"She was playing the long game—attacking Sanders strongly enough to win, but gently enough to avoid alienating his supporters."
You overestimate her limited charisma. She vexed more than half the country into picking Norman Osborne as POTUS.
'Given her overwhelming support from communities of color—for example, about 70 percent of African-American voters cast their ballot for her—Clinton had a firewall that would be difficult for Sanders to breach.'
Lotta good that did. Identity politics pandering goes nowhere. See the KKK.
" I have seen the opposition book assembled by Republicans for Sanders, and it was brutal. The Republicans would have torn him apart. And while Sanders supporters might delude themselves into believing that they could have defended him against all of this, there is a name for politicians who play defense all the time: losers."
Bernie would have campaigned in the Midwest. Something, Shrillary Wouldn't Do.
'Working class people would have flocked to Gandalf.
Sanders, straight out of the Republican playbook: He thinks rape is A-OK. In 1972, when he was 31, Sanders wrote a fictitious essay in which he described a woman enjoying being raped by three men.'
How out of touch are you? 50 Shades of Gray was a hot topic of discussion where I work. Since it was a best seller, that type of fantasy must have followers...
'“environmental racist” on Republican billboards.'
Vote for me or a wall goes up & you get kicked out of the country. Simple counter.
'Worst of all, the Republicans also had video of Sanders at a 1985 rally thrown by the leftist Sandinista government'
Ancient history, Reagan called the Contra "Founding Fathers" & helped fund the Taliban. No one cares but you Bort.
'(The section calling him a communist with connections to Castro alone would have cost him Florida.)'
It's Florida, who cares.
"the belief that Sanders would have walked into the White House based on polls taken before anyone really attacked him is a delusion built on a scaffolding of political ignorance."
And the belief that Hillary was electable was delusional bordering on psychotic. She was an unlikable, two faced Hag & was hated by most people. That ain't sexist, a lot of women hate her.
'Could Sanders still have won? Well, Trump won, so anything is possible. But Sanders supporters puffing up their chests as they arrogantly declare Trump would have definitely lost against their candidate deserve to be ignored.'
Those who ignore history are doomed to see Trump reelected.
"Which leads back to the main point: Awash in false conspiracy theories and petulant immaturity,"
You mean like the Russians & Wikileaks?
"liberals put Trump in the White House. Trump won slightly fewer votes than Romney did in 2012—60.5 million compared with 60.9 million. On the other hand, almost 5 million Obama voters either stayed home or cast their votes for someone else. More than twice as many millennials—a group heavily invested in the “Sanders was cheated out of the nomination” fantasy—voted third-party."
Next time, don't hold a loser up like Hillary & claim she's worthy.
"The laughably unqualified Jill Stein of the Green Party got 1.3 million votes; those voters almost certainly opposed Trump; if just the Stein voters in Michigan had cast their ballot for Clinton, she probably would have won the state. And there is no telling how many disaffected Sanders voters cast their ballot for Trump."
If Killary had come out against TTP, said what she'd Actually do for the country & not just attack Trump & Bernie I might have been able to hold my nose. Unfortunately, we learned of the Goldman Sachs speeches...
She wasn't trustworthy.
'Of course, there will still be those voters who snarl, “She didn’t earn my vote,” as if somehow their narcissism should override all other considerations in the election. That, however, is not what an election is about. Voters are charged with choosing the best person to lead the country, not the one who appeals the most to their egos.'
My family suffered dearly due to NAFTA, what makes you think I want the murky sequel coming to pass?
Hillary just didn't have what it took to lead a country. Sorry you can't see that.