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Thu Apr 20, 2017, 08:27 PM

24. Not Well Said, But He Has A Point - Sort Of

Obama was responsible for keeping Wasserman-Schultz on as DNC Chair and she was awful in that slot. But Obama was also a lightening rod for the alt-right so using him was a mixed bag, really. How well did that work in PA?

An early test for Obama was the Cambridge white cop that arrested a black Cambridge professor for "breaking" into his own home, which had a sticky door. Obama was a friend of the professor, involving him directly. He tried to smooth things over by having the two to the Whitehouse for a beer. The cop thought he did no wrong so he would not apologize, causing things to blow up in Obama's face. It cost Obama standing with white blue-collar workers, showing Republicans that those voters could be peeled away. Trump perfected it, with a boost from Black Lives Matter.

How could Obama have been used when the issue is racism and the very real issues that Black Lives Matter exposed had such a detrimental effect on racist white blue-collar Americans. While Obama had these issues not working in his favor why not deploy Joe Biden. He had a history of being able to connect with these very people. Indeed, so did Bernie Sanders. But Hillary Clinton could have picked up the phone at any time and put these people out on the road so why didn't she.

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