The Thursday holiday has conspired to upend my week and cut down on any real chance for reading. Color me surprised that the one thing worth sharing would come via Glenn Greenwald, whom I ordinarily can’t stand. I guess every now and then a blind squirrel finds a nut:
Democrats: blame everyone else
Given the way Donald Trump completely detonated the GOP over the past 18 months, it’s easy to forget that in the aftermath of 2012’s loss, the party was incredibly introspective and self-critical about why Romney lost. The autopsy report pointed a lot of fingers inward, and asked: “what can we do better to broaden our appeal and win national elections?” Despite 2016’s outcome, I’d comfortably wager the GOP of 2024 looks much closer to the autopsy report than this year’s electorate.
This critical eye is a stunning contrast to the Democrats’ reaction to Hillary Clinton’s loss. Torch the Electoral College! America has 60 million racists! Voters hate women!
The reaction has been as if it’s impossible a person could disagree with the Democratic agenda, find Hillary Clinton to be a terrible candidate on her merits, or feel as those the Democrats don’t have their interests in mind. Plenty of people didn’t vote for Trump — they voted against Hillary and the left. I don’t expect my vision for a party to align with where the Democratic party ends up, and in fact, I suspect they’ll be even more distasteful to me by the time 2020 rolls around. But to say the fallout within each party has been a study in contrasts would be an understatement.