Warren Henry, in writing about the “Womens March”
for women against Donald Trump, notes sort of clubby fragmentalism that accompanies so much of the far left these days:
Black feminists have turned off white women with calls to check their privilege. The march’s inclusion of a pro-life group as a partner in a march that cites abortion rights as one of its “unity principles” was proven controversial and “horrified” the usual suspects. The march has now disowned the pro-life group. Given the march’s problems with alienating women, it is not surprising that the enterprise has had some difficulty attracting men.
The New York Times helpfully explains that “[t]his brand of feminism — frequently referred to as ‘intersectionality’ — asks white women [and presumably everyone else] to acknowledge that they have had it easier.” Moreover: “[T]hese debates over race also reflect deeper questions about the future of progressivism in the age of Trump. Should the march highlight what divides women, or what unites them? Is there room for women who have never heard of ‘white privilege’?”
Under Urbal Liberal Privilege, there are no contradictions.
I cite this partly to diagnose some of the problems with the American left today – and partly to give me an excuse to run this video which is the ultimate illustration of the phenomenon:
But let’s not get too smug, conservatives. We’ve got problems of our own too – starting with the fact that while we started this cycle with over a dozen great conservatives, none got to the White House. Remember how the Cruz faction hated the Rubio faction?
We’ve got our own homework to do.
Nate Cohn notes why Hillary couldn’t reassemble the Obama Coalition:
It is entirely possible, as many have argued, that Hillary Clinton would be the president-elect of the United States if the F.B.I. director, James Comey, had not sent a letter to Congress about her emails in the last weeks of the campaign.
But the electoral trends that put Donald J. Trump within striking distance of victory were clear long before Mr. Comey sent his letter. They were clear before WikiLeaks published hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee. They were even clear back in early July, before Mr. Comey excoriated Mrs. Clinton for using a private email server.
It was clear from the start that Mrs. Clinton was struggling to reassemble the Obama coalition.
At every point of the race, Mr. Trump was doing better among white voters without a college degree than Mitt Romney did in 2012 — by a wide margin. Mrs. Clinton was also not matching Mr. Obama’s support among black voters.
The one “down side” – I”m exaggerating – to Clinton’s loss as far as I’m concerned?
We won’t be able to test my theory that, had Clinton won, all the liberal money and media love lavished on Black Lives Matter would have dried up before Hillary Clinton left the inauguration stage, because the reason George Soros was pouring megabucks into BLM was to get black voters, who’d turned out in cataclysmic numbers for Obama, to take any interest in a geriatric white patrician.
After an election where Identity Politics generated an identity politics backlash that overwhelmed the Identity Politicians, MTV News triples down with perhaps the most textbook example of tone-deafness in a movement that can’t carry a tune in a bucket in the first place.
Broad, ofay stereotyping is now good, apparently:
“White guys”. Huh. Because an Italian about as much socially in common with a Swede as a Korean has with a Philipino?
My “favorite”? “Learn what ‘mansplaining’ is, and stop doing it”.
Ma’am, I know what “mansplaining” is. It’s a way to dismiss someone’s argument without actually having to address it. It’s a weaponized rhetorical coin trick that genderizes, at most, poor communication, and at the very least, personal annoyance and peevishness. Nothing more. In a world run by Mitch Berg, using the term “Mansplaining” to cut off an argument would be grounds for spraying people in the face with mace.
And if I could just take a moment to express my complete fatigue with Millennial hipster pajama-boy gamma male virtue-signalling?
I plan on circulating this far and wide – until it gets disappeared, at least.
It’s also more than a little tempting to do my own New Years resolutions list for MTV and our Social Justice Warrior community.
Today’s the day that the Electoral College will meet and, despite six weeks of demonstrations, threats and magical thinking, elect Donald Trump as president.
The Electoral College – which, back in the days when Hillary was considered inevitable, was above reproach – like so much in our federal system, is designed to protect the huge, diverse minority from the majority.
And it worked. And that doesn’t sit well with our left:
Donald Trump’s election is difficult for many Americans to accept, but there is no good reason to question its democratic legitimacy. For better or worse, Trump won the presidency by constitutional and sensible democratic rules that guided both campaigns and were known to any politically conscious citizen. He also won the national popular vote cast outside of the single state of California. Moreover, Clinton won all of California’s 55 electoral votes despite the fact that 4.3 million of the state’s voters voted for Trump. That big winner-take-all advantage for California’s Democrats and Clinton was certainly felt, but it wasn’t enough to override her losses in many other states.
Under our electoral vote system, American voters elected a national president, not California’s choice. It is in the nation’s interest for Democratic Party’s leaders and for Clinton voters to fully recognize the legitimacy of the election as they had urged Trump to do after the third presidential debate.
I say this: if you want to abolish the Electoral College, and make this nation a pure majority-rule state – i.e. ruled by California and New York – go for it.
But then, remove all impediments to secession.
UPDATE: There’s one “faithless elector” so far. It’s a Democrat, naturally – and, of course, from Minnesota:
BREAKING: Minnesota elector refuses to vote for Hillary Clinton, is dismissed under state law; alternative will vote instead
— BNO News (@BNONews) December 19, 2016
Of course it was a Minnesota Democrat.
No word on whether Jill Stein is going to demand a recount.
UPDATE 2: Democrat demonstrators outside the State Capitol urging Minnesota’s electors meeting therein to “vote their conscience”…:
Downtown St Paul
Posted by Deb Brown on Monday, December 19, 2016
…notwithstanding that, per state law, they were bound to vote HIllary.
UPDATE 3: 1:54PM ET: Trump goes past 270 electoral votes.
1:55PM ET: Democrats: “Well? Why isn’t America great again? Huh? Huh? Huh?”
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
It occurs to me that I haven’t heard Larry Jacobs opine about Kellyanne Conway, the woman who ran Donald Trump’s stunningly successful Presidential campaign. Why not?
It’s not as if she had such a great candidate that the campaign was a walk in the park. Trump isn’t George Washington, someone the whole public would love to proclaim King. I’m absolutely confident that no other candidate could have beaten Hillary. The other Republicans all were hiring the same strategy consultants, making the same media buys, hitting up the same super PAC fundraisers. They even shop at the same tailors: I never saw so many identical outfits as when the twelve dwarfs were in those early debates. Somehow, she pulled her guy to the top of that heap.
And did it practically free. She convinced the media to give Trump a zillion dollars of free publicity, thinking they were killing his campaign by reporting on his outrageous promise to “Build the Wall” when in fact, he was using them to reach out to Joe Six-Pack who heard the slogan and thought “Damned straight and about time!” Talk about your all-time classic backfires . . . that’s a brilliant tactic nobody else could have gotten away with.
Kellyanne Conway ought to be on the cover of every political magazine, the talk of every political news program and the subject of every Poli Sci class on every campus. She ran an insurgent campaign on a shoestring and beat the best political consultants and candidate in the nation. And did it with a unruly novice as the candidate! And won walking away, an Electoral College landslide. Why isn’t she getting more praise?
She’s either the single luckiest woman in the world or the smartest, I’m not sure which and I don’t care. I’m just grateful to her for preventing The Lizard Queen from ascending to the Rose Garden Throne. In the first week alone, she saved me $1,000 that I was planning to spend on ammunition before Hillary banned it. Her guy hasn’t even taken office and already, my life is richer.
I didn’t get to bed until 5AM yesterday morning. It wasn’t “excitement” so much as “restlessness”, to be honest.
Watching liberal media, blogs and social media, you’d think the US just got conquered by Francisco Franco.
It did not.
Watching the mobs of pajama boys grrls that our “educational” establishment has spawned taking their sick days and rushing to their safe spaces, you’d think we’d suffered a terrorist attack.
We didn’t, unless you consider dissent “terrorism”. And I know some of you do.
Of course, there’s no discussing this with some people. (To be fair, while you can discuss it with me, and I’ll listen hard, you’ll have to bring your A game).
But how about let’s try?
I’m going to borrow an idea from Dennis Prager.
Let’s talk in two years, right before the mid-terms.
If we get the Armageddon you all predict – rampant discrimination (real discrimination, not dissenting sentiments by marginal figures and isolated people) against immigrants in general, society turning into a dystopia for women, gays, Latinos, blacks and everyone in between, violent nationalism running amok – I’ll admit publicly I was wrong.
If we don’t – or, if in fact attitudes about immigration, race and the economy improve – you admit publicly you were wrong.
Let me know if we have a deal.