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September 12, 2016

Basket Case: Hillary's Basket of Deplorables Line Will Lose the Race for Her

I don't really believe this. I don't think the line is going to make much noise (especially not after her seeing her experience what sure looked like a tonic-clonic seizure).

I think it's standard Democrat practice to insult conservative voters, and Democrats never pay a price for it. Don't you bitter clingers agree?

I also can't see the Republican party establishment making an issue of this, because, as Tucker Carlson said on Fox last night, the Republican Party establishment agrees completely and is looking to engineer a huge Trump loss so that the Trumpenproletariat will self-deport and the can get back to losing elections in a more principledly-conservative fashion.

But, stolen from Instapundit, Spengler make a persuasive case (mildly, to my mind) as to how this will end up hurting her.

Mitt Romney’s campaign was unsalvageable after the famous 2012 “47% remark,” by which he simply meant that the 47% of American workers whose income falls below the threshold for federal taxes would be indifferent to his tax cut proposals. The trouble is that these workers pay a great deal of taxes–to Social Security, Medicare, and in most cases to local governments through sales taxes and assessments. After a covert video of his remarks at a private fundraiser made the rounds, Romney spent the rest of the campaign with the equivalent of an advertising blimp over his head emblazoned with the words: “I represent the economic elite.” Clinton has done the same thing with the cultural elite.

There are racists and homophones in the Trump camp, to be sure. Everybody’s got to be somewhere. Trump is no Puritan, however, and really couldn’t care less what sort of sex people have, or who uses what bathroom (as he made clear), or who marries whom. He built a new country club in Palm Beach two decades ago because the old ones excluded blacks and Jews. He’s no racist. He’s an obnoxious, vulgar, salesman who plays politics like a reality show. I’ve made clear that I will vote for him, not because he was my choice in the Republican field (that was Sen. Cruz), but because I believe that rule of law is a precondition for a free society. If the Clintons get a free pass for influence-peddling on the multi-hundred-million-dollar scale and for covering up illegal use of private communications for government documents, the rule of law is a joke in the United States. Even if Trump were a worse president than Clinton–which is probably not the case–I would vote for him, on this ground alone.

That’s not why Trump crushed the Republican primaries. He won because Americans are tired of an economic elite that ignores them. Americans know the game is rigged against them.

I'm not sure you can win elections just be running against "the elite."

The Democrats used to be flummoxed at how they couldn't win elections just by running against the rich and promising to raise their taxes. The answer was simple: Most Americans wanted to be rich, and thought they might become rich, and didn't want those higher taxes on them (and weren't sure it was fair in any case).

If I had to guess, a fairly sizable amount of America considers itself part of the "elite," far more than could actually be the the elite.

Matter of fact: I'm pretty sure 90% of the elite aren't elite.

But they will answer "guilty" to that charge, if you accuse them.

Below, Trump's new ad on the subject.



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