THEY ALL LEAD TO THE WRONG PLACE
They say victory has a thousand mothers, but really it is the failure of 2016 that has spawned multiple explanations tempting us to fight the last war.
If only she’s spent more time in Wisconsin. If only the New York Times had treated her fairly.
If only Comey hadn’t taken matters into his own hands with that remarkable statement just before the election. If only she’d have turned and punched the big creep in the nose when he started staking her on the debate stage.
No doubt it is the narrowness of the loss that inspires this thinking. And the question, How could we have shifted a mere 107,00 votes in the rust belt?
But it’s the wrong question. It leads to obsession over the wrong thing.
Here’s the right question
Why wasn’t it a landslide? Why didn’t Clinton crush Trump everywhere?
I really want to hear the so-called moderates explain how someone like Trump could come to power in the status quo they so palpably want to return to.
The 107k-votes-in-the-rustbelt question leads logically to Joe Biden. Can anyone then explain why he is doing so poorly? If they can spare the time from the mad scramble to replace him with someone, anyone, of his ilk.
The party needs to come to terms with what happened or it will happen again.