VDH spoke to a [middle-aged] group of the Young Americas Foundation. His analysis of the damage that Obama did to the Democratic Party is accurate. Obama is far to the left of the Democrats, but he shifted the centre of political discussion leftward, at the expense of the voting strength of the Democratic Party. He points out that someone in middle America is always paying the price of the smug misplaced idealism of rich liberals on the coasts. Hence a man with orange skin, yellow hair and a vocabulary of at best 1000 words is now governing them, because he figured this out early. The Republican Establishment is still trying to figure out where they went wrong. They confused their class disdain for something more serious, actua; political disagreement.
The Democratic leadership is not yet asking itself the question, “why, if we are so smart, are we losing?” For them, the election was illegitimate, and did not happen.
You cannot win a war if you fail to realize that you are losing it.
As for Trump, he fights. He wins. And the progressive transformation the Left envisaged for America is not happening.