#MeToo begins to falter

There comes a point in time when one phase must end, and a new phase must begin. #MeToo, as I have stated earlier, was making a very bad mistake of lingering too long with the laundry list of letches when there were key opportunities being missed. And its error was very similar to the error that cost Hillary Clinton a presidency.

She ran after redundant votes, which would not help her in her campaign in the slightest. She campaigned too much in states that she had no chance of winning (meaning she would never get those delegates even if she made a dent), but also in those where Trump had no chance of winning, such as California and New York.

That happens when you have no natural feel or instinct for a battleground, and in your insecurity, cling on to those who keep telling you how much they love you.

You need that love? Get a pet. You negotiate with potential voters, not bask in their support of you.

That was her weakness from the get-go. I had no doubt she'd lose, even if she had the popular vote because if you do not understand that one vote over in New York or millions of votes over still only get you a fixed set of delegates, then you are not one to run for office.

You have to fight for places where voters have issues that are not directly addressed by your platform, and your rival is addressing them.

Even if your predecessors won those delegates, if the rival has a feel for their suffering, you are sunk if you don't.

The states that Trump won were critical and he won them fair and square. Clinton never even bothered campaigning there because she mistook Michigan's mindset and realities with New York's.

But she bothered to spend money on a glass ceiling that was rigged break on cue on her victory night!

It was a fatal tactical error, but the one the separates the strategists from the rest of the pack.

#MeToo has made the same mistake.

Those fighting against workplace terrorism let a narrative linger for far too long.

In wanting to be inclusive, it has kept parading both victims and predators.

Okay, we know this has been a big problem. You made that point over a month ago.

The everyone-has-a-turn strategy has several drawbacks: its overkill makes people bored of it, and even believe it is too bad to be true. It gives predators a chance to think of ways to save their hides, as Morgan Spurlock did when he came out first.

There were consequences, but it is already happening, and others can learn quickly for version 2.0 as crisis management experts get handle on it.

The static narrative also allows places that know they are next on the list to prepare, and when they are up next, fire back.

ESPN is a case in point as recounted in the Boston Globe.

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It should come as no surprise that it would be ESPN that would be the one to counter it the way that it did. It is a media outlet that strictly observes the world of sports, which is the less violent allegory of war. It studies combat and strategy, and knows a thing or two about offensive and defensive plays.

Had the narrative shifted, ESPN's strategy would not have worked because the battlefield would have moved elsewhere. Sooner or later, people down the list get prepared to fight back.

And now instead of pushing lawmakers and corporations into radically addressing this issue, as well as insuring that women are not shut out of jobs to make the problem go away, you are now having actresses wanting to wear black at Golden Globes.

Really? What's the message: I got raped on the job and all I got was this lousy little black dress?

Screw the symbolism and fight for tangible benefits, such as lobbying to null and void nondisclosure agreements, making workplace terrorism a federal offence and hate crime, and getting corporations to make guarantees that women will be promoted and those whose careers were derailed are not just compensated -- but are no longer blacklisted.

No colour-coordinated school dance is going to get you more rights at work. It trivializes a hate crime, and it reeks of attention-seeking.

You already had the attention: now fight with focus and resources on the next phase of your campaign.

You just started. You won that battle, and you are celebrating as if you won the war by lingering on a field that you won, but is just one parcel of a thousand ahead of you.

If actresses were serious, and understood strategy, they would all boycott the Globes and be marching in front of the White House that same night.

In business suits and briefcases.

No speeches, either.

Just demanding to see lawmakers to tell them what needs to be done to make workplaces functional for everyone.

Those who are predators should be exposed, held accountable, and fired -- that can all still be done.

But #MeToo has become the Perv Parade, that has a far different subtext than its original intent. It is giving predators too much time to orient themselves and manipulate the optics in their favour (something predators are very good at doing, explaining how they make it to the top and stay there), and I will not be surprised if they hijack the narrative entirely.

It has happened far many too many times before.

And then far from it liberating women, it will serve to further confine them.

A moving target is harder to hit, and those of #MeToo should get off that parcel they won and forge ahead, before they lose the one they won, too.