‘What Happened’ to the Democratic Party? (Video)

Clueless in Columbus

“What Happened” is the title of Hillary Clinton’s new book — in which she attempts to explain the reasons for her presidential campaign debacle. This rationalizing requires an entire book, launched with an extensive tour and media roll-out by her publisher, to explain how she managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by losing to the least popular presidential candidate on record.


Clinton’s account explains much more than what went wrong in 2016; it also sheds light on what’s wrong with her political party today. Start with the utterance she admits was her “biggest gaffe,” her inflammatory promise “to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” That comment, she writes, “I regret the most.”

So it wasn’t FBI Director Comey, Vladimir Putin, or the Electoral College — the usual suspects blamed for her party’s downfall. It was a stone-deaf political ideology that remains a major obstacle to her party’s return to power.

The point here isn’t to dwell on her campaign — recounting her stumbles has already become a national pastime, and her book tour is reviving it on both the Left and Right. The larger issue is how boasting of an ambition to destroy the livelihoods of working people underscores the chasm that separates not just Clinton but many in her party from working Americans.

When the press pool reported this “gaffe,” her first reaction was lame: Her remarks were “taken out of context.” But the context is also revealing of the work that progressives must do if they’re to take back power. Clinton evidently thought the job-killing comment was okay because her administration would replace coal jobs with “clean, renewable energy.” That, she believes, is the key to “restore economic opportunity” in coal country.

Fallon and Kimmel take apart the campaign tell-all, and summarize the events that led to her downfall. USA TODAY Opinion_Eileen Rivers

For Clinton and her followers, invoking the “renewable” energy mantra is all that’s required to absolve themselves of any blame for the miseries such a policy would invariably inflict. Being “green” would offset the cost borne by jobless miners in terms of lost self-esteem, lower wages, and even families and community. But wrapping this misery up in patronizing twaddle about “hard-working miners” sounded particularly hollow after labeling these same people as “deplorables.”

Equally revealing about this thinking is where her campaign chose to unveil her de-industrial plan: Columbus, Ohio, home of the soft-spoken CEO of coal producer Murray Energy. In soccer, that’s called an “own goal;” in politics, it’s called suicidal.

Think about it: the Democratic Party’s standard-bearer decides to announce on CNN a de-industrialization policy in a key industrial state in which she was already struggling in the polls and where blue-collar workers were struggling to keep manufacturing jobs. Is this the Democratic Party?

Another Clinton we all know would never have allowed the Green Movement to place this anvil around his neck. Bill Clinton warned his wife about her embrace of the “kill coal” movement and its likely impact not only on working-class voters but on her dwindling support in the industrial heartland. Former President Bill Clinton grasped this because he was raised poor in a poor state, not in an affluent urban precinct where blue collar people are out of sight, out of mind.  He understood that job-killing policies that stop pipelines, power plants, and infrastructure projects also stop economic growth.

Today’s Green activists also understand this — that isn’t the difference between Bill’s party and Hillary’s. The telling difference is that Bill’s party thought that was a bad thing; Hillary’s progressive party thinks it’s a good thing. Economic growth, as uneven and unpredictable as it can be, is the only sustainable way to spread the wealth to those who can’t afford $5 coffees and personal trainers.

But it’s the distrust of growth — the belief it only despoils rather than enriches — that now separates progressive leaders from the rest of us.

The result, as we’ve seen, has political repercussions. To many Americans during the presidential campaign, “it looked like the Greens were disdainful of the aspirations of working people to live the good life,” writes Wall Street Journal editor George Melloan.

For the progressive deep thinkers now pondering how to reclaim their party’s appeal to working people, these are words of wisdom.

Luke Popovich writes on energy topics in Washington, D.C.

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    G

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    I departed the Democrat party many years ago as they lost track of reality and they’ve only deteriorated from there. They have become the repository for old,failed, smug socialists. Their poll-leading candidate for 2020 is the ancient Socialist, Bernie Sanders, followed closely by the ultra-left Native American Princess, Elizabeth Warren.

    In today’s Democrat Party JFK would be considered a right wing radical for his acknowledgement of free markets and his implementation of tax cuts to stimulate the economy while raising revenues. Current candidates no longer disavow Socialism or the repeal of Constitutional Rights for for the greater good of the collective. Meanwhile, their supporters in the leftstream media must constantly redefine the “middle” as being somewhere near Berkely.

    Crazy.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    The democrats have become the big buddies of the various Eco-Wacko groups their in partnership with the Eco-Nazis/Watermelons,in with the Sierra Club,Greenpeace,NRDC,and EDF and the other eco-wackos

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    JayPee

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    They don’t know
    What happened to the…………………….

    The American Communist Party
    Who call themselves ” democrats ”
    Have taken over all leftist extreme ideology
    And arrogantly present it as moderate thinking.

    People who are capable of independent thought
    Think otherwise.

    Without low information
    low intelligence votability

    The USA Democrat party
    would not exist !

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    Sonnyhill

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    At the current rate of decline, how long before Americans sew garments for Asians?

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    Amber

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    Hillary ‘s problem was she played to the people that bought the Democrats instead of the people who she ultimately stabbed in the back . Did she have to threaten coal miners ? Is it wise to threaten a whole sector of the economy ?
    The unstaged face plant / collapse in NY said more than anything she was not even physically capable needing to be propped up .
    The Clintons know the politicians don’t run things so indirectly she did the citizens a great service . At best it’s become a PR job
    with a big bag of cash at the end of it . Even the Republicans couldn’t organize a piss up at a brewery .
    End Super Pacs & take back control from entrenched /self dealing government agencies .
    I actually feel sorry for President Trump . He would need 4 terms to put a dent in draining those swamps . The RINO’s just can’t help themselves and the Democrats have taken a hard left . They are good at raising the debt ceiling though because the fifth estate hasn’t quite figured out how to bi-pass elected officials on that one quite yet .

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    Spurwing Plover

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    If you want to know about leftists propeganda aimed at kids Captain Planet and the Planeteers was just one of them

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    G

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    The photo attached to this OP, titled “Clueless in Columbus” says it all… Hillary clearly thinks she’s delivering a real stem-winder, but just look at the spectators in the front row. LOL!

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    amirlach

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    Let’s hope that the poopy pantsuit “runs” again…

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    Steve

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    What happened to the democratic party?
    Like……. who cares?

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