Why the GOP won
Over the next couple of days, there will be millions of people in hundreds of protests against Trump.
And no Republican politician will give a rat’s ass. Nor should they.
The GOP won because they focused on partisan politics and local elections. Even had Clinton won the presidency, the GOP would still hold Congress and most state houses. Liberals need to stop thinking that marches and protests and similar symbolic acts are effective political action in the modern era, and instead dirty their hands in the ugly business of partisan, electoral politics. That is all that matters. Marches may be more fun. Protests more pure of heart. They matter only to the extent that they produce votes. You may find it distasteful to support politicians who compromise and take a variety of stances you don’t like. The alternative is what happened today.
The current political divide largely reflects the cultural urban and rural divide. Which gives a structural advantage to Republicans. Democrats have the demographic advantage. That won’t matter unless they learn to mobilize it.