As the Withers (I Am With HER!) scramble to assign blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss, pointing out a new villain every day, I encountered one article that truly attempts to show what happened and why.
Who is to blame?
The Democratic Leadership Council is to blame.
Gone now, after the election, but as with Greek tragedy the ending was implicit in the beginning.
The DLC was conceived by Southern Democrats as a way to attract the Reagan Republicans to the failing democratic party. Screw traditional Democratic values, these people only wanted to WIN. At any cost.
So the DLC hijacked the names Democrat and Liberal to advance a decidedly conservative agenda. Hence NEOLIBERAL (an older term) being applied to them.
This article, CLICK HERE, looks at the arc of history and rightly concludes: “Despite being a historically weak candidate, Hillary Clinton’s demise wasn’t just about Hillary Clinton. Clinton was the final lifeline to a neoliberal bubble built by the Clintons and many others — that finally popped on November 8th, 2016.”
Yes, it took decades to demolish this rightist movement but The People finally saw through it. Running Hillary – a candidate who links right back to the core of the conservative Bill Clinton agenda – was their first mistake and it was a humdinger. Running Hillary gave us a reason to look backwards and reassess the Clinton years. They should have run someone younger, but the DLC neoliberals only have oldsters. And Hillary, as Christopher Hitchens once noted, needed to run for therapeutic reasons of her own (mostly relating to her abusive parents and, well, MONICA). Had the DLC even one YOUNGER candidate, and ran that person, they may possibly have won.
Hillary’s candidacy opened a can of worms and she knew it, which is why she didn’t hold a full press conference in almost a year. She was not willing to have the past (meaning HISTORY) on trial. Even while touting her “achievements,” she showed dread of the past.
So while the Withers scramble for a patsy, the article I link to in this post shows who was to blame for her loss. Unlike the drivel emerging from the keening of grief-stricken Withers, this article does not seek a convenient scapegoat. It shows the history of the neoliberal DLC movement.
Clearly, running the WIFE of one of the DLC founders was an act of hubris. It was the old people leaping from the grave. It reminded me of Christopher Lee’s Dracula, yanking the stake from his heart in one more doomed effort to live forever. Greek tragedy…
I suspect the Clintons are not going to give up. After all, Hilary prides herself on never quitting – the direct result of an abusive mother throwing her out of the house at age FOUR – so there will likely be a 4th Act for the Clintons, even after the rest of the DLC sublimates and vanishes, like a sickly sweet AirWick canister.
For a number of reasons, I suspect they will try to use their clinging daughter as an arm of their ego, and promote her as the NEW! YOUNG! face of neoliberalism. There is too much money at stake what with all the various Clinton Foundations. Their whole influence-peddling, pay-to-play racket crumbles when there isn’t a Clinton in office somewhere…
So odds are it will be their daughter who now has to carry the load of her parents’ ambition. Putting ones’ needs ahead of the needs of the offspring is the very definition of an abusive parent. But can’t you hear them?
“Well, kid. It is up to you now….”
And then they will oh-so-gently remind Chelsea of all that they did for her, and all that she has. This is the bargain she made with them in exchange for EVERYTHING she ever got in life. Chelsea’s string of high paying jobs, delivered to her because of who her parents are, was more than crony-capitalism. It was the Faustian Bargain by which this person sold her life away. Now she is hooked. She OWES them. And they will collect even if it kills their only child.
Look for more appearances by Chelsea. The Foundations will give her a more visible part to play. And her parents will market Chelsea as though she is the New COKE… but remember what happened to that.