If millions, even billions, of dollars were spent in a losing effort, you’d be a little vexed, too.
Though perhaps “vexed” isn’t strong enough a word for what Hillary Clinton donors are feeling after the Democratic Party’s humiliating loss in the U.S. presidential election. And now, they want some answers.
Interested parties donated a huge bundle of cash to Clinton’s effort and in the end, they wind up with Donald Trump in the White House, which of course isn’t an acceptable conclusion. The big question is, why didn’t all that donated money have a more positive effect.
According to a Politico report:
“A lot of the bundlers and donors still are in shock and disbelief by what happened. They’re looking for some introspection and analysis about what really happened, what worked and what didn’t,” said Ken Martin, the chairman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and a top campaign bundler himself. “It may take some time to do that, but people are still just scratching their heads.”
Or, in the words of a Midwestern fundraiser who’s kept in touch with fellow donors, “A lot of people are saying, ‘I’m not putting another f***ing dime in until someone tells me what just happened.’”
It’s so bad, and this experience has so disillusioned loyal supporters, that they’re thinking of ditching politics entirely. Hillary fans honestly have no idea why she didn’t win and they’re at a loss as to how the Democratic Party should move forward:
“Without a framework for holding anyone accountable, increasingly annoyed party money men and women have been left to chatter amongst themselves about the underlying causes of the party’s defeat and about how to move forward — some have gone as far as to ignore calls from former Clinton finance officials seeking to thank them, while others muse about leaving politics altogether.”
If big donors keep walking away – and it appears some already are – democrats could be in a world of hurt in future years. The rise of the conservative is in full effect and the ironic part is that everyone whined about Trump being “all about money,” when Hillary Clinton raised an IMMENSE amount of cash…and all in a losing effort.
It’s kind of comical, actually.