Democratic Machiavellian disciple opens his cards (unwillingly)


Let’s learn something new today.
Let’s learn how modern power brokers deepened and expanded Machiavellian teachings of today.

First, let’s set the stage.  It is March of 2016 both Democrats and Republicans are bracing for the fact that Trump is leading and might easily get enough votes to get automatically nominated in July as a candidate from Republican party.  Power brokers in both parties begin to evaluate their next moves to stop the inevitable. On March 03, 2016,  Mitt Romney unleashes his famous unsolicited defacing speech against member of his own party. But that completely misfires.  Now it is Democratic functionaries turn to come with a plan to deface a new star.

Here is an amazing email to John Podesta – Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.  This email was published on on 2016-10-24 – /podesta-emails/emailid/3599– but escaped the mass media coverage.  This email dated 2016-03-13 is a true masterpiece of pragmatic thinking.  I never seen this level of raw Machiavellian approach accidently exposed to the public.

This email from very little known Bill Ivey –

I was under impression that people close to power are loosing their competitive edge due to lack of accountability and overflow of funding. I thought that Democrats lost the presidential elections because they lost link with reality.  But this email shows the opposite.  This email shows that backstage manipulators  are really smart, sharp, pragmatic and very, very dangerous.  This email shows that instead of connecting with reality the actual plan was to create a new reality where voters are passive, polls are convincing, media is  unanimous and money always keep flowing from unaware “common folk” to Democratic coffers.

I would like to go over every sentence of this email to share my amazement at depth of thinking and understanding of reality in democratic camp.


Content of the Email

Date: 2016-03-13 17:06
Subject: From Bill Ivey
Please note that this email was sent in March of 2016 even before Trump assured Republican nomination.  And they already knew about the danger!
 Dear John:
 Well, we all thought the big problem for our US democracy was Citizens United/Koch Brothers big money in politics. Silly us; turns out that money isn’t all that important if you can conflate entertainment with the electoral process. Trump masters TV, TV so-called news picks up and repeats and repeats to death this opinionated blowhard and his hairbrained ideas, free-floating discontent attaches to a seeming strongman and we’re off and running. JFK, Jr would be delighted by all this as his “George” magazine saw celebrity politics coming. The magazine struggled as it was ahead of its time but now looks prescient. George, of course, played the development pretty lightly, basically for charm and gossip, like People, but what we are dealing with now is dead serious. How does this get handled in the general? Secretary Clinton is not an entertainer, and not a celebrity in the Trump, Kardashian mold; what can she do to offset this? I’m certain the poll-directed insiders are sure things will default to policy as soon as the conventions are over, but I think not. And as I’ve mentioned, we’ve all been quite content to demean government, drop civics and in general conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry. The unawareness remains strong but compliance is obviously fading rapidly. This problem demands some serious, serious thinking – and not just poll driven, demographically-inspired messaging. “Citizens United/Koch Brothers” is an alliance of several individuals who support many republican candidates, but not Trump.
Danger! Trump successfully joins entertainment and electoral process.  Trump uses media to his advantage. Media only cares about ratings. Trump creates mini-scandals and gets a free publicity 24/7 on TV and on Internet. Danger!  Celebrity and Outsider skillfully enters politics. That ruins our well-planned game. Dead serious danger! What we (campaign advisers and managers) can do to make Clinton to compete with entertainer and celebrity?
This phrase is enigmatic and mysterious – who are poll-directed insiders“?  What policy? Party conventions are yet 3-4 months  into the future. But we (who we?) conspire to produce (how?) unaware and compliant citizenry. OK. That was already achieved in many countries.  This phrase – “poll driven, demographically-inspired messaging” – might be (just might be) a code wording for cooking up numbers for multiple “independent”  polls that always would show that opponent is hopelessly behind.
Rubio’s press conference yesterday AM was good and should be repeated in its entirety, not just in nibbles.I will attend the Clinton fundraiser here next week but as I can only afford the low level of participation may just get to wave without a “hello.” Rubio’s conference took place on Match 13 2016. 
(13 min).  Let’s remember that just 10 days earlier (2016-03-03)  they unleashed Mitt Romney on Trump.  And that did not work at all. At the very end of this conferences Rubio honestly said that media did not pay any attention to his campaign, but as soon as he mentioned something bad about Trump, every network interrupted regular programming to carry his message live to all America.Another fascinating thing here is that backstage consultant to Democratic candidate dictates what US voters should see on national TV.  TV networks are in their back pocket.
 I fear we are all now trying to navigate a set of forces that cannot be simply explained or fully understood, so it is and will reamin interesting!  That is a pure Machiavelli!  All this is just a clever chess game to outsmart and outmaneuver  unaware and complacent crowd.Word “remain” is misspelled in the email.
 Sent with a handshake,

This is an brilliant example of absolute raw bleeding edge politicking in action.  I’ve never seen a document that tells you as directly as this email about hidden intentions and tools used to achieve political goals. Even 1939 secret protocol between Stalin and Hitler just stated facts, but not the true intentions of leaders.  Before it was a piece of paper that they have to extract from archives and destroy.  Now politics is done through emails.  And it can be copied and delivered to unaware and compliant citizenry.

Absolutely fascinating.  I only can hope that participants and beneficiaries of this correspondence will soon write priceless memoirs to teach us how did they achieve this universal compliance and unawareness.  We need to know!  And we need to remember this in 2020 when making our derision at the polls.


Summary: It appears that as early as March 2016 both parties were painfully aware of the impending Trump miracle.  Both parties were prepared to use and actually used all tools in their disposal to stop the new star from rising. Why everybody failed?  The answers appears in the email above.  Trump re-wrote the rules of campaign for XXI century.  And now we even got the answer why all the polls including exit polls where so wrong about the actual vote preference.  All these polls were apparently created in the kitchens of Democratic party, then reported by media, then repeated thousands of times and still unable to extinguish Trump star.

The question that remains completely unanswered by this email is why Democrats having all the tools and levers at their disposal never directly intervene into the voting and counting process?  I will allow a hypothetical answer here: so much evidence was provided to confirm Hillary inevitable victory that many operatives on the ground just did not see the point of personal risk for cause that they thought was already won.

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