Believe it or not, Republicans lost the presidential popular vote and seats in the U.S. Senate and House. (More)

To judge by headlines like these, you would guess that Republicans gained in Congress as Donald Trump won the popular vote by at least a few million votes. And Republicans are claiming a popular mandate while a Google search of {Democratic Party dead} turns up 5 million hits.

But in fact, Trump lost the nationwide popular vote, and Republicans lost seats in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House.

So why was the 2016 election “a repudiation of liberal progressive policies?”

The answer is simply that conservatism and the Republican Party have long been and still remain the ‘defaults’ for our media culture, including the progressive media. More specifically, there has long been and still remains an ideological and partisan double standard in the U.S. For example:

I could go on, but you get the point. In the U.S. media culture, conservatives succeed if they solve anything, while progressives fail unless they solve everything.

And that’s how the GOP losing the presidential popular vote, losing seats in the U.S. Senate, and losing seats in the U.S. House becomes “a Republican mandate.” The GOP didn’t lose completely, and in our media culture that means they won … completely.


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