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DirkGently

(12,151 posts)
21. I support Dems making just arguments that can win.
Thu Nov 17, 2016, 12:39 PM
Nov 2016

Blind partisanship and a bad candidate lost the election and summoned the disastrous results that will follow.

You can blame progressives and independents and the weather if you want, but Hillary Clinton lost to literally the worst candidate any of us have ever seen. The joke was that a "ham sandwich" could beat Trump, right?

That is her failing, and the failing of those who refused to acknowledge that her neoliberal approach is a losing one.
While I agree with you... LP2K12 Nov 2016 #1
Maybe it would be better to be inclusive Duckhunter935 Nov 2016 #2
That's like telling someone their tire is flat rzemanfl Nov 2016 #3
They attacked. And don't you forget it. They attacked and blew the whole fucking thing up! boston bean Nov 2016 #4
Just pointing out again what throwing away votes results in. yallerdawg Nov 2016 #16
Your suggestion got us dubya and trump. Time to dump those voters who are spoilers Lil Missy Nov 2016 #43
Specious reasoning. DirkGently Nov 2016 #5
Yeah, none of that competent/smart/accomplished shit for us, this time. Paladin Nov 2016 #9
Obama was all those things, AND inspiring. DirkGently Nov 2016 #13
Agreed. Trump was following Reagan's lead with his own simple slogan. guillaumeb Nov 2016 #37
A bad emotional appeal beat a bloodless technocratic appeal. DirkGently Nov 2016 #72
I think part of the problem is that the corporate media has been "defining" the Clintons for years. guillaumeb Nov 2016 #94
They had a choice, and they used it selfishly and stupidly and immorally frazzled Nov 2016 #12
It's the candidate's job to convince voters. DirkGently Nov 2016 #18
Bull frazzled Nov 2016 #20
I support Dems making just arguments that can win. DirkGently Nov 2016 #21
No, your arguments and language show you clearly do not frazzled Nov 2016 #23
Do you have a substantive response to the post? DirkGently Nov 2016 #27
There was plenty of substance in those responses. And your same empty rhetoric was used R B Garr Nov 2016 #41
"Bull." is not substance. And independents didn't beat Al Gore. DirkGently Nov 2016 #48
I clearly remember "independents" being interviewed during that election. R B Garr Nov 2016 #50
What are you going to do, punish the voters for disagreeing with you? DirkGently Nov 2016 #58
But she had already convinced the voters. She was winning, and that's R B Garr Nov 2016 #67
Clinton stayed well past inevitability in 2008 as well. DirkGently Nov 2016 #69
Your statement is not even true and it is out of context. But that is the hallmark R B Garr Nov 2016 #73
Well, no. Clinton was widely criticized for overstaying in 2008. DirkGently Nov 2016 #75
This is self-serving and out of context again, the hallmark of the Clinton bashers. R B Garr Nov 2016 #81
So we agree Hillary stayed in way past viability in 2008. DirkGently Nov 2016 #85
This same tired rhetoric was used about Al Gore. He was picked to death, including R B Garr Nov 2016 #91
Gore was robbed by Republicans and the Supreme Court. DirkGently Nov 2016 #93
Oh, absolutely correct that it was the Bush bro Florida connection and the Supremes R B Garr Nov 2016 #99
I doubt progressive purity drove 3rd party votes. DirkGently Nov 2016 #102
Great points. We know that Obama is a tough act to follow and is almost a once-in-a-lifetime R B Garr Nov 2016 #105
"Anyone else would have been slaughtered". ... no.. one word... Biden Grey Lemercier Nov 2016 #63
Yeah Stein really convinced me breaking bread with Putin and Trumps man Flynn in Russia.... Historic NY Nov 2016 #38
HRC was the Democratic nominee. Lil Missy Nov 2016 #106
"That was the choice. It was a choice for the nation, not for your..." jmg257 Nov 2016 #25
oh ye gods DemonGoddess Nov 2016 #30
We're back to voting for the candidate we want to have a beer with mcar Nov 2016 #35
arrrrghhh DemonGoddess Nov 2016 #36
in trumps case... Javaman Nov 2016 #47
At least Hillary drinks beer! greatauntoftriplets Nov 2016 #49
I'd love to have a beer or a glass (or two) of wine with Hillary mcar Nov 2016 #66
That's a rather radical reading of the post. DirkGently Nov 2016 #101
In hindsight Ms Clinton had some obstacles to overcome discntnt_irny_srcsm Nov 2016 #95
Ah, but they bask in the glow of the pure fire of their anger as it burns down advances made.... Hekate Nov 2016 #6
EXACTLY. thank you n/t DemonGoddess Nov 2016 #31
To those who voted third party instead of Clinton because of principles I say.... hrmjustin Nov 2016 #7
Sorry, but I'm not putting this one on the "third party" candidates. Buzz Clik Nov 2016 #8
No owns "independent" votes. DirkGently Nov 2016 #28
Ahem, an "independent" was running as a Democrat and did nothing but R B Garr Nov 2016 #46
Oh dear. Sorry, but no, it's not Sanders' fault either. DirkGently Nov 2016 #54
Yes, that bandwagon is roling now! HassleCat Nov 2016 #57
Attacking Clinton from March/April when he had no clear path to victory R B Garr Nov 2016 #60
And how did we respond to these "attacks?" HassleCat Nov 2016 #71
It is not ragging on someone to notice that they have no clear path to victory. R B Garr Nov 2016 #78
I know, right? It can't be that Clinton just lost. DirkGently Nov 2016 #68
Well, they did stick to their guns. leftofcool Nov 2016 #61
The margins show exactly what happened, and the third party voters R B Garr Nov 2016 #44
Made possible only by the fact that the Democrat nominee... Buzz Clik Nov 2016 #52
308,000 registered Democrats in Florida 2000 election voted for Bush Grey Lemercier Nov 2016 #53
No one ever brings this up? Buzz Clik Nov 2016 #62
I was 9 then, but in university we studied the 2000 elections and I see so much "Nader as spoiler" Grey Lemercier Nov 2016 #65
And this year voters left the top space blank. DirkGently Nov 2016 #79
I wonder how many Registered Democrats voted Trump in the swings? Grey Lemercier Nov 2016 #82
Found a few anecdotes that may have happened, but nothing more. DirkGently Nov 2016 #89
I know only 4 people here in London who voted Trump. All 4 voted against Hillary Grey Lemercier Nov 2016 #90
I was as wrong about Trump as you. DirkGently Nov 2016 #92
The Average US-dwelling American has no idea how much the US foreign policy with the constant Grey Lemercier Nov 2016 #96
Yes, Bernie gets his terminology wrong. DirkGently Nov 2016 #100
scheming daemons, I read and see what you're saying ..... LenaBaby61 Nov 2016 #10
Even worse SickOfTheOnePct Nov 2016 #11
Ding! Ding! Ding! Raster Nov 2016 #15
I haven't seen a state where 20% voted for Trump SickOfTheOnePct Nov 2016 #19
Because they're racists! At least in Michigan, I know several Pathwalker Nov 2016 #22
this Grey Lemercier Nov 2016 #83
And if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a wagon. longship Nov 2016 #14
What if we had simply just switched nominees? InAbLuEsTaTe Nov 2016 #17
I would blame ALL the people who didn't vote for her, not just 3rd party voters. jmg257 Nov 2016 #24
yep, MILLIONS of Democrats, including my fellow PoC, stayed home Grey Lemercier Nov 2016 #45
It's the IDEA of 3d parties that enrages authoritarians. DirkGently Nov 2016 #97
Agree - nitpicking everywhere but where the real problem lies. Ah well. nt jmg257 Nov 2016 #98
I blame Quatar for not hacking Trump's email. Wilms Nov 2016 #26
Good Point! sfwriter Nov 2016 #29
At least they voted. Showed up fulfilled their responsibility. SQUEE Nov 2016 #32
"But...subtract one Kadem..." kenfrequed Nov 2016 #33
Yes mcar Nov 2016 #34
Stein/Johnson voters are added to my basket of dimwit deplorables. oasis Nov 2016 #39
Be honest Omaha Steve Nov 2016 #40
good luck getting 50% of Libertarians to vote for Hillary Grey Lemercier Nov 2016 #42
Let's not forget that they're even further to the right of Republicans on the Economy. HughBeaumont Nov 2016 #56
K&R CajunBlazer Nov 2016 #51
I'm getting a little tired of this. HassleCat Nov 2016 #55
this!!! Grey Lemercier Nov 2016 #59
I detest these people. I really do. Look where we are now. onecaliberal Nov 2016 #64
Most of those that voted for a third party... Else You Are Mad Nov 2016 #70
How the hell does adding half of Johnson voters change anything? DemocraticWing Nov 2016 #74
Exactly. Else You Are Mad Nov 2016 #77
And switch some votes from Democrats. HassleCat Nov 2016 #76
There is a problem with the whole logic of this. Scruffy1 Nov 2016 #80
Because every snowflake is special. NurseJackie Nov 2016 #84
"Shit in one hand, and Wish in the other...." BlueProgressive Nov 2016 #86
So how are you so sure some DU INdemo Nov 2016 #87
I didn't say any DU members did. scheming daemons Nov 2016 #88
I don't see libertarians (T party Jr.) voting Hillary Omaha Steve Nov 2016 #103
Meh. It's the hundreds of thousands of registered Democrats that didn't bother to vote that we progressoid Nov 2016 #104
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