The day after the election was over, the popular article was "who is going to run in 2020?" Outlets easily came up with 20 candidates. None of whom even tried to run in 2016.
Only two people have made any effort to beat Hillary Clinton in a Democratic primary. One was a no-name junior senator from Illinois, and one was a no-name senator from Vermont who wasn't even a Democrat. She lost to one of them, and she made sure there was no way she'd lose the next one. She'd essentially won the nomination with Superdelegates before a single vote was cast.
I think she completely bungled the Bernie stuff because there was zero reason for that to get nasty. There was zero chance that Bernie was going to beat her, and her winning his supporters over should've been the easiest thing in the world. Then she went into the general election so confident in her victory that she didn't even campaign in several "home run" states. She lost some of those states.
Let's not forget that it was the Clintons that actually helped convince Trump to run.
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/08 … l-run-2016
Of all the people to blame for Trump, Hillary Clinton and her lust for power has to be pretty high on the list.
* And before anyone says "Oh my God, Hillary lost and people are still kicking her into the ground." - that actually goes toward my point. This is a woman who, fair or not, people despise. There have been articles going back to 1992 that discuss, at length, why people just don't like her. She rubs people the wrong way.
And that's exactly why she was the wrong candidate in 2016. There were people that were never going to vote for her, and there were people that were going to vote for the other candidate just so she wouldn't win. As beloved as she is by her supporters, she's *hated* by so many other people. If the Democrats had run a legitimate primary (I don't mean anything other than the fact that only one true Democrat even ran), and if they'd picked almost any other candidate, more people would've been energized to go vote against Trump and less people would've held their nose and voted for Trump.