How to change the system we have (given the system we have)

There have a been a couple great posts this week about the real story of the past election, and how it’s not getting any media coverage. One quote in particular summed it up:

Any Democratic candidate would and will find themselves facing a long running campaign that’s been systematically stacking the deck for decades.

This piece won’t analyze this stacking of the deck. By and large, people have a decent understanding about what this stacking of the deck looks like. 

The important question is: How do we change the system we have—given the system we have?

Media still don’t get ‘What Happened’ to Hillary Clinton in 2016 election

Judging by the reactions and judgment of many (mostly white and male) members of the media about What Happened, Hillary Clinton’s book about the 2016 campaign, the former Democratic nominee is supposed to just fade into oblivion.

Instead, Clinton is showing the world what she’s always been: whip-smart, well-spoken, and able to distill politics to its core. And if anyone doesn’t like that, well, as she’s quick to point out, “Don’t buy the book.”

Of course, smart-and-effective Hillary Clinton is not the impression the media gave you of Clinton during the campaign, or since, or ever (i.e., “Clinton rules”). It was non-stop coverage of her emails and endless stories about how she just wasn’t “likable.” Descriptions of her nearly always contained adjectives such as “calculating” and “untrustworthy.” All that negativity became its own narrative, as her approval ratings kept dropping more quickly

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Hillary Clinton not pulling punches as she explains how McConnell was ‘unpatriotic’ and ‘despicable’

The New Yorker has a pretty big piece coming out by Dave Remnick in the Sept. 27 issue about the new Hillary Clinton memoir, titled What Happened. Remnick’s piece has an interview with Hillary Clinton, as well as the book itself to draw from. The tone is set in the title of the article: “Hillary Clinton Looks Back In Anger.”

One of the many highlights is Clinton’s assertion that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, probably best known around these here parts for being epically awful, put partisan politics in front of national security interests when it came to our intelligence community’s assessment of ongoing hanky-panky between Russia and our elections.

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“I feel we sort of choked,” one senior Obama Administration official told the Washington Post. Another former Administration official said that national-security people were feeling, “Wow, did we mishandle this.” Clinton, in her book, gingerly “wonders” what the effect might have been

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Hillary Clinton not pulling punches as she explains how McConnell was ‘unpatriotic’ and ‘despicable’

The New Yorker has a pretty big piece coming out by Dave Remnick in the Sept. 27 issue about the new Hillary Clinton memoir, titled What Happened. Remnick’s piece has an interview with Hillary Clinton, as well as the book itself to draw from. The tone is set in the title of the article: “Hillary Clinton Looks Back In Anger.”

One of the many highlights is Clinton’s assertion that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, probably best known around these here parts for being epically awful, put partisan politics in front of national security interests when it came to our intelligence community’s assessment of ongoing hanky-panky between Russia and our elections.

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“I feel we sort of choked,” one senior Obama Administration official told the Washington Post. Another former Administration official said that national-security people were feeling, “Wow, did we mishandle this.” Clinton, in her book, gingerly “wonders” what the effect might have been

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Hillary Clinton not pulling punches as she explains how McConnell was ‘unpatriotic’ and ‘despicable’

The New Yorker has a pretty big piece coming out by Dave Remnick in the Sept. 27 issue about the new Hillary Clinton memoir, titled What Happened. Remnick’s piece has an interview with Hillary Clinton, as well as the book itself to draw from. The tone is set in the title of the article: “Hillary Clinton Looks Back In Anger.”

One of the many highlights is Clinton’s assertion that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, probably best known around these here parts for being epically awful, put partisan politics in front of national security interests when it came to our intelligence community’s assessment of ongoing hanky-panky between Russia and our elections.

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“I feel we sort of choked,” one senior Obama Administration official told the Washington Post. Another former Administration official said that national-security people were feeling, “Wow, did we mishandle this.” Clinton, in her book, gingerly “wonders” what the effect might have been

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Big Pharma bro offered an incredibly creepy bounty to assault Hillary Clinton for a DNA sample

Martin Shkreli is the Big Pharma bro who first drew nationwide attention and scorn after his drug company announced it would levy a 5,000 percent price increase on Daraprim, a life-saving drug for HIV, cancer, and other immune deficiency diseases. He was later convicted on two counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Now the real-life aspiring Bond villain is making headlines again, this time for offering a public bounty to “grab a hair” from Hillary Clinton while she’s on her book tour:

Martin Shkreli offers a bounty for Hillary Clinton

That’s right, Shkreli is offering $5,000 to some sicko fan of his to obtain a hair from Hillary Clinton so he can sequence her DNA. All without her consent. Seems like the Secret Service might have something to say about this creepy bounty. 

Why would Shkreli be attacking Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation? Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the Clinton Foundation has

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Republicans upset that FBI investigation showed Hillary was innocent earlier than expected

Republicans have come up with a whole new way to be outraged over Hillary Clinton’s being found not guilty of any crimes related to her, what else, emails. And they think they’ve come up with a club that can used against both Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey.

Former FBI Director James Comey drafted a statement exonerating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for running her government emails through a private email server before completing the investigation, according to two Republican senators.

Comey did a huge favor for Republicans, and broke with FBI rules by delivering an excoriating speech in July of 2016 in which he admitted that Clinton had not actually done anything actionable, but took her to task for being “careless.” Comey’s finger-wagging July statement provided the fuel for Donald Trump’s rally speeches through the fall. Then, a week before the election, Comey delivered Republicans an

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