According to these guys, something kind of surprising…and no, nothing to do with pizza parlors and secret back rooms. Something much more mundane, and most likely the real reason the US election went up Shit Creek:
Here’s the meat of the story, courtesy of The Hill:
Vice President Biden believes Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election in part because she never figured why she was running for the nation’s highest office.
“I don’t think she ever really figured it out,” Biden told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Thursday. “And by the way, I think it was really hard for her to decide to run.”
As evidence, the vice president pointed to similar concerns raised privately by Clinton allies in hacked emails that were published by WikiLeaks in the midst of the campaign.
“She thought she had no choice but to run,” he said. “That, as the first woman who had an opportunity to win the presidency, I think it was a real burden on her.”
But Biden said he had a sneaking feeling that Donald Trump could pull off a victory by the way he energized crowds in white, working-class areas, like near Biden’s birthplace of Scranton, Pa.
“Son of a gun. We may lose this election,” Biden recalled thinking. “They’re all the people I grew up with. They’re their kids. And they’re not racist. They’re not sexist. But we didn’t talk to them.”
He said the Democratic Party as a whole suffered because “we were not letting an awful lot of people — high school-educated, mostly Caucasian, but also people of color — know that we understood their problems.”
There is “a bit of elitism that’s crept in” to party thinking, he said.
That, plus the elephant in the living room: the massive popular appeal of Bernie Sanders, who DID energize the grassroots, and who got shafted in another way by DNC elitism, namely the machinations of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Democratic superdelegates (who could not be more of an unfairly advantaged elite if they tried). The media’s collusion against him was another factor, and an underreported one (for obvious reasons).
There’s an important lesson to be gleaned from all this: If you don’t stand for something, people who will fall for anything will vote against you, and people who matter will sit this one out. And they will, collectively, fuck your country’s shit up.