After the election, we heard the pollsters and the pundits equivocate and justify. I heard very few openly admit they were just wrong, their models failed, and they did not truly understand the motives of the electorate. Many of the pundits, who were so wrong, were giving in depth analysis as to what had occurred the day after the election. It is ironic that these same pundits accuse politicians of speaking “out of both sides of their mouths.” The pundits have learned the art.
This how the Clinton camp explained what happened.
Sexism. The media. James Comey.
On a call with surrogates Thursday afternoon, top advisers John Podesta and Jennifer Palmieri pinned blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss on a host of uncontrollable headwinds that ultimately felled a well-run campaign that executed a sensible strategy, and a soldier of a candidate who appealed to the broadest coalition of voters in the country.
They shot down questions about whether they should have run a more populist campaign with a greater appeal to angry white voters, pointing to exit polls that showed Clinton beat Trump on the issue of the economy. They explained that internal polling from May showed that attacking Trump on the issue of temperament was a more effective message.
They offered no apology for the unexpected loss.
What happened seems to be simple to analyze.
We know that the public considered both candidates to be the most flawed candidates in recent history. The general election voter was not happy with the choice they were given. The general election voter had nobody to blame but themselves. They could have participated in the primaries to assure a better choice for the general.
The flaws of the candidates were very evident. Trump exhibited boorish behavior. His attacks and thin skin were unappealing. Actions in his past did haunted him. Hillary is a liar. She lied about lying. Many of her decisions as Secretary of State were exhibited as failures daily during the campaign. It was evident that she and Bill used the position of Secretary of State to enrich themselves. The dishonesty of the DNC to get her nominated just reinforced her dishonesty.
Trump, however, did have an appealing message to a large segment of the American population. That message, and Trump’s style, won over many committed followers. Hillary had no message. Hillary also misjudged the American women. Most women will not vote for a person just because of their sex. That Hillary is a woman was just not a good enough reason for the vast majority of American women to vote for her. The American women needed more, and Hillary did not deliver.
We had two terribly flawed candidates. One of the candidates had a message that resonated with a core group of voters. The other candidates main message seemed to be her sex. That message did not resonate.
A realistic conclusion is that Trump’s core support, which was so often criticized, was the deciding factor. Trump’s core turned out in overwhelming numbers to vote. Hillary’s anticipated voter did not vote. The reasons were her lack of message, her lying, “pay for play,” and her inability to connect with voters. Trump seemed to outdraw her at rallies even when she brought her “star power.” Despite Trump’s flaws, which the press magnified, he was the far better candidate and understood the mood of America much better than Hillary did.
The Hillary supporter will argue with this. The Hillary supporter will use the argument that Hillary won the popular vote, which she did by about 400,000 votes. She also won the New York popular vote by 1,500,000 votes and California by 2,600,000 votes. California and New York are bastions of the Marxist/Progressive movement. In the rest of the nation Trump won the popular vote by 3,700,000 votes.
The flawed candidate and the failed policies of the Marxist/Progressives (Democrats) are the reason we now have President-elect Trump. Yes, Hillary and the Marxist/Progressives (Democrats) lost. The pollsters, pundits, and press will never admit this since they are strong advocates for the Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) movement. The working American, who has suffered most under the flawed policies of the Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) regime, simply said enough is enough. They heard Trump who understood their plight and voiced it. The working American voted while the recipient of the Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) freebies stayed home.
A MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP:
President-elect Trump, if you do what you promised, you will go down in history as a great agent of change and be remembered as one of the great presidents of our nation.