Nov 9, 2016

Classism and Elitism Defeated The Democratic Establishment

All you heard over the course of the campaign, was that Trump's base was only the white, uneducated males.  In the real world, millions of college educated males voted for Trump yesterday.  Even many of those college educated women, that Hillary took for granted, voted for Trump.

On Sunday night in Philadelphia, Obama ended his career by claiming that United States is more respected now than before, and that its workers are better off. Of course, as eloquently as Obama made those claims, and he is eloquent, Americans knew that those statements were simply not true. They knew that the economy and their prospects were stagnant. Their vote yesterday was for a shot at a better future.


Monkey Momma said...

I shook my head at most of your posts regarding Trump and his inevitable win. I just couldn't believe what you said to be true. But...I reluctantly concede that you were right all along. The polls were wrong. They were biased.

I am a proud Hillary supporter, but I respectfully concede that Trump won, fair and square, and he represents a very significant group of people in our country.

Allentown is the perfect little microcosm of America. Perhaps by understanding Allentown so well, Molovinsky has been able to decode the political landscape of America. Is it possible to bridge the divide that separates the people of Allentown? If so, how?? If not, then it's probably not possible for America, as a whole, to come together.

Chilio Pepper said...
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Chilio Pepper said...

Mike has a very canny sense of what is ..right, meaning a sense of how a situation will play out. He is not Carnak the Magnificent, but he is most of the time, pretty good. I too voted HRC, because I felt she had the international policy experience and because she has a unique continuity of high level political expertise. She was in fact over-qualified for the job of assuaging disaffected (mostly) caucasian middle class voters. She is highly educated, erudite, hyper-capable, and she wears pantsuits. Everybody knows blue collar dudes hate women in pantsuits because it makes them feel as though "she wants to be a man!". And in the end, folks..a female who can out-think 99% of the population, who has ease among those who walk the corridors of international power, who has pretty much already done the job of President but hadn't really been paid for it (while in the WH)..doesn't appeal to male voters in the US. Good luck, All. Keep an eye on your stocks, and start searching for insurance.

Dave said...

The entire Washington political-media complex completely missed the mark. Not by inches or feet, but by miles.

For a year and a half, the media scoffed at those who said the polls were wrong. One of the real casualties of this election is that it's clear that the polling industry is broken. The media also had their eyes trained on prognosticators and pundits -- but they were all wrong, too.

There will be plenty of time to dissect it all and the recriminations will be severe.

Ray Nemeth Sr said...

And the same goes for the republican establishment.

Ron Beitler said...

Clinton suffered her biggest losses in the places where Obama was strongest among white voters. These voters cast votes against Clinton moreso than for Trump. The Democratic elite should rightfully feel humiliated for nominating her.

Jamie Kelton said...

"South Whitehall votes to save Wehr's Dam, unofficial results show"

I know this was important to you Mr Molovinski. Your efforts have paid off

Congratulations to you :)

Jamie Kelton said...

You are correct Mr Beitler. Governor Kasick is arguably the biggest loser. My God, he didn't even attend the Republican Convention in Cleveland, his own state last summer.

I would also suspect that Paul Ryan will not be speaker next year as well.

It's too soon yet to see the future, but I do believe we've seen a turning point in our political history.

doug_b said...

This wasn't a vote - it was an uprising the makers vs. takers.

Daniel Greenfield writes today:

"They fought back against their jobs being shipped overseas while their towns filled with migrants that got everything while they got nothing. They fought back against a system in which they could go to jail for a trifle while the elites could violate the law and still stroll through a presidential election. They fought back against being told that they had to watch what they say. They fought back against being held in contempt because they wanted to work for a living and take care of their families.

They were tired of ObamaCare. They were tired of unemployment. They were tired of being lied to. They were tired of watching their sons come back in coffins to protect some Muslim country. They were tired of being called racists and homophobes. They were tired of seeing their America disappear.

Americans were told that walls couldn’t be built and factories couldn’t be opened. That treaties couldn’t be unsigned and wars couldn’t be won. It was impossible to ban Muslim terrorists from coming to America or to deport the illegal aliens turning towns and cities into gangland territories.

They fought and they won."

Now let's hope Trump can deliver on his promises - with haste.

C PG said...

I think we can all agree that we need to bring back jobs to the USA. A lot of companies were built by Americans and should stay here. If President Trump can fix some of these horrible trade deals everyone will benefit.

LVCI said...

"we need to bring back jobs to the USA...everyone will benefit."
Not necessarily. Although we all scream about manufacturing jobs coming back to the United States... how may are willing to pay 2 to 3 times more for our goods?

Yeah sure I too am against slave and child labor in China and elsewhere with these trade deals BUT... how many are willing to pay $30 for shirts that now cost $10 or $300 for TV's that now sell for $100 or less?

doug_b said...

@LVCI - Look the USA has 330 million people - we have enough people to support our own economy. An American working, and for a higher wage, can support their family, and pay taxes. Additionally, labor is only a small part of a manufactured good.

@Chilio - Your statement is a great example of the "Classism and Elitism"

C PG said...

I would be willing to pay more for goods that last more than 3 months. Everything i purchase ends up in a landfill in a year. Everything is made so cheap its a borderline disposable product. And, we dont have to compete with child labor. The only reason we do is because of our trade policy sucks. Go buy some more cheap disposible Chinese slave labor products if it makes you happy. Im pissed off..i dont need walmart crap in my hovel.

C PG said...

And, my texan jeans with triple stich - 100% made in America cost $29.95. You just cant buy them at chinamart.

AuH20 said...

Ron Beitler is correct in his comment above. What I take out of it is that that white suburban voter did, in fact, vote for Obama to assuage their misplaced guilt about race in America. Also notable during the TV coverage last night was the multiple references to 'college educated whites' and 'uneducated whites'. Not once did I hear blacks, Hispanics and other minorities referred to by their level of education. THAT, to me, is the real racism in America...the inability to speak openly about public policy issues.

TRENT HALL said...

Trump said he wants to spend money on infrastructure projects & the military. When Obama proposed that, Republicans refused to pass the funding legislation, saying it would increase the deficit.

Ronald Reagan increased military funding & cut taxes on the upper incomes. Said "trickle down" would lift everybody. Of course, it was all nonsense and only tripled the deficit. Interesting to see if the Republicans in Congress will go along with Trump's funding proposals...other than the cutting taxes on the rich & cutting social security & medicare benefits.

Dick Chenny said it best....when Republicans increase the deficit no one cares...when Democrats do, everyone cries "he increased the deficit."

There will be a Trump backlash after a few years if he really tries to break up families and disrupts communities with immigration dragnets or tries to erect another Great Wall of China or other nonsense said to to the rupes. People of color are already nervous because of his rhetoric.

It's a shame politicians lie about "Repealing & replacing Obamacare" and bringing jobs back. Congress is owned by Big Business who wanted the trade deals and ability to export labor costs. Big Pharma & Big Healthcare medicine wants Obamacare because of the revenue flow. There is no replacement.....Obamacare is simply the Romney Mass. plan which was devised by the Republican Heritage Foundation. If there was any other system, other than single payor, which would work, it would have long been devised. The folks on Obamacare are mostly the white rural class in the red states, who would have nothing, without it. Major hospitals would go bankrupt without it.

With red states & Big Business now having a super friendly administration "right to work" (i.e. the right to nothing more than minimum wage) laws will increase along with other union busting activities. The white rural worker is going to really suffer even more.

Of course, if Hillary had won, the arc of the above would still occur, but, the pace would have been slower, because of the attendant social welfare nets that she and her administration & court appointments would have favored. With Trump, there will be none. I predict a one term, very unpopular President in four years.

The Democrats will have a person of color (black/Hispanic/Asian Whatever) as the Veep candidate next time. They are slow learners, but, the lesson of 2016 and what is needed to gin up urban turnout will be noted.

TRENT HALL said...

However, the topic header, Classism & Elitism, certainly is a valid point. It's ironic that the new President literally sits on a gold chair in his NYC apartment, but, hey, is this a great country or what?