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25. Understanding how the Democratic Party did so poorly in this election is "Very Important"
Thu Nov 17, 2016, 09:09 PM
Nov 2016

It was not only the loss of the Presidency, although that is a disaster. It is the gain of so few Senate and House seats when in the Senate, the GOP had far more candidates up for re-election. I was especially saddened to see progressives like Feingold and Teachout lose, again demonstrating the political power of conservative ideology and negative campaigning that has dominated US politics since Reagan. I personally believe that Comey was the decisive factor (and thought that it was terrible news as soon as I heard the news that gloomy Friday), but that other factors did play a role as well. Let's just say that I am convinced that President Obama would have won even key red states against Trump had he been allowed to run again.

As for the climate at DU, I have thought for some time the 20xx primary forums (not just in 2016, but in 2008 and 2004) should not have existed as they just help create bad feelings among Democratic Party activists and supporters. Fortunately DU has relatively small impact in the grand scheme of things, but it does indeed have some impact, especially through ripple effects and through activism, and as such should not help create enmity.

What we all want. HassleCat Nov 2016 #1
Well...all of us on this site, at least I hope. Ken Burch Nov 2016 #2
You are singing the same not over and over again in OP. boston bean Nov 2016 #3
I'm not calling for us to agree with anything Trump does, for God's sakes. Ken Burch Nov 2016 #5
Who said I see you as an enemy. I might be a bit suspicious because of the Bernie posting though... boston bean Nov 2016 #7
I was respectful to her, and got more so as we got closer to the convention. Ken Burch Nov 2016 #8
ok boston bean Nov 2016 #10
I am sickened that the election came out as it did. Ken Burch Nov 2016 #11
some folks got very used to DU being officially a 100% Hillary Criticism-free zone Warren DeMontague Nov 2016 #4
Possibly. Ken Burch Nov 2016 #6
That attitude kept me away. EOM sfwriter Nov 2016 #26
Understandable, but there is a lot of work to be done, so I hope we can all GreenPartyVoter Nov 2016 #28
(Yawn.) Dupe. NurseJackie Nov 2016 #9
Why do you even post here? Ken Burch Nov 2016 #12
Who said you're the "enemy"? WHO? (And why do you feel that way?) NurseJackie Nov 2016 #13
Ad nauseam indeed. nt JTFrog Nov 2016 #14
Everything you've said in response to me is about trying to taunt & shame me into ceasing to post. Ken Burch Nov 2016 #15
Thank you, Ken. Everything you've written here is well said and necessary if we're to win in '20. hedda_foil Nov 2016 #16
Thank you. Ken Burch Nov 2016 #17
Oh, kwitcherpouting! NurseJackie Nov 2016 #20
I have never justified anybody's decision to write in Bernie or to vote Stein. Never would. Ken Burch Nov 2016 #21
It sounds to me like that's what you're doing. Coming right up to the edge, then backing away. NurseJackie Nov 2016 #22
Bernie endorsed Hillary before the convention and campaigned for her all fall. Ken Burch Nov 2016 #23
He delayed and delayed and delayed WAY beyond what anyone could consider to be NurseJackie Nov 2016 #24
constructive criticism is appropriate for a portmortem.we learn no lessons living in our bubbles n/t BREMPRO Nov 2016 #18
There is nothing constructive Erin_Petrovna Nov 2016 #19
I often wish there was a "Like" button or "Rec" button for individual posts. And... NurseJackie Nov 2016 #27
Understanding how the Democratic Party did so poorly in this election is "Very Important" andym Nov 2016 #25
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