I’ve spent 15 years as a progressive activist working within the Democratic Party. In the aftermath of November 8th, I’ve shared some of my thoughts on the way forward in two tweetstorms, compiled below.

First, I want to dispense with all the hand-wringing and overwrought analysis of Hillary’s Electoral College loss. The reality is painfully simple: Her public image was viciously and relentlessly attacked by right, left and media and the damage ultimately proved too much to surmount. Despite one of the greatest character assassinations in political history, she’s still on track to win the popular vote by a convincing margin.

[1/7/2017: The final tally was a 2.1% popular vote victory for Hillary, representing nearly 3 million votes.]

The fact that millions more Americans voted for Hillary’s values than Trump’s should be the north star for Democrats in the difficult years to come.

These three graphics tell the entire story of the 2016 campaign:

 

PART ONE: DON’T CHANGE YOUR MESSAGE, JUST FIGHT HARDER FOR IT

 

PART TWO: NAVIGATING THE BLUE-RED DIVIDE