It’s that perfect point in time to savor, a moment frozen in crystal before the outcomes click into place. The last sunny fall day of safe normality. It’s the moment just as people begin to grasp the new reality.
What has been increasingly strident contempt and dismissal has finally given way to open panic and desperation.
Perhaps many thought the fall of Hillary would somehow go unnoticed but I’ve watched her polls plummet a half point per day since 9/11 and the videos have racked up millions of views.
Even going with the kindest, most official accounts, it’s lose/lose for her. She’s already admitted she’s lied about her health claims of “overheating” and “allergies” only after being left with no avenue to evade. Everyone knows the coverup would have been successful if not for a private citizen or two with smartphones. If it was contagious pneumonia all along why was she out shaking hands and hugging kids? In even the best possible case for her, ignoring everything else, she’s still a compulsive liar who has no qualms about getting other people sick to further her aims. Appearing weak at the memorial of a time Americans craved strong leadership, the abject humiliation of being dragged around by mere peasant guards like a sack of potatoes, remains devastating.
That’s before we even consider anything else. Let’s for a moment still put aside all the theories of her long term maladies and simplify this. The fact is she spent all of August with low key campaign events, her only rallies being tightly controlled and scripted with small audiences.
Once her lead started to melt with her near absence of campaigning it became less and less plausible she was just letting the clock run out.
Tellingly, she only surfaced into sight for major holidays and memorials when she absolutely had to and still struggled with the best medicine in the world to prop her up. Even the bare minimum was too much. She was like a whale followed by a whaling vessel getting speared every time she came up for breath, each harpoon with an airbladder tied to it to make staying submerged progressively more difficult.
Keeping this as simple as possible, I went to the website for each candidate to look at their scheduled events. Trump of course, is doing 3 events in 3 states per day.
Hillary had 1 more rally in North Carolina with only luncheons and other small events as far as I could tell for the rest of her campaign. Even with these, Hillary appeared to be doing less than 1 event per day while her VP, her campaign manager, and even her daughter are doing 90% of the actual campaigning. It now appears even Obama, a sitting president, is campaigning for Hillary, a presidential candidate, instead of doing his job. Now this is what desperation looks like.
9/15/2016 in Greensboro, NC was Hillary’s final test, her absolute last chance. The obvious thing she needed to do was give an hours-long speech worthy of Fidel Castro in front of a real audience. Nope. Another scripted lifeless “event” in a small auditorium that barely lasted 20 minutes. That she did not do the obvious thing leads to the inescapable conclusion that she cannot. The reason does not even matter. As of this writing there’s still about 7 days until the 1st debate. 7 endless days of a ship adrift getting pounded with relentless broadsides. Today is the day of parity with both coalitions looking each other right in the eyes before one passes the other up forever and we see just who is on the wrong side of history. As of this moment, if we add CO, IA, NE, NC, NV, OH, FL to Trump’s electoral map based newly favorable polling, he’s already won. If any of MI, VA, PA, WI, NH, OR flip before election day it starts to move into landslide territory.
By the first debate, if it even happens at this point, Trump will probably already be ahead and the delicious panic, tears, and despairing wails at a climax. The inability to campaign alone would have sunk Hillary by election day. A politician who can’t campaign is like a musician without fingers. Her “basket of deplorables” disaster, plus the 9/11 collapse are just bonus points. I have written plenty on human nature on this blog and one of the constants is that people despise weakness. It’s an instinctual directive that comes eons before mere party loyalties and let’s face it, most people just go to their day job not caring about politics and end up voting for the stronger force, whatever it may be.
In my head I get images of winning a war of attrition in Civilization 4. The enemy’s armies cluster in their cities watching helplessly as their roads, mines, and cottages get leveled back into the stone age and my coffers fill with plunder, each turn sealing their fate more tightly than the last. Brahm’s 1st Hungarian dance from the game’s soundtrack plays as the death spiral winds down, and another road gets demolished with a crisp slapping sound, their last trade route cut off.
I’ve spent happy hours on twitter, politico, huffington post, r/political discussion, r/politics savoring their screams like Lord Yabu from Sho-Gun. Actually, their jedi backflips of rationalization and denial might be even better. “But FDR hid an illness too!” “But HW Bush threw up!” “But Romney in 2012!” The very best treat was the comments on New York Times opinion pieces. Lots of snobby upper middle class douchebags who have enough smarts and education to understand the social order they knew is collapsing and what it means for them. As much as I like tantrums fueled by pure emotion, it’s more delicious still to witness the paroxysms of those who lucidly perceive impending apocalypse.
As for Hillary, the situation remains indescribably poetic. She is at the end of her life watching her world begin to fall apart all around her. The beautiful irony is that most of it was her own making. At this very moment, Europe is slipping away to the right largely because of the human waves sent over by her disastrous bungling in the Middle East and North Africa. Her selfishness in running while sick is about to destroy her party’s credibility with everything it’s worked for soon to be dismantled by her rival. In the end, she’s been the best friend ever to radicals who would have passed their days skulking in the shadows if not for her. Images from great revenge stories pop into my head. I think of Titus Andronicus—truly in the end, she’s being fed her own children baked into a pie. I think of the Punisher movie with evil Travolta told “Made you kill your wife. Made you kill your best friend” before he’s dragged behind a car through a lot full of exploding cars.
One final set of images: Back in the primary I always envisioned Trump’s rivals having this moment, especially Jeb. In underwater movies, it’s the cracks that appear in the window before the cockpit implodes from water pressure(The Abyss provides a great example). In space operas, it’s the sparks and shit that fly around, giving the pilot a warning they’re about to blow up. The character gets those last couple of seconds to have a horrific realization and flail around impotently—that’s Hillary and her supporters at this moment.
When the black swans come, they come in flocks. Less than 2 weeks ago, I wrote about Trump being behind but figured he would steadily close the gap with the race decided by the debates. This is pretty much what was happening…
Then came labor day: 5 minutes of uncontrollable coughing that prevented her from even getting through a 20 minute speech followed by more fits later that day. It was the same strange-sounding heaving-hacking she’d had since January! This was it, I was finally completely convinced that something was seriously wrong with her. She had weeks to rest and still couldn’t get through a single small campaign event. It had been plausible that she was trying to ride out the clock for an easy win, but with just 2 months left and no longer with a large lead there was no reasonable explanation for a presidential candidate not to be constantly campaigning.
From what I read the candidates’ forum seemed to go off without too much trouble so I figured they’d be able to get her through until the debates. Then in less than 24 hours everything completely blows up.
First her idiotic and bizarre comments about a “basket of deplorables.” This alone was immediately hailed as her 47% moment and could easily have cost her the election on its own. Not attacking the voters is politics 101. Trump screwed up bad enough when he picked fights with a few voters, she had to go after millions, no doubt causing many of them to wonder if they’d have bullseyes painted on them if she won. Everything down to her awkward word choice and the goofy imagery it conjured up made it a perfect disaster for her.
Then to my amazement it slipped irretrievably out of control the very next morning. The moment I saw the first rumor that she had passed out in public on 9/11 at ground zero I thought “If this is true and on camera, it’s over.” It was even more than true. She doesn’t just pass out. After being propped up like a corpse against a concrete pillar and held up by an aide she has a violent seizure that nearly faceplants her on the ground despite 3-4 people trying to catch her. And then they fling her in the back of a car by her upper arms like a sack of potatoes as if she were an inmate or a mental patient. You can’t unsee it, Hillary’s career is finished. Her appearance of having to be propped up like a marionette by a ventriloquist cruelly parodies the view many already have of her as a corporate puppet. Once seen to be a mental and physical invalid tossed around by handlers like a piece of baggage there’s no way she gets to be a world leader. The time, place, and circumstances are so poetic and contrived that if a novelist had written it I’d have scoffed. Watching the video you can even hear a wail of despair and impotent fury as the all powerful Hillary gets tossed in the back seat by her stoic guards and hauled away to ignominy and disgrace.
It’s now becoming clear she knows she’s been ill for a very long time. There’s no fault in being ill in itself but the world must finally see that she was willing to risk the nation(and every other nation), risk destroying her own party, blatantly disregard her family’s needs(she is a mother and grandmother), and waste hundreds of millions of dollars of her donors’ money to get her hands on more power. She was willing to endanger everyone by lying about her health while literally dying to pursue even more greed. This confirms and exposes once and for all that she really is a raging sociopath devoid of remorse or care. It’s completely indefensible—I can only hope she once had some strength of character that her senility has since undermined. I’ve been surfing lots of different websites and even on the Huffington Post and r/politics they are forced to admit there’s a huge problem and that this may be over. When even they’re concerned you know it’s for real. Still lots of denialists mouthing excuses but one by one, they are facing the truth.
It only remains to be seen if the likes of a Tim Kaine, Joe Biden, or maybe even a post-sellout Bernie Sanders could even begin to run a campaign with hardly any time left. Actually, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if one of them, despite the stringent constraints they’d face could do a better job than she did, but chances are the ensuing chaos makes this an easy win for Trump. I expect Hillary will remain holed up in her New York State mansion and a few friendly zones most of the time. After this, I can’t imagine Chelsea would even let her continue to go far if she has any say. She will be a candidate in name only for some days I suspect until the democratic party somehow forces her to resign or finds a way to circumvent her. Or at least that’s what they should do if they have any sense. With the debates coming soon, the longer they wait, the worse it gets for them. There was already a scandal over the DNC rigging the primaries and now we can reason some of them must have known Hillary was struggling. Taken together, these discoveries could end up completely discrediting the party leadership.
Today was also a disaster for the mainstream media. For hours, networks like CNN and the New York Times contorted any way they could to downplay or ignore the collapse. When the video went viral and foreign journals gleefully picked up the story they could no longer ignore it. They finally posted the video but wrote articles that downplayed the content as much as they could in a pathetic attempt at damage control. Of course, comments were not allowed. After this clumsily attempted cover-up, they slide a bit further towards irrelevance. When even casual bloggers, people with their smartphones, and foreign news sources can scoop them and give a less slanted account of events, why does anyone still care?
The establishment as we knew it will never recover from this. They seemed immovable and all-powerful, the thought police who could blacklist and ostracize us for disagreeing with them. Their ‘inevitable’ candidate was their ultimate idol and goddess across decades finally come forth to fulfill their entire kingdom on earth. Now it’s the Wizard of Oz in real life. Behind the curtain, there was only a sick and frail old woman.
Comment: Again, she must repent. Hell is eternal.