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What if “electability” is more about authenticity than moderation? (It is.)

“It may well be that the same candidates who appeal authentically to progressive emotional sensibilities will also appeal to the voters Democrats most need to persuade in the purple districts and states they need to win–as well as bring out people who otherwise just wouldn’t vote at all,” writes David Atkins. (He’s correct.)

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In 1964, the GOP ceased to be the party of Lincoln and became the party of Southern whites. As I now look back with the clarity of hindsight, I am convinced that coded racial appeals had at least as much, if not more, to do with the electoral success of the modern Republican Party than all of the domestic and foreign policy proposals crafted by well-intentioned analysts like me. This is what liberals have been saying for decades. I never believed them. Now I do, because Trump won by making the racist appeal, hitherto relatively subtle, obvious even to someone such as me who used to be in denial.

— Max Boot: The dark side of American conservatism has taken over

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Today, with Trump in office, the problems of the right are the problems of all Americans. And the worst part of it is that we—conservatives—did this to ourselves.

— Charles Sykes: How the right wing lost its mind and embraced Donald Trump

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I arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putins private chair at his desk and office in the Kremlin. I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected. We both know no one else knows how to pull this off without stupidity or greed getting in the way. Buddy our boy can become President of the USA and we can engineer it. I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.

— Excerpt from a newly unearthed email sent by Felix Sater, a Trump “business associate”, who in 2015 promised to engineer a real estate deal that would lead to a Trump electoral victory. (The New York Times: Trump associate boasted hat Moscow business deal ‘will get Donald elected’)

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Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was on Meet the Press today, and when asked about whether a new chief of staff can put an end to chaos in the White House, he predictably responded:

I say you have to let Trump be Trump. That is what has made him successful over the last thirty years. That is what the American people voted for. And anybody who thinks they’re going to change Donald Trump doesn’t know Donald Trump.

Lewandowski is wrong. The American people didn’t vote for Donald Trump. The Electoral College did. That is why Trump is President. The American people collectively voted for Hillary Clinton to be their Commander-in-Chief.

In the election, Clinton received 65,853,516 votes, or 48.5%. Trump received 62,984,825 votes, or 46.4%. That is a difference of 2,868,691 votes.

Also, Donald Trump’s career as a businessman has been littered with repeated failures and bankruptcies, so it can hardly be called successful. Trump has certainly conned people into buying into that mythology, however.

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Reminder of the day: The American people voted for Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump

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Reminder of the day: The American people voted for Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump

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Reminder of the day: The American people voted for Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump

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Reminder of the day: The American people voted for Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump

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Canadians want Prime Minister Trudeau to stand up to Trump, poll finds

“Most Canadians want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stand up to Donald Trump as a champion of progressive values and the international order, even if it strains Canada-U.S. relations, according to a new poll from Nanos Research Group,” The Globe and Mail reports.

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As far as I know, she didn’t stop at any UAW halls. I probably would have been invited to be with her if she was going to one, and I never got that invitation. She didn’t do any labor-specific events that I’m aware of. It’s pretty rare that you aren’t working closely with labor in a campaign, especially for statewide office.

— Senator Gary Peters (via Vox: Hillary Clinton’s loss in Michigan, explained by the last Democrat to win in Michigan)

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“It was very surgical and corporate. They had their model, this is how they’re going to do it. Their thing was, ‘We don’t have to leave [literature] at the doors, everyone knows who Hillary Clinton is,’” said one person involved in the Michigan campaign. “But in terms of activists, it seems different, it’s maybe they don’t care about us.” Michigan operatives relay stories like one about an older woman in Flint who showed up at a Clinton campaign office, asking for a lawn sign and offering to canvass, being told these were not “scientifically” significant ways of increasing the vote, and leaving, never to return. A crew of building trade workers showed up at another office looking to canvass, but, confused after being told there was no literature to hand out like in most campaigns, also left and never looked back.

— Edward-Issac Dovere: How Clinton lost Michigan — and blew the election

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[N]ow that a recount is underway, we believe we have an obligation to the more than 64 million Americans who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton to participate in ongoing proceedings to ensure that an accurate vote count will be reported.

— Marc Elias: Listening and responding to calls for an audit and recount

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A Minority President

Linguist and progressive strategist George Lakoff discusses why the polls failed, and what the majority can do.

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Television doesn’t know the difference between fact and fiction, and over time, viewers have also inevitably conflated the two in their minds.

— David Wiegand: News as entertainment set stage for Trump win

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Students across the country are walking about following Trump’s victory — like these in East Bay

“Holding signs reading ‘Not our president’ and defiantly chanting Wednesday morning, thousands of students spilled out of East Bay high schools, taking to the streets in anti-Donald Trump protests — the latest round of action across the Bay Area following the New York billionaire’s election to the highest office in the land,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Similar events are happening in other cities.

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Raw video: Khizr Khan addresses crowd before Hillary Clinton rally

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FBI more out of control than we knew

“It would seem that basically everyone at the FBI is leaking their sides of various internal disputes and turf wars, largely tied to various investigations of the Clintons or attempts to start investigations of the Clintons. That alone paints a picture of Director James Comey as having totally lost control of the organization,” writes Josh Marshall.

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We have three major voter suppression operations under way.

— A top Trump operative, admitting to Bloomberg that Trump is trying to keep Democratic voters from voting (Inside the Trump bunker, with twelve days to go).

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Fiscal foolishness

“Over all, Chris Wallace was better than I expected. But he was pretty bad on fiscal issues,” writes Paul Krugman.

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They stood by while this happened, and Donald Trump as he’s prone to do, he didn’t build the building himself — he just slapped his name on it and took credit for it.

— President Obama to Republicans: You built Trump