Why do you think Clinton lost the election?
Mostly its a perfect storm of many factors, partly her fault in terms of mistakes, partly attacks made by those who opposed her. FBI releasing info right near the end of campaign. Huge frustration throughout US with of being politically deadlocked; electing her would mean that deadlock would continue, and likely get worse. Sadly for her, she is not a charismatic politician.
The biggest factor is that too many voters simply stayed home not believing Trump had any chance of winning. He was such an underdog candidate with a big foul mouth, that Democrats assumed that even republicans who disliked Hillary would still vote for her rather than Trump. This turned out to be a bad assumption, and enough democratic states swung into his favor.
What was it about Clinton that appealed to you i.e. policies, character?
Her skills and experience to get things done. Truly sincere about wanting to help people.
Was there anything about Clinton that was potentially off putting to you as a voter?
My only concern is that if she was elected, the republication party would have doubled down on obstructionism. Not so much her, but the backlash of her getting elected president. Nothing she could really do about it.
Looking forward into next election what sort of qualities and policies would your ideal candidate embody?
Imagine if another outside ran, but someone who was more practical and truly understood both conservative and liberal perspectives, and both side felt that he or she represent them. On the democratic side, someone like Tim Cook. I am not suggesting he will or even should run for president. As president, I could see him as a good mediator between the parties, and forcing them to work on to meet deadlines.
Pew research indicates that Clinton won a smaller share of the youth vote than Obama, why do you think Clinton was unable to accrue the same level or better support from that demographic as Barack Obama?
Simple example, Barack Obama could go out do things younger people could do. He could shot hoops with people under the age of 30. He was authentic in those ways. He did not have to pretend to do "younger" things.
What do you think the democrats need to do to win victories in the coming election cycles (2018, 2020)?
Get out the vote in every state.
What can be done to counteract threats such as ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ given that they arguably played a significant role in influencing the decisions of the electorate?
I believe this will sorted out very quickly with 2017-2018. The major news outlets do adhere to high standards of journalism, so its not like Trump is exposing decades of corruption and\or some kind conspiracy by the press to control politics. They need to keep doing what they are doing, and the truth will prevail. Calling good journalism, and unbiased reporting, "Fake News", will be proven false as long as the press sticks to doing their job right, and does not get caught up in arguing over about it. Trump is trying to drag them down to level where they start creating "fake news" just to attack him, and the press should be leery of being setup by taking bait that lead them to creating fake news unintentionally; Trump then can point to very bad reporting where they report false information because they didn't check the facts\source.
The press should take his accusations as a challenge to really step up their game, and make sure they got the facts correct 100% of the time; by doing so, he will be proven to be the emperor that has no clothes.
How could you convince those who voted for Trump in 2020, didn’t vote, or voted independent, to come over to your position?
Such voters need to felt like they are being herd and being respected. Trump talks to them that way, even if he is BSing them, at least they feel he's on their side, rather than having nobody.
How Do you get people out of their bubble?
I don't know what bubble this is representing. For democrats the election results was a huge wake up call. Trump never ever should have been elected president. He is not even closely qualified to be president, yet he was elected president because he was able to make a sales pitch that enough people like better than Hilliary Clinton sales pitch. The difference is Clinton was playing by typical campaign playbook. Trump, more said, "Fuck the playbook", and took a complete different approach.
Will the election of Tom Perez help to unify the party?
At this moment, I am skeptical about Tom Perez to shift the democratic party party in a different direction. My opinion is 100% based on watching him this morning on Meet The Press. All I heard was typical Political speak, which is a major reason Hillary Clinton lost the election. What I heard was
* We are are going represent all Americans
* We stand for American values
* We are going to reach out to All Americans.
* We are the Party of the people.
He said nothing new. Heard it many times before by many politicians.