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Agreed. This was absolutely a DNC failure. There's no point blaming Trump or even the voters.

They didn't feel like Clinton was ever on their team. All Trump had to do was say "I'm on your team" to pick up their votes.

The reality is irrelevant, because the vote should never even have been close.

Trump was an open goal for a solid progressive candidate with working class credibility, and the DNC completely failed to understand that. Instead they wheeled in Clinton, with more baggage than a Louis Vuitton store, and sort of hoped she and she and they could browbeat their base into supporting her.

I realised recently that the Left is loosing everywhere because while we still believe we have a lock-down on community and belonging, the Right has moved to own those.

Most voters see the Left as patronising scolds, not as representative equals.When you combine that with the pro-corporate wheeling and dealing behind the scenes of the so-called third wayers, you get nothing good.

You can blame the media for a lot of this, but not for all of it. The message is only convincing because it's not entirely untrue. People will start voting for the Left again when they start to feel represented. I honestly don't know what that will take in the US and the UK.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Nov 9th, 2016 at 03:09:05 PM EST
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