So much winning. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images One year ago, Democrats woke up to find an authoritarian insult-comic headed for the White House — and their party slouching toward oblivion. The GOP had nominated the most widely reviled presidential candidate in American history — a man who suggested he’s a serial sex criminal, just a month before Election Day — and voters still evicted Democrats from the White House. Down ballot, things were even more dire. Republicans controlled the House, the Senate, 33 governor’s mansions, and 32 state legislatures — two more, and the GOP could unilaterally initiate a constitutional convention. Soon, they would paint the judiciary red. The Obama legacy had mere months to live. The emerging Democratic majority was a wishful hallucination. The growing racial diversity of the electorate wasn’t giving progressives a permanent advantage — it was just making white working-class voters more reactionary. What’s more, despite Hillary Clinton’s fondest wishes, affluent, college-educated whites knew what side their bread was buttered on (the Trumpist GOP might be a tad gauche, but what really mattered to these suburbanites was keeping taxes low). In Team Blue’s collapsing tent, tensions were high. A civil war loomed between Hillarybots and Bernie… Read full this story
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