I cannot remember any historical parallel where a new president faced such legal challenges so early. Even the besieged Jimmy Carter had an eight-month honeymoon of popularity before the Bert Lance "scandal" erupted and valued aide Lance was forced to resign. He was eventually cleared of wrongdoing, but not until 1980. A special counsel was … Continue reading No Historical Parallel to Trump’s Disastrous Start
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
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
We need to know more about "hacks" that could have changed the election result: Russian hacks: Did Russia install Trump as US President? (Newsweek).How Russia Pulled Off the Biggest Election Hack in U.S. History (Esquire). What are the connections, if any, between Trump aides or supporters and Russian hackers or Russian oligarchs? The NYTimes is … Continue reading 10 Suspicions of a Hacked Election
My friend who voted for Obama in 2008, now a Trump supporter, is not optimistic about the future with Hillary Clinton as president. It will be interesting to read her predictions in a few years and see if they play out: "I agree with Trump & Bernie that our entire political & media system is … Continue reading Trump Supporter Predicts Bleak U.S. Under Another President Clinton