Data on why the Democrats lost

3001882991_6f59c181c7_oNow that the dust has settled from the presidential election and there has been time to process the data, Democrats are learning why they lost the election.  The conventional wisdom has been that they failed to get out their base.  That is, that too many minorities, women, and young adults just didn’t bother to vote.  That was part of the problem.  But the main reason, according to researchers, is that so many working class folks who had voted for Barack Obama chose to vote for Donald Trump instead of the Democratic candidate.

Reportedly, Democrats have been arguing over whether they need to persuade people to vote for them or just energize their base.  “I think there’s a lot of worry that we don’t actually know how to persuade anymore,” says a Democratic think tanker, “and so maybe we should just go talk to the people we agree with.” [Read more…]

Profanity and politics

swearing-294391_640Politicians are now using the whole array of four-letter words in their speeches. President Trump does it, but Democrats seem to be doing it as a purposeful, repeated, and calculated rhetorical ploy.

Why is so much of our political discourse adopting profanity?  What does it mean this this is happening?

Click the link after the jump.  (I won’t quote from the article, since it includes the words that it decries, and this violates the high standards of decorum that characterize this blog!  So don’t click that link if would be offended.) [Read more…]

“You need both a public and a private position”

Some of Hillary Clinton’s hacked e-mails released by Wikileaks include transcripts of paid speeches she gave to big corporations.  What she says in those confidential closed-door speeches–for example, calling for open borders and more free trade, saying the banks aren’t really responsible for the 2009 financial collapse–is often at odds with what she says in her presidential campaign.

Remarkably, one speech quite frankly explains the discrepancy.  She says, “you need both a public and a private position.”  One for public consumption and the other for what you really believe.  So she is admitting that what she tells voters is not what she is actually going to do!

At every debate, every interview, every campaign speech, every time she opens her mouth, someone should ask her, “Is that your public or your private position?”

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Clinton’s desperation

I missed the Democratic debate.  What happened and where does it leave the Democratic race?  At any rate, reportedly, the Clinton campaign is not happy.  The tactics against Sanders are to imply that he is anti-black and anti-woman.  And Bill Clinton has been unleashed.

Bill accused Bernie Sanders of hypocrisy because he too takes money for speeches.  In 2014, Sanders made $1,850, from a TV show, a publishing company, and a machinists’ union.  Hillary Clinton made $21 million, from Goldman Sachs, big banks, and big pharmaceutical companies.

Political operative Dick Morris analyzes the new rhetoric from the Clinton camp, seeing it as a sign of desperation.

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Clinton accuses Sanders of sexism and racism

Hillary Clinton and her organization are fending off the threat from the left by accusing Bernie Sanders–avowed socialist with impeccable leftist credentials–of sexism and racism!  This is because of these two statements he made during the debate:

In the debate, Sanders began by saying, “As a senator from a rural state, what I can tell Secretary Clinton [is] that all the shouting in the world is not going to do what I would hope all of us want.” A couple of minutes later, Sanders told former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley: “We can raise our voices, but I come from a rural state, and the views on gun control in rural states are different than in urban states, whether we like it or not.”

Can you explain what is so doubly bigoted about these two sentences?  Answer after the jump. [Read more…]

Do Republicans really want to kick women out of the country?

The chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, claims that all of the Republican presidential candidates are so anti-woman that they want to kick women out of the country.

There are many jokes to be made here.  Go ahead and make them if you want.  Seriously, though, I realize that political rhetoric today often consists of demonizing your opponents and making them out to be as bad as humanly possible.  But don’t we need to recognize some moral limits?  Do we just dismiss this remark as mere political exaggeration, or should we think less of those who resort to such ridiculous calumny? [Read more…]