Dear Editor: Letter writer Mark Thomas describes the Democratic Party as falling apart, and Hillary Clinton as so corporatist and uncompelling that she couldn't beat even the impossible Donald Trump.

But, as most people know, she did beat him. By a hefty majority in the popular vote. To true progressives, this means something.

It was the will of the people that she be president. She did this in spite of James Comey, hundreds of Eastern European hackers busily typing away in their little rooms, Jill Stein, Bernie Sanders, media coverage that ranged between slack and abusive, and the high stink of misogyny. In Wisconsin, a combination of voter suppression and third-partier Jill Stein (Putin's lunch buddy) threw our state to Trump. And in the end, Clinton was robbed of her victory by our rickety, derelict Electoral College.

There is plenty of blame to share. But Hillary was not the problem. Hard leftists, and their "protest votes" for unelectable fringe candidates, are the main reason why we have Trump squatting in our White House. They have a weird compulsion to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They did it in 2000 and in 2016, and it's what they will continue to do as long as they have a fetish for failure. The tragedy is that they forced their failure on the whole country — and with smug self-congratulation.

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Margaret Benbow

Madison

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