A Perfect Storm

This election was a perfect storm. No one could have seen it coming.

If Hillary Clinton wasn’t a status quo professional politician and creature of the Washington establishment, if she wasn’t an anti-reform candidate competing against a reform candidate when the American public was demanding reform, if she didn’t have her negative political record, if she didn’t have a history of deceit and manipulation, if there was no pay-to-play Clinton Foundation…

If the Democratic Party hadn’t lost all moral high ground and credibility, if there wasn’t corruption and cronyism in the DNC, if there wasn’t collusion with the MSM, if there was no private server, if there were no leaked emails and transcripts, if there was no FBI investigations, if there wasn’t so much hiding and destruction of evidence, if there was no strong proof of her guilt and criminality, if she hadn’t stated clear intent in her private correspondence…

If there was no Great Recession, if there was no Occupy and Tea Party, if there was no neoliberal corporatism and crony capitalism, if there was no revolving door politics, if there were no bank bailouts and corporate subsidies, if there were no tax havens for plutocrats, if there was no free trade agreement, if there were no factory closings and offshorings, if there was no shrinking middle class, if there were no stagnating wages, if there were no worsening mortality rates for middle aged whites, if there was no impoverished Appalachia and Rust Belt, if there weren’t decades of weakening and shrinking unions, if there was no betrayal of the working class…

If there was no mistrust of government and dislike of Congress, if there wasn’t so much political failure, if there wasn’t endless obfuscation and secrecy, if there was no neo-imperial expansionism and military adventurism, if there was no Military-Industrial Complex, if there was no War On Terror that she supported, if the wars the US has been involved in didn’t go so badly, if she wasn’t such an aggressive war hawk, if she hadn’t been so callous as Secretary of State…

If the liberal class wasn’t so disconnected and the ruling elite so clueless and political rhetoric so empty, if there wasn’t so much public anger and so much justified frustration and so much moral outrage, if all these conditions weren’t conspiring against her career aspirations and political ambitions, if American voters could have somehow been convinced that she really was a moral person and great leadership material, if everything was entirely different and we existed in a Bizarro America…

What I’m trying to say is that… if only a few minor issues were slightly tweaked, if the situation had been just a tad better, if so many inconvenient things hadn’t happened, if the stars had been aligned, etc etc…. if this, that, and a thousand other things…

Then Hillary Clinton might have won the election.

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