A better question would be: why did the Democrats loose. A reasonable explanation for that has been given by political scientist at the Colombia University, Mark Lilla, referring to the change in the Democrats politics. He uses the term Identity Politics that puts emphasis on the importance of minorities. According to Lilla, “with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the anti-capitalist economic preoccupations of the old Left began to take a backseat to a new way of understanding oppression: the politics of redistribution was replaced by a ‘politics of recognition.’ That’s how modern identity politics was born.
The standard liberal answer for nearly a generation now has been that we should become aware of and ‘celebrate’ our differences. Which is a splendid principle of moral pedagogy — but disastrous as a foundation for democratic politics in our ideological age. In recent years American liberalism has slipped into a kind of moral panic about racial, gender and sexual identity that has distorted liberalism’s message and prevented it from becoming a unifying force.
One of the many lessons of the recent presidential election campaign and its outcome is that Hillary Clinton was at her best and most uplifting when she spoke about American interests in world affairs and how they relate to our understanding of democracy. But when it came to life at home, she tended on the campaign trail to lose that large vision and slip into the rhetoric of diversity, calling out explicitly to African-American, Latino, L.G.B.T. and women voters at every stop. This was a strategic mistake. If you are going to mention groups in America, you had better mention all of them. If you don’t, those left out will notice and feel excluded. Which, as the data show, was precisely what happened with the white working class and those with strong religious convictions. Fully two-thirds of white voters without college degrees voted for Donald Trump, as did over 80 percent of white evangelicals.”
After the 2016 elections the Democrats proved to be sore losers. According to Mrs. Clinton her victory was stolen from her. When later the Democrats won the election of the House of Representatives and Mrs. Pelosi became speaker of the House, a relentless hunt for everything Trump might have done wrong dominates this reign. Impeachment became the magic word to get rid of this hated president. But how to impeach someone who only has the suspicion of treason, bribery, or other high crimes or misdemeanors, which after endless investigations cannot be proven? “Quid Pro Quo” became the most popular quotation of the year. This whole Democratic circus driven by hate became a shameful show, a parliament unworthy.
Whatever one thinks about this president, his authoritarian, clumsy, brutal and sometimes offending statements, he has uplifted the US economy and tried everything to regulate the out of control influx of immigrants. This, and the constant obstruction by the Democrats will only increase Trump’s chance for a second term. I have my doubts though about his foreign policy and his drastic trade wars. In the meantime the more radical Democrats propose a socialistic approach of society. Not everybody likes that idea.