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“He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”

Or he doesn’t think it will affect him personally. He’s probably wrong about that.

I’ve gotten emails and twitters from friends who are shaken and sad about what just happened. I feel the same. So I am in the process of setting up a podcast to talk about it. I kept putting it off during the campaign but now, I think we need it. More details to follow.

In the meantime, if the shock is wearing off, use the comment thread to vent. We have a right to be angry. Who do you think bears the most responsibility for this failure?

I’m holding the press as the number 1 culprit. Coverage of this election was too long, too shallow and too driven towards profit over civic responsibilty.

But pick your favorite unhelpful entity.


The Edge of the Knife

Tolkien’s words of wisdom: 

Despair, or folly?’ said Gandalf. ‘It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not. It is wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope. Well, let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy! For he is very wise, and weighs all things to a nicety in the scales of his malice. But the only measure that he knows is desire, desire for power; and so he judges all hearts. Into his heart the thought will not enter that any will refuse it, that having the Ring we may seek to destroy it. If we seek this, we shall put him out of reckoning.’ 

‘At least for a while,’ said Elrond. ‘The road must be trod, but it will be very hard. And neither strenght nor wisdom will carry us far upon it. This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.

Rage won.

This is what I think sealed her fate:

The real coup happened 8 years ago when the finance industry decided to save itself and threw all of its weight behind a very weak Democratic candidate. The recession was too long, the stimulus too little, the ACA too expensive and stingy for many people. Obama compromised too much, accommodated the Republicans too often. It was by design.

Often, when the Obamas and Clintons were campaigning together, I thought it might be a mistake. Yeah, he’s got a certain cool. Michelle is eloquent. But they tied themselves at the hip.

You can really dislike the Obama years without being a racist. A Bernie person was allowed to do this. The Bernie people were right about so many things. I spoke to many when I canvassed during the primaries and knew exactly where they were coming from. I was speaking to the middle class voters who were scared to death of losing their jobs, futures, everything in the next financial market catastrophe. They were sick to death of how corporate America treated them as disposable objects. I just didn’t think Bernie could win. I still don’t think he could have won. If he’d been nominated, the media would have eviscerated him.

Two weeks ago, we were looking at a Hillary landslide. She was well on her way to capturing everything. She adopted Bernie’s platform. That didn’t sink her. She debated brilliantly. She was a tireless campaigner.

She did everything right.

But she couldn’t overcome the anger of the Great Recession when not even one banker went to jail.

And now, not one ever will.

Her best shot was 2008. It was ripped away from her.

Rage won.

Vote for Hillary Rodham for President 

I think Sam Bee read one of my posts. I’m all verklempt, for many reasons.

And, Sam? If you’re reading this? Send coffee. This staging location is going to be busy today working its ass off so you don’t have to go back to Canada.

Let’s Roar.

And while we’re at it, let’s turn the Senate blue. Let’s elect Katie McGinty as Senator from Pennsylvania and kick Pat Toomey to the curb.

Bonus: Katie was a chemist before she went to law school. Woooot! Go Geeks!

Update:  We are getting reports from volunteers that have already voted that turnout is very high. One of our canvassers said he arrived at his church, waited about 15 minutes because there were about 50 people ahead of him. When he came out, 200 people had arrived and the church was opening up a second parking lot to handle the overflow. The poll worker said in 30 years, she’d never seen anything like it so early in the morning.

If you want to follow Pennsylvania today, check out our twitter feed at @HillaryforPA


Eve of History #imwithher

She will be the first woman in the Oval Office. She is a lionheart. She’ll never stop, never give up.

If we win the senate tomorrow, we get a reboot.  We’ve been in a state of inertia for too long. The world has moved on. Time to catch up.

What are your thoughts on the Eve of History?

Do you have a plan to vote? Have we made contact with you?  Kip, Tammy, Beth, Matt, Chris and Alex have canvassed today and are still knocking on doors.

If we haven’t made contact, you can find your polling place at IWillVote.com. 

If you’re in Pennsylvania, the polls open at 7:00am and close at 8pm. If you’re in line at 8pm, you will be able to vote. If you’re in Philly and you can’t get to your polling place due to the SEPTA strike, you can get a free or reduced price ride from Uber or Lyft. Go to MyRideToVote.com.

GOTV Day 2: What enthusiasm gap?

cvylzyiueaezkwtI’m not sure what journalists are referring to when they say that there is an enthusiasm problem for Hillary. I’m not seeing it.

I’ve had a lot of canvassers through my house in the last couple of days. My rug will need to be cleaned. Yesterday, a group of three Bernie supporters showed up and have been kicking ass for two days now. They’re coming back tomorrow. Swoon. They say they know that if we win back the Senate, Bernie will become one of the most powerful politicians in country.

Yes, there are a lot of Trump people in this part of the state. But we also have a lot of Democrats and Pittsburgh gave up being a steel town in about 1985. There are only a few mills left. Now, this city is diverse, a center for robotics and transplant medicine. It’s a shame that some people got left behind. It’s not their fault. But that doesn’t mean that Pittsburgh has been meh about Hillary.

Ok, a volunteer just returned with a flyer from Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance AFL-CIO that was left at a house he was canvassing. That’s weird. I keep picturing factory workers in American Samoa. It’s a long way to come for GOTV but yeah, Go American Samoa. (Someone from AFL- CIO should correct me on this.)

Yesterday, I was following a canvasser from Planned Parenthood. It was along a long stretch of curvy road with no sidewalk. At dusk. I love Hillary but not enough to die for a turf. But the Planned Parenthood canvasser was leaving pink doorhangers ahead of me so I had to leave Hillary Election Alert stickies. Damn the intrepid PP girl. It’s the competition that will kill me.

Volunteers are bringing a lot of snacks. I’ve eaten too much. And I have a tower of bottled water. I get up at 6am and work without a break until about 9:30pm. I can’t stay up past 9:30pm. I’m sorry, I just can’t.

I learned about Comey’s statement today after it had been out for an hour. It’s so unlike me to be the last to know.

Please let this campaign be over soon.


Fideos #Imwithher

Not to be missed videos today. 

First up, Seth Meyer’s Closer Look from last night features a Hillary vs Trump comparison that should be shared with all your undecided relatives. Fast forward to the 6:15 mark: 

Louis CK tells Conan O’Brien voters fall into categories and that he’s voting for Hillary because “she’s a mother”. 

Finally, mother raises her voice. More of this please:

I’m with her. The dark, malevolent vision of Trump has to go. 

Let there be light.