Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Campaign and the NYT - A Case Study in Profound Arrogance.

The 2016 presidential election will go down in history as an event unparalled in US election history; the shock and awe election is still reverberating everywhere. The media, the pollsters and pundits were ALL wrong.  With the media, especially the NYT and Washington Post, pimping heavily for Clinton 24-7 while dissing Donald Trump 24-7 with one vile hate piece after another, Trump's astounding victory is even all the more amazing.

Anyway, I've tried to read everything leading up to Nov. 8, 2016 as well as the post mortems after the election.  Throughout this process, there is one piece in particular that really stands out for sheer arrogance, cocky confidence and incredibly STUPID campaign strategy.  It's a New York Times piece dated Oct. 17, 2016 in which the NYT, in cahoots with the Clinton Campaign no doubt, squeals uncontrollably about a resounding anticipated victory with big margins as well as a burning desire to heap scorn and humiliation upon Trump and his supporters by winning a few red states just for the fun of it.  The NYT piece is posted in its entirety.  I've highlighted the really salient passages in yellow.  My comments are in red.

Showing Confidence, Hillary Clinton Pushes Into Republican Strongholds

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is planning its most ambitious push yet into traditionally right-leaning states, a new offensive aimed at extending her growing advantage over Donald J. Trump while bolstering down-ballot candidates in what party leaders increasingly suggest could be a sweeping victory for Democrats at every level.

The Clinton camp always thought that they had bagged the election and that there was no chance that Trump could ever win.  To the Clintonista camp, Nov. 8 really wasn't an election but the crowning of a conquering queen who had long ago vanquished all her opponents and challengers. In fact, there is considerable documented evidence that that Clinton was THRILLED when Trump won the nomination because he was perceived as the easiest Republican to defeat in a general election.

Signaling extraordinary confidence in Mrs. Clinton’s electoral position and a new determination to deliver a punishing message to Mr. Trump and Republicans about his racially tinged campaign, her aides said Monday that she would aggressively compete in Arizona, a state with a growing Hispanic population that has been ground zero for the country’s heated debate over immigration.

Mrs. Clinton is “dramatically expanding” her efforts in Arizona, her campaign manager, Robby Mook, told reporters on Monday. She is pouring more than $2 million into advertising and dispatching perhaps her most potent surrogate, Michelle Obama, for a rally in Phoenix on Thursday. 

In Indiana and Missouri, Mr. Mook said, the campaign will spend a total of $1 million to drive voter turnout, despite what he acknowledged was an “uphill battle” for Mrs. Clinton in two states that could determine control of the Senate. Mrs. Clinton is also directing more money to a series of presidential battleground states with competitive House races.

The maneuvering speaks to the unexpected tension facing Mrs. Clinton as she hurtles toward what aides increasingly believe will be a decisive victory — a pleasant problem, for certain, but one that has nonetheless scrambled the campaign’s strategy weeks before Election Day: Should Mrs. Clinton maximize her own margin, aiming to flip as many red states as possible to run up an electoral landslide, or prioritize the party’s congressional fortunes, redirecting funds and energy down the ballot?  

Amusingly, the Clinton Campaign was so confident that it actually abandoned some blue states as well as swing states in the hope that they could pile on massive landslide sized electoral victories to totally eviscertate Trump and lay him to waste. The game wasn't to win because they truly believed that they had already won, but to heap massive humiliation upon Trump, his supporters and the Republicans by ratcheting up an already anticipated whopper of a margin of victory.  For Clinton and her campaign, it was a game of humiliation and degredation and the goal was to seize several big red states to really pile it on.

Thanks to an infusion of contributions in recent weeks, and what aides describe as a war chest they had maintained in case the opportunity arose, Mrs. Clinton is in effect trying to do both. 

The double-barreled assault illustrates her priorities three weeks before Election Day. She hopes to hand Mr. Trump a loss so humiliating that it jars him and Republicans, removing any doubt about the wisdom of running on a grievance-oriented platform. But she also is demonstrating to the congressional Democrats with whom she may soon be working that she is also is dedicated to expanding their ranks.

LOL, when you run a presidential campaign that lacks issues and focuses exclusively on vengeance and humiliation, you are setting yourself up for even bigger humiliations should your strategy backfire, blowup and you lose.  

“I think it’s an act of good will, because her numbers look good and some of our races are tighter,” said Representative Dina Titus of Nevada, one of the states receiving cash. “But it’s also an important move, because she’s going to need friends to get her appointments approved, to have our help breaking through the obstruction on the other side to get legislation through.”

After nearly eight years in which Democrats on Capitol Hill grumbled about a lack of such support from President Obama, Mrs. Clinton has taken care to stay in frequent contact with Senator Chuck Schumer, her former New York colleague, about down-ballot races.

Mr. Schumer, poised to be the incoming Senate Democratic leader, and the current leader, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, met with Mrs. Clinton’s top campaign aides in Washington last month and pressed them to offer financial support for the Senate races, according to a Democratic official briefed on the meeting. And Mr. Schumer has not been shy since about his hope that if Mrs. Clinton clearly appeared on her way to winning the race, she would redirect some money to congressional races.

“This is one of many things that the Clinton campaign is doing to help us win a majority in the Senate,” Mr. Schumer said through a spokesman.

While party strategists are glad to have the money that Mrs. Clinton is directing from the Democratic National Committee to voter-turnout efforts in Indiana and Missouri, they have little appetite for Mrs. Clinton to visit those states, where she is likely to lose, because that would make it easier for Republicans to tie Democratic Senate candidates to her.

Mrs. Clinton is also pouring money into two congressional districts, in Nebraska and Maine, that both apportion their own presidential electoral vote and have competitive House races. And she is sending an additional $6 million to seven presidential battleground states with hotly contested Senate and House campaigns. 

Clinton started celebrating her victory long before Election Day and used her substantial warchest of special interest dough to fund Democrat House and Senate campaigns.

Democrats are also attempting to unseat Senator John McCain of Arizona from the seat he was first elected to in 1986, but Mrs. Clinton’s late decision to swoop into that state is not related to his race, which few Democratic leaders believe they can win. Her incursion there is about her own campaign — and the Democrats’ desire to focus attention on the damage Mr. Trump has done to Republicans with Hispanics.

In particular, Democrats hope to make an example of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an ardent Trump supporter, by defeating the Phoenix lawman, whose incendiary comments about Hispanics and aggressive tactics with immigrants have garnered attention far beyond his jurisdiction in Maricopa County.

“If Democrats were going to win in Arizona in 2016, you’d need a Republican who turns off Republican women, who really energizes Latinos, and you’d need other races on the ground that can really drive engagement — and we have all that,” said Andrei Cherny, a former state Democratic chairman.

Alexis Tameron, the current state Democratic chairwoman, said Republican stumbles had allowed local Democrats to “jump our own timeline” for when officials expected to make the state competitive on the presidential level.

“I give credit where credit is due,” Ms. Tameron said. “And I have been thanking a lot of people, including Donald Trump.”

Mr. Trump’s campaign did not respond to messages seeking comment on Mrs. Clinton’s plans.

Mrs. Clinton’s team had weighed for weeks how seriously to look beyond core battlegrounds like Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina, another state that Republicans carried in 2012.

Eager to torment Mr. Trump, and the Republicans straining to navigate his erratic bid, her team has also planned at least faint, attention-grabbing plays in other states with little history of Democratic success. 

Hilariously, PA, FL and NC (total of 64 electoral votes) were all key battleground states that Trump actually won because the Clinton Campaign had made the decision to look beyond them to other states just to torment Trump. 

In Texas, the campaign has prepared an ad highlighting Mrs. Clinton’s endorsement from The Dallas Morning News. And Mrs. Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, has begun sitting for local media interviews in Utah, where Mr. Trump has struggled to break away from Mrs. Clinton and an independent candidate, Evan McMullin, in recent polls. (On a conference call with reporters on Monday, Mr. Mook mentioned Mr. McMullin by name.)

The Clinton Campaign had to be totally delusional to even think that they stood a chance in TX but they went for it.  The farce candidate Evan McMullin got 21.5% in Utah to Trump's 45.5. Utah was another state the Dems thought they could easily bag.  There was no struggle for Trump in Utah and Clinton only got 27.5%.

The most brazen push, though, is in Arizona, where the campaign has also scheduled appearances on Mrs. Clinton’s behalf from her daughter, Chelsea, and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Mr. Mook added that Mrs. Clinton may appear there herself in short order. “We certainly hope to get her there,” he said.

Mrs. Clinton’s aides were intrigued by both Arizona and Georgia, and they surveyed voters in each state. Arizona appeared more promising, officials said, because of its combination of Mormons, Hispanics and Native Americans and because the officials found white voters in Georgia to be more resistant to Mrs. Clinton.

Who knows what it is about AZ and GA that so fascinated the Dems but they believed they could bag them. 

Mrs. Clinton has more conspicuously emphasized congressional and state races during campaign appearances, taking particular care to mention fellow Democrats on the ballot.

Some Republicans seem inclined to capitalize on the attention. A fund-raising email on Monday from Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican in a competitive re-election race in Florida, went out under the subject line “Hillary wants me gone.”

 “Hillary Clinton’s campaign has SO much money on its hands,” the message read, “that they are now focusing on down-ballot races instead of her own campaign.”

Yes, the Clinton Campaign was swimming in a ton of money - they outraised Trump 2:1.  However the real delusion is that they didn't believe that they needed to spend campaign money in blue states like MI, WI and PA or in critical swing states.  They dumped a ton of money into red states and congressional races.  Clinton never visited WI after she won the primary. 

When this campaign is fully analyzed, the Clinton Campaign will go down in history as perhaps the most incompetent, blundering, arrogant, snooty and pompous collection of  insufferable pricks in presidential campaign history.   

In the final analysis, Hillary Clinton built a campaign team with folks who mirrored her own evil, sordid and dark soul. Forget about fake news and blaming Putin, the Clinton's campaign was done in by its own arrogance and this is what the DEPLORABLE American voters saw and came to know. The equally pompous and incompetent US media became a drug dealer for Clinton and her staff because they inhaled, injected and snorted every media utterance to keep them and their delusions flying high.  Every high is always followed by a crash.

In the end it was Clinton who crashed and was tormented and humiliated.  That's what I call a beautiful ending!


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