Great. That just means Republicans are behind as the 2018 race begins. Republicans need to learn the real lessons of 2016, and fast.
History shows a president's party gets creamed in the mid-term election if he takes voters for granted (Clinton in 1994, Bush in 2006, and Obama in 2010 and 2014) but he wins if he does not take voters for granted (Clinton in 1998, and Bush in 2002).
What we learned:
1. Reaching out to voters as Americans works. Not as blacks. Not as whites. Not as Hispanics. Not as men. Not as women. Not as LGBT. As Americans.
2. Name-calling backfires. Trump not only took six states that Obama won twice, but he took 22 that voted against Obama twice. Plus the two that he took in 2008 but lost in 2012. By playing the sex card, Hillary added no states and lost eight that Obama carried in 2008.
3. A message beats money. Even a rookie can beat a well-oiled, well-financed, experienced team.
4. Never Trump does not matter. I told readers in March that Trump can win without them. I am not Joe Genius. I looked at the map and saw most Never Trumpers lived in places Trump did not need to win: California, D.C., Maryland, New York, and Virginia.
5. BLM does not matter. We know that because Obama switched that machine off.
So far, sounds great for Republicans. Except it is not.
The 2016 race was closer than it needed to be because of Trump's mistakes.
1. He failed to court the media. Kellyanne Conway mitigated the damage by being a good fire extinguisher. Republicans need more reporters, editors, and pundits. This is a long-term problem.
2. Republicans failed to work together. Arizona and Utah were closer than they should have been. Don't know if Colorado could have been won but the state party seemed unenthusiastic. John Kasich beclowned himself in Ohio, but ironically because he did such a good job as governor, the Republican brand is high and Trump won.
3. Not staying on message hurts. Three words of advice for President Trump:
Let it go.But that works two ways. Harry Reid may have cost his state Nevada by trying to play attack dog.
4. A Republican Congress has no accimolishments to show the public. The party has run out of excuses. With their pistols of 2018 raised, the voters say: "Stand and deliver."
Republicans will have to give the people -- not the lobbyists -- something.
I would build a wall, but that is just me.
Oh and indict the witch.