Why Clinton Lost According to Bernie Supporters

As many of you know, I was a pragmatic supporter of Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary of 2016.  By “pragmatic” supporter, that means that I believed in his message but was not troubled to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election.  I’ve been a democrat all my life.  (I literally cried in 1980 when Reagan won). The interesting impact of that is that my Facebook friends list still, to this day, a year later, contains many Bernie supporters.  Some of my Bernie friends are rather ardent, where Bernie could do no wrong.  Many of that subset are absolutely convinced that Bernie was cheated out of the nomination and that the cheating gave the election to Trump.  They literally blame the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for the Trump presidency. For this group, Hillary’s book “What Happened” is a very negative thing.  They feel that Clinton ran a bad campaign, that she was the wrong candidate, etc.  For her to describe her reasons for the loss feels, for them, to be a case of a blind fool describing why they failed.  By the Duning-Kruger effect, a person who fails is very often not competent to describe why they failed. Clinton, in her book, describes 16 reasons that she failed.  She gives some clear reasons that make sense.  I won’t go into a lot of detail about what she DID include.  Many are obvious.  Things like gaffes (deplorables) and misogyny.  None of the Bernie friends disputed any of these.  They are real.  But there are still three reasons that she did not include. Three Things Clinton Missed And here’s the...