Date Written: 11/11/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20099
The Democratic Party brought the 2016 election disaster on themselves.
Oh, they'll start pouring out their bile now, blaming everyone but themselves and their candidate. It was the media's fault for popularizing Trump (a Clinton strategy). It was the FBI's fault for re-opening the email case (thanks to Huma Abedin's ex). It was stupid Middle America's fault for being racist and sexist (was that why they voted for Trump?). It was third-party supporters who screwed us in Florida again (Paul Krugman and Rachel Maddow are furious that leftists didm't vote for their heroine). It was Russia's fault for hacking the DNC (no evidence) and plotting to invade Europe (no evidence).
The truth is, Hillary was a terrible candidate. Like Al Gore. She was charmless and toneless. In an election atmosphere typified by personality politics, Hillary lacked one. She had a rich track record of foreign policy meltdowns at the State Department and a feckless tenure in the Senate. She alienated Congress in 1993 when she failed to get health care reform passed. And she evidently used high office to peddle access and influence to Clinton Foundation donors. Her positions had changed repeatedly, suggesting she couldn't be trusted. This, compounded by the scandal surrounding her lazy use of email in the trafficking of confidential information, and ham-fisted attempts to cover it up, cast her in the dimmest of lights with many Americans. An albatross husband still despised by conservatives and who loomed hungrily behind the floodlights of her campaigndidn't help either.
It would be a great thing if Democrats learned a lesson from this unqualified rebuke. That they should rediscover the working class. That they should reclaim the progressive mantle of FDR and LBJ. Don't kid yourself. They are wholly owned subsidiaries of the one percent now. They'll just regroup and try again. After all, Hillary won the popular vote and 228 electoral votes. She got close.