It’s just a little paragraph in this great big piece at the Politico, but it tells you so much about just how screwed up Hillary Clinton’s campaign was and how poorly it was run: Thinking Trump would win the popular vote while losing the electoral vote (which, as you’ll recall, is the exact opposite of what happened), Brazile’s strategy at the DNC was to move money to places like… New Orleans.
But there also were millions approved for transfer from Clinton’s campaign for use by the DNC — which, under a plan devised by Brazile to drum up urban turnout out of fear that Trump would win the popular vote while losing the electoral vote, got dumped into Chicago and New Orleans, far from anywhere that would have made a difference in the election.
Louisiana was deep, deep red by this point, and anything that could be salvaged in New Orleans wouldn’t have made a lick of difference. You see, you can’t run up the score in the popular vote in a state where black voter turnout hovers in the 40 percent rage in a good year.
Brazile is a smart woman. You don’t get where she is by being dumb. She is a Louisiana native (and has a killer gumbo recipe, I’ve heard), so yeah, maybe she’s partial to Louisiana. Still, you would have to think that the places where Clinton was hardest hit – the places with all the blue collar workers – would have been a wiser investment.
But, you would be wrong. The Democrats, you see, made an error in their calculations. Robby Mook, the Democrat wunderkind who ran Clinton’s operations, had blinders on and only saw the disgruntled American youth as the means for victory. So, when the job with them was seemingly done, there was some money just laying around, and it was sent to places like Louisiana. There was one person, and one person only, who saw this as a bad idea, and was actually working to turn the campaign around on it: Bill Clinton.
Bill knew you couldn’t win with young voters. He, being a man who knew the American voter, saw Donald Trump and realized the working class, those who had been hit hardest by the past ten years and those who were fed up with Washington, were the voters that needed to be reached.
Brazile did not listen. Mook did not listen. Mook and his cohorts were actively trying to get Bill to stay on script and not try to appeal to those voters. They were calling him senile and out of touch.
So, money got sent to Louisiana instead of to Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and other areas where Hillary could have perhaps won some of her support back. I mean, it kept Clinton from getting elected and got money spent in Louisiana, so thanks y’all… but still.
Is it any wonder they were destroyed nationwide?