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The path forward for the Democrats is clear. They need to accept responsibility for their humiliating defeat to Donald Trump and move on. That means they need to stop passing the buck and make a solid effort to reconnect with the millions of disillusioned ex-Dems in the center of the country who either didn’t vote, because they couldn’t stand Hillary, or switched sides to vote for Trump. These are the people the Dems need to lure back into the fold if they expect to be competitive in the future. If they can’t do that, the party is doomed. It’s that simple.

Check out this excerpt from an article by Democratic pollster, Stanley Greenberg at The American Prospect. Greenberg helps to zero-in on the key issue that cost Hillary the election:

“The Democrats don’t have a “white working-class problem.” They have a “working-class problem,” which progressives have been reluctant to address honestly or boldly. The fact is that Democrats have lost support with all working-class voters across the electorate, including the Rising American Electorate of minorities, unmarried women, and millennials. This decline contributed mightily to the Democrats’ losses in the states and Congress and to the election of Donald Trump…..”(“The Democrats Working-Class problem”, Stanley Greenberg, American Prospect)

This is great analysis. It helps to pinpoint the root-cause of the Dem’s troubles which can be traced back to a tone-deaf party leadership that failed to craft a message that would rally their working-class base. They didn’t do that. They didn’t address bread and butter issues of economic security and standards of living which have steadily eroded under the blinkered misrule of Barack Obama. Instead they launched a pathetic public relations campaign aimed at persuading everyone that things were just hunky dory. Not surprisingly, no one was taken in by the ruse. Here’s more from Greenberg:

“Working-class Americans pulled back from Democrats in this last period of Democratic governance because of President Obama’s insistence on heralding economic progress and the bailout of the irresponsible elites, while ordinary people’s incomes crashed and they continued to struggle financially….

In what may border on campaign malpractice, the Clinton campaign chose in the closing battle to ignore the economic stress not just of the working-class women who were still in play, but also of those within the Democrats’ own base, particularly among the minorities, millennials, and unmarried women.” (The American Prospect)

Exactly right! Clinton chose to shrug off the suffering taking place right under nose and, as a result, got her head handed to her. Whose fault is that?

She traipsed from one venue to the next touting the “recovery” while the wretched economy continued to sputter along at a lousy 2 percent GDP, health care costs continued to skyrocket, and the good-paying jobs vanished altogether. Meanwhile, her pal, Obama did absolutely nothing. He didn’t lift a finger to boost government spending, launch a second round of fiscal stimulus, or implement his grandiose infrastructure plan. Nothing. He ushered in an eight year period of falling incomes, higher personal debts, eviscerated household balance sheets and nearly-universal economic uncertainty. This is the dismal economic record that Hillary decided to run on. Is it any wonder why she lost to the most unqualified, least trustworthy, farthest right-wing candidate in American history?

Just because Obama’s personal approval ratings remained high, doesn’t mean that people wanted another eight years of his penny-pinching deficit reduction and grinding economic strangulation. No way. What they wanted was the change they were promised in 2008, but never got. Here’s more from Greenberg:

(Past supporters) “pulled back because of the Democrats’ seeming embrace of multinational trade agreements that have cost American jobs. The Democrats have moved from seeking to manage and champion the nation’s growing immigrant diversity to seeming to champion immigrant rights over American citizens’. Instinctively and not surprisingly, the Democrats embraced the liberal values of America’s dynamic and best-educated metropolitan areas, seeming not to respect the values or economic stress of older voters in small-town and rural America. Finally, the Democrats also missed the economic stress and social problems in the cities themselves and in working-class suburbs.” (The American Prospect)

Americans have had it up to here with free trade. It’s all a public relations hoax aimed at enriching a few fatcat corporate honchoes at the expense of people who actually work for a living. Everyone knows that, just like they know that Hillary was a free trade proponent before she pulled the old switcheroo. Her vacillating position on trade just underscored her abject phoniness on any issue of substance. The woman would say anything if she thought it would win her a couple of votes.

Hillary wanted her supporters to believe that the whole center of the country was loaded with racist, misogynist, homophobic, gun-toting, Bible-thumping zombies who mere presence should offend prosperous, educated liberals whose enlightened views on global warning and transgender bathrooms would lead the country to a new cultural renaissance. Got that? Turns out, many of Hillary’s Deplorables used to be Democrats before the party affixed itself leech-like to the Wall Street banks, the tech giants and the big weapons manufacturers. The more cozy the Dems got with the corporate giants, the more working people got thrown under the bus, until now the entire center of the country–from North Carolina to Idaho– is blood-red GOP territory, a clear sign that the Dems no longer speak the language of working people, in fact, they look down their noses at them.

If the Democratic Party is the party of working people than how did a bloviating, billionaire casino magnate win the election? The election results prove that whatever the Dems are selling, working people ain’t buying.

So now the Dems have decided that they’re going abandon their platform altogether and morph into the “We’re not Donald Trump Party”. That, they think, is the fast-track back to the White House and another undeserved eight years of executive power.

But they’re still looking for the right person to lead the charge. Or are they? Maybe they’ve already picked their candidate but they want to keep it hush-hush until the right moment. Is that it?

The Dems have two options: They can either promote a candidate that seriously addresses the issues that working people really care about or they can follow the blueprint pioneered by Barack Obama, that is, take an unknown senator with impressive oratory skills and great personal charisma, transport him to venues that magnify his popularity, fabricate an aura of celebrity around his ‘stately persona’, and make sure he scrupulously avoids explicit positions on the issues but, instead, speaks only in the broadest and most nebulous terms.

These are the keys to Obama’s success. It represents the success of public relations over content. The man was an empty slate upon which his backers could scribble their own most-heartfelt aspirations. And they did too, after all, he won. Even now, his most ardent supporters refuse to accept that the man was an empty suit who never veered the slightest from the elitist script given to him on Day 1 of his presidency. The myth continues.

So how do the plutocrats who run the party duplicate that same ‘lucky’ string of events? That’s the question. Where are they going to find another candidate with Obama’s stature, gravitas and charisma, a towering, telegenic colossus who can melt an audience with his riveting oratory and stand tall among the world’s kings and prime ministers? Someone who can connect with the working man in Scranton, the single mom in Winnemucca, and the struggling pensioner in Tallahassee, but someone who –at the same time– faithfully executes the warmongering imperial agenda without the slightest reservation. Where are they going to find someone like that?

Well, there’s always Hillary Clinton? She might be up for another go, right?

Nope. Hillary’s time is over.

Biden?

Too old.

Elizabeth Warren?

You’re kidding. Wall Street would never allow it.

Then who?

The Dems need a proven commodity, a Princeton under-grad with a Harvard Law degree. Magna cum laude. A spotless record, no sordid affairs, embarrassing arrests or spotty personal history. A paragon, a shining example of strength, virtue, perseverance. A telegenic, charismatic pillar of the community who can deliver a barnburner with the best of them. A black woman whose name recognition makes her the most formidable candidate in the country today, bar none.

Michelle Obama. It’s as plain as the nose on your face.

But what makes the Democratic leaders think that Michelle would be anymore revolutionary then her husband who oversaw the greatest upward transfer of wealth in the history of the country? Why would they think that Michelle would focus on raising wages, or pushing universal health care, or fighting Wall Street, or lifting living standards, or ending poverty, or creating more good-paying jobs, or ending the foreign wars?

She wouldn’t attempt any of those things, that’s the point. Michelle already knows the drill, that’s what makes her the perfect candidate. She knows the president is a meaningless figurehead. She knows the whole thing is a charade. She knows that the rich will get richer while working people get stomped on. She’s been there, she’s done that.

And now its her turn to shine, her turn to take center-stage and lead the conferences, and meet the foreign dignitaries, and spar with the press, and hold meetings in the Rose Garden, and languish in the big leather chair in the Oval Office.

Michelle’s day is coming, and the party leaders are already licking their chops.

MIKE WHITNEY lives in Washington state. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). Hopeless is also available in a Kindle edition. He can be reached at [email protected].

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  1. gustafus says:

    But can Mike keep the junk in his pants?

    I don’t think that ruse will work again….. HE is not a SHE…. and they offed Joan Rivers for outing him.

    I’m surprised at how many people missed the TWO TIMES on Youtube where Barry referred to Michelle as Mike….

    once with Baer Grilles on some adventure trek.. and another in front of a crowd of Dems…

    there are probably more examples.. but those two are a click away.. and quite believable.

    And the junk shows!! It is right there to see!

    I think the Transgender agenda was Obama’s price for becoming an embarrassing LAWN JOCKEY

  2. Is it any wonder why she lost to the most unqualified, least trustworthy, farthest right-wing candidate in American history?

    Whoaa, Mr. Whitney, I’d never read your stuff and was willing to give you a chance, if nothing else to read hilarious comments about the ex-first-wookie. However, that stupidity there in the blockquotes is a doozy, and that will not keep any intelligent readers.

    Mike, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton both were more conservative than President Trump. That’s just recent history. Hell, barring a few avowed Commies and Socialists you wouldn’t find a man in congress that was to the left of current-day Trump, going back as recently as the 1950′s. That statement is the peak of stupidity, and I can’t read any further. Stupidity starts to hurt my head after awhile. I will come back to check out hilarious comments, though, if that’s of any help.

    BTW, politics aside, it’s real nice now to have a first lady that a) Hasn’t started any nanny-campaign like the rest of them (though I don’t read tweets, so WTF knows?) and b) Is guaranteed to be a woman (based on butt-shots alone),

    • Agree: TomSchmidt
  3. Hehe – Whitney is joking around. Michelle has the charisma of a provincial junior high school scold. The Democrats are in pretty bad shape when it comes to potential presidential candidates. Of those currently prominent, Kamala might be their best bet. Though who knows what the scene will look like in 3 years. For now Trump is in the driver’s seat.

  4. A black woman as president?! Wow… WOW!! … “and what’s this coming towards me, so big and wide and round? Very fast! Very, very fast!! It needs a big wide round-sounding name like … round.. ound.. ground.. that’s it ! GROUND!!… I wonder if it will be friends with me?”

    Don’t kid yourself. Michelle will do as she’s told, just like the rest of them did as they were told… Or she’ll wind up like the sperm whale in Douglas Adams’ parable.

  5. Tbbh says:

    Nah. She has nothing to recommend her in politics. No chance. Kamala, maybe. But her? Nope!

    • Replies: @bartok
    , @Rosamond Vincy
  6. Alfa158 says:
    @jimbojones

    I don’t know if Mike is joking but he certainly has a sense of humor as proven by his quoting Greenberg that Hillary lost support among minorities, unmarried women and Millenials. Yep, Trump really cleaned up with those groups. Hillary didn’t get numbers like Obama, not because of those three groups, but because people weren’t all that thrilled with her and Obama voters across the board switched or stayed home. It also didn’t hurt that Trump was the candidate NOT promising to screw working and middle class people every chance he got.

    • Replies: @Beefcake the Mighty
  7. In interviews, Mrs. Obama has answered unequivocally NO to running for office – like it is not her bag at all. But maybe her arm can be twisted to go for the glory, she is a better orator than most of the Democrats. It will be good news for Trump if she is the nominee — that is, if he is still in the picture.

    • Replies: @Wally
  8. this article is kinda off the mark. the bail out was what got obama reelected. hillary was just very unlikable to most.

    no matter what candidates the blue side comes up with, if they still focus on identity politics instead of jobs/economy, the blue team would still get beat by trump.

  9. Most Democrats in power are really corporate owned Republicans, as Jimmy Dore explains:

    • Replies: @norse nestor
  10. Truth says:
    @gustafus

    Congratulations!

    You are intelligent enough to see %.003 percent of the andogyne takeover conspiracy. What a genius you are.

    Well I have news for you, Gus; Practically every woman you see on your Living Room God is a man.

    • Replies: @gustafus
  11. Truth says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    BTW, politics aside, it’s real nice now to have a first lady that a) Hasn’t started any nanny-campaign like the rest of them (though I don’t read tweets, so WTF knows?) and b) Is guaranteed to be a woman (based on butt-shots alone),

    Well hey buddy; the good news is, if you took that .500 batting average to the majors, you’d be a hall-of-famer.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  12. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    Let’s see: Michelle and her husband got a $60 million deal for their ghost-written memoirs, so she can A) continue to shop, vacation, and spend time with her family; or, B) she can campaign 16 hours a day for a year and a half.

    I think she’ll go with option A).

  13. If they were smart, they’d run Tulsi Gabbard (Hedge All Our Bets 2020). But they’re not smart. They’ll run Kamala (Rub Your Noses in It 2020) and we’ll “somehow” get 4 more years of Trump. Any takers on this bet?

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
    , @Orwellian State
  14. Brabantian says: • Website
    @gustafus

    Curious to consider, not only the data on Barack Obama apparently being a historically often gay male – as conservative black site TheBlackSphere has covered -

    http://theblacksphere.net/2012/05/obamas-whole-two-girlfriends/

    But also the material claiming that ‘Michelle Obama’ underwent a sex change operation after being born as Michael LaVaughn Robinson, & their daughters adopted from Morocco … first, here is video as Barack’s tongue slips and he accidentally refers to his wife as ‘Michael’ – video, 24 seconds

    And USA TV personality Joan Rivers here, saying out loud that Barack Obama is gay, & saying Michelle is in fact a sex-changed ‘tranny’ … 2 months before Joan Rivers turned up dead, video, 40 seconds

    From the web in several places … FWIW:

    In the late 1960s, Barack’s mother appointed Evie, an openly gay Indonesian male, as Barack’s nanny … Young Barack Obama for a time was a male prostitute to support his drug habit … Michelle Obama, [former] First Lady of the United States, was born Michael LaVaughn Robinson in Chicago, Illinois on January 17th, 1964. He was the second son born to Fraser Robinson III, a well known cocaine dealer & union thug for Crime Lord / Mayor Richard J. Daley, & Marian Shields Robinson, a transient street prostitute who was diagnosed with the HIV virus in 1998. He [Michael] was a popular high school athlete & in 1982, he accepted a scholarship to play middle linebacker for the Oregon State Beavers.

    After finishing a respectable rookie season with 88 tackles & 7.5 sacks, Michael suddenly dropped out of the school. Fellow teammates observed that Robinson could regularly be heard lamenting over how he is a ‘woman trapped inside a man’s body’, & on January 13th, 1983, he underwent sex reassignment surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. To hide his new identity, Michael left Oregon State to attend Princeton University under his new legal name, ‘Michelle Robinson’. Years later, he met Barry Obama Jr. … [it is said they met through a pastor who would arrange compliant spouses for gay males]. They subsequently married and adopted two children.

    Officially, Barack & Michelle Obama have two daughters: Malia Ann, born on July 4, 1998, & Natasha (known as Sasha), born on June 10, 2001 … we have seen a startling lack of pictures from the early years of Malia and Sasha, who have little physical resemblance to Barack or ‘Michelle’ … There is information in regards to Michelle & Barack Obama travelling to Morocco in 2000-2001 … There is a statement of an individual who alleges that she worked in the US embassy in Morocco when the Obamas went through an international adoption there.

  15. Mike, are you kidding? Are the American people that stupid to fall into a trap laid out by another phony black president? An “empty slate” or an “empty suit” Mike put it. He never “veered” from the script the ruling class presented to him. And besides that, which Mike doesn’t mention, he and his policy contributed to the new outbreak of racism in US society. Not Trump is to blame but Obama, as absurd this may sound. Mike, forget about Michelle Obama. She is not the unprincipled person as her husband. The election rival of the Dems has not be selected by the liberal financial and media class in the US. We should all wait and see. Up till now, they try to get Donald Trump impeached without reaching their goal despite Comey and Clinton stooge Rober Mueller.

  16. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    Mike W left out the only qualification needed by a candidate running for POTUS: Do they place loyalty and service to Israel above their oath to protect and defend the US Constitution and Americans?

    Everything else is window dressing for the rubes to salivate over as they send another corrupt bozo–bozoette?–to the WH who will be more than happy to serve our Israeli Overlord, while ignoring the decline of America and the economic rapes of Wall Street.

    • Agree: jacques sheete
    • Replies: @anon
  17. C H I M P O U T – 2 0 2 0 : Unleash a real African Bull in the White’s House!

    Google “Michelle+Obama+Angry” images. Yikes. As Arnold Schwarzenegger said in Predator, “That is one ugly….” Goes to show Homo Erectus still walks amongst us. And those trapezoids. Dimorphism, we hardly knew ya.

    • Replies: @europeasant
  18. KenH says:

    Obama’s “impressive oratory skills” were due to a thing called speechwriters and teleprompters. There’s some (or was) youtube videos of him without his teleprompter and it isn’t pretty, but hilarious if you don’t like Obama and knew he was a manufactured phenomenon thanks to the (((media))) who carefully kept his flaws and foibles away from the public’s prying eyes.

    Looks like the party will stake its future on fire breathing, white hating non-white radicals like Kamala Harris and Julian Castro. Castro is the Mestizo version of Obama.

  19. n230099 says:

    Michelle has been in the meatgrinder chaos of whitehouse living for 8 years. Now, maybe she liked it but I’m not sure she has the attraction to and visceral need for power for its own sake we see in the Clintons.

  20. prusmc says:
    @jimbojones

    Jimbo:
    You have it correct about Mrs Obama being a joke. Unfortunately, the California senator is not a joke but a clear and present danger who will bury Mike Pense in 2020. The suthor is absurd to assert thete is any common core of interest between the White working class and the other categories of voting groups he discusses. Each day mortality removes many White working class voters from the pool and each day adds even more identy group potential votes to be bought off.

    • Agree: Z-man
  21. NOV 3 2020…Kamala Harris…

    Why are Mike Whitney and the whole CounterPunch Crowd so eager to(economically and demographically)murder the Historic Native Born White American Working Class?

    On Nov 3 2020…Nonwhites will vote overwhelmingly Democratic….Native Born White Americans will vote overwhelmingly Republican….

    Post-Nov 3 2020….A Civil War….A Civil War in America 2020=A Race War 2020…..

    Mike Whitney and Jeffrey St Clair

    How much nonwhite scab Labor=NONWHITE LEGAL IMMIGRANTS do you want to provide to THE WHITE LIBERAL GREEDY CHEATING CLASS….?

  22. bartok says:
    @Tbbh

    Michelle Obama is warm and quasi-authentic to the people she likes (non-whites and white communists). She can be coached to be ‘cool’ to Trump, dismissing his attacks with mildly sassy facial expressions that the press will love. She’d cruise to victory, even though the left can’t meme.

    Harris isn’t warm; she’d crash like every other egghead candidate the Dems have run – Adlai, Mondale, Algore, John Kerry. Further, Harris doesn’t ‘look’ black quite like Barack Obama does – the luck of the genes. Even further, Harris married Jewish white when she could have married black. Harris won’t get the automatic love that Obama got from blacks. Dem power players may be stupid enough to nominate Harris, though.

  23. bluedog says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Trump is no different then any of the rest 99% B.S. and 1% I don’t know,he will not betray his class so the working class can expect another 4 years of Obama light (Trump will never get a second term) while Trump continues to run the debt to the moon…

    • Agree: jacques sheete
  24. @gustafus

    Hopefully Mike Whitney is saying a lot of this “tongue in cheek”. Moochelle or Big Mike or whatever you want to call this person. BM (Big Mike) is a lot different than Hillary in that zhe was never as overtly power hungry or tried to be co-president – but sure enjoyed taking expensive vacations at the taxpayer expense. BM showed zher face enough in public appearances and events to make zherself look respectable as First Lad? Although BM doesn’t have the accompanying dirt and scandal that Hillary does, would zhe have to do a similar act as did Clinton such as running for Senator (for Illinois perhaps)? – because being First Lad all by itself doesn’t cut it -only perhap with the adulating libtard snowflakes. BM has to really earn some political bones in the political arena before just sashaying into the office of POTUS. One thing Whitney was correct about — BM knows that the presidency is a charade and a figurehead. Just think, zhe and Barry could have four more years (perhaps eight) for really nice vacations at the taxpayers expense while leading this country down the path of total socialism. And Grandma Goo Gook a Choo Robinson gets to go along for the ride as well if she lives that long.

  25. Michael aka Michele is a tranny and Joan Rivers said it and everybody with any sense knows it is true and America has enough of this thrown at us.

    • Replies: @anon
  26. Dear Mike, When I read the headline, I almost skipped the whole thing. After a brief pause I decided, based on the fact that you, MW, wrote it that I’d give it a try even though I knew it would be a very tough slog.

    You were doing OK til this, and mind you , I think Humpty Trump is a moron:

    Is it any wonder why she lost to the most unqualified, least trustworthy, farthest right-wing candidate in American history?

    What are you talking about? “Qualified?” “Trustworthy?” Are you serious? Who the bl**p is trustworthy or qualified for such a position?

    The whole system has sucked from the beginning, yet you seem to think that we’ll be fine “if we can just get the right person” in power. When has that ever proven to be the case?

    I know yer not trying to BS us piss ants, and you’re evidently extremely bright and knowledgeable, but despite that you must really believe in the thing. What’s up with that?

    Where do you get your faith, or is it hope, or what?

  27. @Achmed E. Newman

    That statement is the peak of stupidity, and I can’t read any further. Stupidity starts to hurt my head after awhile. I will come back to check out hilarious comments, though, if that’s of any help.

    I’ve long been a fan of MW, but your comment describes my reaction 100% except that I’ve already skipped to the comments. Yours sure helped!!!

    The best to ya!

    • Replies: @yeah
    , @Achmed E. Newman
  28. @KenH

    Don’t forget the Hindu Preet Bharara…POTUS Kamala Harris’s Attorney General…..Preet Bharara is out for Alt Right blood…

    Nov 3 2020=the beginning of Hindu rule in America…

    I won’t consent to be governed-ruled over by the Hindus__

    • Replies: @KenH
  29. MBlanc46 says:
    @Sollipsist

    I hope that you’re right.

  30. Tulip says:

    I have to assume this article is satire.

    Whatever one thinks of Michelle, she ain’t running. She’s a hospital administrator.

    I’d be shocked if Obama would want to put up with being president again, even if he could. Its a lot more lucrative and a lot less stressful to be an ex-president.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
  31. Corvinus says:

    “The Democrats don’t have a “white working-class problem.” They have a “working-class problem,” which progressives have been reluctant to address honestly or boldly. The fact is that Democrats have lost support with all working-class voters across the electorate, including the Rising American Electorate of minorities, unmarried women, and millennials. This decline contributed mightily to the Democrats’ losses in the states and Congress and to the election of Donald Trump…..”(“The Democrats Working-Class problem”, Stanley Greenberg, American Prospect)”

    No, Hillary lost support with working-class voters across the electorate in part because she was a historically weak candidate; those same working-class voters had broad support for Bernie Sanders, and they either voted for Trump or stayed home; and the working-class voters had given Obama eight years of their support, and some were upset that he did not deliver on certain promises. Only the results of the mid-term elections and the 2020 election will one be able to definitively state the trend of working-class voters.

    • Replies: @Wally
  32. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Parody. I get the joke but the joke is not funny but tragic. Should I laugh or should I cry?

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  33. President Mooooooooooooochelle!!!!

  34. Z-man says:

    Michelle Obama…the real missing link! LOL!!!
    The mulatta senator from California might be a threat, but her warts will come out over the next 3 years.
    Trump 2017-25!
    Putin Trump Da!!

    PS. However the blantantly corrupt tax cuts to the rich by the Republitards is going to hurt Trump.

  35. @gustafus

    By the way, a couple of weeks after she made the “tranny” remark to the press, she had minor throat surgery and died of “complications”. Just saying.

  36. Wally says:

    Then there’s Kellyanne Conway.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  37. Trump is no different then any of the rest 99% B.S. and 1% I don’t know

    Yup, they are all essentially the same. Money grubbing, narcissistic, power hungry, worthless parasites who’ll stop at nothing to sell their countrymen down the river for a few lousy, stinking shekels that were ultimately stolen from the rest of us in any case..

    Proof.:

    Multiple standing ovations in Con-gress for the most arrogant, fetid, and wretched piece of empty skulled, biped scum in the world. And to top it off, the pigs are licking the reeking posterior of something that has nothing but contempt for them.

    But they, goyim and A’Merkin “Jews” alike, are truly deserving of base contempt.

    …to this very day. Israelis secretly despise American Jews…

    -Uri Avnery, King and Emperor

    http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1512137281

    As well they should.

  38. Wally says: • Website

    said;
    “The more cozy the Dems got with the corporate giants, the more working people got thrown under the bus, until now the entire center of the country–from North Carolina to Idaho– is blood-red GOP territory … ”

    Considerably more than that:

    • Replies: @Hank Rearden
    , @Dan2329
  39. Wally says:
    @Corvinus

    said:
    ” Only the results of the mid-term elections and the 2020 election will one be able to definitively state the trend of working-class voters.”

    You’re still in denial mode we see.

  40. Gigi says:

    The article is nice and dandy, but completely forgets the elephant in the room: Bernie Sanders is the frontrunner right now, and unless something happens to his health (possible), M.O can only hope to be his potential vice-president. The electoral base of Bernie has increased considerably since the scandal at the DNC and he will not accept to step aside this time (also for obvious age limits).

  41. yeah says:
    @jacques sheete

    The one big problem with even intelligent and rational progressives is that they have been conditioned like Pavlov’s dogs to react instantaneously to certain words, faces, contexts and things. The brain’s circuitry mostly gets bypassed. Mike Whitney, otherwise a good analyst, reacts to Trump like a well-conditioned Pavlovian dog. Flash the name Trump, or show his face, or even talk about his programs and … growl, whrrf, bow wow.

    As to his prediction about the most likely DNC Presidential candidate. Now that is where Whitney is showing his analytical skills! Michelle for President? Well, why not? Make a list of desirable attributes on a rainbow colored paper and she/he passes. LGBTQ friendly, completely open-minded on matters to do with gender, etc., etc. Ask Wall St, they will love her/him. The deep state will know they will have an easy charge to handle. And the media? Boy, will they roll over with delight and in adulation. “The nation is healed”, the media will announce 24/7, and the talking heads may even start performing cartwheels on TV out of joy. All minor problems, like the deficit, growing debt, and lack of well-paying jobs, will be instantly fixed by banishing them from public talk and consideration.

    Go for it democrats, get Michelle to run for you. Go, go, go!

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  42. @jimbojones

    Kamala! Another dimocrat magical Negro! The rubes are pretty stupid but not stupid enough to fall for that trick twice. IMHO, our first affirmative action president has basically assured that for a very long time into the future the USA will not be electing another mulatto, quadroon, or even octaroon President.

    • Agree: anarchyst
    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  43. the bailout of the irresponsible elites…

    The reaction of the left differs somewhat when those irresponsible elites are bankers, and when they are automakers.

    Good example from a less-socialist country:

    “The Swedish state and taxpayers will not own car plants.” –Maud Olofsson, minister of industry, 2/18/2009

    Ronald Reagan felt the same way about the first GM bailout, and stuck to his word.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  44. @Hank Rearden

    Excellent book. Should be required reading for all.

    “If the Democratic Party is the party of working people than how did a bloviating, billionaire casino magnate win the election?”

    Mike fails to understand about identity politics. The Democratic Party is largely the party of the Minorities and the Repubs are the party of White people.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  45. gustafus says:
    @Truth

    …”every woman in my Living Room God is a man” …. ???

    are you stoned? drunk? or just a dumbass

    • Replies: @Truth
  46. KenH says:
    @War for Blair Mountain

    I completely agree that Preet Bharara would likely be selected to head the DOJ in a Kamala Harris presidency since he was fired by the Trump administration and to flip the deplorables the bird. Whomever she selects would have to meet the following criteria:

    1) Supports mass amnesty and refusal to enforce immigration law.
    2) Considers white people who don’t like the demographic and cultural changes sweeping the nation to be public enemy #1.
    3) Willingness to intimidate and sue all police depts. who have the temerity to enforce the law against non-whites.

    It will be someone who will use the DOJ not to protect the rights of all Americans but as a blunt instrument to wage “lawfare” against the remaining vestiges of the pre-American Bolshevik revolution that is still ongoing and that the election of Donald J. Tweetstorm has done little to thwart.

  47. Supper exact best Obama description ever.

  48. A perfect, sublime choice for 2010.

  49. @Truth

    Yeah, I hit one out of the park, and I struck out on that one. It’s not like I don’t remember Barbara Bush (see my 1st ladies post), but I forgot.

    I haven’t watched your video, yet, Truth, as I’ve gotta go in a sec, but let me tell you, if 1st Lady Trump is a tranny, then I’m switching teams! Hell, with my .500 average, I’m sure I’ll do some scoring.

    • Replies: @Truth
  50. Whitney, like Roberts, is a lunatic.

  51. @jacques sheete

    Thanks, JS. Like minds and all … wait, now I’m scaring myself.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  52. @Reg Cæsar

    I thought it was Chrysler but might be wrong.

  53. @europeasant

    ” The Democratic Party is the largley the Party of the Minorities and the Repubs the Party of White people”
    BS, as to be expected from a European political “Expert”, on American affairs.
    We KNOW that Europeans love and worship the US Democrats, this is nothing new.
    Fact is the Democratic Party is the party of millions of urban, school drop-outs, legions of “Baby-mommas” ( urban women with eight kids, no fathers and on welfare) , marxist Academics, air-brained students, labor union mafioso, pseudo-artists such as “rappers”, actors etc., NY and California loonies, etc.
    This is the essence of the Democrat Party : The party of nut-cases and grifters.

    If one were to conduct a survey of the the political affiliations of people sitting in the waiting rooms of
    Shrinks ( Psychologists(Psychiatrists) , one would come up with the not so amazing results of 98% : Democrat.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army Vet, and pro jazz musician.

  54. @Gigi

    [You have been repeatedly warned about posting content-free insults that contribute nothing to the discussion, while also bragging about your alleged personal accomplishments in every comment. If you want your views published, change your behavior, or better yet, relocate to another website such as FoxNews.com]

    • Agree: utu
  55. @yeah

    Go for it democrats, get Michelle to run for you. Go, go, go!

    I know what you’re saying, but I hope she runs in another direction. Who can bear the prospect of looking at that face for 4-8 more years?

    Why can’t the whole bunch of ‘em just dry up and leave the rest of us alone?

    Nobody fer prez!

  56. @Achmed E. Newman

    Like minds and all … wait, now I’m scaring myself.

    Oh. And I thought you were trying to frighten me! ;)

  57. @anonymous

    Should I laugh or should I cry?

    Whenever I’m forced to think of a politician, I flatulate. Long and loud, too!

  58. @Jus' Sayin'...

    …for a very long time into the future the USA will not be electing another mulatto, quadroon, or even octaroon President.

    True, but partly because they’re all moroons!

    Who’d want the job?

  59. “… doesn’t mean that people wanted another eight years of his penny-pinching deficit reduction and grinding economic strangulation.”

    Wow, if the Obama years were about penny-pinching austerity, I can’t wait to see what real profligacy is all about. The fuse is down to the charge, and we are so screwed that there will be no pump to prime to lift us out of GD 3.0.

    As for Hillary and Michelle, isn’t running the spouse of dubious ex-presidents something half-rate banana republics do?

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  60. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:

    Who cares about the gender or sexual orientation? Barack was a nonentity, a stuffed shirt. Michelle (or Michael) is also a nonentity, so what’s the difference whether this person is a stuffed dress or a stuffed shirt?

  61. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:
    @The Alarmist

    Unfortunately, the elites in the US have degenerated well below the elites of most banana republics. Their blind greed is driving the country into the ground, as a recent tax cut for the corporations and the richest shows yet again.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    , @bartok
  62. @Wally

    Great pic of Kellyanne.

    She’s smart, slippery, and has just enough of the trashy air of a dirty chick about her to get my, um, vote.

    Seriously, there’s a naughty girl inside that Republican lawyer.

  63. @Achmed E. Newman

    I thought it was Chrysler but might be wrong.

    You are probably correct. Speaking of GM and Chrysler and government bailouts, guess who/what pops up yet again at putting the screws to the ‘Merkin taxpayer? “We” don’t only fight Israel’s wars…

    The Zionist Gang that Bankrupted General Motors
    June 16, 2009 (Updated June 23, 2009)

    General Motors did not fall due to natural forces. Like the twin towers on 9-11, GM was taken down. Like 9-11, GM was sabotaged from the inside. The corporate raiders who took down GM are part of the same network of Jewish Zionists who brought down the World Trade Center…

    At the time the GM-Chrysler merger was being considered, Chrysler was primarily owned (80.1 percent) by the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., headed by Stephen A. Feinberg and Jacob Ezra Merkin. (Ed note: Appropriate handle, no!? Love it!)

    http://www.bollyn.com/the-zionist-gang-that-bankrupted-general-motors

  64. When even a libtard like Mike Whitney can find no way to support the DNC, they are apparently done for. I couldn’t force myself to suffer through his entire article, so I won’t comment further.

  65. BernieK says:

    Sollipsist,

    I would not take that bet. Gabbard would be a shoe-in. I think she would win hands down. The problem, as I am sure you know, for the democrats, is that she won’t tote the party line. Just as Trump wouldn’t tow the line of the GOP.

    We seem to be now in situation in which the major parties are either going to have to make real adjustments or wither away. Sanders and Trump were both independents. Took over the party infrastructure.

    I think Mr. Whitney is guessing wrong on Michelle. We have had 2 Bushes, almost 2 Clintons and now the nation is ready to continue the artistocratic advance with 2 Obama’s.? I don’t think so.

    • Replies: @renfro
  66. @Alfa158

    Yeah, not sure if this guy is being sarcastic or if he is completely divorced from reality, but when he talks about the working class as such (i.e. explicitly abstracting from race), I feel like saying, “the 30’s called, they want their politics back.”

  67. @gustafus

    She’s a dude, that’s for sure (ever seen his guns?). The whole gender-bender thing that the media complex has going is further illustration of what a mind-fuck the entire system has come to be based on.

  68. Svigor says:

    Yes, they have a very thin bench.

    Moochelle probably doesn’t even want to run, or be President. Which will make for a gloriously lackadaisical campaign, I’m guessing.
    Moochelle won’t help Democrats with their White Problem, which is probably only going to accelerate.
    Moochelle won’t get Black turnout up to anywhere near Barack’s.
    Moochelle isn’t good looking.
    Moochelle isn’t charismatic.
    Moochelle isn’t articulate.
    Moochelle isn’t savvy.
    Moochelle isn’t smart.
    Moochelle doesn’t have anything that Barack didn’t have, and she has a lot less of it.

    “The Democrats don’t have a “white working-class problem.”

    Bullshit. The Democrats have a White Problem, period.

    Is it any wonder why she lost to the most unqualified, least trustworthy, farthest right-wing candidate in American history?

    Trump is kinda orthogonal to the tired establishment left-right meme.

  69. Svigor says:

    Moochelle is gonna get millions and millions of dollars from Barack, either willingly, or via divorce settlement. She’s also gonna get a bunch of money from the book deals. Living the high life on that money is what she’s got her sights set on, maybe with a bit of political-charity “work” on the side.

  70. Truth says:
    @gustafus

    I wish I were stoned or drunk having learned what I have learned about the world transexual-satanist agenda, over the last three years. I wish there were some magical substance that would erase it from my head, but there isn’t.

    And you’re the dumbass if you can’t tell a man from a woman.

  71. Truth says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    but let me tell you, if 1st Lady Trump is a tranny, then I’m switching teams! Hell, with my .500 average, I’m sure I’ll do some scoring.

    Then by all means, Buddy, get the General Manager to work out a trade. And Male-Anna a dude with makeup on so scoring shouldn’t be too hard.

  72. Wally says:
    @Frank Walus

    And Trump’s 2020 VP candidate, or the 2020 Presidential candidate vs. Michelle if DT decides not to run?

    Kellyanne Conway.

    Landslide.

  73. MBlanc46 says:
    @Tulip

    She wasn’t a hospital administrator. Her job was a payoff to the Chocago Dems from the U of Chicago.

  74. @Gigi

    Bernie Sanders is the frontrunner right now

    Do you really think that a 79-year old will be a Presidential nominee?

  75. Renoman says:

    Oh I think America has had enough Blacks for a while.

  76. Whitney:

    You are hopeless. Your analysis is also hopeless. TRump won because the Democrats hate working class white people. In fact, they hate the white race and want a radically mixed Utopian Universe of intellectual midgets who they can control. The Democrats are controlled by their Jewish Masters who fund all their campaigns and think tanks. Check the data.

    They want the white race and Western Civilization to disappear because they believe whites are responsible for all damage to their Utopian Universe. Did you hear one f**K*** Democrat say anything about the death of Kathryn Steinle? No, and they won’t. Just another piece of collateral damage in the destruction of white people.

    Michele Obama could very well be the next nominee or perhaps even the idiot Harris however, this time the media won’t be able to control the info like they did on her husband. We now know tons of stuff about Obama the fraud. Furthermore, Michele Obama can’t take tough questions and cannot control her hate of white people. She sulks and gets defensive very quickly unlike here husband who can deflect things gracefully.

    The Democrats will never gain the white vote again. Leopards don’t change their spots and the Democrats who wish to kill whites and Western Civilization will continue their assault on Mankind.

    • Replies: @Wally
  77. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Democrats took the dive this time. They’ll be back again in no time at all. It’s a nice thing, like the change of seasons.

    Try something new. Let’s use a nonsensical idea most populary expressed by another long fraud of the CIA – Ralph Nader. His comforting assertion is that small percentages are all that is necessary for Democracy. (or ice cream, or happiness, or something)

    Therefore, if the total turnout of eligible voters floats down to 3%, the change you’ve always wanted will be here. Then we pretend we have Democracy, have our ice cream, or something.

  78. Also, DNC didn’t elect Michele Obama, they elected someone else, I forgot his name.

  79. @Tbbh

    She was married to the president while he was on office. That’s all it takes, nowadays.

  80. @Wally

    Those blue counties composed of fake Americans need to be reconquered by genuine heritage America. Nuked from orbit, with airbursts to eliminate fallout, followed by a blockade, suits me. Especially since Mexifornia has essentially legalized the murder of White women and Commecticut strong-armed robbery from White men. I am all the way done with their crap. It’s us or them. Let’s win it.

    Aw shucks, nukes are obsolete now. Got slaughterbots? Those machines are going to work much more effectively in dense cities than sparse rural areas.

    Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

    Hinc igitur effuge.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
    , @norse nestor
  81. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:
    @Hank Rearden

    The worst thing is, your nonsense makes certain amount of sense. That just shows how low the country has sunk moving on the slippery slope of PC.

    • Replies: @Hank Rearden
  82. @Hank Rearden

    impressive latin, how is your greek
    panta rei

    • Agree: Hank Rearden
  83. @AnonFromTN

    Two allusions to American post-apocalyptic fiction, one in Latin, might have scrambled your discriminator. I don’t mind the confusion you’ve expressed, but only some kind of deviated prevert could have mistaken what I wrote for being peacee.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  84. Wally says:
    @niteranger

    Whitney laughably stated:

    “Meanwhile, her pal, Obama did absolutely nothing. He didn’t lift a finger to boost government spending, launch a second round of fiscal stimulus, or implement his grandiose infrastructure plan.”

    I guess racist Obama’s doubling of the deficit was not enough “government spending” for Marxists like Whitney.

    • Agree: Bill Jones
  85. I do like well done satire, thanks

  86. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:
    @Hank Rearden

    Now, who is confused? PC is what drags our country down. Excessive PC makes what you said meaningful, although under normal circumstances it would have sounded like ravings.

    • Replies: @Hank Rearden
  87. @AnonFromTN

    I’ve got your drift now; thank you for clarifying, anon.

  88. Sam J. says:
    @jimbojones

    Jimbo everything you said is correct. It shows how crooked and rotten our Jew run country is.

  89. gsjackson says:

    Trump “the farthest right-wing candidate in American history???” He ran on economic populism, peace, cutting off the fat cats’ supply of cheap immigrant labor, made noises about breaking the stranglehold of pharma and insurance companies on health care, largely stayed away from the right’s social issues. Not that all of this has anything to do with his actual presidency, but as a candidate he ran well to the left of Clinton.

  90. @AnonFromTN

    Funny you mention that. I’m one of those who believe that corporate taxes are indeed paid by consumers since they factor into product or service pricing, but I am not so naive as to believe that consumer prices are going to be adjusted to reflect the lower rates. The only consolation is that the AI in the militarized Robocops the rich will use to separate themselves from the masses might see who the bigger threat is and act accordingly.

  91. @gsjackson

    Yes, Whitney has serious ideological blinders on, he can’t escape the stupid red team/blue team trap.

  92. Dr. Doom says:

    Do you HATE Donnie Trump? Wouldja rather kiss a Wookie?

    Kiss a Wookie for Welfare.

    The future doesn’t belong to workers. Fight the Imperial Banana Company.

    Wookie/Rapist 2020. The End of History…

  93. The Whitney commentary supports the view, which is accurate in my opinion, that nothing positive can be expected from the corrupt US political system in the near future, even if he is wrong about whether it is Michelle Obama or Kamala Harris. I don’t see the system allowing somebody like Tulsi Gabbard to get nominated, and the level of propaganda is so strong that factually what they’ve got is a historical first: a functionally fascist system based on two alternating ruling parties who effectively mutually support each other’s activities within narrow confines of fake alternatives.

  94. @gsjackson

    I agree with this characterisation. Clinton was far to the right of Trump according to normal analysis. The key issue of the campaign, as amplified by the phony Russia stories was which candidate was the bigger threat for nuclear war and she was hands down. There is a good chance that if she had got in, we might not be here now.

  95. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Greg Bacon

    ummmmm
    Obama hates Israel and worked against it. Funny Israel controls the world but has .000001 of the world land mass. Funny how that works. But I guess it goes hand and hand with the theory that Whites are the superior race but constantly get worked over by the Jews who control them . Or Holocaust was a hoax / wish Hitler killed ALL of them @!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Troll: Beefcake the Mighty
  96. caterina says:

    Nah, they’re going to run Van Jones the Commie. I’m calling it.

  97. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @DESERT FOX

    Michael aka Michele is a tranny and Joan Rivers said it and everybody with any sense knows it is true and America has enough of this thrown at us.

    Joan Rivers the Zioinst Jew ? You are giving her words credence now ? Oh dear.

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
  98. Michelle for President ? You kidding Mike ?

    It does not take an expert to conclude the Obamas are skilled opportunists who backed the Clinton machine to their own personal benefit and enabled the disgrace and destruction of the Democratic party and the American election process. .

    So much for the sanctimonious flaming feminist hypocrite Michelle Obama’s rallying cry to the left that “our motto is, when they go low, we go high.”

    Just last month Michelle continued pandering to the Clintons by telling women who voted against Hillary Clinton that they “voted against their own voice”.

    She added: “To me that just says, you don’t like your voice. You like the thing you’re told to like.”

    What a lot of Hogwash.

    The Clinton machine is the epic center of greed, ambition and corruption and Michelle has been close enough to the real thing to know it better than the people she was lying to.

    I guess Michelle is missing being in the spotlight.

    Incidentally, she is working on a book about “believing in our most authentic selves”.

    Go reflect in your kitchen garden Michelle. Upon serious reflection, honestly, you might want to scrap the idea!

  99. pyrrhus says:

    Why the Democrats will run Michelle in 2020? Lack of imagination? Or maybe the need for a Tranny on the ticket….

  100. bartok says:
    @AnonFromTN

    The degeneration of American elites followed pretty quickly upon the degeneration (via immigration and slave trade) of the electorate. No need to blame the elites; we collectively deserve them.

    Every dilution of our founding stock has hurt the country by varying degrees. Even German immigrants were a mixed bag. Some of them were crazed leftists who had lost the revolution of 1848, and immediately became crazed Unionists in the USA.

  101. Two times 22 trillion is 44 trillion.
    Who would want to be a president then?
    (Not many candidates I think.)
    Trump abandoned the idea of tariffs !
    The path to bankruptcy of US is now straight.
    The approved tax bill will slightly improve the economic situation, but basically it is nothing.
    Absolutely nothing.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  102. @Sollipsist

    Tulsi Gabbard will be great for world peace but bad for the country, she’s an open borders advocate. She’s best as Secretary of State. Dems won’t run her because she’s pro Assad which means she’s probably anti-Israel.

    Kamala Harris will be a disaster all around, so yes the Dems will run her.

    No one has any love for Michelle. Obama’s legacy is in tatters after Trump’s election.

    • Replies: @bartok
    , @bartok
    , @renfro
    , @renfro
  103. Binks007 says:
    @KenH

    KenH:
    Evidently, Castro has been put on the back burner. He has struggled to learn Spanish, not being his first language. Without that ability, the whole planned narrative about him and his brother falls apart.

  104. @anon

    Zionist?
    Nah!
    She was too busy steeling jokes.

  105. bartok says:
    @Orwellian State

    Regarding Sanders or Gabbard as the Dem nominee, Saban & Co. would say:

    Don’t you know me? Don’t you know that that’s an impossibility? That that could never happen? That I’d use all my power to keep something like that from happening? Don’t you know that? Now in time, you’ll feel differently. You’ll be glad I stopped you now.

  106. bartok says:
    @Orwellian State

    No one has any love for Michelle. Obama’s legacy is in tatters after Trump’s election.

    Got any evidence of this? Barack Obama’s departure is greatly mourned in elite opinion. Michelle Obama would have all of his elite support plus black enthusiasm and turnout, plus a large portion of the feminist enthusiasm that HRC inspired.

    Black turnout for Michelle Obama could flip Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin at least, perhaps Pennsylvania as well. Blacks are more important in swing states than are Hispanics.

    • Replies: @Meretricious
  107. renfro says:
    @Orwellian State

    Tulsi Gabbard will be great for world peace but bad for the country, she’s an open borders advocate. She’s best as Secretary of State. Dems won’t run her because she’s pro Assad which means she’s probably anti-Israel

    Sorry you are totally wrong.
    Gabdard is a Hindu and close friend of India’s President Modi—she is very pro Israel as is Modi due to the India Israel alliance.
    Do your research , check her voting record and statements on Israel and India and you will see what she is about.
    She’s a snake.

    • Replies: @Anon
  108. renfro says:

    To understand Michele read her college thesis—she is very anti white people. She can straighten her hair and wear wigs to cover her natural afro hair to mingle with white people —but underneath she resents it and feels inferior—even though she ‘ acts out’ as superior.

    https://obamaprincetonthesis.wordpress.com/

    snip….

    ‘Earlier in my college career, there was no doubt in my mind that as a member of the Black community I was somehow obligated to this community and would utilize all of my present and future resources to benefit this community first and foremost. My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my “Blackness” than ever before. I have found that at Princeton no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my White professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong.

  109. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @renfro

    A pro Israel and pro India Hindu lass. What’s not to like ? A lot better than a pro Porkistan , pro Shia terrorist regime .

    • Troll: renfro
  110. renfro says:
    @Orwellian State

    If you want more of the “Lobbies’ and US politicians for foreign countries then vote for Gabbard.
    The last thing America needs is Jew Hindu- India Israel foreign influences in 0ur government.

    https://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/curious-islamophobic-politics-dem-congressmember-tulsi-gabbard

    excerpts…

    ”Laments about Congress’ polarization are common, and it’s rare that large numbers of Republicans and Democrats can agree, especially on progressive legislation. But in November 2013, a group of 26 House Democrats and 25 House Republicans introduced HR 417, which called on India to improve the human rights situation of its religious minorities, especially citing the case of Gujarat.
    The text of the bill is fairly unoffensive; it does not single out Hindus as perpetrators of religious violence, but rather calls for all groups in India to be treated fairly and given full human rights. However, Gabbard made it her personal mission to crusade against the bill.
    The following December, Congressmember Tom Lantos’ Human Rights Commission held a hearing on religious freedom in India. Rather than review the litany of abuses that have occurred in the country, Gabbard mused she did “not believe that the timing of this hearing is a coincidence….I am concerned that the goal of this hearing is to influence the outcome of India’s national elections.” She went on to state that even holding a hearing on the issue was “an attempt to foment fear and loathing purely for political purposes.”
    In other words, her concern was that Modi’s electoral chances would be hurt by an honest look at religious persecution in India.
    HR 417 was never voted on, and Modi won his election.

    Why did Gabbard work so hard to shield BJP abuses from congressional review? The answer lies in her base of supporters. The BJP draws on support from the large Indian expatriate community through an organization called the Overseas Friends of BJP. In August of last year, the group convened a large number of Indian American BJP supporters in Atlanta as part of an eight-city tour designed to prepare for Modi’s first visit to the United States the following month.

    Gabbard has one other curious alliance. Under Prime Minister Modi, India has sought increasingly close relations to Israel, shifting the country’s historical support for the Palestinian cause. Perhaps Gabbard is a sort of consigliere for this alliance of Hindu nationalists and right-wing Zionists, as she is the only House Democrat backing a bill basically designed to benefit one of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest political allies, Sheldon Adelson. The bill is part of a crackdown on online gambling that Adelson is promoting in order to destroy competition to his casino chain.
    Has the BJP Bubble Popped?

    Gabbard has inculcated this base of hardline BJP supporters, which has propelled her into Congress with thousands of its dollars. She thanks them by echoing much of their rhetoric against Muslims in India on the airwaves here in the U.S. on networks like Fox News. But what she may be forgetting is that she represents a progressive Democratic constituency that isn’t interested in sectarian conflict with Muslims.
    The Honolulu Civil Beat, a hometown publication, slammed Gabbard for her crusade against Obama’s Islam terminology:
    “The unseemly and very public semantics battle that U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been waging this year against President Barack Obama had largely been one-sided. […] Gabbard’s argument largely boils down to a few dubious ideas. First, unless the president, in his public characterizations, refers to agents of ISIS and related organizations as ‘Islamic terrorists,’ he is unable to mount an effective military and foreign policy effort to defeat them. Second, only in specifically, publicly tying terrorists to their religious ideology can the White House truly understand where the terrorist organizations recruit, how they think, etc. Lastly, his failure to use Gabbard’s preferred phrasing means he doesn’t ‘get’ any of this in the first place.”
    In India, the BJP is facing formidable electoral challenges from the left. The Aam Admi Party, a new political party of the secular left, recently took control of the capital city, putting together a coalition of Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs who rejected sectarian politics. Although this puts them a long way from dislodging Modi and the wider BJP, it does show that his electoral prospects may have peaked as Indian voters look elsewhere for leadership.
    Gabbard should take note of these trends and realize that while Muslim-bashing may be in vogue at the time, it may just be the political equivalent of an economic bubble—and when it pops her own political career may go with it.
    Zaid Jilani is an AlterNet staff writer. Follow @zaidjilani on Twitter.

    • Replies: @anon
  111. @bartok

    Obama’s legacy=affirmative action race hustler–even liberals grew sick of his BS

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  112. Svigor says:

    Democrats took the dive this time.

    Konspiracy Kooks should channel their need for an intelligently designed, orderly universe into organized religion, where it belongs, and keep it out of politics. It’s sad to watch.

  113. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:
    @Ilyana_Rozumova

    Approved tax bill, i.e., lower rates for corporations and wealthy individuals, would improve economic situation in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and similar places where the investments go. In the US it will further increase the deficit.
    All elites are greedy and corrupt. However, there is a difference. Russian and Chinese elites understood that to keep and enjoy their loot they need a strong state to back them when other thieves try to steal their wealth. In contrast, the US elites are repeating the mistake of Ukrainian elites: they are destroying the state that could have protected them in misguided belief that their ill-gotten wealth is protection enough.

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
  114. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @renfro

    excerpts…
    ”Laments about Congress’ polarization are common, and it’s rare that large numbers of Republicans and Democrats can agree, especially on progressive legislation. But in November 2013, a group of 26 House Democrats and 25 House Republicans introduced HR 417, which called on India to improve the human rights situation of its religious minorities, especially citing the case of Gujarat.
    The text of the bill is fairly unoffensive; it does not single out Hindus as perpetrators of religious violence, but rather calls for all groups in India to be treated fairly and given full human rights. However, Gabbard made it her personal mission to crusade against the bill.

    I think that ther was nothing nefarious going on here . Gabbard simply saw through the hypocracy and acted accordingly . Why should India be singled out to improve its human rights when India is light years ahead of other countries that are not singled out . Lets consider :

    In Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen converting form Islam to Christianity or any other religion are all offenses punishable by the death penalty. Several other Islamic States have similar laws , although less severe. It is reasonable to have bills regarding these countries human rights , and moreover to ensure that all of these countries cease these barbaric practices before we investigate Indias rather benign human rights issues.

    • Replies: @renfro
  115. renfro says:
    @anon

    ”’ Why should India be singled out to improve its human rights when India is light years ahead of other countries ”’

    Same as the typical Jew whine…’why is Israel singled out”’….’why us, whine, whine, whine
    You trolls need to improve your whines.

    • Replies: @anon
  116. If by some strange quirk of fate Michelle O were elected POTUS I would hopefully spend my remaining days in a stupor of some sort induced by the choicest spirits available.

    • Replies: @norse nestor
  117. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @renfro

    Same as the typical Jew whine…’why is Israel singled out”’….’why us, whine, whine, whine

    Explain it then . Why should India be singled out for alleged human rights violations when there are more than a dozen Islamic States that have human rights abuses proudly entrenched in their constitution ? Such as : Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen converting form Islam to Christianity or any other religion are all offenses punishable by the death penalty.

    Why should India be singled out when slavery is occuring in Mauritania , Sudan , Nigeria , Libya , Syria, Iraq and Somalia ? Surely chattel slavery is far worse than anything occuring in India ?

    Why should India be singled out when Sudan has a state sanctioned rape militia known as Janjawee ? Certainly India never approached such depraved levels ?

    How about the ongoing Turkish occupation of Cyprus ? Chinese occupation of Tibet and Xinyang ? Russian occupation of Chechnya ( 150,000 muslims killed ) , Dagestan , Kaliningrad , Crimea ? Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara ? Indonesian occupation of Papua? Nigerian occupation of Biafra ?

    Certainly there are dozens of countries with far worse human rights violations than India so why single out India ?

    • Replies: @renfro
  118. @Meretricious

    ” Even Liberals grew sick of his BS”

    Wrong and futile wishful thinking.
    They love him even more today than eight years ago, and tomorrow twice as much. The insane Germans have wet dreams about him nightly, and in Ireland he is approaching sainthood.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army vet, and pro jazz artist.

  119. A skimming of any comment section related to an article about Michelle Obama shows that this author is catastrophically out of touch with the meat and potatoes, middle class voters.

    She is violently loathed. Detested. She was hated far more than her effeminate, duplicitous husband.

    She expressed naked contempt for America. All any Candidate would have to do is run the clip of her aggressively stating this was the first time she was proud of her country.

    If the author is making the argument that the deep state that actually runs America plan to plant her in office that is a different kettle of fish. But to run an article that is so wildly out of touch with public sentiment makes me question the editor’s intelligence.

  120. Mike Whitney is from Washington State. For those of you that think his post may be tongue-in-cheek, how can you tell with someone from Washington? Most of the population in that State has been infected with SJW. I’ve read another article of his on this site. It started out as reasonable, but before the end, he had dropped the turd in the punchbowl and you realized he had been infected with the virus.

    • Replies: @jimbojones
  121. @AnonFromTN

    You are of course absolutely right.
    But all I am saying is this:
    Unless US starts to tackle trade deficits the problems will grow exponentially.
    The value of US dollar, ergo its purchasing power will continue to decline. The debt will grow also,
    unobstructed. Particularly now with enormous expenditures for health care. At the moment Fed is keeping US budget afloat with buying back old US bonds with lower yield and issuing bonds with higher yield.
    Eventually and inevitably this process one day will stop functioning.
    It will come to the end when decrease of the value of the dollar will be larger then yield of the bond.
    Than people who are buying bonds naturally will stop buying them.
    There will be collapse of US bond market.
    So I do let you figure the consequences by yourself.

  122. c matt says:
    @KenH

    Agree Obama’s oratory skills are largely fake. The only style Obama could call his own was his uniquely pompous attitude. He does read the teleprompter well, but then his competition wasn’t much either. McCain is insane, so couldn’t put a coherent thought together to save his life; Romney was presentable, but about as exciting as melted vanilla ice cream.

  123. @Achmed E. Newman

    I thought it was Chrysler but might be wrong.

    You’re right. GM once, Chrysler twice.

    Things are blurrier now. Just as the Obama-Bush contrast is weaker than the Reagan-Carter one, GM and Chrysler look a lot more like each other now than they did 30 years ago. Easy to get ‘em confused!

  124. Imagine for a moment what America would be like had they never granted driver’s lisences to women. They would now be consuming about a third the petroleum they now go through every day. Once the women were off in their cars driving to jobs to pay for them the care of children and the elderly had to be shifted to industries that had their own carbon footprint. America’s own oil reserves would have lasted many decades longer, and the pressure to take control over the entire Middle East would be so much less. That one decision alone still drives the mad scramble to grab control of the world’s petroleum.

  125. renfro says:
    @anon

    Explain it then . Why should India be singled out for alleged human rights violations when there are more than a dozen Islamic States that have human rights abuses proudly entrenched in their constitution

    I suggest you duckduckgo or goggle all those ‘other’ countries and you will find US and other nations and human rights agencies that have gone after all those other countries as well.

    So give up your whatabouttery deflection —–it doesn’t fly here.

    • Replies: @anon
  126. renfro says:
    @BernieK

    If you want a female candidate check out Betty McCollum.
    If you want another incorruptible candidate check out Walter Jones .

    Two under the radar congresspeople with no dirt in their histories.

  127. Munch says:

    “stand tall among the world’s kings and prime ministers?” Really? All he ever did was bow down.
    With Michelle, he was probably on his knees.

  128. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @renfro

    US and other nations and human rights agencies that have gone after all those other countries as well

    .

    Until The US and other nations slove the problems of the worst offenders : Russia , China , Sudan ,Pakistan ,Afghanistan ,Iraq , Iran , Somalia ,Mauritania , Turki, Indonesia , Morocco &. . Nations who are killing and raping millions and occupying hundreds of thousnads of square miles of land , there is not point in even talking about the relatively benign India .

  129. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The Democrat party, the party of blacks and Jew must have one of their own as a standard bearer. Whites are no longer welcomed.

  130. This article is spot-on, and should be required reading for all affluent, educated liberals. Most of my friends are in that group, and they literally can’t comprehend that they, in their complacence and inattentiveness, gave the election to Trump.

    As long as they persist in their delusion that Obama was a fine president and the Democratic Party is still ok, we are all doomed.

  131. imbroglio says:

    Why wouldn’t Wall Street allow Liz to get the nomination? Liz is pliable. Nor do the Dems need the working class. The Dems are now the party of the Deep State.

    Still, Michelle would be a good choice. Oprah would be better. I think Oprah’s been sounded out several times but has refused the nod. I don’t see why Oprah wouldn’t run, get elected and then, for health or some other reason, resign and let her VP, the real candidate, step in.

  132. rbblum says:

    Tis a shame that most identifying with partisan politics (as a D or a R faithful) will never understand why Trump was elected. . .and history will reflect Trump as one of the truly great U S presidents.

  133. @Anonymous White Male

    Seattle is very blue, but the rest of Washington is Trump country.

    https://www.politico.com/2016-election/results/map/president/washington/

    To a significant extent, the American red-blue divide is a rural-urban divide.

    • Replies: @Dan3422
  134. Michelle won’t run.

    But the D’s have a problem in that they cannot run a white person and the (sixty million) Deplorables will not vote for a black person. Not even a half black person. Not after being demonized and marked for destruction by what is now called the left. The establishment R’s are equally screwed. Trump’s people are the only group sufficiently cohesive and motivated to succeed in today’s electoral politics.

    Bernie was allowed to run because he was a stalking horse for Hillary. A real populist lefty could be elected but will never be nominated by the D’s. They run a much tighter ship than the hapless R’s who let Trump sneak by them.

    The beauty of Trump’s victory is that it represents a stunning defeat for both Parties.

  135. Dan3422 says:
    @jimbojones

    The Seattle region is very Blue. In fact, most of the Washington Coast, from a population standpoint, is very Blue. The rest of Washington is Red, but is sparsely populated.

  136. Dan2329 says:
    @Wally

    Your 2016 election map is misleading if you mean to show support instead of merely official results as to which county went for which candidate. In stating that Idaho is “blood red”, you make a statement about support while referring to a map that shows official results.

    Looking at support will give you a much better view on the nation, and prevent the unexpectedness of a flip in results in the future.

    For instance, this is a much better map:


    The map is from Princeton University, which has a lot of useful election maps from previous years. I can’t place a direct link to it, but you can do a google search. Look for this map, specifically, and you’ll know that you are on the correct page. They have other election websites, which is why I make the suggestion.

  137. whorefinder says: • Website

    So the solution to alienating whites in the nation through a hate-whitey cast system…. is to run a black, hate-whitey, trashy tranny whose only accomplishment was marrying the last president?

    Napoleon: “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

    Run Michelle, run!

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