining, perhaps forever, the Republican Party as a force in modern American life. Now the Republicans are more dominant than ever, and it is the Democratic Party that is shattered and faces an uncertain future. And they deserve it.

The Democratic Party's failure to keep Donald Trump out of the White House in 2016 will go down as one of the all-time examples of insular arrogance. The party not only spent most of the past two years ignoring the warning signs of the Trump rebellion, but vilifying anyone who tried to point them out. It denounced all rumors of its creeping unpopularity as vulgar lies and bullied anyone who dared question its campaign strategy by calling them racists, sexists and agents of Vladimir Putin's Russia.

But the party's willful blindness symbolized a similar arrogance across the American intellectual elite. Trump's election was a true rebellion, directed at anyone perceived to be part of "the establishment." The target group included political leaders, bankers, industrialists, academics, Hollywood actors, and, of course, the media. And we all closed our eyes to what we didn't want to see.

The almost universal failure among political pros to predict Trump's victory the few exceptions, conspicuously, were people who hailed from rust-belt states, like Michael Moore spoke to an astonishing cultural blindness. Those of us whose job it is to cover campaigns long ago grew accustomed to treating The People as a kind of dumb animal, whose behavior could sometimes be unpredictable but, in the end, almost always did what it was told.

Whenever we sought insight into the motives and tendencies of this elusive creature, our first calls were always to other eggheads like ourselves. We talked to pollsters, think-tankers, academics, former campaign strategists, party spokes-hacks, even other journalists. Day after day, our political talk shows consisted of one geek in a suit interviewing another geek in a suit about the behaviors of pipe fitters and store clerks and cops in Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio and West Virginia. We'd stand over glitzy video maps and discuss demographic data points like we were trying to determine the location of a downed jetliner.

And the whole time, The People, whose intentions we were wondering so hard about, were all around us, listening to themselves being talked about like some wild, illiterate beast.

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otherone
11-14-2016, 07:52 AM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheeple


Now the Republicans are more dominant than ever, and it is the Democratic Party that is shattered and faces an uncertain future.And they deserve it.

We'll see if the GOP understands that Trump is a testament to the failure of their own party. Trump is NOT a "republican". Both parties have existed in a self-congratulatory echo chamber.

TommyJeff
11-14-2016, 08:40 AM
We'll see if the GOP understands that Trump is a testament to the failure of their own party. Trump is NOT a "republican".

Great point. This isn't being brought up nearly enough.

LibertyClick
11-14-2016, 01:24 PM
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LibertyClick
11-14-2016, 01:51 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hWqPApT1Xw