"...We’ve learned that 9 percent of Barack Obama’s voters flipped to Trump, including 22 percent of Obama’s non–college educated white voters. That’s what matters most. There are plenty of non-deplorables out there." -- Michael Tomasky, "Elitism Is Liberalism's Big Problem," New Republic. Liberals, he writes, "haven’t made their peace with middle America. Which is a pretty … Continue reading 9% of Obama Supporters Voted for Trump
Possible lessons for Democrats: advocating gun control can cost you a presidential election. Appealing to pro-gun Democrats and independents, the National Rifle Association took credit for Trump's 2016 victories in big hunting states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and possibly Florida, Michigan and North Carolina. That, along with the abandonment of Clinton by anti-Trump Greens and Libertarians in … Continue reading Greens, Libertarians, Pro-gun Democrats, FBI Director James Comey and Voting Restrictions May Have Cost Clinton the Election
Understanding the factors that determined the 2016 election will require time and deep analysis. But Susan Bordo contributes to that understanding with The Destruction of Hillary Clinton, how the right and left vilified and brought down "an extraordinarily well-qualified, experienced, and admired candidate" through a combination of smears and misogyny. She compares the treatment of … Continue reading Did Hillary Lose Because of Misogyny?
A lot of Democrats and journalists are still criticizing Hillary Clinton as a bad candidate, and blaming her for the defeat in 2016. See the book, "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign." But politics is a team sport, and no Democrat would be a successful president without bringing with them a Democratic Congress, at the … Continue reading Republican Will Probably Split Before Democrats Win Presidency Again
Decisive votes for Trump were cast not by the passionately committed but by voters who viewed both Trump and Clinton negatively, EJ Dionne writes. "The media exit poll found that only 38 percent of those who participated in the 2016 election had a favorable view of Trump. That’s the base. The contest was settled by … Continue reading Trump Agnostics Are Central to Dems’ Future
Running a policy wonk against a TV personality did not end well for the Democrats in 1980 or 2016, observed Travis Knoll, a Phd student in history. He writes in Huffington Post: "As we found out in 1980, when an unpopular and tepid but dedicated nuclear submarine engineer faced off against a movie star in a … Continue reading Lessons of 2016 and 1980: A TV Personality Will Beat A Policy Wonk
Hillary Clinton won, in the final tally, nearly three million more votes than Donald Trump, about the same number as Barack Obama did in 2012, and 48.2 percent of the vote compared to Trump's 46.1 percent. She won a larger percentage or margin of the popular vote than 14 (about one third) of US presidents -- … Continue reading Hillary Clinton Won Larger Percentage Or Higher Margin of Vote Than 14 Presidents