During the campaign, Bill Clinton felt that he was ignored by Hillary's top advisers when he urged them to make the economy the centerpiece of her campaign. He repeatedly urged them to connect with the people who had been left behind by the revolutions in technology and globalization.I've enjoyed watching the post election autopsy. Republicans are confused as to why they won. Dems are blaming the Obama coalition for not showing up, the FBI and racists whites. White supremacists are saying that it's about white genocide...Nationalist are saying it's about a sovereign US...but the reality is much more simple.
"Bill said that constantly attacking Trump for his defects made Hillary's staff and the media happy, but that it wasn't a message that resonated with voters, especially in the rust belt," the source explained. "Bill always campaigned as a guy who felt your pain, but Hillary came across as someone who was pissed off at her enemy [Trump], not someone who was reaching out and trying to make life better for the white working class."
According to the source, Bill was severely critical of Hillary's decision to reject an invitation to address a St. Patrick's Day event at the University of Notre Dame. Hillary's campaign advisers nixed the idea on the ground that white Catholics were not the audience she needed to reach.
"Bill also said that many African Americans were deeply disappointed with the results of eight years of Obama," the source continued. "Despite more and more government assistance, blacks weren't economically any better off, and black-on-black crime was destroying their communities. He said Hillary should have gone into the South Side of Chicago and condemned the out-of-control violence."
It was about the economy. It's always about the economy.
The reality? This wasn't a change election. This was a pain election. Everyone points to govt figures to try and say that everything is ok when the reality is that it isn't and hasn't been for the entire time Obama's been in office. I wish that Obama had gotten better advice. He took his eyes off the economy because he wanted so badly to pivot to healthcare that he ended up damaging his own coalition...AND the country.
The label on the tin says this is 2016. The reality is that we're back to 2008 and needing to get out of the great recession. If Hillary listened to her husband instead of listening to the elite and the chattering class that she hung out with she would have won.