Remember back months ago when some people were saying that Hillary Clinton would do well in the “red states” because she “won over” Upstate New York?
During this primary election, it turns out there never really was a chance to test this theory, since she was blindsided from the (supposed) left. But I don’t know if it ever would have held water anyway.
Upstate New York was starstruck. Or maybe a better metaphor would be the image of a hungry tiger in a cage. Upstate voters spend their entire political existence, on the national stage anyway, being overshadowed (if not crushed) under NYC’s heavy demographic weight. When a political newcomer arrives from outside, they’ll snarl and rush the bars at first — but if you just talk a little gently to them, and give them (pork-based) treats, they calm down and accept your presence.
Perhaps someday, someone’s going to let them out of that cage (or they will escape), so they can be the unique and free-ranging political animal they’re supposed to be. Maybe it is too cynical to claim that Hillary Clinton was just there at the zoo to pose for carefully staged pictures. But she didn’t have to tame the poor beast; that would involve them being out of the cage (like the real voters in the actual red states are). I think that any notion that her throwing treats to a chained and essentially powerless electorate meant she was a real lion tamer, was probably mistaken.