If I may take a moment…
In 2013, Mitt Romney, then Presidential candidate for the Republican party, was recorded giving the now famous “47%” campaign speech at a fundraiser, with a message designed to make an impact; directed toward a specific audience, with the single intention of encouraging donors to pony up large amounts of money to help support his conservative campaign. In that speech he referred to 47% of the electorate as folks who lived off the government, never paid taxes, believed they were entitled to health care and never took personal responsibility for their lives.
Needless to say, when his message was released to the general population, many folks were upset with his assessment of them.
Flash forward to 2016, where Hillary Clinton, giving a speech under similar circumstances–except the message was broadcast, with permission from her campaign, where she said, “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables… The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it….”
Needless to say, when this message was reported to the general population, many folks were upset with her assessment of them.
What does this mean? When trying to separate folks from their money, you’re going to make a narrow appeal to their sensibilities. You pay good money to your speech writers to find the right tome… to produce the best results. Whether you agree with their views of the electorate or not, remember, it’s not our money they’re after, but rather those sizable incomes who, not only paid for the privilege to have a seat at the fundraiser, but expect to hear something similar to what both said.
Time will tell whether Hillary’s speech will be as influential as Romney’s, come the November election.
I captured these photos at our local botanical garden a few years ago. I wish I had been smart enough to take a picture of their name tag, but alas, I wasn’t. So, I call them “the politicians” primarily because to me, they look bloated, yet ragged. Kind of like our politicians toward the end of this three year election campaign cycle.