Okay, yes, Hillary was a bad candidate. But she lost for reasons beyond that factor. She lost in general because Republicans pay little attention to promoting substantive issues and instead put all their energy into figuring out how, by hook or crook, to win or fix elections.

Next for the first time in a long time the know-nothings have congealed within a single party, backed by a powerful right-wing media.

Then there is the fact that the Republicans could not have won had they not managed, through voter suppression tactics, to shave a few hundred thousand votes out of a half dozen key states — each.

Then there is the fact that Trump would not have won without of barrage of Russian fake news stories.

And of course Comey’s terrible timing alone could have done her in.

And perhaps worst of all there were Democrats refusing to vote for the lesser of two evils, once again opening the door for a horrendous Republican president.

Had just one of these factors not been in play within this perfect storm we would not be in our current, terrible nightmare.

Yes, I voted for Bernie in the primary, but I sure as hell wasn’t stupid enough not to vote for Hillary in the general against the existential threat of Trump. Expecting things to be perfect short of entering heaven is a disastrous pipe dream, a lesson some never seem to learn.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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