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Lots of narratives have been going around about why Hillary lost. Most are placing the blame directly on the candidate herself, ignoring a few key points:

1. Hillary won the popular vote by 3 million votes. Yes. 3 million. To minimize this or not take it into consideration proves you are bias in your analysis of why Hillary lost. You don’t win the popular vote by 3 million if you are a truly bad candidate (Hillary also won every single debate). And for historical reference, Al Gore only won the popular vote by 500,000. Hillary won it by 3 million. 3 million votes is no small feat. You cannot ignore this fact if you want an un-bias analysis of why Hillary lost the election. The last two Republican Presidents lost the popular vote!

Also – both popular vote winners Al Gore and Hillary Clinton were hurt by progressives (Nader and Bernie) who got too comfortable after 8 years of a Democrat in the White House. Our side seems to shoot itself in the foot after 8 years in power. As we learned yet again – every vote counts, especially in the swing states. Because guess what? You can win the popular vote and still lose the election due to the electoral college. Progressives blew it big time for the second time in 20 years and hurt our popular vote winners Al Gore and Hillary Clinton. A cumulative 3.5 million more votes for the Democrats!

2. In U.S. politics, one party usually has power over the White House for only 8 years. Very rarely does a party hold onto the White House longer than 8 years. The last time was when Bush Senior won after Ronald Reagan, but then he quickly lost re-election to Bill Clinton. Democrat Al Gore couldn’t even win after Clinton left us with a surplus and booming economy. This usually happens because the side that isn’t in power tends to rise up, while the side that occupies the White House gets lazy and complicit. From a historical perspective, America was already headed towards a Republican Administration in 2016. Combine that with the racist backlash to Obama, and Trump exploiting the rise of worldwide racist nationalism, it’s no wonder their base turned out and ours didn’t. Remember – under Obama, the Democrats have lost 900 legislative seats nationwide and most of the Governorships and state legislatures, too (in addition to the White House and U.S. Congress). The backlash to Obama has been strong and was bound to hurt us in 2016. Point is – in American politics, very rarely does the same party occupy the White House for more than two-terms. This especially holds true when you combine that with racism and the rise of nationalism working against the first African American President. Conservatives were out for blood after 8 years of Obama, while our side shot itself in the foot by allowing Bernie to run as a Democrat (Nader all over again).

3. Just as in the United Kingdom (Brexit), there has been a worldwide resurgence in a nationalistic white working-class. Trump exploited this in a way Bernie Sanders never could have. Why? Because nationalism is being used to scapegoat immigrants and minorities. The 2016 election truly was an election about which party was going to turn out their base (whites vs. minorities). That’s why Hillary spent her time trying to convince us of the dangers a Trump Presidency posed to minorities. And if we had voted in levels similar to 2008, our base would have triumphed. But a core part of our base was missing – young voters that showed up for Obama but not Hillary. Why? Bernie fucking Sanders. Most of the “Bernie-or-Bust” voters I knew were young male progressives who puked at the thought of ever voting for Hillary. They even called Bernie a “sell-out” when he half-heartedly campaigned for her. What a shame. Because in the face of Brexit, every vote counted. Remember – Trump only won the swing states by a total of 80,000. How many “Bernie-or-Busters” were in the swing states? Seriously – never underestimate angry white men showing up at the polls (Brexit and Trump). Our side is much harder to turn out. That’s why every vote counted. And yes… I’m looking at you, college students!

4. Comey. The momentum the 3rd debate victory produced was lost after the Comey letter. The 3rd debate was the debate where “Nasty Woman” was coined. The closet thing the Hillary campaign came to naturally produced momentum. And it (luckily) came near the end of the election in the final stretch. Hillary was riding high after the 3rd debate domination – 11% polling lead. Everyone thought she was going to win and Nate Silver gave her over a 90% chance of winning. But then came the Comey letter. 

His letter also came after the release of Trump’s “pussy grabber” tape. The media narrative switched from “pussy grabber” to “FBI re-opens Clinton E-mail Probe.” The headlines became anti-Clinton rather than anti-Trump. And in American culture, media momentum is huge. That’s why they call it an “October Surprise.” Late deciding voters heavily broke for Trump due to the Comey letter and that’s what made the difference. 

Hillary ordered a complete analysis of the election and the Comey letter was the only new variable from her 11-point polling bump after the 3rd debate to election day. “Pussy grabber” was old news. “E-mails” became front and center yet again. This is why there is currently an independent review of Comey’s actions as we speak. Official protocol says to never release anything about a case if it may sway an election. Why? Because it might turn out to be false. Just like what happened. Comey ultimately retracted the letter in the final hours of the election, but the damage had already been done. Hillary was finished. Her 11-point debate lead – gone. That’s why there is currently an official investigation into Comey breaking official protocol and swaying the election in Trump’s favor. Once this investigation is complete, I’m sure you’ll be hearing from the Clintons.

5. Sexism. The 2016 election proved a far more qualified woman can still lose to a far less qualified man. Actually, Hillary was the most qualified person (man or woman) to ever run for the Presidency. Any man with Hillary’s accomplishments and qualifications never would have lost. It wouldn’t have even been close. Period.

6. Russian interference. We’ll never know exactly how much Russia swayed the election, but the influx of “fake news” targeting Hillary Clinton definitely had an impact on her public perception, especially in regards to her “trustworthiness.” Putin had a vendetta against Hillary because he held her responsible for the protests he faced after his re-election. He also thought Hillary would be far more aggressive and effective than Obama. He’d rather have a puppet and buffoon as President (Trump) than the brilliant Hillary Rodham Clinton.

7. The media. Hillary’s e-mails were made to seem just as bad as the millions of horrific things Trump did over the course of his 4-times bankrupt career. The false equivalence was mind-boggling. In the pursuit of trying to appear “un-bias” by saying both sides were equally corrupt, they ended up being bias against Hillary and helping Trump win the Presidency. The actual un-bias viewpoint is that nothing Hillary has done is anywhere near the level of deplorable things Trump has done. But the media made Hillary seem just as bad as Trump in order to give the impression that they were being “objective.” 

I truly hope the media did some soul-searching after the 2016 election. Tearing down Hillary and glorifying Trump – giving rise to his “cult-of-personality” has really bitten you in the ass, hasn’t it? Now you have at minimum 4 years of covering a manipulative propaganda artist con-man who just likes to play head games. Have fun!!

8. Republican witch-hunts. Republicans abused their power, which led to 8 separate Benghazi investigations. More investigations than Pearl Harbor, the JFK assassination, and 9/11. Yet Hillary was never found of any wrongdoing and came out victorious after her triumphant 11-hour Benghazi testimony. Unfortunately, after so many fake “scandals,” Hillary’s image had been damaged. Which was the entire point of these fake scandals – even if Hillary isn’t guilty, we can still accuse her of corruption and plant seeds of doubt. But rather than viewing the Republicans as the corrupt ones, manufacturing fake Clinton scandals and wasting tax-payer money, many Americans drank the Clinton hate kool-aid (even progressives).

All of these factors led to the “perfect storm.” Which is why we needed every single vote in every single state. Yet Hillary still managed to win the popular vote by 3 million despite Russian interference, Bernie mania, multiple witch-hunts by Republicans, 11-hour Benghazi testimony, sexism, a media hell bent on false equivalency, a rise in worldwide racist nationalism, one party historically only occupying the White House for 8 years, and the devastating Comey letter. 

3 million more votes. Despite it all. A majority of Americans agree with our vision and our values. By the millions. And that’s not even taking into consideration ID laws and voter suppression of minorities, which greatly decreased the amount we won by.

“But, you know, then at the end, we had the Russians and the FBI deal. She couldn’t prevail against that. She did everything else and still won by 2.8 million votes.

The finest vote counter in America is Nate Silver. He told you what costed the election.” ~President Bill Clinton

A political icon and legend. Was going for round 3 in the White House. And we all know she ran it the first two times.

ik “sandy dumb as shit but She Got Cake” isn’t a very frequently referenced tumblr thing, and it’s not even part of the most popular reblog chain for the post it’s added to, but as far as i’m concerned it’s the most iconic thing anyone’s ever said on this website


“If the election were on October 27, I’d be your President.“ ~Hillary Rodham Clinton

Clinton, referring to the 28 October letter Mr. Comey sent to Congressional leaders saying the FBI would continue investigating whether Clinton sent additional classified emails from a private e-mail server while she was Secretary of State.

She said she “was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian Wikileaks raised doubts.”

Biggest “October Surprise” of all-time. Everyone thought Hillary was headed for victory because guess what? She was! The Comey letter switched it from “pussy grabber” back to “e-mails!”

Hillary is right. If the election had been held on October 27th, she would have won.

“She fought through everything, and she prevailed against it all. But, you know, then at the end, we had the Russians and the FBI deal. But she couldn’t prevail against that. She did everything else and still won by 2.8 million votes.

The finest vote counter in America is Nate Silver. He told you what costed the election.” ~President Bill Clinton

Scalise Shot by Assailant at Congressional Baseball Practice

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot Wednesday morning at congressional baseball practice in Del Ray, Virginia, and at least four others were also injured, according to a lawmaker who was at the practice. Alexandria police said on Twitter a suspect was in custody.

Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama said on CNN that he and other lawmakers tried to apply a tourniquet with his belt for one injured person to try and stop the bleeding.

“There must have been 50, 100 shots fired,” Brooks said.

Brooks said Capitol security forces were firing back with pistols at the shooter until the shooter was tackled to the ground.

The House Republican baseball team has been practicing in recent weeks in early mornings at the Alexandria site for Thursday annual congressional baseball game.

Scalise has been a avid participant in the game since arriving in Congress. 

He is the third-ranking House Republican as whip, the chief vote counter in the Republican conference.

Brad Wenstrup, a Republican congressman who served as a military surgeon in Iraq, attended to Scalise after the shooter was down, Brooks said on CNN.

Brooks said the assailant “was trying to take out our security detail” before he turned to lawmakers.

Representative Ron DeSantis, a Florida Republican, left a few minutes before the shooting but told Fox News that a man walked up and asked if Republicans or Democrats were out on the field. He wasn’t carrying anything, DeSantis said.

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“The encounter I had in the parking lot was very, very strange,” DeSantis said, although it is unclear whether the person was the assailant.

Senator Rand Paul told MSNBC that he was in the batting cage when he first heard one isolated shot and then a rapid succession of shots. He saw Scalise dragging himself to the outfield.

Paul also said that the security detail was present because Scalise is in a leadership position in Congress. Otherwise there wouldn’t have been any officers present.

The House Democrats meanwhile were at their own, separate practice and prayed for their colleagues on the field, per a Tweet from Representative Ruben Kihuen.

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The Justice Department is officially investigating James Comey’s actions during the 2016 election, namely releasing a false and partisan public letter to Congress 11 days prior to the election. The letter was ultimately retracted before voters went to the polls on election day, but the damage had already been done. Hillary was no longer up 7-10 points nationally and her momentum was crushed. Trump supporters were energized and Clinton voters were demoralized.

Hopefully justice is served. Comey’s actions were outrageous and swung the election in Trump’s favor – late deciding voters broke heavily for Trump due to Comey’s unprecedented letter.

Go Justice Department Go!!

“But, you know, then at the end, we had the Russians and the FBI deal. She couldn’t prevail against that. She did everything else and still won by 2.8 million votes.

The finest vote counter in America is Nate Silver. He told you what costed the election.” –President Bill Clinton

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BILL CLINTON: “I’ve never cast a vote I was prouder of. You know, I’ve watched her work for two years. I watched her battle through that bogus email deal and be vindicated at the end when Secretary Powell came out. She fought through that. She fought through everything, and she prevailed against it all. But, you know, then at the end, we had the Russians and the FBI deal. But she couldn’t prevail against that. She did everything else and still won by 2.8 million votes.

The finest vote counter in America is Nate Silver. He told you what costed the election.”

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Signal boost E's TV's Top Couple poll. The gap is closing. It's 68.3 - 31.7 now, and we are against a couple from General Hospital. There are some younger people who watch it but generally their audience are people around my mom's age (middle age), and they really don't care about polls like this(or even know about them). The Blorks are most likely counter voting, as the Lexa and Clarke poll is right above theirs. Link: eonline(.)com/news/755610/tv-s-top-couple-2016-vote-in-round-1-now

Go show them what the minority can do. Blarke dies in the first round and we go on to win the whole thing. Deal?


Ok let’s try the thing because I think this makes sense and it works. Since this is a FANDOM voting thing it would make sense if the system will and SHOULD allow you to vote for JUST your own fandom. Because it doesn’t make sense to vote for other fandoms if you just want yours to win, anyways… when you go to the page:

Just vote for Bangtan only:

And then don’t do anything, just let the page as it is or you can refresh it after about 5 mins, the point is you should see this option to pop up at the bottom of the thing:

It should be the one where it says VOTE AGAIN, click on it and then repeat the step of voting for ONLY bangtan again. This works because when you click the reset bracket and vote again the counter doesn’t remove the vote you did earlier.

Election Fun Fact!

Tomorrow, if you check both candidates in your ballot, the vote counter people are forced to count your ballot as a vote for both candidates. Should enough people do this, we may have for the first time ever, a double Presidency! Talk about an Odd Couple!

I voted early today for the Illinois primary. It was horrible. Let me tell you why.

After handing over my voter registration card and state issued drivers license I was asked to sign my name on a piece of paper. I was then informed that my signature didn’t match the one on file from waaay back when I first registered to vote. I gave him a blank stare because for one thing I wasn’t aware our signatures were kept on file, and for another why would it be used to determine who I am?

He said I had to re-register before I could vote. I countered with the fact that my voter registration card matches the name and address on my state issued drivers license, and that photo matches my face. Signatures change over time. Especially over many years. If I got married or divorced my signature might change. A signature is not a valid point of identity.

He wouldn’t budge. So we spent ten minutes registering me to vote, again. New signature on file.

Then he asked me which party ballot I wanted. After telling him he quipped “well we’re all allowed our opinions I guess, and I’m required to let you make your own choice” and I almost lost my shit. But I still hadn’t voted so I bit my tongue.

After casting my vote I walked right back up to him and loudly declared “do not ever judge me for my political decisions again. Your job is to ensure that as a registered voter I have proper access to cast my vote. It is not your job sir to offer your opinion before or after”. And then I stormed off like a diva, hair flip and all.

And this is why so many choose not to vote. It’s a hassle, it’s time consuming, and you often get judged for just being you.

Please get out and vote. Don’t let the assholes get you down.