The demise of FDR's Democrat Party. The Democrat Party the midterm elections in 2010 has lost 900 seats in that election in the House, in the Senate. If you go to governorship, mayors, town council, if you go all over the country, the Democratic party is quietly imploding.
Hillary Clinton got six million PLUS fewer votes than Barack Obama in 2012. In 2014, the next set of midterms, the Democrats lost another 700 seats. The Democrat Party has in no uncertain terms been decimated. As they say in baseball...'They have no bench.' There is no body bringing up the rear in case Hillary lost. You could argue Bernie Sanders and there I would agree with you. Though, his policies are a little to far left of center to make a ticket on his own strength. I still think a Clinton/Sanders ticket would have been unbeatable.
The Democrats have literally been decimated by their own vain sense of self importance. The American people have been unwillingly governed by a minority against our will, and the illusion has been that they are the majority and gaining and growing at an exponential rate.
The illusion has been that lower middle class, hard working, tax paying Americans are the ones dwindling away to nothing. The truth is it has been the self entitlement crowd who has been slowly disappearing.
The mainstream media has been complaining nonstop saying, "How could we miss the Trump voter revolution?"
The truth is they didn't miss it, they saw it coming, they simply didn't tell the truth. They weren't honest about what they were finding. They weren't honest because they did not like the information that was sitting right there in-front of their faces. They had the polling data, but their arrogance would not allow them to believe that America could actually somehow slip out of their pernicious propaganda machine and think for themselves.
The concept that the pollsters were some how caught off guard by the American voters is laughable. The Democrats knew all along that Trump voters were energized, pissed off, and ready for a change. It all boils down to this... There was such a large number of narcissistic, self important, bloviates in the Democratic party that they simply ignored Trump's voters. It was total impossible for them to digest that anyone could possible think differently then they do. This is because the Democrats all go to the same schools, work in the same circles, drink in the same watering holes, associate only with other self indulgent Democrats. As such, it was utterly unthinkable to them that anyone else either existed or mattered in any meaningful way.
Hawaii senator Brian Schatz begrudgingly acknowledged that the DNC had become too removed from real American voters.
'Obviously talking to just each other didn't work,' he said. 'We need to open our minds and expand our Rolodexes beyond the people who live and breathe Washington politics. Caring only asbout our own limited self interests is what lost us the election.'
Not only did the Democrats impugn Trump voters, they also marginalized them as inbred, racists, homophobic, xenophobes. The Democratic pollsters knew exactly where the Trump supporter was coming from and they chose to their own chagrin to ignore it. Which is how Hillary Clinton lost key states that obama won in 2012. Donald Trump had many gay, Hispanic, and dare i say women voters who saw past the paper thin vitriol the Democrats were pumping onto the airwaves 24/7.
Since the Democratic pollsters could not ignore the distressing numbers staring them in the face, they chose to pretend that it didn't exist. The greatest betrayal of all was that no one in the Democratic party had the cojones to stand up and say the Empress has no clothes.
There is a fairy tale called "The Emperor's New Clothes." In the story the Emperor is a vain man and always wants the newest fashions. A couple of swindlers convince him that the clothes they are making him are of such fine quality that only the most elevated people can see them.
He is to self absorbed, to self important to EVER admit that he's not the most elevated person, so he wears the clothes in the palace, and everyone bows down and says what a fine set of clothes he has.
All because they are afraid to speak the TRUTH , to afraid to contradict the Emperor. Then, one day he goes out to do a press release and to show off his new clothes to the people.
Everyone is too afraid to speak and quietly pretends to admire the 'invisible' clothes. That is except for one little boy who yells out "The Emperor has no clothes on!"
The moral of the political story is that living in Washington, surrounded by sycophants and pollsters, whose job depends on making you happy, often leads to blind arrogance. Pretentiousness and self absorption are not traits that serves the Democratic nominee well in the general election.