Dec 13, 2016
commented on White Media Outlets Are Trying Not to Blame White Rural Voters For Shooting Themselves in the Foot
What good would my sympathy do them anyhow?
Its obvious as a matter of practical politics that if the cost of pursuing these voters is the betrayal or rejection of the urban constituencies that form the core of the Democratic Party, then that cost is too high. People want to talk as if these are votes the Democrats simply left on the table out of neglect but that's wrong - the would have been a price to pay for picking them up.
And further, those White Rural Voters who pulled the lever for Trump couldn't have pulled off the win without all those well educated, white collar, "fiscally conservative, socially liberal" who also pulled the lever for Trump in the suburbs of Milwaukee and Philadelphia. These are voters who should have known better.
Dec 6, 2016
commented on Will Trump Kill Legal Weed?
There are quite a few other things Red and Blue america agree on - the preservation of Medicare and Social Security, for example. But that doesn't mean the incoming government won't try to destroy those things anyhow - there are other constituencies (malefactors of great wealth, rich crackpot ideologues, etc) that want them destroyed.
The War on Drugs is a very important jobs program for the rural working class - somebody has to guard all those prisoners. And Jeff Sessions was even turned off the Klan when he found out they smoked pot - its one of his most famous quotations!
Hell if I know what's going to happen, but if there's anything this recent election taught us its that popular will is not the most important contributor to how things turn out.
Dec 3, 2016
commented on This Week on the Blabbermouth Podcast: Jill Stein and the DEMONocracy
Since Truman, a party has held the White House for three terms one time - its a very hard thing to do. It *almost* happened a second time with Clinton but Trump threaded a series of needles and blundered into a freak win - the weirdest presidential vote in history.
Then everybody goes rushing back to construct a bunch of just so stories that explain why this outcome was inevitable - "this thing that I've been saying for years the Democrats should do, if only they'd done it they'd have won! Its obvious!". And then people quarrel about who's counterfactual, alternate history, parallel universe is the best. Its such a crock.
Dec 2, 2016
commented on Trump Voter Rudely Woke Month After Trump Wins Election
Every person I know who voted for Trump did so in spite of the fact that Trump was the nominee. That is to say, they are people who always vote Republican and even Donald fucking Trump was not enough to deter them from doing it yet again. And every single one of them is already washing their hands of it and saying they never wanted him anyhow and spinning bizarre tales for how Donald Trump is the fault of the Democrats (!!!)
What a world. I imagine that a couple years from now when the question of the day has become "Who rules Bartertown?", they'll retroactively impeach Barack Obama.