After Obama won two elections, the discussion turned to how conservatives should start understanding the liberal mind.
Oh wait, no that didn't happen.
Republicans turned instead towards extreme obstructionism, and they were then richly reward for that behavior. Does it matter the MSM completely obviated their responsibility to accurately report the reality of what was happening? Much like they normalized Trump whose entire campaign is just one huge con job, to which the American electorate gleefully replied "Yeah but emails!" Yes, but that does not also remove responsibility from the electorate from becoming informed.
That's where the blame for this nightmare lies, not the media, not Hillary Clinton, not her campaign, but the lazy ass voter who can't take their civic duty seriously. Face book memes and click bait headlines are the extent to which they keep themselves informed. And this fucking turn of elevating the uneducated white voter as some sort of hallowed demographic whose concerns are being ignored is god damn repugnant. Minorities, immigrants, single women, they apparently do not suffer from economic anxiety, only the poor white rural voter does. Electing a billionaire will surely assuage their fears. I mean WTF? (After dropping out of college for a few years I worked many blue collar jobs, and do you know what those men talked about? Cars, and women, in that order. It is impossible to discuss anything remotely abstract or removed from their frame of reference with them. They can barely be arsed to read street signs, let alone anything with paragraphs. If they could stick their dick in a tailpipe they would probably be in nirvana.)
Without a doubt, the established Democratic party has turned into a fund raising machine. The DNC abandoned local races, fielded crappy candidates (e.g. Murphy, Strickland) and are generally inept at politics without a charismatic pied piper rescuing them.