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2016 Postmortem

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Wed Nov 16, 2016, 11:37 PM Nov 2016

Clinton Campaign Was Undone By Its Own Neglect [View all]

From the Huffpo


WASHINGTON ― In the closing weeks of the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton’s staff in key Midwest states sent out alarms to their headquarters in Brooklyn. They were facing a problematic shortage of paid canvassers to help turn out the vote.

For months, the Clinton campaign had banked on a wide army of volunteer organizers to help corral independents and Democratic leaners and re-energize a base not particularly enthused about the election. But they were volunteers. And as anecdotal data came back to offices in key battlegrounds, concern mounted that leadership had skimped on a critical campaign function.

“It was arrogance, arrogance that they were going to win. That this was all wrapped up,” a senior battleground state operative told The Huffington Post.

In Michigan alone, a senior battleground state operative told HuffPost that the state party and local officials were running at roughly one-tenth the paid canvasser capacity that Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) had when he ran for president in 2004. Desperate for more human capital, the state party and local officials ended up raising $300,000 themselves to pay 500 people to help canvass in the election’s closing weeks. By that point, however, they were operating in the dark. One organizer said that in a precinct in Flint, they were sent to a burned down trailer park. No one had taken it off the list of places to visit because no one had been there until the final weekend. Clinton lost the state by 12,000 votes.

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More Hillary bashing posts. Thank you so much. leftofcool Nov 2016 #1
A proper postmortem requires an examination of what went wrong so lessons may be learned Kilgore Nov 2016 #4
Indeed so Duckhunter935 Nov 2016 #6
Totally agree LeftInTX Nov 2016 #9
I agree we need to do proper understanding of what happened so we can strategize for 2018 and 2020 MyNameIsKhan Nov 2016 #12
Most of us know full well why she lost, so keep your lessons to yourself. leftofcool Nov 2016 #13
No. This is an open website for Democrats, and WE ALL HAVE A DOG IN THIS FIGHT... Raster Nov 2016 #16
Agreed. ErikJ Nov 2016 #21
most of us know what exactly? 0rganism Nov 2016 #40
Some people are still in the DU-Hillary General Election mode, BlueProgressive Nov 2016 #45
Well nobody is perfect ! TrekLuver Nov 2016 #2
Good point! Wilms Nov 2016 #10
Everyone thinks they're an expert in hindsight radical noodle Nov 2016 #3
There are stories like this after every election marylandblue Nov 2016 #5
Yes. Michigan's Congresswoman Debbie Dingell said the same things. elleng Nov 2016 #7
Thanks for the link Kilgore Nov 2016 #17
You're welcome. elleng Nov 2016 #18
And will continue to be. Kilgore Nov 2016 #19
and if that's the case, bye bye 2018 and 2020. elleng Nov 2016 #20
Unnamed sources and their cub reporter promoters can shove it. oasis Nov 2016 #8
Cub reporter? Kilgore Nov 2016 #15
Meaningless analysis. TexasTowelie Nov 2016 #11
Bullshit. The article, I mean. n/t duffyduff Nov 2016 #14
uh, someone pretty clearly fucked up vis a vis the rust belt. Warren DeMontague Nov 2016 #24
I thought our ground game was supposed to be the difference? I guess it was. DemocraticWing Nov 2016 #22
NA NA NA NA NA NA NA Warren DeMontague Nov 2016 #23
Clinton Campaign Was Undone by the Director of the FBI kebob Nov 2016 #25
This!!! DemonGoddess Nov 2016 #43
Maybe the Clinton campaign was undone when she had that private server installed. BlueProgressive Nov 2016 #46
It's good to see there are those who are willing to face reality, rather than ignore it. Behind the Aegis Nov 2016 #26
i think this was the biggest fault JI7 Nov 2016 #27
I'm sure all the Hillary bashing promoted by certain members of the left didn't help either. Lil Missy Nov 2016 #28
Thank you. Well said. Paladin Nov 2016 #29
Thanks for your concern. Yessiree, that diaper load was just waiting to drop. Raster Nov 2016 #31
Please stop... Mellomugwump Nov 2016 #35
My opinion remains the same and is not negotiable. n/t Lil Missy Nov 2016 #41
Yeah... kenfrequed Nov 2016 #44
Trump had a lot of people on the right bashing him and he won LeftInTX Nov 2016 #36
I HAVE seen a candidate get bashed worse than Trump. Lil Missy Nov 2016 #42
Huffington Post: Where fake journalists are given a platform NCTraveler Nov 2016 #30
It wasn't just those states. Lots of counties in upstate NY, Maine, geek tragedy Nov 2016 #32
Hillary wasn't undone by anything. Even with Russian voting, she won! kydo Nov 2016 #33
Yep that's why she conceded...so she could be the jmg257 Nov 2016 #37
you are on the wrong site. Demsrule86 Nov 2016 #34
Thank you for your opinion Kilgore Nov 2016 #38
You are welcome. Demsrule86 Nov 2016 #39
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