Democrats have learned noth­ing from Trump de­feat

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - MATT MACKOWIAK Matt Mackowiak is the pres­i­dent of Po­tomac Strat­egy Group, a Repub­li­can con­sul­tant, a Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion and Bush-Cheney re-elec­tion cam­paign vet­eran, and for­mer press sec­re­tary to two U.S. se­na­tors. He is the host of a new na­tional polit

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell of­ten says, “There’s no ed­u­ca­tion in the sec­ond kick of a mule.” Democrats ap­pear to want to test the propo­si­tion. Des­per­ate to con­vince them­selves they didn’t lose the na­tional elec­tion, Democrats wasted sev­eral weeks on a fu­tile at­tempt to per­suade Elec­toral Col­lege mem­bers to over­turn the re­sult on Nov. 8.

The re­sult? More elec­tors aban­doned Hil­lary Clin­ton than did Don­ald Trump.

Cit­ing the pop­u­lar vote as the only le­git­i­mate mea­sure of a pres­i­den­tial vic­tory is akin to a foot­ball team wish­ing to ad­vance in the play­offs based solely on yards gained. Ev­ery­one knew the rules ahead of time, and it’s points that count, not yards.

Mrs. Clin­ton lost the pres­i­den­tial race in a per­fect storm, with sev­eral fac­tors com­bin­ing to end in a nar­row “Blue Wall” vic­tory for Mr. Trump that pushed him over 300 elec­toral votes.

Clin­tonites are blam­ing ev­ery­one but them­selves. They blame the FBI. They blame Rus­sia. The blame the me­dia. They blame sex­ism. Are they tak­ing any re­spon­si­bil­ity what­so­ever?

Maybe they could blame them­selves for nom­i­nat­ing a can­di­date un­der investigation by the FBI?

Maybe they could blame the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee for rig­ging the game against Sen. Bernard San­ders, who would have won the nom­i­na­tion in a fair fight?

Maybe they could blame Mrs. Clin­ton, for run­ning a ter­ri­ble and unin­spired cam­paign with no eco­nomic mes­sage and an un­wise “sta­tus quo” strat­egy in a change year?

Maybe they could blame Pres­i­dent Obama, for dec­i­mat­ing the Demo­cratic Party over eight years, weak­en­ing its in­fra­struc­ture, hol­low­ing out its bench, leav­ing it ef­fec­tively pen­ni­less and pass­ing the torch to his cho­sen suc­ces­sor at a time when seven in ten Amer­i­cans think the coun­try headed in the wrong di­rec­tion?

Maybe they could blame Mr. Obama for knight­ing Mrs. Clin­ton, and not the loyal, tire­less, and re­lat­able Vice Pres­i­dent Joseph R. Bi­den, per­haps as her re­ward for agree­ing to serve as sec­re­tary of state after a bru­tal 2008 pri­mary loss?

Maybe they could blame Brooklyn for par­a­lyz­ing ar­ro­gance, of a type that ig­nored Wis­con­sin en­tirely and al­lowed for only two vis­its to Michi­gan the en­tire gen­eral elec­tion?

Maybe they could look in­ward, and re­al­ize that un­less the Clin­tons had cre­ated a pri­vate server and never set up a gov­ern­ment email ad­dress, there would have been no FBI investigation?

Maybe they could look in­ward, and re­al­ize that rais­ing foreign do­na­tions for a fam­ily foun­da­tion — while one spouse is serv­ing as sec­re­tary of state!! — would at a min­i­mum in­vite se­ri­ous ques­tions and per­haps even sug­gest crim­i­nal­ity?

For­give my gulli­bil­ity. I al­lowed my mind to wan­der into a par­al­lel uni­verse where Democrats al­low for in­tro­spec­tion, hon­esty and re­spon­si­bil­ity. Given the choice to an­a­lyze hon­estly and soberly how they lost to Mr. Trump, a pre­vi­ously unimag­in­able out­come, or to shift blame and pre­tend it did not hap­pen, you can guess which path Democrats took.

Mr. Trump has demon­strated that he can win white blue-col­lar vot­ers across the mid­sec­tion of the coun­try. Democrats have not. As a re­sult, Repub­li­cans now claim 52 U.S. Se­nate seats, 240 U.S. House seats and 32 gov­er­nor­ships.

In­deed, Mr. Obama has been very good for grow­ing the Repub­li­can Party and win­ning elec­tions.

The ques­tion fac­ing Democrats now is this: What did they learn from los­ing the 2016 elec­tion? They pledge to op­pose Pres­i­dent Trump no mat­ter what he says or does.

How­ever, 10 Demo­cratic se­na­tors are up for re-elec­tion in 2018 from states Mr. Trump car­ried, four in states he won eas­ily. Will those Democrats ig­nore their own re-elec­tion chances to slav­ishly march to the beat of coastal Democrats who have learned noth­ing?

Ig­no­rance may very well be bliss, but re­al­ity even­tu­ally mugs any­one who ig­nores it. The mule will kick again soon.

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