It was emotionally difficult to make the table below. It’s difficult to think about all that has happened in the past quarter century that in every election since 1992 Democrats have won the popular vote.
But those are the rules of the game, or to put it another way, that is the way our current system is set up. If we wanted to change the rules, procedures or laws, the time to do it was before the election, not afterwards.
Therefore, when thinking about how to proselytize for a future where our leaders and representatives chose to tackle real problems rather than narrowly defining issues for their constituents for and agenda hidden in plain sight, I think it is incumbent on us loyal members of the opposition to understand that we are out of the leadership roles and there is no way anytime soon those in power would have any inclination to change this.
To be fair, that is the root of the “Republic” in Republican. Republicans are theoretically here in part to protect the minority from the whims of the majority, and honestly I don’t think it should be too big of an ask for us in our coastal commodities to find common ground with our friends and family in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin or Michigan.
Having said all that here is a table that will make your breakfast just a little harder to swallow this morning. Since 1992, Democrats have won the popular vote in all of the presidential elections save the jingoistic 2004 election. You can find a link to this Google spreadsheet here.