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  • How Hillary lost touch with the mainstream

    My two previous posts centered on Mrs Clinton’s strategy of making Donald Trump’s character flaws a central theme of the campaign. In the months leading up to the US presidential election, Clinton seemed to focus more each day on finding fault with her opponent—attacking him particularly on his disrespectful attitudes toward women and minorities. From my perspective, placing so much emphasis on Trump’s deficiencies was

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  • Standing against is less effective than standing for

    As mentioned in the previous post, I would not claim to be a fan of either candidate in the recent United States presidential election. At the same time, I did catch some of the news coverage when I was in the US, and I was rooting for each of them to use a type of discourse I have been studying and teaching

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  • We do not inspire others by standing against things

    As I watched news coverage after the recent US presidential election and tried to understand what had happened, my thinking coalesced around three broad reasons for Hillary Clinton’s unforeseen demise: -Instead of inspiring with her own story and vision, she chose a strategy of standing against Donald Trump -She truly lost touch with mainstream America, including in areas of traditional strength for Democrats

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  • What went so wrong for Hillary? 

    After Donald Trump’s highly improbable journey toward the presidency of the United States, the media provided a multitude of explanations, not only for the unconventional billionaire’s victory, but also for Hillary Clinton’s surprising and widely unforeseen collapse. As I have written previously, I followed this story with far more attention than I usually give to politics. Indeed, the days after the election were probably the

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  • How to lose an election

    John Kerry’s storytelling failure: As we observed in the previous post, I noticed a similar phenomenon in the presidential campaign of John Kerry in 2004 and that of Hillary Clinton this year. Each of them was so focused on standing against a flawed opponent that they failed in telling their own stories, and were thus unsuccessful in influencing undecided voters.  When the

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  • Hillary Clinton’s failure was as a storyteller

    As we saw in our previous post, Barack Obama used his personal stories—uplifting and aspirational tales garnered from his own life experience—to forge deep connections with his constituents. His skillful use of narrative has certainly contributed substantially to his remarkable electoral successes.  In addition, I commented that I saw Hillary Clinton’s inability to clearly express who she is and what she stands for—to

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