Trump didn't beat Hillary — flawed assumptions, political arrogance did
Shame on Hillary Clinton’s “honor guard,” the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, for blaming Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in Wisconsin on a lower-than-expected turnout of African-American voters in Milwaukee County and southeastern Wisconsin.
Such an excuse is not only unfair and politically lame, but is blatantly racist at its core — especially when nearly 35% of eligible white voters and over 20% of millennials in Wisconsin didn’t turn out to vote at all.
The two elephants in the room that no one wants to publicly talk about are Clinton’s silk-stocking white liberal honor guard and the leftover Gov. Jim Doyle political operatives who still control Democrat politics in Wisconsin.
Together, they lost Wisconsin to Donald Trump because of their flawed political assumptions and conventional political tactics during an unconventional presidential election year. Combined with Hillary’s inability to overcome her self-inflicted image among millions of voters who saw her as untrustworthy and part of the politically elite establishment in Washington, this was a slow political train wreck, just waiting to happen in Wisconsin, and elsewhere like Michigan.
Ignoring the countless warnings by grassroots Bernie Sanders field workers and the Sanders campaign team — who overwhelmingly defeated the Hillary machine and the Doyle political operatives in Wisconsin with 56.6% of the vote for Sanders to Hillary’s dismal 43.1% — the Hillary team continued to use the same old conventional political tactics during an anti-political establishment uprising against Washington insiders.
Worse yet, the Clinton strategy in Wisconsin and nationally was simply to attack Trump, while dodging and weaving around Hillary’s position on trade, fracking, and the $1.2 million Hillary received from the Goldman Sachs mafia for her three speeches, while refusing to turn over the transcripts of those speeches to the media.
Then came the coup de grâce political failure, due to the DPW’s own political malfeasance, of not “demanding” that Hillary campaign in western and northern Wisconsin, and eastern Minnesota, in order to reach millions of Wisconsin voters in places like La Crosse, Eau Claire, Superior, Ashland, Wausau, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, and Black River Falls.
Instead, Hillary, Bill, and the DPW believed they could automatically win against an outspokenly racist, homophobic, and misogynistic candidate for president, while fantasizing about sweeping enough U.S. Senate and maybe enough House seats to control Congress, and to have the Democrats take back the state Senate.
This is a classic case of Albert Einstein’s definition of political insanity: “Keep doing the same thing over and over again (election after election) and expect different results.”
The DNC and DPW gave voters more of the same old politics, with no message of their own. Voters wanted to hear solutions — even a con man’s solutions — and the Democratic establishment failed to develop and convey a clear message about how voting Democrat will rebuild a struggling middle-class working economy in Wisconsin and throughout America.
So, shame on Hillary. Shame on the Clinton “honor guard” and double shame on the DPW leadership for their white liberal racist excuses: that African-American voter turnout was the cause of Hillary’s loss to Donald “the Con Man” Trump.
A.J. (Nino) Amato is a graduate of the UW–Madison Robert M. La Follette Institute for Public Affairs; served on Gov. Jim Doyle’s (D) Task Force on Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy and served as Gov. Tommy Thompson’s (R) economic development chief marketing officer/president for Forward Wisconsin Inc. He is a founding member of the NAACP of Dane County and has served as a senior business executive in the health care, energy utility, and real estate industries.
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