People get irate when I lay part of the blame on the Democratic doorstep, but I do. I know of no one with more than a grudging approval of Ms. Clinton, even on FB. They weren't even trying. We can't afford to deny on our own shortcomings.
I'm sorry, the Dems did an incredibly
weak job, and most of its voters will be too disillusioned or
frightened of the future (very popular at the moment) to act. I've
always felt that "our side" needs a "gonzo" candidate of its own, but
they won't get one. The Dems should know by now that straight, mild
Marquis of Queensbury types (who actually veer to the "right" so they
will not "offend" voters) just won't capture a public when things have
reached their current state..under a Dem president who wanted to play
"bi-partisan" with people who wanted to see him dead; all colors of the
public actually wanted marked improvement after W eight years ago, and
we did not get it).
This is an age of meaningless conviction. The
best the powers can do is accuse, deny or defend. "Well, so-and-so would
have been worse..." Black Lives Matter has been the strongest movement
in over 20 years. But I don't know if even Obama supports it. And
*what-the-fuck* harm could it do if he came up with a meaningful
almost funny: if there is a President Trump, there will be a fierce
internal struggle; nobody in Washington, even his aides, actually
respects or likes him, or has faith in his abilities. They're just
hitching their wagons to a maniac (by now a product, not an individual).