Game Over for the Democrats?

Game Over for the Democrats?

Why is that? Why hasn’t anyone in the DNC admitted their failure?

Failed Regime – Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

How about committing to a vision for change that’s more than a public relations scam aimed at hoodwinking your base?

by Mike Whitney 

In 2008, the American people voted overwhelmingly for change. They never got it. Hence, Trump.

To pretend there’s no connection between Obama’s failed presidency and the subsequent rise of Donald John Trump, is to ignore the obvious and shrug off responsibility for the situation the country is in today.

Obama created Trump, the man didn’t simply emerge from the ether. Had Obama acted in good faith and kept his promises to shake up the status quo, end the foreign wars, restore civil liberties, hold Wall Street accountable and relieve the economic insecurity that working families across the country now feel, Hillary Clinton would have been a shoe-in on November 8th.

As it happens, Obama made no effort to achieve any of these objectives, which is why Hillary was defeated in the biggest political upset in the last century.

The point we want to emphasize here is that the Democratic leadership is responsible for Trump, not the working class people in the red states who merely did what they had to do to effect change. These people can’t be blamed for voting for their own best interests. That’s what people always do.

Had Obama done anything to genuinely improve the economy, things might have turned out differently. But he didn’t, in fact– as popular as Obama was– a full two-thirds of the American people thought the country was headed in the wrong direction. In other words, the election was a referendum on Obama’s performance as the primary steward of the US economy. Obama lost that referendum.

Even so, the DNC could have reloaded and taken a different approach to the economy under Hillary. But they didn’t. They thought the “recovery” meme would be effective enough to put them over the finish line. But it wasn’t effective enough, because too many people saw that the recovery was a fraud, that there was no recovery, that it was all a slick Madison Avenue public relations swindle aimed at concealing the fact that Obama had restructured the US economy in a way that deliberately kept growth at-or-below 2 percent so the Fed could continue pumping cheap cash to its constituents on Wall Street while everyone else saw their personal debt-load grow, their standards of living slip, and their retirement savings vanish into thin air. Isn’t that what really happened?

Obama’s grand restructuring project has resulted in perennial economic stagnation and widespread pessimism about the future. The former president oversaw the greatest transfer of wealth from working class people to parasitic plutocrats in the history of the country. It wasn’t an accident. Obama was following a blueprint that was given to him by his handlers at the DNC.

So now the country is going to be led by a brash billionaire reality TV celebrity who has no previous political experience and who seems unusually sensitive to any kind of personal criticism. Not surprisingly, there’s no sign that the Democratic leadership has either learned its lesson or feels any responsibility for this extraordinary development.

Why is that? Why hasn’t anyone in the DNC admitted their failure, admitted that they didn’t accurately gage the mood of the country or the hunger for change? Why haven’t they acknowledged that putting the most untrustworthy candidate of all time –a thoroughly dislikable, warmongering harridan– on the ticket was a mistake? Why?

It’s because this vile collection of corporate Dems who run the party are incapable of self reflection, right? It’s because the Podesta throng — who still hold the party in their deathgrip –truly believe that bamboozling their base with Potemkin executives like Barack Obama, is a tip-top way to run the government. They think Obama’s tenure as president was a success story, mainly because his grandiloquent bloviating and larking around on stage with sleeves rolled up like some comical mid-level plant manager– diverted attention from the trillions of dollars that were being sluiced to the banking whores and speculators on Wall Street. Isn’t that why the Dems haven’t changed?

Obama Stumps for Clinton

They actually think they’ve discovered the secret formula for winning elections, and that the election of Trump in 2016 was just a “one off”, a temporary setback.

Trump’s Odyssey

But it’s not a one off. The rise of Trump has been accompanied by the rise of rightwing parties and ideology across the planet. What we are seeing is a fundamental change in the zeitgeist, which is “the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time.” In this view, Obama represents the culmination of the values and ideas that emerged during the 1960s and persisted until just recently when they collapsed.

The utter corruption of the progressive vision –due, in large part, to the cynical and reactionary policies of the Democrats– has paved the way for a new era, the Trump Era, in which state repression is bound to increase even while personal liberty and economic security are steadily eviscerated.

And what is the Democrats response to this new phenom?

Why, nothing at all. The whole matter seems to be over their heads entirely. They don’t seem to grasp the shifting public mood, the changing epoch, or how it will impact their future plans. Instead, they are doing everything in their power to make themselves even more irrelevant. It’s pathetic.

And keep in mind, that ever since the election, the Dems have made no effort at course correction, no effort to reconnect with the millions of working people in the red states who used to vote Democrat but switched because they wanted change.

No. Instead, party leaders have embarked on a moronic character assassination campaign aimed at discrediting the new president by alleging Russian “hacking” of the election. And while they have produced absolutely zero hard evidence to substantiate their loony claims, the Dems, the media and the thoroughly unreliable Intel agencies have continued this scapegoating onslaught thinking that they are shaping public opinion in a way that undermines President Trump. They won’t be able to.

They’re going to continue to get beaten to a pulp unless they get it together and stop running around with their hair on fire yelling, “The Russians are coming”. That kind of idiocy doesn’t win elections. It’s a turn-off.It would all be laughable if it wasn’t so serious. But it is serious. The rise of Trump poses significant challenges to democratic government, but, regrettably, the opposition party is in the middle of a major nervous breakdown. How are they going to stop this autocratic juggernaut in their present state of collapse?

The Democratic Party has to be more than a membership register attached to a donor’s list. It needs to reconnect with its base by committing itself to basic progressive values, civil liberties, non intervention, and economic fairness. It needs to try to understand why working people are either leaving the party altogether or are so disgusted they won’t even make the effort to vote.

How about a little self examination, eh? How about clearing out the deadwood starting with crooked Hillary and her sleazy compadre, Podesta? How about committing to a vision for change that’s more than a public relations scam aimed at hoodwinking your base? How about ending the buck-passing bullshit and pushing legislation that offers some tangible relief for student debt, dwindling retirements, stagnant wages, and spiraling health care costs.

The Democratic party doesn’t have to be a place where progressive ideas go to die. But they’d better get it together fast or it’s going to be game-over.

Mike Whitney lives in Washington state. He can be reached at

(Reprinted from Counterpunch by permission of author or representative)


  1. Whitney’s “The rise of Trump poses significant challenges to democratic government” is pure garbage. It shows Whitney to be just another lying lefty. The surprise in Trump’s victory was that democracy worked! I suppose the “democratic government” Whitney is talking about is the establishment totalitarian cultural Marxists. But that crowd lost fair and square. They were not able, in their hubris and contempt for the masses, to cram piece of shit candidate Hillary down the peoples’ throats. Get real, Whitney. Trump’s victory was a triumph for democratic government.

  2. Has Mike Whitney been reading Charles Hugh Smith lately? CHS has been doing a much more detailed analysis of how the Democrats sold out and betrayed their working class voter base by distracting them with “social justice warrior” issues while they gave the establishment elitists everything they wanted. There is no going back, no way the faithless Democratic leadership can play the husband who gets home at 3:00 a.m. and tries to tell his wife he was working late at the office….

  3. More than just a little, the rise of Trump was a reaction to the last 40 plus years of vicious, virulently ant-White, White racial genocide and racial displacement agenda of the diabolically evil, mostly but not entirely, Semitic controllers of the openly Communist Democrat Party.

    The one thing, besides their arrogance and cocksurity that they had finally reached critical mass and that White voters no longer had to be considered a viable force – was the arrogance of the left that grew in near unbelievable intensity over the last 8 years of Obongo – where they dropped any pretense of trying to cloak, camouflage, or gloss over their burning hot, radioactive level of hatred for Whites and for White America – and let their venom towards Whites flow freely and without any restraint whatsoever.

    End result? Whites woke up and realized that they were in the cross-hairs of an openly declared race war and they responded by voting for the only candidate who appeared to give a hoot about protecting and defending their racially and culturally specific interests.

    Whether Trump truly fits that bill and is up to the task, remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Whites need to continue to set new records on the acquisition of firearms and food for those firearms, in the event that Trump fails to keep his promises and other, less traditional, but far more effective measures are needed to put a permanent halt to the left’s White genocide and racial displacement agendas.

  4. My wife and I have been voting since the mid 1970’s, for both parties, with little satisfaction. We voted for Obama in the 2008 election with high hopes that, since he was black maybe he would work for the change he promised. Before Inauguration day we knew we had been rooked. He was the emptiest suit ever. A complete fraud.
    We had given up on the system until Donald Trump came along. We volunteered to work for him here in Ohio. We thank God every day for his election. And he is taking the heat and doing what he promised to do.
    President Trump is not a threat to democracy & freedom, his leftist enemies are. Donald Trump is the saving of the American republic.

  5. The author gives Obama way more credit that he’s due. Mainly, he didn’t “invent Trump” as he claims. Anyone that’s been paying attention knows the inaccuracy of this statement and the why. Additionally, I don’t think the American people “overwhelmingly voted for Obama in 2008” as he claims so much as they voted lethargically for Obama and enthusiastically against John McCain. McCain had, of course, been instructed by the PTB to whom he’s been an obvious slave for years, to run a poor campaign with no serious intention of winning. The MSM had also been given its marching orders. Ignore the fact that Obama had neither the qualifications and/or experience be POTUS. A one term Senator and former “community organizer”? A white person would have been crucified.