That was a pretty hysterical attempt to put a good face on the collapse of globalist neoliberalism and ignore the rise of populist nationalism.
It’s not just Hillary. Hillary was a bad candidate with an incredible amount of baggage, but the larger problem is that the Democrats can’t easily bridge the gap between militant Left progressives, corporate- oriented globalist interventionists, and the remnants of traditional heartland farm- labor FDR to JFK Democrats. Hillary in 2016 had to run against everything she stood for in 1996. No matter what position she took, large segments of her potential support base were turned off.
The polls and pundits don’t seem to see that much of the historic Democratic voting citizenry is actively disgusted with the national party. They resent leaders who openly disdain the rubes in flyover country and call them racists, and can’t understand the Democrats who favor illegal immigrants over American citizens. The collapse of support in the Midwest for the national Democratic party has not abated. Democratic candidates have succeeded since 2016 by running against the national party and its social values.
All across the world the old globalist neoliberal ruling coalitions are losing support. The pendulum is still swinging towards the nationalists and populists, or didn’t you catch the elections in Poland Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary? The Democrats may gain a few seats in 2018, but it won’t be many. If they insist on gun control and illegal immigration as their key issues, they may lose every red state Democratic senator and give the Republicans 60 votes in the Senate.