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Team Bernie: Hillary `F*cking Ignored' Us in Swing States The Daily Beast
In the final months of the brutal and chaotic 2016 campaign, there were plenty of Democratic activists freaking out about Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania (the three states that ultimately cost the Democrats the White House) and Clinton's fatal shortcomings there. Many of them were envoys of the Sanders camp who wanted to help fix those problems, including Clinton's difficulties with the block of the mythical "white-working-class," economically anxious voters who Sanders had championed during the primaries.

"They fucking ignored us on all these [three] battleground states [while] we were sounding the alarm for months," Nomiki Konst, a progressive activist and former Sanders surrogate who served on the 2016 Democratic National Committee platform committee, told The Daily Beast. "We kept saying to each other like, `What the fuck, why are they just blowing us off? They need these voters more than anybody.'

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"We were saying we are offering our help--nobody wanted [President] Donald Trump," Konst continued, noting that the "Bernie world" side was offering Clinton's team their plans--strategy memos, lists of hardened state organizers, timelines, data, the works--to win over certain voters in areas she ultimately lost but where Sanders had won during the primary.


It was as though the Clinton Campaign and the Sanders aides were living in different universes. Plain English was mutually unintelligible.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Dec 22nd, 2016 at 03:44:18 PM EST
Dems could write a manual how to loose momentous elections. Or they may be using one. Fake news, fake elections...

Clinton did not make Asian Americans overly enthusiastic either:

Clinton's Asian American snub could have cost her Michigan

Asian Americans, after the final ballots were cast on election day, had voted for Clinton over Trump by a whopping 79% to 17% nationwide margin, according to exit polls by the nonprofit Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

But there are hints that Michigan might have gone "blue" if Clinton had won a stronger and earlier endorsement from an influential national Asian American voter organization. As it turns out, Michigan's Asians favored Clinton by a 65% to 29% margin, noticeably less than the nationwide average.

[...] S.B. Woo, the president of the 80-20 National Asian American PAC, a political action committee, contends that Clinton could have pulled more Asian American votes in Michigan, as well as nationally, if she had actively pursued the group's endorsement.

Woo noted in an article posted on 80-20's website that Clinton was asked to attend 80-20's endorsement convention in August with the promise of a full endorsement if she showed up. But Clinton declined.

by das monde on Fri Dec 23rd, 2016 at 02:21:42 AM EST
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I suspect that blindness may be a better explanation. People, including smart people, tend not to see what they do not understand - unless they are specifically looking for such a thing as a scientist might. People also tend not to see that which conflicts with their sense of self worth, and the Clintons and like minded Democrats had spent a political lifetime figuring out how to get money from Wall Street so they could compete politically. It is naturally difficult for them to see, and harder still to acknowledge, the damage their policies have done to large numbers of US Citizens. It is easier just to write them off as 'just' this, that or the other adverse label.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Dec 23rd, 2016 at 07:36:50 PM EST
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No, we understood perfectly the English coming from the Clinton campaign: "You've interfered long enough in the democratic process that will inevitably annoint Hilary.  Now shut up, get in line, and let the professionals take care of this."
by rifek on Sat Dec 24th, 2016 at 12:43:42 AM EST
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Well, that was the intent of it. As to the justification, the Clintonistas have their world view and the Sanders supporters have theirs. To their credit the Sanders supporters do have a better understanding of what underlies the Clinton camp than vise versa. And the Clinton camp was/is blind about the very problems that Sanders is addressing.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Dec 24th, 2016 at 01:04:53 AM EST
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Wilfully blind, and more chacterially untruthful than even the Don.
Damn high bar...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Dec 25th, 2016 at 07:23:36 PM EST
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Yep, the Hillbots had an opinion, and in a free society, everyone gets to have one, but no one is entitled to have it even listened to, much less agreed with, they've been firmly entrenched on that last step since the 2008 campaign in spite of all evidence outside their echo chamber being to the contrary.  And that's why she lost.
by rifek on Tue Dec 27th, 2016 at 12:55:39 AM EST
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