In the wake of a truly historic election loss -- not just in the presidential election, but in the U.S. Senate and House elections and, perhaps more importantly, state elections -- Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) seem to be realizing that they made several colossal mistakes, not the least of which was not running like the wind from their God-awful presidential candidate. She turned out not only to not have coattails, she was an anchor:
It’s now clear that Democratic strategists and the media spent too much time focused on the wrong question, asking how Republicans would separate themselves from their unpopular nominee, President-elect Donald Trump.If The Washington Post notices that you got too close to a horrible liberal candidate, you really have a problem.
Instead of Trump being a drag on Republicans, Clinton became the anchor to which Democratic candidates willingly attached themselves. Despite her deep unpopularity throughout the campaign, no Democratic candidate for Senate ever tried to separate themselves from Clinton in any meaningful way.
The results are stunning in their consistency.
Clinton lost Pennsylvania, the first Democratic presidential nominee to lose the state since 1988, with 47.6 percent and a little more than 2.8 million votes. McGinty lost too, by almost the exact same margin, with 47.2 percent and about 50,000 fewer votes than Clinton. Clinton lost Wisconsin, with 46.9 percent, as did former senator Russ Feingold (D) in the Senate race, with 46.8 percent and 1,800 fewer votes than Clinton.