Democrats have been shuffling through every agonizing step of the acceptance of the devastating 2016 election, but Huffington Post journalist Sam Stein forced them to face and accept the utter decimation on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Wednesday.
In response to President Barack Obama denying his culpability in Hillary's loss and his insistence that he would have won against Donald Trump in a run for a third term, Stein begrudgingly contradicted the president:
This was as much a dig against [Democratic nominee Hillary] Clinton as it was Trump from President Obama, and you know, to a certain extent, you have to say OK, the Democrats are maybe overanalyzing their loss a tiny bit because they did end up with 2.9 or 2.8 million more votes for their candidate — it was 80,000 in three states that really cost her.
But then on the other hand, you look at the destruction of the Democratic Party under Barack Obama's leadership and you have to wonder, you know, what was the political — what were the electoral benefits that he gave to the party?
He leaves them under a much worse position — the states are decimated, they lost control of the House and the Senate, the governorships are decimated. So yeah, he is obviously a gifted candidate. He did won [sic] election twice by substantial margins, but you know, his legacy as a politician is a bit muddied by all of that.
It's really difficult to see any other interpretation from the electoral results aside from Obama's massive political failure, even while he enjoys very high personal approval ratings.
Clearly, the American people said that they liked Obama personally, but his policies were an abject failure, and they want to seek a different path. Unfortunately for Obama, that means a complete unraveling of his "legacy" under the Trump regime.
Democrats are still struggling to reconcile their adoration for Obama with the decimation of the Democratic Party while he led it and the country.