Trump’s Going to Lose. Turn Your Critical Gaze to Clinton.
Twenty days ago, I asked Trump supporters what Donald Trump would have to do for them to change their minds and stop supporting Trump’s presidential bid. We’ve had a number of Trump supporters visit and leave their comments at Irregular Times during the year, but none of them answered that question.
In the twenty days since, two truths have become clear to me. First, among the fervent ultra-alt-right minority supporting Donald Trump, there is just about nothing Trump can say or do to keep them from voting for him. After all, he’s said and done just about anything a candidate could say or do to dissuade a person.
Second, unless there is a truly calamitous event that changes the collective psychology of the United States between now and Election Day, the majority of Americans who are not right-wing bigots will vote for someone other than Donald Trump. Barring a catastrophe, Donald Trump is not going be our next president. Hillary Clinton will.
You may have noticed a recent decline in the frequency of posts about Donald Trump here at Irregular Times. It’s a lot of fun to write about Trump; he serves up so many whoppers that it’s difficult not to jump up and spike. But more and more, we’ve been resisting the urge. With the decline of Trump as a presidential danger, he’s becoming an entertaining sideshow to the main event: a Hillary Clinton presidency.
Don’t listen to the voices of Hillary Clinton’s inner circle who tell you now is no time to get woolly, that Clinton’s most important battle lies ahead, that we must stick together to defend Clinton against her attackers so that…
… so that what? So that the next big battle can come along for which we must all stick together. That’s what. In the Clinton universe, now is always the moment when everyone must set aside their qualms about this or that problem or policy difference, and the Clintonian political history is a seemingly infinite sequence of those nows. And from a strategic point of view, why not? The Carville-brand “Stickin'” call to loyalty has worked political wonders for the Clintons for decades.
The thing is, we’re not the Clintons, and you’re not either. We’ve learned time and time again that works for the Clintons doesn’t necessarily work for the country, and what’s good for the Clintons isn’t necessarily good for the country.
Some people will say it’s disloyal. They’ll say it’s mean. Some people will use the word “hate” to describe your criticism of Hillary Clinton and her policies. Get used to it, get over it, and get on with it. It’s time to turn our critical gaze to Hillary Clinton, to praise her good steps, to call out her missteps and do everything in our power to make darned sure that her presidency has no choice but to take the most ethical, most positive, least crony-coddling path.
Donald Trump is a loser. It’s time for us to start asking questions about the winner. You can look for some of those questions here in the days ahead.