By all accounts, this election was Hillary Clinton’s to lose. Although James Comey’s decision to violate the Hatch Act and try to swing the election certainly didn’t help Clinton, the real reason she lost was her inability to gauge the public mood and adapt to it.
Her support of NAFTA and the Trans Pacific Partnership angered voters who were seeing their jobs shipped overseas. Although Clinton solidly won all three presidential debates, the best criticisms that Trump landed in those performances were regarding trade.
Clinton’s pledge to not add a penny to the national debt, although austerity has been a disaster for the working class, also showed how tone deaf her campaign was.
The Democratic Party will need to start listening to leaders like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, both popular, charismatic figures with a much better grasp of what really matters to the American people, if they want to regain the offices they have lost.