Everyone was wrong except Donald Trump. How could that have happened? I didn’t blog at all during the campaign season because everyone seemed to be writing what I would write, but this post is meant to be therapeutic.
First, let me make it clear that my heart was with Bernie Sanders. He is my Senator; I like his politics. But when I voted yesterday I thought it was a vote for the first woman president, Hillary Clinton and that was exciting, but I did wear my pin that said “My heart’s with Bernie, but I’m voting for Hillary”. So what happened?
I haven’t read any of the papers or clicked on any email or looked at my Facebook feed this morning so this is all my own take: The Democrats screwed up. We all knew the country was divided and the election would hinge on turnout, but the Democratic party, as it turns out, did not have a deep bench. I believe that in nominating a candidate with a lot of baggage, (most of which was not true, but no one could ever convince people of that) we set ourselves up for what happened. She just couldn’t excite enough people. Yes, she had a ground game and, yes, she got people out to vote but she lost too many people who got discouraged by various voter suppression rumors and didn’t vote, decided they didn’t like Trump, but didn’t like her either, as well as a fair chunk of Bernie supporters.
Bernie did his best for her, but it just wasn’t enough. I await the analysis, but based on what I saw last night around midnight, Johnson and Stein took just enough votes for Trump to win in some close races.
I have many friends who were Trump voters, some reluctantly, and to them I say, “have fun trying to actually govern.” To those who voted third party: This is why Bernie told you not to do it.
It should be an interesting next few years and I’m back to blogging.
you’ve nailed it, Maya – even Larry Sabato predicted wrong
The only person who got it was Michael Moore.
I would say that Democratic officials and activists may be living in a bubble, where everyone on the outside looks like a racist and a bigot, and they misjudged the size of their bubble.
And the regular Democratic voters just didn’t muster enough enthusiasm to vote for keeping the status quo.
I think both sides live in separate bubbles. This time the Republican leaning folks were more enthusiastic.
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