I used to follow boxing a lot more than I do now. I guess it’s because there aren’t as many colorful characters as there used to be. I remember the “Thrilla In Manilla”…between Ali & Joe Frazier. And all of the great fights that included George Foreman, Sonny Liston, Frazier, Ali, et al. It seems those days are gone for a while. But we were treated to one this past week with two fighters that were out for blood…
Jennifer Palmieri vs. Kellyanne Conway
Harvard University for decades has done a post-mortem on the presidential race by inviting both winning and losing campaign to debate what went right and what went wrong. Usually it’s a rather civil discussion on how one side screwed something up and the other side took advantage of it. Well, this year wasn’t like most years, as we all know by now. This year the bad feelings were pretty much still there when Palmieri faced off against Conway.
Palmieri started with a roundhouse thrown at Conway when she said, “If providing a platform for white supremacists makes me a brilliant tactician, I’m glad to have lost. She (Hillary) had the courage to stand up. I would rather lose than win the way you guys (Trump) did.”
Conway retorted with a smashing blow to the temple that staggered Palmieri, “That’s very clear today. No you wouldn’t. I’m sorry, how exactly did we win? No, go for it, Jen. How exactly did we win? I’d like to know because I sacrificed the last four months of my life to do it, excuse me, and we did it. And we did it by looking at the schedule and, yes, the electoral map of 270 because that is how you win the presidency. And we went into places where we were either ignored or mocked roundly by most of the people in this room. I have a smile on my face at all times. And we did it by focusing with Steve Bannon and David Bossie and everybody you see here. They’re going to go, ‘she just said Corey [Lewandowski] was part of the campaign. Jeff Zucker! Okay, Corey, can tell, whatever, what was that, June? And we focused on how to win. We connected with voters. We connected with voters.
And that’s the way it went. My point here isn’t to dwell on what was necessarily said, because it doesn’t matter. The point here is that Democrats don’t realize two things. A) They don’t realize WHY they lost. They thought it was because of some racist thing Trump pulled to get “white supremacists” to the ballot box. And B) they are still harboring extreme denial and hate over the fact they lost an election they thought they should win. Let’s deal with both issues.
First off, the whole “white supremacist” thing is blown way out of proportion for one reason. There has to be someone else at fault besides the Democrats’ candidate for the reason they lost. They NEVER accept responsibility for doing the wrong thing. What was the wrong thing they did? They nominated the wrong person. I have news for Democrats everywhere. Had you manned up and nominated Bernie Sanders, HE would be president-elect right now. Hillary was NEVER going to win because she had way too much baggage, and it only got bigger as the election drew nearer. She was a convicted liar, and a criminal. Sanders would have run a much smarter, cleaner, and effective campaign. Hillary was never going to win, period.
Second, let’s take a look at the more pressing issue. Democrats of all stripes are filled with hate because that nasty Donald Trump denied them the first woman president. They were denied the first woman Supreme Court Justice when Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor to the high court. Now, they could be denied being the party that has the first female president. So much for gender equality, huh? And that has filled them with hate. They can’t understand how anybody could have gone for someone other than Hillary. That hatred will not help them going forward. They will become bitter, divided, and angry at each other. It could very well split the party (even though Nancy Pelosi says it won’t). The problem is simple. There is a faction that feels the “old guard” of the Clintons, Harry Reid’s, Nancy Pelosi’s and the like are dinosaurs. The new guard, which would include Obama, and believe it or not, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren are the “new guard” that wants to take the party in a new direction.
The GOP faced the same thing eight years ago, when an “old guard” guy like John McCaincouldn’t get the job done and get elected. Instead, the GOP rank and file defied the higher ups and chose Donald Trump as the nominee over 16 more mainstream politicians. And it worked. The Democrats need to learn that lesson. I doubt they will. You don’t learn lessons when you’re pissed as hell. And they still have a civil war to fight. Nancy Pelosi won the first round, which tells me they aren’t anywhere near ready to get over what just happened.
No, the Democrats need to have their war, like the GOP had their war with the Tea Party. When it shakes out, they’ll be a MUCH different party! But it could take 20 years for that to happen!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed.