There is a hoary old saw that states “getting elected is easy, it’s the governing that is hard.”
This week past the Clinton Campaign called Donald Trump (and, by proxy, his supporters) racists.
Nothing like the Full Nuke-leer Option in the dog days of August.
And, given the agendas of The Media, the Uni-Party Republicans and the daily drumbeat of Donk propaganda, it has a damn good chance of working.
It also begs the question: why do you want to govern a nation wherein you despise nearly half the citizenry?
What happens to governance when you have demonized of an entire swath of the electorate with The One Thing that is worse than all others in American culture: racism.
The Big R is the scarlet letter of the last 50+ years.
You can be a pedophile (Roman Polanski) or an incest perpetrator (Woody Allen) and still have your life and livelihoods remain intact. You may even be feted or portrayed as the victim.
But not racists.
Because racists are scum. Debris to be pissed upon and kicked repeatedly.
And rightly so.
So what happens when The Despicable Racist Shitheel goes from being the creepy fella on TV wearing the pointy hat and dirty sheet to being The Guy or Gal Next Door who voted for Trump?
I can’t ever remember an election where Plain Folks voting for The Other Guy, were so indignantly hated, personally and viciously attacked, and characterized in such a particularly nasty and virulent manner.
Not the politicians. They are fair game. But the voters. The citizenry you are responsible for and to should you win the White House. (pun intended…)
And you just told them in no uncertain terms what you think of them: they are shitheels.
Cheery table-setter that, eh?
As for the election itself let’s assume a Hillary Landslide, say 60-40. Barry Goldwater and George McGovern numbers.
Let’s also assume the Real Clear Politics turnout projection of 132 million voters is ballpark accurate.
A 40% vote for Trump equals about 52,800,000 ballot-casting racist shitheels.
No matter how you cut it, that is a pretty big slice of the American pie who are morally bankrupt, hate-filled knuckle dragging mofo’s who, by their vote, proved they are pretty much immune to the usual behavioral-mod interventions (shaming, shunning, etc) and more likely than not wear their Trump vote as a point of pride.
That’s a whole lotta degenerate lowlifes who weren’t a feared to not give the ass of the rat about what Madame President thinks of them.
(Make that 51,799,999. Being a cowardly coward cowering in The Deep Blue I prefer not to have my house burned down..)
Given that Trump’s voter’s know what the New Administration thinks about them from the puck drop at 12:01 January 20, 2017 forward, is it even possible that Hillary can govern such a mightily racist nation?
Now assume it’s a 55-45 election. The Racist Vote just increased to damn near 60 million White Supremacist Thugs to get under control. How about 51-49: that’s 64,680,000 drooling, rope-toting potential lynchers.
Assume you are a President Hillary advisor. How do walk this one back? (Do you want to walk it back?) Can you walk it back? And if you can’t, how do you govern a sizable minority that know you hold them in the lowest contempt?
I got no answer here.
I didn’t like thinking about this and liked writing this post even less.
But this is where we are gang.
This is where we are.