When Republicans lose an election, the become introspective (mostly) to determine what they did wrong and how they can do better. When Democrats lose, most introspection goes out the window in favor of Blamestorming
And it extended through the suburbs of Cleveland and Minneapolis, of Manchester, N.H., and the sprawl north of Tampa, Fla., where middle-class white voters chose Mr. Trump over Hillary Clinton.
One of the biggest upsets in American political history was built on a coalition of white voters unlike that of any other previous Republican candidate, according to election results and interviews with voters and demographic experts
Which is obviously a problem for the lily white writers at the NY Times. How dare white people vote in their best interests!!!!
Mr. Trump’s coalition comprised not just staunchly conservative Republicans in the South and West. They were joined by millions of voters in the onetime heartlands of 20th-century liberal populism — the Upper and Lower Midwest — where white Americans without a college degree voted decisively to reject the more diverse, educated and cosmopolitan Democratic Party of the 21st century, making Republicans the country’s dominant political party at every level of government.
In other words, they’re calling them all stupid. You can feel the sneering condescension, can you not?
But Mr. Trump also won over millions of voters who had once flocked to President Obama’s promise of hope and change, and who on Tuesday saw in Mr. Trump their best chance to dampen the most painful blows of globalization and trade, to fight special interests, and to be heard and protected. Twelve percent of Mr. Trump’s supporters approved of Mr. Obama, according to the exit polls.
Those people saw no hope and change. Obama’s America is one of stagnation, low wage jobs, division at all levels, a government that attacks it’s citizens while hooking up Iran, etc and so forth. Back in February, Peggy Noonan wrote about the Protected vs The Unprotected
But I keep thinking of how Donald Trump got to be the very likely Republican nominee. There are many answers and reasons, but my thoughts keep revolving around the idea of protection. It is a theme that has been something of a preoccupation in this space over the years, but I think I am seeing it now grow into an overall political dynamic throughout the West.
There are the protected and the unprotected. The protected make public policy. The unprotected live in it. The unprotected are starting to push back, powerfully.
The protected are the accomplished, the secure, the successful—those who have power or access to it. They are protected from much of the roughness of the world. More to the point, they are protected from the world they have created. Again, they make public policy and have for some time.
Go back and read it again. Seems rather right on the mark. People voting for what they perceive as the guy who will protect them. Why do you think the drain the swamp call resonated with so many?
Of course, the Dems will not accept why they failed. They will simply blamestorm.