Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty

Nov. 18, 2016

By Marc Platt

Economic Populism was the magic bean this cycle. The Democrats did not know how to talk about it. Donald J. Trump knew how to do it and exploited 16 other GOP candidates and then won the big enchilada.

Rust Belt Reagan Democrats who have long felt abandoned by both parties voted for Trump this time. It is their gamble and we will see if it bears financial security in depressed areas that have lost factories. The jobs will not be returning, but Trump has an opportunity to get companies to go to these midwest towns and start the process with infrastructure spending. 

Trump will have to wheel and deal with the best-chance GOP-run congress maybe ever. 

Once again, it is the message that won over. "What do you have to lose?" Remember when Trump would declare that over and over again? Apparently people were listening to this bloviating rich guy in a baseball cap. 

This message won out. Hillary Clinton took a "We have to protect everything we gained" and Trump had the more-successful "They took it away and I can fix it" attitude and THAT is what depressed people want to hear. They want someone to say "I will take care of you. I know how to do it" and just enough people took that message and ignored every character defect this man has to pin all their hopes and dreams on these promises.

For get the "Wall," "Muslim Ban" and "They want your guns" bullshit. Those were the appetizer for the main course..."I will bring your jobs back." THAT my friends won Donald Trump this election. 

When he declared "I build stuff...I know how to do this...I, alone can fix it," he cemented within the long-forgotten underbelly of America who HAVE been forgotten, who HAVE been screwed over by government.

I didn't get it at all, but it dawned on me watching the election returns that politicians are basically businessmen and women whose job is screwing over people to protect their own interests and their consituints.

When a guy like Barack Obama comes along (once in a lifetime) and actually wants to do big things and proceeds to DO some big things, it makes the elected folk a little uneasy. He did the big things by ramming stuff through without their help.

This brings me to Ohio Representative Tim Ryan (Ohio) who is trying to take the Democratic caucus away from 76-year-old Nancy Pelosi. Ryan is and has always been a Democratic Polulist that no one paid attention to...UNTIL NOW. He is a Democrat who will be THE leader of this party at some point. He may not have enough political capitol to wrest the party away from her now, but you should keep an eye on this guy.

Tim Ryan may be the guy in 4 years the Democrats run in the top spot.

Nov. 15, 2016

By Marc Platt

You can say all the right (or left) things and people will love what you are saying, but hate YOU for being the one to say it.

Barack Obama modeled his Affordable Care Act on Romney Care and Republican think tank programs that were developed more than a generation ago. If the GOP had occupied the White House and had both houses in 2009, THEY may have been the ones to enact this legislation.

Romney could have easily campaigned on the issue in 2012. In fact, he likely planned on doing so. The fact that he got that legislation passed in Massachussetts during his tenure as governor leads us to believe that he would have been the one to do the ACA. The GOP hated Obama so much that the fact that he would do anything that could be a political feather in his cap made health care a "No Go" in their minds.

Immigration is a very volatile subject world wide. In Germany, England and France it is a controversial political football. Those governments have a lot of terrorism, as we do in America that makes it easy to blame all the problems of terror on immigrants. That is a naive way of thinking. Some of the right wing politicians who do the "Immigrant Shaming" are reviled by moderate-thinking citizens, but are secretly followed by a great many uneducated people.

In America, Donald Trump screamed the loudest and awoke the sleeping bear electorate in the rural areas of the country who got him over the top in the electoral college that he once tweeted was "a distaster" (November, 2012).

There are a lot of Americans willing to overlook Trump's many moral defects and trumpet his bluster. Politically, it will be very difficult for him to "legislate" his campaign promises like "Lock Her up" refering to his vanquished opponent Hillary Clinton. Right after the election Trump called the Clintons "...good people." (60 Minutes 11/13/16)

There are many people in America on the left and the right who love the prospect of Trump finally fixing our badly desparate infrastructure problems. Trump is a builder who excels at building structures. If he could actually move his Republican elected congress to enact these ideas by fixing roads, bridges and public schools, he would actually have a legacy whenever he does leave office. In this case, they love Trump, the messenger.

One last subject. The far left and the far right are equally responsible for the divided politics in our country. This is not a one way street.

I have been just as guilty as anyone in not listening to the disenfranchised rural Americans who have been left behind. Hillary Clinton missed the boat on this issue and now she is out in the dark, despite winning the popular vote. IN America, the wannabe president must now embrace ALL Americans. That is where we are in 2017 politics.

Nov. 7, 2016

By Marc Platt

This should have been a "Change Election" cycle. The Republicans almost always win Presidential elections in a change year, but what if you have a "candidate" who really doesn't want the job?

That is certainly the case here with Donald J. Trump, a businessman who has zero public service. 

This is not one of those demeaning pieces I have written in the past about this man. I really want to simply explain why America will go with the most establishment candidate ever in a year and cycle that would normally go to the opposing party.


When a "populist" candidate uses old school racist buzzwords and displays no respect for all the minority voters necessary to secure 270 electoral votes, you always lose. You cannot call Mexicans "rapists" on day one and expect them to vote for you. George W. Bush was able to secure 43% of the Latin vote in 2004 and he barely won a very close election to John Kerry. Trump has 20% of the Latin vote in 2016. That is a loser. That is a "No chance" proposition. Trump has repeatedly doubled down on his "Wall."

Trump also demeaned Muslims, Asians and disabled people. These are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters of someone who votes.

You cannot win elections with only older, uneducated disenfranchised rust belt voters. There are simply not enough of that dying demographic to win.

It is math and reality.

Hillary Clinton is a woman. In the end, women voters have come home to her gender. Clinton has embraced the Obama voting coalition who will help, but in the end it was a man who yelled and screamed, made headlines, sold a lot of Corn Flakes for the TV networks who made the news, but delivered the White House with a cherry on top to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

We are back to where we started at the beginning of the election. It would have been interesting to see what kind of campaign HRC would have run against Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio. They both have huge Latin connections. This would have been a far different race.

We end up where we began. Two celebrities who have been center stage for 30 years. Trump is a man who had no coalition and had to stitch one together out of anger. Hillary Clinton has a coalition, but was dragged far to the left and then in the mud by Trump.

She will have to repair her image by her service as the 45th POTUS. She certainly has been able to work with Republicans in the past. Time will only tell if she can govern a nation that is so divided after an election cycle like no other we have ever seen.

Stay tuned.

Nov. 5, 2016
By Marc Platt
"Badges, badges. We don't need no stinkin' badges"
(Mel Brooks 'Blazing Saddles')
I told you I would explain just what has happened to the American political system in simple terms.
It really is quite simple, if you think about it. Hillary Clinton tried to explain it with her "Half of Trump's supporters are deplorable" comment. She nailed it. HALF of his coalition is deplorable. The other half are good people (I assume).
Day one, the table was set when The Donald called Mexicans "rapists" and "bad people" to highlight his assertion that immigrants are to blame for all of our problems.
That sounds like Hitler blaming the Jews in 1933 in Germany. It is no secret that Trump admires dictators. He reads all their biographies and uses elements of their success/failures to gin up his base.
Let me use a sports analogy to try and explain a little more. If female candidate Hillary Clinton were the Chicago Cubs who finally had a chance after 100 years to break through with most of the women and a great part of the country rooting for her to win, this is more understandable. Trump is like the Cleveland Indians and their relatively unknown big bats who crush their opponents. Baseball fans I am not demeaning your teams here. I am making a point about tradition versus strength.
Our tradition is a long list of white men and one black man becoming US President. Now we have a woman knocking on the door. Donald Trump found a way to make this about criminality and a group of disenfranchised voters who he has exploited, knowing full well he didn't even want the job.
Poll watching is a no no. Using the FBI as a politically partisan entity is a big no no and engaging the Russians to get involved in an American election is disgraceful. Let us see if our government cleans up all the corruption after the election.
It really is quite simple, but we never make anything easy in America. Do we?
Oct. 26, 2016

By Marc Platt

Listening to pundits criticizing how Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) gives speeches in these last two weeks really shows short-sided thinking. The "Message" HRC surrogates is delivering ALSO contains "Messages" for the down ballot races. Warren is expertly making a case for a Democratic senate and congress, as well as state legislatures. President Obama has done hundreds of ads for local, state and national candidates. HRC and her campaign are doing 40+ fundraisers not for HER campaign, but for these other races. Trump stopped doing any RNC fundraisers a week ago.

So when I hear this bullshit about Mr. Trump and his "Movement" I laugh. It is Hillary Clinton and her army of surrogates who are creating the real movement. The movement away from GOP congressional and state legislative hijacking of women's reproductive policies, religious terrorism (policies), LGBT rights.

Our country really has "MOVED" in a different direction since President Obama took office. Depending on your political leanings, that direction is good or bad.

This election is a mandate for the direction of the country at it appears by the poll numbers, people are pretty happy, despite the partisan yelping.