The Pew Research Center just did a study, and it showed that black voter’s turnout fell in 2016.
A record 137.5 million Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Overall voter turnout – defined as the share of adult U.S. citizens who cast ballots – was 61.4% in 2016, a share similar to 2012 but below the 63.6% who say they voted in 2008.
This wasn’t Russian hacking. This wasn’t, as Lamberth Strether sarcastically noted, “Black voters are racist, sexist bros,” this was an incompetent, arrogant, and, uninspiring candidate with a history of winking and nodding to racism. (“They are often the kinds of kids that are called superpredators — no conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first, we have to bring them to heel.”)
This was a candidate who promulgated a Lord of the Flies management style in her campaign which created an incompetent, arrogant, and uninspiring campaign.
And the Democratic party establishment, the incompetent, arrogant, and, uninspiring Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the incompetent, arrogant, and, uninspiring DNC, and the legions of incompetent, arrogant, and, uninspiring consultants pulled out all the stops to fix the primary process for her.
Running against the most racist major Presidential candidate since Woodrow Wilson, somehow, she, and the entire Democratic Party establishment, could not get black voters to turn out.
These are not the people who should be running the Democratic Party.
These are not consultants who candidates should pay to run their campaigns.
These are not people who should hold elective office.
They need to go away.
Agree with your critique of Hillary and Crew, however they DID garner nearly 3 million more votes that the current occupant of the White House. The reason the DEMs failed this year had to more to do with the gerrymandering and voter suppression the DEMs allowed the GOP to get away with for the past decade.
Finally, I would contend that anyone seeking the office of president is not qualified to hold it.
They ran up the score in California, ignored Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, etc. to try to win Indiana, and no one could ever give a reason for Hillary running beyond, "It's her turn."
The question is how do you fix this?
The answer is taking power away from the consultants and apparatchiks who screwed this up, and replace them.
Random people off the street would do a better job.
Ah…no; that's why there's currently a federal gerrymandering suit against Wisconsin, and a recent win against same in NC.
Still, agree with your assessment of the DEMs latest effort, and wholeheartedly agree that congress and the WH should be all be held by ordinary citizens drafted to hold office for 1 term.