Hopey Changey

By | August 7, 2018

A trenchant observation that gets to the heart of why Hillary Clinton really lost.

One of the reasons that Hillary Clinton lost was that she couldn’t even pretend that she had anything to offer rustbelt residents mired in unemployment and addiction and hopelessness. She offered the rich a continued ride on the gravy train, she offered some minorities a chance to feed their resentments and she had nothing for anyone else.

Politics doesn’t matter that much anymore. It hasn’t for a long time. Breakage is required. Whether it will be hard or soft or even apocalyptic, I don’t know. History, though, tells us that when old orders dissolve and new orders begin to aggregate in dark corners that some dissolution — violent or otherwise — coincides with this every time.

Clinton had nothing to offer but the slightly-tweaked status quo. Too many people have been served a shit sandwich, and offering to warm it up for them does not really help.

And now, here we are.

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