All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies (John Arbuthnot)
There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution (John Adams)
People often of masterful intelligence, trained usually in law or economics or perhaps in political science, who have led their governments into disastrous decisions and miscalculations because they have no awareness whatever of the historical background, the cultural universe, of the foreign societies with which they have to deal (Michael Howard)
The DNC helped in making Trump
nother very important point is that the Democratic Party helped in making Trump, because it thought he would be an easier candidate to beat, during the presidential election, but it backfired. Do you know that it was the Democrats who helped Trump to win the Republican nomination, as everybody, irrespective of party affiliation, was allowed to vote during the Republican primaries, and the Democrats utilized the opportunity to help Trump clinch the nomination, hoping that it will be a walk over, for the Democratic Party's candidate, during the presidential election. The RedState wrote that during the primaries, "Trump only got about 3.3 million Republican Votes. The rest are Democrats, approximately 12 million of them. Of 31 million who voted in the Republican Primary, 38% approximately were Democrats. In any event our election was stolen. Trump would be in fourth, or worse, without Democrats, he would probably only have won New York, and considering he would be doing so badly when that election happened, it is unlikely even there. We have been tossed to the ground and electorally gang raped by Democrats".
The same point was also made by medium.com, when it noted that the media and the DNC deliberately elevated Trump, as the WikiLeaks reveal that the DNC chose to deliberately use the Clinton campaign and the media to elevate Trump (as well as Ted Cruz and Ben Carson) as a candidate, thinking he would be the easiest to beat. They utilized this "pied piper" strategy for months. This was another colossal risk the DNC took, and it backfired horribly. Partly in tandem with the DNC?-?but largely of their own volition?-?the corporate media lavished hour upon hour of free coverage on Trump, daily, for a solid year. It is the height of irony today for corporate media pundits to bemoan with shock and consternation Trump's victory, when his candidacy is truly their creation. If any candidate receives hours of coverage by the major media, for free, every single night, for a year, he or she will win elections, and possibly the presidency.
The DNC Slumbered
The Democratic Party also miscalculated, when it played identity politics, in other words, the Democrats thought that an identity group was largely homogenous, and would have voted the same way. This point was further explained by Bryan Dean Wright, a former CIA ops officer and member of the Democratic Party, when he wrote that the Democrats believed that they can cruise to electoral dominance, if they build a coalition of voters based on identity politics. In other words, if Democrats can get a particular slice of Americans to the polls - women, Jews, ethnic minorities, gay men and lesbians - they will win. The Democratic also wrongly saw a massive wave of Democratic voters in the country's urban areas just waiting to support the party, and would do so for generations to come. Dean Wright added that the Democrats didn't see how they can lose, and only needed to better organize those various categories of people and inspire them to show up on Election Day. The Party then failed to appeal to the white, black, and brown; gay and straight; Christian and Muslim; rural and urban Americans, all together, and then didn't prove to all Americans that it's a party worthy of their vote, and for that the people looked the other way.
What happened then was that these wrong assumptions made the democratic Party to think that the actual candidate running for office was important, but not terribly so, provided that she or he stuck to the script, and Wright confirmed that that was the approach taken in 2016, as Clinton was anointed as the nominee, with the thinking that voters didn't need to like her. The Democratic Party was so sure that the election was already in its bag, and based on the pre-election polls, such as that from the Huffington Post that put Hillary's chances of winning at 98 percent, Wright said that some of his friends, in the Democratic National Committee, started jockeying for positions at the White House, as far back as last summer. But unfortunately, all those calculations turned out to be a series of bad assumptions that have proven disastrous. One of the reasons why Hillary lost was the Democratic Party missing the point that in a presidential system of government, successful campaigns are built on candidates first, policies second, and coalitions of voters last, and not the other way round.
The Democratic Party didn't make enough effort to win this election, and the bottom line is that a party can't really count on winning elections without persuading anybody of anything they don't already believe, as someone further noted that a party can't be a truly national party, if it needs 90 percent of a single minority's votes just to be competitive (any more than it can be a national party relying only on white voters). That was why Rich Lowry, of The New York Post, wrote that President Obama's DNC has been devastated beneath him. It began in 2010, when Republicans took the House by winning 63 seats, the biggest pickup since 1948, and six seats in the Senate. In 2014, Republicans gained another 13 House seats and took control of the Senate. Democrats lost more than 900 state legislative seats in this period.
Also, the Yahoo News informs us that on November 8, the GOP won Senate races in blue states; it minimized losses in the House; it picked up more governorships, including in Vermont, and made striking gains in state legislatures from Kentucky to Connecticut. All in a presidential year, the GOP controls the presidency, the US Senate and House, and roughly two-thirds of the country's governorships and state legislatures. The Democrats are now the nation's minority party.
From the beginning, President Obama pushed the left-most plausible agenda, without regard to political consequences. His signature initiative, ObamaCare, was forced through Congress, despite its manifest unpopularity, and with the crucial assistance of obvious falsehoods (i.e., that it would reduce premiums and people could keep their doctors).When Obama's initial legislative overreach cost him his congressional majorities; he proceeded with executive overreach, especially on environmental regulation and immigration. His attitude was that everyone had to get with his program, and that if they didn't; they were either stupid or spiteful. He believed less in the usual political arts of compromise and personal relationships than in the irresistible power of his own words. Having made no real effort at party-building, and after a series of disastrous midterms, where his campaigning basically saved no one, he had no protégé to turn to in order to try to win his third term. The political bench was empty. He had to reach back to his vanquished rival, Hillary Clinton, whose inadequacies he had exposed in the 2008 primaries, and who was almost comically ill-suited to energizing the Obama coalition.
President Obama's Democratic Party is lurching toward its own bloodletting, after losing to perhaps the least likely presidential candidate in all of American history. What happened during this year's election is a clarion call to the DNC that it must put its house in order, for it to win subsequent presidential elections, or else, Obama might be the last president, from the Democratic Party, for so many years to come.
The alleged Russian election interference will be the next topic.