She did not win a majority of the vote. She won 48%. Why is is that when discussing HRC people feel the need to overcompensate on her behalf?
Regardless, winning the popular vote while losing the EC is evidence of a horrible campaign, not evidence of a good one. She spent resources in red states like Arizona & Texas, while ignoring the so-called blue wall in the rust belt even against Bill Clinton’s advice. She ran up the score in big urban areas, while losing rural & suburban working class voters that Obama actually won. She managed to lose safe states like Wisconsin & Pennsylvania, which during many presidential elections Republicans were mocked for even attempting to compete in.
Hers was a canpaign riddled with mistakes. Writing off Ohio almost immediately should’ve been a huge red flag for democrats. Choosing a milquetoast, centrist & unexciting white guy as VP was moronic, considering Bernie voters (45% of primary voters) were still skeptical of her & a PoC on the ticket would’ve excited the base. The deplorables comment was also crippling, no matter how true it may have been. Of course, she has a history of bizarre & inappropriate (for a politician running for office) comments, from black children being “super predators,” to “we’re gonna put a lot of coal miners outta work,” to praising Henry freakin Kissinger during a democratic primary debate.
She’s just a bad politician. People don’t like her, & her decades-long blood feud with the GOP & the media has left her with too many scars. She should’ve accepted her limitations & chose a different career path that didn’t require running for things. SecState was obviously a good idea, though she didn’t excel at that. Perhaps she would’ve made a great SC justice during Obama’s early years, back when she had enough good will left in the Senate to be confirmed.
Also, this is deeply unfair & largely out of her control, but her very public collapse from pneumonia was IMO the final thing that killed her campaign. The video of her being tossed into a car like a sack of potatoes was brutal, & to have it come immediately after a string of conspiracy theories about her health didn’t help. I don’t know what kind of damage control a campaign can attempt after something like that, but the time off Clinton had to take from campaigning surely didn’t help in the long run. Again, this was out of her control… but the trademark Clinton secrecy about her health leading up to this only made the collapse seem even more suspect in a lot of people’s eyes.
All that being said, if Kasich or Rubio or some other relatively sane Republican had been her opponent, we might’ve been looking at a landslide of Reagan proportions. The GOP nominating Trump was really her best chance to become president, & she blew even that, while losing a huge chunk of the Democratic coalition to the opposition in the process.
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