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Advice to 2020 candidates: Unless you’re praising or defending Hillary Clinton, keep her name out of your damn mouth.
In 2004, candidates didn’t talk about Gore. In 2008, candidates didn’t talk about Kerry. Any candidate who thinks the Dem base is going to tolerate someone talking about Hillary instead of the outright f**kery that cheated us out of a Dem president is a damn fool.
2016 was the first election in 50 years without the protection of the VRA. There is nothing Hillary or her team did or didn’t do that contributed more to the loss of the Electoral College than voter suppression did. Deal with THAT or you’re going to lose the EC in 2020 too.
Nothing Hillary or her team did or didn’t do that contributed more to her loss than media caring more about ratings and clickbait than the public good. DT was good for their bottom line in 2016 and he’s good for their bottom line now. Deal with THAT or you’ll lose in 2020 too.
Pro tip: The Dem base doesn’t want to hear you rewrite 2016 and claim our nominee didn’t talk to, or have policies to help, rural white voters when the hard fact is those voters refused to break away from Fox and listen to her. And duh, racism > economic interests.
And leave “Wisconsin” out of your mouth unless you’re having the discussion *we need* about why/how Hillary did better than Feingold. You want to win in the rust belt? Figure out why Feingold lost, how he dropped 12 points from the beginning of October to election day.
And that autopsy better include:
10/04 Feingold +9.4
10/06 Two Sanders rallies for Feingold
10/10 Feingold +3.3
11/01 Feingold +2.7
11/02 Sanders rally for Feingold
11/08 Feingold -3.4
Don't effing fantasize BS would've won WI. Look at whether he/Feingold dragged down Hillary.
Don’t @ me there’s no causal relationship when there’s ZERO evidence WI voters gave a flying flip that Hillary cancelled a WI rally bc of the Pulse nightclub massacre and sent surrogates, including Bill and Chelsea, after that. You think they suddenly cared on elex day? STFU
There is nothing Hillary or her team did or didn’t do that cost her more votes than Russia using stolen documents, bots, trolls, and Sanders supporters to divide the left and depress Dem voter turnout. Deal with THAT or you’ll lose in 2020 too.
Despite all the obstacles, Hillary was soaring. She was beating the odds against a party getting a third term, against media malpractice, against racism and misogyny and Russian propaganda ... until one self-righteous pompous ass’s insubordination and violation of DOJ guidelines.
And candidates, I warn you: don’t brush that off. Don’t ignore that Comey’s actions were provoked by a deep hatred within the FBI (esp the NY office) toward Democrats. Don’t think for a minute that DT won’t try to use the DOJ, IRS, or any other Fed office to kneecap YOU.
Hillary was not a “bad candidate.” She was such a GREAT candidate and so obviously superior to her opponents (yes, plural) that media, some on the left, and even Comey thought it was A-OK to crap all over her. They wanted to wound her, never thinking it might be a mortal wound.
She was such a great candidate too many people took it for granted she’d win and didn’t go to the polls. She was such a great candidate the entire world, including the same journos who bashed her for two years, were visibly shocked as election night results came in. #NeverForget
Final note: There’s not a single candidate running in 2020 who can match Hillary’s experience and accomplishments. Not one. If you breathe her name, it damn well better be to honor her.
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