A compilation of articles worth reading about why Democrats lost and what they should do now
I’ve read lots of articles lately on why Hillay Clinton lost. The best, of course, are those that provide a systemic explanation of the failures of the Democratic Party to connect to voters, but also, which analyze the state of American society today. Here is a list of those articles, for easy reference:
Bernie Sanders Warns Democrats They May Not Win in 2016 Without Him
by Patrick Healy, New York Times, Aug 28, 2015
Over a year ago Bernie Sanders called why Clinton couldn’t win. She didn’t.
How Half Of America Lost Its F**king Mind
By David Wong, in Cracked October 12, 2016
This is an explanation of the rural/urban divide published before the election.
For All Democrats to Ponder: The Real Reasons Hillary Clinton Lost
Tony Brasunas in Medium, Nov 12, 2016
A quick, easy to read summary of the reasons. If you want a quick explanation, this is it.
Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit
by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, November 9 2016
Greenwald has been one of the few journalists actually willing to speak truth to power. And he got it right once again.
President Trump: How America Got It So Wrong
Journalists and politicians blew off the warning signs of a Trump presidency – now, we all must pay the price
by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, Nov 10, 2016
Taibbi has been consistently one of the best writers in this election, his analysis is spot on.
What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class
by Joan C. Williams, Harvard Business Review, Nov 10, 2016
Interesting perspective from a Hastings law professor which rings true, even if it reminds me of Hitler’s analysis of the German working classes.
What a liberal sociologist learned from spending five years in Trump’s America
by Brad Plumer, Vox, Oct 25, 2016
You hear people ask why do working class white people vote against their own interests. Here is the answer.
Donald Trump is moving to the White House, and liberals put him there
Hillary Clinton was exactly the wrong candidate: a technocrat who offered fine-tuning when the country wanted to take a sledgehammer to the machine
by Thomas Frank, The Guardian, Nov 9, 2016
Inequality Among Women Is Crucial to Understanding Hillary’s Loss
Working-class women who voted for Trump tell us a lot about feminism’s relationship to class politics.
By Kathleen Geier in The Nation, November 11, 2016
To summarize: white working class women are hurt by neoliberalism as much as men are.
How Hillary Lost North Carolina: Most People Disliked Her
by Michael Tracey, Medium, Nov 11, 2016
Why African Americans failed to vote for Clinton and whites voted for Trump.
The Democratic Party Deserved To Die
Demographics are not destiny. Candidates do matter. And it is still the economy, stupid.
by Kristal Ball, Huffington Post, Nov 9, 2016
Another article describing how the Democratic Party ignored Clinton’s flaws.
The Democratic Party is dead to me
by Broke-Ass Stuart in The Examiner, Nov 9, 2016
Not as much an analysis but a response by someone who did vote for Hillary Clinton against his own conscience.
I Would Love to Share in Your Incredulity
by Thomas S. Harrington, Common Dreams, Nov 10th, 2016
And indictment of Democrats who brought us to Trump