Promises, Promises

When a Republican wins the presidency, it is always fun to ridicule the celebrities who vowed to leave the country should such a horror take place. To my recollection, not one has ever followed through on such a threat (or promise, depending on how you look at it). This year is no exception. Michael Ramirez captures my sentiments exactly. Click to enlarge:

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Celebrities may have played a larger than usual role in this year’s election. Hillary Clinton had trouble drawing crowds, so she appeared with people like Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. As many have noted, that probably reinforced the negative view of Mrs. Clinton that caused her to lose states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

I wonder whether Hillary was led astray by the fact that Barack Obama got away with consorting with celebrities. It worked for him–or didn’t hurt him, anyway–because he was perceived as “cool,” or because he was less elderly, or perhaps because he got a universal pass as our First Black President. For whatever reason, this is one of a number of instances where what seemingly worked for Obama backfired on Clinton.

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