Sage McLaughlin, which I assume is not a real name (and I refuse to believe otherwise), apparently drew the short straw among staff, so it fell to him to do the crow-munching. Not content with being completely wrong about the outcome of the primaries, the election, or the control of the house and senate, Sage decided to chart bold new territory and be completely wrong about his analysis of WHY he was wrong.
"Hindsight is 20/20?" Sage snorted. "Screw that. Let's aim for 20/80!"
There was something else, though, something that stood a chance of making the 2016 campaign into a black swan event, though I had dismissed it with scorn from the very start: the craving for attention on the part of Trump’s voters (and, decisively, his potential voters). That craving found indirect reflection in the unbalanced, narcissistic personality of the Republican candidate. Moreover, their acute sense of victimhood made them amenable to any appeal that seemed to be directed at them. It was an appeal that Team Clinton consciously decided it had no need to make, bound as they were by their stubborn conviction that the Obama coalition could be mobilized without Obama’s name on the ballot (something for which none of the last five election cycles has provided any evidence).
What part of the electorate would this be? Who did Clinton ignore, to her detriment? Between her "this is how Hillary is like your abuela" and hot sauce comments, she hit every victim class we're used to hearing about. Well, everyone we'd normally call a victim class, anyway.
He takes a while to come right out and say who he means - these people who need attention, these people who feel ignored, these *snort* would be victims. But it shouldn't be hard to figure out the object of his contempt in advance.
White people. UGH.
No, not all white people of course. Just, you know - the lower classes. Those who are not college educated and who wouldn't appreciate the bon mots of Sage and company, in part because a bon mot sounds like a shitty, expensive, French candy. Largely non-college-educated white people, the kind who live in communities that the people at What's Wrong With the World think have a moral obligation to die a la Kevin D. Williamson. People who, if they would be so kind, should just die already because their nasty sense of entitlement provokes them to do things like protest illegal (and massive legal) immigration. To think they imagine their wages shouldn't be intentionally deflated, or their communities overrun with people from another culture or the like.
Bastards! And yet, I find myself sympathizing with them.
Of course, I also sympathize with the blacks and hispanics - those who have actually been here legally, who have assimilated - and who also are quite screwed by these influxes, yet whose self-appointed leadership have been able to pacify the dregs with distractions. What can I say - I think American laws should, first and foremost, help Americans and American communities.
WWWtW thinks differently, which leads to a bit of a lesson. While Sage complains with a sneer about how a certain class of the electorate was too whiny - 'white niggers' he may as well call them - the real reason that's a problem is because Sage and company feel awfully ignored over there. Why, they are conservatives. They teach! Their friends write for the glossiest right-wing toilet paper around, National Review. How dare the plebes pick a candidate to represent them to the detriment of those who pray at the most important altar of all - the altar of free market economics and neo-con overseas projects!
And so, Sage - and Lydia, and Tony, and Paul, and all the rest - continue to sneer and forecast doom and gloom for we Trump supporters. Sure, they've fouled up every prediction so far, but - as Malcolm has noted in the comments - they're ready for what's coming. Every failure will be blamed on Trump. Every victory, called an accident, with praise heaped on Trump's accidental cabinet picks. Forget for a moment that Trump has already done one hell of a lot more than previous Loser-in-chief George W. Bush ever accomplished (aside from his SCOTUS picks, the best of which was forced on him by a furious base, aka, the predecessors to Team Trump.) Forget that he slayed the Clinton machine, helped save the GOP's position in the house and senate, and a whole lot more. No, Trump will screw up someday, and they'll finally be there to say 'I told you so'.
No doubt, I say to the folks at WWWtW. You will, no doubt, someday be able to say 'I told you so'.
...But we get to say it first.