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Hubris

Team Hillary was so out of touch, they couldn’t begin to fathom how out of touch they were.

Bill famously advised his wife’s campaign to do more to reach out to the (White Working Class), but in what will surely be recalled as one of the defining moments of hubris on Team Hillary, campaign manager Robby Mook replied, “the data run counter to your anecdotes.”

It’s just too perfect that Clinton lost the election in part because she relied on a gay, 36-year-old Ivy League data nerd rather than a two-time winner of a presidential election to show her the path to the White House.

Where the linked article gets it wrong, I think, is that it treats Democrats being out-of-touch with the White Working Class as an oversight. I think it was a deliberate political strategy. Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party wrote off the concerns of the White Working Class and didn’t even bother to try to reach out to them; confident that the New Democrat Coalition of queers, browns, illegals, felons, and white urban elites virtually assured their supremacy. It was this precise coalition that elected Hillary the President of Los Angeles (the county that provided most of her popular vote margin).

But rather than admit to their miscalculation, Team Hillary decided to spin a fantastic conspiracy theory of Russian hacking, media bias, and FBI collusion that no intelligent person could possibly believe.

FBI Director: The Laws Don’t Apply to Clinton or Clinton Cronies

Posted by V the K at 1:03 pm - May 3, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

According to FBI Director Jim Comey, the reason Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin weren’t prosecuted for mishandling classified information is because… they didn’t think they were breaking the law against mishandling classified information.

This is nothing new… Steve Martin pioneered this defense way back in the 1970’s.

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The question is, could you or I, as ordinary citizens and not members of the Ruling Political Elite avail ourselves of the “I didn’t know it was against the law defense?” when under investigation from the FBI?

I don’t think so.

Trump Makes School Lunches Great Again

The headline is Zero Hedge’s and it made me laugh, so I had to share it. 🙂

Not all that much to it.

Stefan Molyneux on “Climate Change”

I find Molyneux’s video-enlarged, ranting bald head a bit creepy. But his content is often brilliant. I recently listened to this one from 2015.

Molyneux proposes the following thought experiment:

  1. Suppose stockbrokers (or bankers or politicians or oil company CEOs – whomever you view as corruptible) are in charge of calculating some important measure of the world.
  2. Let’s call it the Economy Rate (ER). It could go up or down. The stockbrokers fudge and massage the ER data, as they see fit.
  3. First, the stockbrokers say “The ER is so important! and it’s going DOWN! That’s bad! Give us tens of billions of taxpayer money, and we’ll watch it and figure out what to do.”
  4. But over the years, the ER rises. The stockbrokers say “The ER is so important! and it’s going UP! That’s bad! Give us tens of billions of taxpayer money, and we’ll watch it and figure out what to do.”
  5. But then the ER stops going up. The stockbrokers say “The ER is so important! and it could go UP OR DOWN! With unpredictable pauses! That’s bad! Give us tens of billions of taxpayer money, and we’ll watch it and figure out what to do.”

At what point do you begin to see that the stockbrokers are taking you, in a racket?

  • Point 1 is climate scientists – who are a huge, publicly-funded industry. Each scientist profits (as wage/salary payments, benefits, etc.) from the grants she receives.
  • Point 2 is the world average temperature, which climate scientists derive from data that they themselves fudge and massage.
  • Point 3 is the 1970s, when climate scientists gave alarming predictions of a New Ice Age.
  • Point 4 is the 1980s to the 2000s, when their monster was Global Warming. The famous “hockey stick” upward graph.
  • Point 5 is recent years, when the “hockey stick” graph failed and they switched it to Climate Change – in whatever direction.

Do you believe that climate scientists are less corruptible than stockbrokers (or bankers or politicians or oil company CEOs)? That they’re somehow more objective and noble?

I don’t. You who do (lefties) have a RELIGIOUS FAITH in climate scientists, that you’re not admitting. And it’s exactly what climate scientists want you to have.

Your delusional, gullible faith is how they keep their tens of billions of taxpayer dollars coming. And of course they would have a “consensus” that they are objective and noble and deserve it and should be listened to and those dollars should keep coming. Of course they would.

Happy Earth Day!

Emotions Lead You to Waste Money and Do Stupid Things

Posted by V the K at 8:40 am - April 19, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

Warning: This post meanders.

Despite millions of dollars from the Hollywood Left (the very same people who wail about the pernicious influence of money in politics) the Pajama Boy came up a little short in last night’s Special Election in Georgia and will face a June runoff.

Democrats are still calling a multi-million dollar expenditure on a losing bid for a minor House seat a victory, though. Hillary’s former spokesmouth Brian Fallon, tweeted out this insipid thing:

“Even if he doesn’t hit 50 tonight, Ossoff is showing us the path to retaking the House. It runs through the Panera Breads of America.”

Panera Bread? That’s the place where you pay way too much and leave unsatisfied. Fitting.

“We shall fight on the espresso bars, we shall fight on the Starbucks queues, we shall fight in the Whole Foods and in the Mani-Pedi Parlors, we shall fight in the Mac Stores; we shall never surrender…” said someone at the HQ.

The Democrats spent anywhere (I’m hearing) from $8M to $12M because they wanted a headline: “Voters in Red State Georgia Reject Trump.” They didn’t get it; and it wouldn’t have been true if they had. But they wanted it so badly they paid a fortune trying to get it.

Ever spent money on anything stupid out of emotional attachment? I have a closet full of hockey jerseys because of an irrational emotional connection to the sport. Also, this. What do you got?

Hillary Clinton Continues the Left’s Tradition of Avoiding Introspection and Self-Awareness

Posted by V the K at 9:27 am - April 10, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

Hillary Clinton is writing a book blaming her election loss on Russia and misogyny.

In her first interview since losing the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton said misogyny had played a role in her election loss.

Clinton “spends a lot of time wrestling” with the fact that 53% of white women voted for Trump and the impact of her gender on her loss, she said at the Women in the World summit.

“Certainly misogyny played a role,” she said.

How Russia and misogyny led her to completely ignore Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania… and, let’s face it… the entire white working class of the United States… I don’t know.

The Democrat left really is wedded to their emotional hot-button issues (tranny bathrooms, illegal immigrants/refugees, political correctness). They find the economic challenges of the middle class beneath them. So mundane! To fret about economic security is surely a sign of low birth. Smart people are supposed to worry about whether transgendered people feel fully accepted; not about whether they will be replaced on the job by an H1-B worker.

That they blame misogyny and Russia for their loss is a product of the same contempt for middle America that was really why they lost the election. “Those ignorant bitter-clinger hicks in flyover rust belt states hate women and are so stupid they fell for Russia’s tricks,” is the essence of their argument.

They simply cannot be wrong.

Everyone else must be wrong.

Easy Question

Posted by V the K at 8:44 pm - April 4, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

The (Democrat-Media Complex Organ) Atlantic wants to know: Why So Many Americans Are Saying Goodbye to Cities.

And I answer: What political party runs all of America’s large cities?

This did not occur to them as a reason.

They mention the high cost of living and the lack of affordable housing, but it never occurs to them to go to the root  cause of these conditions. Moving out is largely a middle class phenomenon because cities provide generous welfare to the poor and opportunities to the wealthy and connected, but nothing to the middle class.

Urban Democrats get their money from the rich and their votes from the poor. The concerns of the Middle Class are irrelevant to them.

The constant stories about how great city life is, how Detroit/Buffalo/Cleveland/Milwaukee is perpetually on the verge of a comeback as “young professionals” move in and “pulse with energy and vitality” are pretty much written by young urban journalists and older urban editors who know that sucking up to the urban elite and reaffirming their prejudices is what keeps revenue flowing in.

Who Says the Elites Are Out of Touch

Posted by V the K at 1:24 pm - March 27, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

A Nobel Laureate in Economics claims that poor people in America have it worse than poor people in Africa or Bangladesh because — I am not making this up — it’s such a burden for them to have to apply for welfare benefits here.

A lot of these programs have been turned into block grants, like [the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or welfare, program], and it’s very hard for people to get them.

If you had to choose between living in a poor village in India and living in the Mississippi Delta or in a suburb of Milwaukee in a trailer park, I’m not sure who would have the better life.

Later in the article, he admits he hasn’t spent time in Appalachia or the slums of a Democrat-run American city, but he summers in Montana. That’s close enough, isn’t it?

Sarah Palin’s Gynecologist* Suggests the Left Needs to Hide Its Snobbery Better

Andrew Sullivan thinks that the left should try to be less arrogant and condescending. Good luck with that.

“There was a giant cloud of smug above Rachel Maddow when she was doing that. Liberals have to be careful not to sound so fucking condescending and smug… and start actually engaging the other side and persuading people.”

That cloud of smug is larger and thicker than the smog over Beijing on a bad day. I’d settle for the left being less deranged and violent; it’s not in their nature to be less arrogant and condescending. The social-democrat left is identity politics, and inherent in their identity politics is the belief that they are smarter and better than everyone else. When Obama described non-progressives as bitterly clinging to guns and religion and Hillary referred to us as “deplorables,” these were not gaffes, this name-calling was calculated to appeal to the left’s sense of superiority.

Let’s face it, any attempt by the Democrat-Socialist Left to pretend they care about working class voters is going to come off more forced and phony than Hillary attempting a southern accent.

*ICYMI, Andrew Sullivan’s obsessive belief that Sarah Palin faked a pregnancy to cover her daughter’s out-of-wedlock teen pregnancy was the “Russians hacked the election” conspiracy theory of 2008; except since McCain lost, the media didn’t have a reason to obsess over it as much as he did.

BTW: Hillary’s #1 Twitter fanboy is still butthurt over the loss; which he blames on… try not to laugh, I dare you… biased media. This guy wanted to be Hillary’s bottom boy as bad as Sully wanted to have Obama’s caramel-colored babies.

School Recruits Students for Super Secret Gay Club

The principal and staff at a charter school in Sandpoint, Idaho, set up a secret gay student club and undertook to hide its existence from parents.

Principal Mary Jensen of Forrest Bird Charter School, which runs middle and high school operations, “admitted the secrecy under which school staff and others had operated,” Liberty Counsel says.

School employees even “facilitated kids meeting off-campus at a local library under the supervision of ‘supportive’ third parties.”

“Jensen stated that they wanted to be ‘a progressive school on that sort of thing, but we did not want to be ‘in-your-face’,’ so parents could not prevent their children from attending. She states ‘we’re keeping it kind of on the down low,’ because ‘this is North Idaho,’ and ‘kids who wanted to participate in the club did not necessarily want their parents to know,’” Liberty Counsel explains.

Whatever. We know that leftists go into teaching not because they value learning, but to indoctrinate impressionable children with a left-wing, social justice ideology. So, nothing new, there.

Here’s the funny part.

“Jensen verified that the GSA ‘student led club’ was wholly created by adult staff and outside persons over ‘months’ and that staff then hand-picked and recruited students they believed should be in the GSA,” says Liberty Counsel, whose clients withdrew their child from the school with the letter.

“Hey, Jonny. Me and the other teachers noticed you’re a little light in the loafers. Wanna join our super-secret gay club? How ’bout you Brenda. you seem pretty butch.”

Mediocre Gay Elitist Really Hates Middle America

Posted by V the K at 7:23 pm - March 16, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

So, it started when a left-wing employee (most likely) at McDonald’s headquarters got into the company’s twitter account and tweeted out:

Donald Trump, you are a disgusting excuse of a president and we would love to have Barack Obama Back. Also, you have tiny hands.

I note here that the CEO of McDonald’s has stated that he wants to run a “progressive” company and that they hire Barack Obama’s Press Secretary Robert Gibbs as “executive vice president and global chief communications officer.” Nevertheless, the company deleted the tweet and claimed their account was “compromised.” So anyway, a gay journalist named Josh Barro picked up on this story and tweeted:

This is a real brand misstep for McDonald’s. Fat slobs with no taste are a core Trump demographic.

Then, after a thorough Twitter beatdown, he deleted the offending Tweet. But it was too late;  you cannot unsneer a sneer. His timeline also references how while flying over Middle America, he found it worthwhile to tweet, “That’s where ‘Two Broke Girls’ viewers live.”  ”

Josh Barro was once a registered Republican, but switched to Democrat last year when it became too embarrassing for him, being identified with all those deplorables and bitter clingers. As he put it, “Elites are usually elite for good reason, and tend to have better judgment than the average person.”

Josh Barro is the son of a Harvard economist. And if Liz Warren taught us anything, it’s that teaching even one class at Harvard is extremely lucrative. (Even more lucrative if you’re snapping up poor people’s foreclosed houses and flipping them.) He has spent his entire life in Boston-DC-New York and has not the slightest clue nor interest about the lives of Middle Class Americans in Flyover Country. When he hears about the economic distress of the Middle Class, he thinks, “Well, why don’t they just network with their connections and have a job created for them…. Oh, right, they can’t, because they’re too stupid.”

Josh Barro epitomizes the type of person who was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple. I am delighted that he is not playing for my team.

You Can Tell a Lot About People from the Enemies They Attract

Posted by V the K at 9:49 pm - January 17, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

Whatever else he may be, Milo Yiannapoulos is an elegant and well-spoken individual.

The extra special snowflakes who hate him… not so much.

I ought to sue your “Dangerous Faggot” tour for misleading the public. The only thing you’re dangerous to is a skinhead’s self-esteem. The world is full of very dangerous faggots, but you are not one of them. I raise a glass to the real dangerous faggots, from the AIDS survivors and queer anarchists to the gender warriors and the mincers of Fire Island. Here’s to every disobedient queer body to ever walk the streets in defiance of state and society.

If we, the gender deviant, were not dangerous, you would not be so clearly threatened by us.

As I write this, Milo, I’ve got terrible period cramps, and I’m a bigger fag than you’ll ever be. Hell, I’m probably a better top than you.

When you get here on Feb. 1, we will be waiting here to strip you of your gay identity. You can have sex with all the men you want, but you’re not gay anymore. You’ve used your sexual orientation as an excuse to spit bile and galvanize cowards for long enough. Put your badge and gun on my desk. The community rejects you. You have never been one of us.

You never should have booked this UC tour, Milo. But you want to come to my town? I say, welcome to Berkeley, mother[frack]er. I’m the meanest gay on this coast. I was assigned to raise hell at birth. You come through me

OK, A Few More Thwacks at the Expired Equine

Posted by V the K at 2:49 pm - January 10, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

Actress Meryl Streep (whose estimated net worth is $45 Million and who has received over a hundred awards, but whines about being ‘vilified’) in her speech at the Golden Globe Self-Congratulation Orgy stated that without Hollywood, “you’ll have nothing to watch but Football and MMA, and these are not the arts.”

First off, most people like both of those things better… a lot better… than Miss Sloane or The Angry Birds Movie.  I liked  Heck, I like football even more than the movies I liked from last year.

Second, you realize that she is lecturing us on behalf of an industry that produces mostly sequels to comic books movies and reboots of movies done better in the 1980s. Movies written to a rigid mechanical formula developed to ensure conformity with audience expectations. I guess ‘these are the arts.’

Yeah, and also, she gave a standing ovation to a guy who drugged and raped a thirteen year old girl, but she’s our moral and intellectual superior. Because she’s in ‘the arts,’ just like the guy who drugged and raped a thirteen year old girl.

BTW, have you ever notice that the way the MFM reports it, Republicans never “respond to criticism” but always “lash out at critics.” A Republican could say, “I respectfully disagree” in a tone of voice like an NPR newsreader, and the headline would still be “Republican lashes out at critics!”

It’s kind of a tiresome cliché, don’t you think?

And Another Thing: Ed Asner, Debra Messing, and Rosie O’Donnell are calling for Hollywood to boycott America until Trump resigns; i.e. No more movies, no more TV as long as Donald Trump is in office.

“We’re calling for a general strike that would include every single person involved in making motion pictures in Hollywood, starting with the actors and celebrities themselves and encompassing companies in charge of making props, movie memorabilia and even souvenir shops,”

Yeah, that’s totally gonna happen.

Another Leftist Hates Life Because His Party Didn’t Win

Posted by V the K at 8:08 am - January 10, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

I Love America, It’s Americans I Hatewrites Tim Krieder, an “essayist and cartoonist who divides his time between New York City and Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.” So, you can just tell he spends lots of time around regular Americans. And the reason he hates Americans is because they chose Donald Trump over the decrepit, corrupt, dishonest, incompetent, Washington Insider Hillary Clinton. And the people who voted for Trump did so because they are stupid, racist and hateful, therefore he hates them.

A vote cast for Trump is kind of like a murder; there may be context to consider — a disadvantaged background, extenuating circumstances, understandable motives — but the choice itself is binary and final, irrevocable. There’s a case to be made that it’s indefensible; that his supporters have forfeited any right to be respected or taken seriously. The conservatives of the heartland have lashed back against the coastal elites’ condescending, classist prejudices by defiantly confirming them: that they’re pathetically dumb and gullible, uncritical consumers of any disinformation that confirms their biases, easy dupes for any demagogue who promises to bring back the factories and keep the brown people down.

Ignorance and bigotry are actually the best possible motives for having voted for Trump — they are at least honest, if not honorable. But I don’t believe all Trump voters are ignorant, or bigoted; most of them are just evil — evil being defined not as anything so glamorous as beheading journalists or gunning down grade schoolers, but simply as not much caring about other people’s suffering. They’re willing to consign someone else — someone Mexican, or Muslim, or trans, not anyone they know — to exile, arrest, or second-class status, in exchange for… what? A tax break? To send a message to Washington, or the mainstream media? Just out of spiteful, petulant rage?

So, I guess by ‘America’ he means he likes the landscapes and the residual capitalist wealth that enables him to earn a living by attacking it. It never occurs to him that the last eight (actually, the last 24) years have been not so great for people who don’t have large trust funds and connections to the political elite.

Later, he humblebrags about how nice he is. I don’t buy it.

I’m afraid what will probably win out over my ideological convictions is my accursed, ineradicable niceness. Niceness — as distinguished from kindness — is not something I regard as a virtue; it feels more like a weakness. There comes a time when civility in the face of barbarism is folly.

What San Francisco Thinks of America

Posted by V the K at 2:16 pm - January 8, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

The Founding Partner of TimeShareCMO (a San Francisco-based “data consultancy”) decided to lecture “middle America” (i.e. all people living farther than 50 km from a large coastal urban center) about how much they suck.

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She was dismayed that Middle America didn’t take well to being lectured from a progressive leftist superior
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Note, she’s lecturing Middle America from a city where property crime is out of control and its virtually impossible for working class families to find decent housing.

This From a Leftist Who Hates Donald Trump

In between the usual globalist/leftist blather about how Trump’s rise was fueled by racism and “fear of the other,” Anthony Bourdain pauses to make a little bit of sense.

The utter contempt with which privileged Eastern liberals such as myself discuss red-state, gun-country, working-class America as ridiculous and morons and rubes is largely responsible for the upswell of rage and contempt and desire to pull down the temple that we’re seeing now.

I’ve spent a lot of time in gun-country, God-fearing America. There are a hell of a lot of nice people out there, who are doing what everyone else in this world is trying to do: the best they can to get by, and take care of themselves and the people they love. When we deny them their basic humanity and legitimacy of their views, however different they may be than ours, when we mock them at every turn, and treat them with contempt, we do no one any good. Nothing nauseates me more than preaching to the converted. The self-congratulatory tone of the privileged left—just repeating and repeating and repeating the outrages of the opposition—this does not win hearts and minds. It doesn’t change anyone’s opinions. It only solidifies them, and makes things worse for all of us. We should be breaking bread with each other, and finding common ground whenever possible. I fear that is not at all what we’ve done.

Note, he does this while repeating and repeating the mantra of “the rise of nationalism, the fear of the Other” that bubble-headed leftists have been chanting since BREXIT went Tango Uniform.

Still, better than 99.5% of the elite left.

Michelle Obama: Election of Trump Means America Has Lost Hope

This is why those idiot leftist memes about what a gracious and wonderful pair these two really grind my gears.

The First Lady used her final interview in the White House to tell Oprah Winfrey that a ‘grown up’ should be in charge of the country.

Looking forward to president-elect Trump’s looming inauguration, she said even though hope was lost, it was necessary to move on.

“Now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like.” [said the FLOTUS]

Their party lost an election, and so they have to trash-talk their successor going out the door. The Obamas don’t have any class. They have the affectations of class, the arrogance of the privileged, and the adoration of leftist saps, but they have no class.

Update: Trump responds.

“Michelle Obama said yesterday that there is no hope. I assume she was talking about the past, not the future. Because I’m telling you, we have tremendous hope. And we have tremendous promise and tremendous potential. We are going to be so successful as a country again. We are going to be amazing.”

When Arrogant, Out-Of-Touch Liberal Bigots Attack

Posted by V the K at 4:22 pm - December 6, 2016.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

Paul Krugman went on a snippy little Twitter rant the other day. (In case you forgot, Paul Krugman is the NY Times columnist and Nobel-prize-winning economist who predicted the stock market would crash on Trump’s election and never recover. Within a week, it hit record highs.) He was just gob-smacked that some people are saying elite New York Times columnists are out of touch with the rest of America.

A lot of people seem to be settling on the narrative that Trumpism reflects a backlash against the arrogance of liberal elites. Really?

Yes, in no way should Trump’s victory over the favored candidate of the political and media class be seen as a case of millions of Americans turning on the political and media class who have been running the country.

Also, how can you say that liberals, who worried about wage stagnation etc. don’t care about workers? IN terms of policy, liberals have been on white working class’s side, much more than the election victors.

Why, we’re the ones who brought you Obamacare, the $15 minimum wage, the War on Coal, and all those third world migrants crowding your schools. (Not a lot of Somalian refugees at Sidwell Friends.)

The answer seems in part to be that liberals haven’t been willing to promise to bring the coal etc. jobs back because they cannot, in fact, be brought back — but insisting on being realistic is perceived as elitist, arrogant, and uncaring

Actually, the answer lies in liberal policies of over-regulation, cronyist central planning, and massive third-world immigration have been killing jobs in the first place; including coal jobs.  “Hey, we killed your manufacturing job, but we will retrain you to wait tables at Buffalo Wild Wings. Because we care.”

Plus there’s the sense that liberals don’t respect the culture of the WWC. What’s odd is that I don’t see anything like the blatant way conservatives denounce “New York values”, or declare that large parts of the country aren’t the “real America”. Sure you can find some dismissive remarks about flyover country or something — but never in political discourse, from actual politicians. So what is it?

You don’t see it? Well, I’m pretty sure fish don’t see water, either.  As far as not hearing it from “actual politicians,” refer to… “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” Or, does that not count?

One answer is anti-intellectualism — the very act of trying to figure out how to solve problems makes some see you as arrogant.Another answer — which you know is partly true — is anger that liberal elites don’t respect ordinary folks’ prejudice.

In other words, “At the end of the day, people who don’t agree with liberals are stupid bigots.”

Yeah, Trump’s election will forever be a mystery to Paul Krugman and his ilk.

Arrogance Goes Before an Electoral Defeat

The Huffington Post has climbed in off the ledge long enough to put together a piece that says maybe … just maybe… it was the Clinton campaign’s loss was maybe less about “hate and racism” and maybe somewhat due to “neglect” of the upper midwestern states like Michigan and Wisconsin, and also Pennsylvania (which is culturally midwestern outside the suburbs of Philadelphia) and “a touch of arrogance.”

In Michigan alone, a senior battleground state operative told HuffPost that the state party and local officials were running at roughly one-tenth the paid canvasser capacity that Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) had when he ran for president in 2004. Desperate for more human capital, the state party and local officials ended up raising $300,000 themselves to pay 500 people to help canvass in the election’s closing weeks. By that point, however, they were operating in the dark. One organizer said that in a precinct in Flint, they were sent to a burned down trailer park. No one had taken it off the list of places to visit because no one had been there until the final weekend. Clinton lost the state by 12,000 votes.

Neglect? Sure, I can buy that. Those states that were sneered at as ‘The Rust Belt’ by East Coast liberals were also part of ‘The Blue Wall;’ states that hadn’t gone to a Republican since the 1980’s. And it’s easy to write them off when totes everyone in the media (including the Huffers) was telling her, “This is in the bag for you, Madam President.”

But it was a lot more than just a “touch” of arrogance.

From the outset, the Hillary campaign sought to project a hip, young, urban image. From the choice of hipster Brooklyn for their headquarters, to their appointment of a gay millennial as campaign manager, to campaign themes that reflected the obsessions of urban hipsters: Climate Change, gun control (which did not play well in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, or Wisconsin),  socio-ethnic “diversity Pokémon,” feminism, and income disparities. The concerns of the working class were treated as an afterthought that could be assuaged

The insularity of the Clinton campaign was reflected in the graphic design of the ubiquitous “Stronger Together” slogan, rendered entirely in shades of light blue and dark blue. No red. The message was clear. “We’re ‘stronger together,’ without red America.”

So, I imagine that while it’s very likely the HIllary campaign simply took “the Rust Belt” for granted, there was also probably an aversion, a disdain among her staff members for even paying attention to them, much less getting out there and working the streets. “You’re sending me to Michigan?” you can imagine a staffer crying. “Why? What have I done?”

Having grown up in the Midwest and lived for a long time in the environs of Washington DC, I know the attitude people have there toward the Midwest. This Onion Article — DNC Aiming To Reconnect With Working-Class Americans With New ‘Hamilton’-Inspired Lena Dunham Web Series — is one of those satirical piece that cuts so close it’s painful. (Ms. Dunham, BTW, is off talking to rocks {I am not making this up} at an Arizona Spa to cope with the electorate’s repudiation of coastal hipsters.)

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The American Midwest as imagined by Coastal Hipster Democrats.

DC Elites Worry About Losing Hipster Cred Under Trump

Liberal elites are fretting that DC will lose its chic hipster elan when Trump and the Deplorables take over. Pretty much the Kamehameha of #FirstWorldProblems.

Michelle Obama has burned off her date-night meals at Washington’s new generation of acclaimed restaurants by pedaling at SoulCycle. President Obama has shopped for Jonathan Franzen novels with his daughters at local independent bookstores. Obama administration staff members, their barhopping chronicled in the gossip pages, have hit the 14th Street hot spots hard.

Mr. Trump seems unlikely to drop in at Oyamel, the Mexican restaurant and Obama favorite owned by José Andrés, a star chef and devoted Trump critic. For that matter, it is even unclear whether Mr. Trump, who has used his new Trump International Hotel as an outpost here, will spend weekends in the White House or in New York. And he is unlikely to feel a debt of gratitude to a city where Hillary Clinton won 93 percent of the vote.

“D.C. is going to take a really hard hit, culturally, socially, everything. We were really finding our footing; we weren’t second to New York,” said Jazmine Johnson, a graphic designer who said she now planned to move to New York.

The affluence of DC has been financed … Hunger Games Style … by sucking in the wealth of the fifty-states to finance an out-of-touch ruling elite. Washington DC produces nothing but regulation and arrogance; there is no innovative tech industry, no manufacturing, no real art, no wealth of any kind produced in the nation’s capital. (These are the people who spent $2Billion to build a website.) Their trendy expensive lifestyles are financed entirely by what they suck out from the rest of the country. If Trump is able to cut off some of the flow, it might make it harder for a hipster environmental lobbyist to find a chic wine bar in which to sip fair trade Merlot … but it would be much better for the rest of America.