There’s been a lot of speculation about Clinton’s new book and what’s in it. (See earlier diary with Clinton interview by Jane Pauley)
I don’t think I have to read Clinton’s campaign memoirs to know the following on what happened (granted, it is her perspective and she is exploiting her publisher and vice versa) to slap down $25 for that book. I can sum it up in three points:
- Ti-Nehsi Coates wrote an article about Trump, the first White POTUS. It was published in the Atlantic last weekend. It has a lot of food for thought, but the main premise is that Trump promised a revenge to return back the clock–systemic racism. Greg Sargent at WaPo offered a thoughtful response to it; of course, he is part of the majority race/gender in the media, so many will be dismissive of his column because it may be perceived that he doesn’t understand the black perspective well enough.
Trump’s campaign did put bigotry in a big white box with a red bow. But it’s not the only reason voters didn’t trust Clinton.
- This video which explains the pain of voters that Clinton could not emotionally connect with, since she was too wrapped up in being the first woman president, surrounded by a bubble who wouldn’t be honest with her. She didn’t hear the song 35 years ago as the Clintons were clearly in the mode creative destruction of the Dem Party, but rebranding it “New Democrats”.
Tom Frank has a very good account of the sea grasses in the emergence in which the Clintons almost succeeded in their creative destruction in his book, Listen Liberal, and discussion with Paul Jay last week on The Real News. I find the baroness’ comment about Bernie Sanders’ intention to disrupt the Democratic Party paradoxical as he is reviving the traditions of the Democratic Party that the Clintons tried to destroy.
- Then there is this video, which is a metaphor of the DNC smugness (read DWS) towards working classes and those in general (including the non-Wall Street professional class such as government employees, service workers and educators) who haven’t seen few increases or good raises in years. Subir penned an excellent diary about this trend a couple of weeks ago here.
This is the song I was listening to about 2 weeks before the general election.
I think can wait for a library copy of “What Happened” or find more snippets on the Nets. I prepaid with my tax dollars for those public goods and happy to do so since they are bastions for democracy.
Update: Thomas Frank has an excellent review of her book in the Guardian, entitled ” Hillary’s Clinton’s Book Has a Clear Message: Don’t Blame Me”. The last paragraphs relate to what I penned above:
I wish it were so. I wish that another crop of elite college grads were what we needed. I wish Hillary’s experts and her enlightened capitalist friends could step in and fix this shabby America we inhabit today, where racists march in the streets and the Midwest falls apart and cops shoot motorists for no reason and a blustering groper inhabits the White House.
I wish it were all a matter of having a checklist of think-tank approved policy solutions. But I know for sure it isn’t. And voters knew that, too.
Part 2 in the Debunking the Clinton Machine series.