Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Losing Yesterday's Fight

Is there any way the Democrats can be more pathetic?
First, they nominated Hillary Clinton for President.  Her campaign was a parade of smugness and overconfidence.  After she lost in the electoral college, Democratic election lawyers urged her to demand recounts in key states won by Donald Trump that, taken together, would make the difference in her favor by swinging enough electoral votes to her and away from Trump.  Recounts were instigated in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, with only the Wisconsin recount completed successfully - and that recount only re-affirmed Trump's victory there.  Only it was Jill Stein of the Green Party who instigated the recount - not to help Hillary, but to ensure that the process was fair.  And while it got the Green Party more votes in one county . . . 
. . . it got Trump 131 more votes statewide.
"This recount was never about changing the outcome; it was about validating the vote and restoring confidence in our voting system to Americans across the country who have doubts," Dr. Stein said.  And she did more to re-assure confidence in the electoral process than whining Hillary supporters who wanted recounts with the hope of . . . changing the outcome.
Then the Democrats pestered Trump electors to change their votes, and former 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig - the one 2016 Democratic presidential candidate less serious than Lincoln Chafee - said the electors were morally bound to vote for Hillary.  And then the electors voted.  Hillary actually lost five Democratic electors while Trump lost only two Republican ones.
And finally, when the electoral votes were counted in Congress, House Democrats protested the outcomes from one state or the other but couldn't get one Democratic senator to back them up.
And by the way, Democratic efforts to keep fighting after after losing the fight was not restricted to Hillary.  On January 3, after the old six-year-terms of the Senate's Class 3 seats expired at noon but before the new terms in that class began, Democrats technically held a majority in the Senate, so the Daily Kos had petitioned Senate Democrats to use that interlude to confirm Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.  The same Senate Democrats who wouldn't challenge Trump's victory three days later?     
Democrats have been doing everything possible to put Hillary in the White House after losing the election, and then they wonder whey no one takes them seriously and why supposed allies like I keep laughing at them.  They keep fighting the last battle, which they've long since lost.  They're like the guy who just drew the short straw and insists that, now that everyone knows how the process works, the next time is the one for keeps.
Oh yeah, they want Hillary to run for mayor of New York City.
Steve to Democrats: You lost - give it up!

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