The campaign staffs of Donald Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton got together for a forum at Harvard. It got ugly, very quickly, with the bitter, angry Hillary staffers (represented by campaign managers Jennifer Palmieri and Robby Mook, and pollster-strategist Joel Benenson) repeatedly calling the Trimp campaign “white supremacist” and accusing the Trump campaign of being “run on hate and bigotry.” At one point, Palmieri declared, “I would rather lose than win the way you guys did.”
Some of this is simple bitterness…. their candidate lost, and they don’t get to spend the next 4-8 years riding around on Air Force 1 and telling people how to live their lives backed up by immense state power. That’s a hell of a thing to lose. But they can’t accept their loss as being a matter of one campaign making its case better than the other.
I take Palmieri’s “I would rather lose than win the way you guys did” to mean she would rather lose by calling half of the country racist “deplorables” than win by speaking to the legitimate economic concerns of middle America. I don’t think she thinks this is how she meant it, but it is, actually, how she meant it.
In the article. Palmieri says the infamous “Deplorables” speech was her proudest moment in the entire campaign. Ponder that. Her proudest moment was when her candidate called half of the country racist, bigoted, and deplorable.
Why would that make someone feel proud, unless it served to validate how she herself felt about the half of the country that disagreed with her on political issues. And if elected, don’t you think she would have been more inclined to punish those deplorables, rather than compromise with them?
Hate isn’t something the left feels, hate is what the left is. The vast majority of leftists defines themself by who they hate: “racists” who won’t buy into the false narratives promoted by Black Lives Matter, “xenophobes” who don’t support mass third world immigration, “bigots” who don’t celebrate gayness, “wingnuts” who think the Constitution ought to be the law of the land, “greedy” businessmen and working people who don’t want to give up more of their money to support bureaucrats and welfare ticks, “misogynists and sexists” who don’t believe that consensual sex becomes rape if a woman changes her mind three weeks later. Hate is a big part of a leftist’s identity. Changing an opinion is simple, changing a feeling can be hard, changing an identity is extremely hard.
In conclusion, no, I don’t think the left is ever going to get beyond hate. They are all DailyKos now. (Speaking of which, here’s some first-rate angry derangement.) They are never going to agree to disagree with us, they are always going to hate us.
So, what are we going to do about that?