Hil­lary re­peated er­rors of 2008

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDI­TOR, Sir: IT IS al­ways a plea­sure read­ing An­nie Paul’s pieces. They are in­sight­ful, pre­scient, and rel­e­vant.

Her lat­est piece, ‘Trump­is­tan’, is ac­cu­rate. It, in sim­ple form, ex­plains the con­di­tions lead­ing to the rise of Trump­ism and his vic­tory. In­ter­est­ingly enough, while Ms Paul’s ex­pla­na­tion mir­rored my as­sess­ment of the po­lit­i­cal land­scape, prior to the elec­tions I still had not con­cluded that Hil­lary Clin­ton would have lost the elec­tion. I thought the Clin­ton cam­paign team was aware of these cir­cum­stances and would have made the ad­just­ments.

How­ever, they re­peated the failed cam­paign strat­egy of ig­nor­ing the vari­ables Paul cites, ig­nored the work­ing class, the work­ing poor, and the poor. The cam­paign did not tai­lor its cam­paign to ad­dress the con­cerns of the above-stated classes. Trump did.

In­stead, they re­peated their 2008 failed strat­egy against then can­di­date Barack Obama. His cam­paign fo­cused on the (small) cau­cuses, hers on pri­maries. WIN­STON E. SMITH JR0win­ston­smith545@gmail.com

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