It’s hard to empathize with the corporate liberals who streamed from the Javits Center in tears Tuesday night. Their corrupt Democratic Party had a good if not great candidate in Bernie Sanders and their DNC deliberately fought to keep him from winning the primaries. In every poll taken during his campaign, Sanders beat Donald Trump in a hypothetical general election.
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 didn’t vote for their heroine). It was Russia’s fault for hacking the DNC (no evidence) and plotting to invade Europe (no evidence).
While I agree that the Democratic establishment has no one to blame other than themselves for the loss of the presidency when Bernie Sanders was demonstrably a much stronger candidate and popular preference much more aligned with his stance, the GOP killed it down ticket, taking both branches of Congress and sweeping a plurality of state offices.
Even though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.
Democratic strategists, take note. You need a better game across the board to be competitive.