Nov 15, 201612:28 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Les Deplorables mugged the tenured smug, part deux
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Trump’s victory is the “Triumph of the angry white guy,” The Capital Times scolds. Does anyone care why they’re angry? No, because they’re all racists, Paul Fanlund says.
[We are told that] we need to better understand these low-education white Trump voters and start to better position Democratic candidates to speak to their issues and concerns. Speak to what? Speak to their racism, their sexism, or their selfishness?
Really, Paul! Wisconsin voters who went big for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 — now they’re racists?
There are signs the intelligentsia is beginning to understand how they fouled their own nests.
The book “What’s the Matter with Kansas” was all about real people supposedly voting against their own interests. (If the people of Kansas were smart, not overall-wearing hayseeds, they’d vote Democrat.) Now its author is having a post-election epiphany.
“Maybe it’s time to consider whether there’s something about shrill self-righteousness, shouted from a position of high social status, that turns people away,” wrote Thomas Frank in The Guardian.
In the Progressive magazine, Ruth Conniff admits, “Cultural disdain for ‘white trash’ voters helped feed those voters’ sense of alienation.”
Frank Bruni (of all people!) apologized in Sunday’s New York Times (of all places!).
“I plan to use greater care in how I talk to and about Americans more culturally conservative than I am.” (“Democrats screwed up.”)
That was a lesson Paul Soglin says he learned 40 years ago as a first-time mayor. “Never attack the voters. No matter what you think of your opponents, do not call their base of supporters indecent, shameless, or deplorable.”
Some did not need to see the risen Christ to believe. Nine days before the election, a New Yorker magazine piece described how Democrats lost the working class as accomplished fact, not prediction. The party of FDR had traduced the very term “working class.”
“Once it suggested productivity and sturdiness. Now it means downwardly mobile, poor — even pathological.”
Hillary’s real peeps have tenure and grants
This brief promoting Hillary’s candidacy in The Nation magazine a week before the election is case in point of how remote from real life is the Democrats’ cause these days.
The premise is that Clinton is a uniquely flawed and corrupt politician … a wheeling, dealing, corrupt individual who plays fast and loose with the rules. … Is this really different from the way most professional women, including left academic women, proceed? … Do we fault our colleagues, our friends, for seeking prestigious research grants that give them course release, and for asking their famous friends to write letters of recommendation or to organize book panels promoting their work? … to earn tenure and promotion …?
There go their season tickets at Camp Randall! YouTube screen grab courtesy conservativefiringlline.com.
Get it? Hillary’s real peeps sip chardonnay at faculty parties, not beer at the bowling alley. So she cut a few corners, got caught in Jim Comey’s searchlight. She only wanted to organize book panels, earn tenure, and land a four-year research grant to avoid having to teach — you know — actual students!
It’s the same claim of elitist privilege that defeated the unionista intifada of 2011 against Act 10 here in Wisconsin. What? Contribute to my own pension, the likes of most of Wisconsin will never see? The outrage!
Always “Never Hillary,” Your Squire and many others did think we could do better than Donald Trump. Today, we are cautiously optimistic. We are encouraged that the nation’s high court will now protect individual rights instead of state power. We are gratified that the redistributionists got caught with their hands in the cookie jar. We are hopeful that political discussion will be freed up from the censorious.
Donald Trump just may be the electro-shock (or electoral shock) this country needs.