Thursday, January 19, 2017

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Was Obama so awful that he turned 4 million of his voters into racists?

In 2008, Obama got 69,498,516 votes. In 2012, he got 65,915,795 votes. In 2016, Hillary Clinton got 65,844,954 votes. Did Obama make four million voters racist?

For more perspective, here are the Republican numbers:

2008: McCain got 59,948,323 votes.
2012: Romney got 60,933,504 votes.
2016: Trump got 62,979,879 votes.

Some of Obama's 2008 voters stayed home in 2012 and 2016, and some voted for someone else. Saying racism is the reason is to say that Obama's neoliberal politics were irrelevant, but his style in office was so awful that he made his own voters hate an entire race.

And yet there are Clinton Democrats who insist the reason he lost support and Clinton didn't get more support is racism.

ETA: For example, Toni Morrison: Fear Of Losing White Privilege Led To Trump's Election.

ETA: Behind Trump's victory: Divisions by race, gender and education | Pew Research Center: "Clinton held an 80-point advantage among blacks (88% to 8%) compared with Obama’s 87-point edge four years ago (93% to 6%). In 2008, Obama had a 91-point advantage among blacks."

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dear Clinton Democrats, respectfully, this is why I'll no longer engage with you

I understand you are committed to your support for Hillary Clinton. Humans cling to their beliefs for as long as they can. Admitting you're wrong is one of the hardest things we can do.

But you're wrong about many things.

You tell yourselves the polls were wrong, but they were not. I followed RealClearPolitics and knew Clinton was expected to win the popular vote by about 2%, which meant she was within the margin of error for losing either the popular vote or, as happened, the Electoral College.

Just as RealClearPolitics was accurate about Clinton, it was accurate about Bernie Sanders. He would've won decisively because his focus on economic issues took voters away from Trump. For more, see A reminder for Clinton fans that the polls were right all along.

You want to pin Clinton's loss on racism and sexism because those are things Clinton could not have battled, rather than economic desperation, which she could have fought if she'd been willing to adopt more of Sanders' issues.

Racism does not explain why voters who supported a black man and a Jew did not support a white Christian. However, this piece does: Why the White Working Class Rebelled: Neoliberalism is Killing Them (Literally) | Informed Comment.

And so does this short video by The Guardian:



For more, see Understanding the election—the best links I've found.

Now, I realize many Clinton supporters don't understand what neoliberalism is. This is a decent quick introduction:



The Republicans can be defeated. Martin Luther King's dream of a world without poverty can be won. But to do that, you must accept that the Democratic Party made a mistake when it chose the candidate who did better among registered Democrats only. To win, a Democrat must be popular with Independents too.

Yes, Clinton won the popular vote. Console yourself with that. But her politics kept her from winning it strongly enough to defeat Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders knows Martin Luther King was right when he said, “Call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all of God’s children.”

When you're ready to accept that Clinton was the wrong choice, we can talk. You don't have to agree that Bernie Sanders was the best choice. If the Democrats had simply wanted to elect a woman this year, Elizabeth Warren would've been the stronger choice, or if the goal was to repeat 2008 with a relative unknown, Tulsi Gabbard would've made a fine nominee. All you have to do is accept that the poorer half of this country is desperate, and they want the solutions that Sanders offered.

If you doubt that:

Majority in U.S. Support Idea of Fed-Funded Healthcare System | Gallup

5 facts about the minimum wage | Pew Research Center

Over 60% of Americans back tuition-free college, survey says

So mourn if you must, but if you can, heed Joe Hill's words: "Don't waste any time mourning. Organize!"

ETA: A reminder about the shape of the future: More young people voted for Bernie Sanders than Trump and Clinton combined — by a lot - The Washington Post

The Real Story Of 2016 | FiveThirtyEight:
Trump outperformed his national polls by only 1 to 2 percentage points in losing the popular vote to Clinton, making them slightly closer to the mark than they were in 2012.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Furious at Martin Luther King, President Johnson says why he matters so much

After King publicly opposed the Vietnam War:
President Johnson stopped taking meetings with King. “What is that goddamned nigger preacher doing to me?” Johnson reportedly remarked after the speech. “We gave him the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we gave him the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we gave him the War on Poverty. What more does he want?”
From What the “Santa Clausification” of Martin Luther King Jr. Leaves Out