"That's Debbie, it's hyperbole, she is nuts." That's the vibe Debbie Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who represents her state's 12th Congressional District, says she received throughout Election 2016, when she tried to warn her fellow Democrats that no, Hillary Clinton was not on an assured path to victory. In the Washington Post, Dingell mentions her district's diversity, from the "Downrivers"—a group of communities south of Detroit rife with auto factories, manufacturing plants, and unions—to the college town of Ann Arbor. She points out how much of her district leans Democratic (many were Bernie Sanders supporters in the primary), with the working class among them comprised of "all races, creeds, and colors."
But they also believe "the system is rigged" and "economic and national security fears" reigned supreme for them on Election Day. Per Dingell, the "ordinary working man or woman ... isn't asking for a lot" (affordable health care, safe homes), but "many don't understand ... how these things are in danger of becoming unattainable for too many Americans." Dingell is confounded how those in her own party, including Hillary Clinton and her camp, could have neglected to appeal to this demographic. "It did infuriate me that Clinton and her team didn't show up until the weekend before the primary, when it suddenly became clear they had a problem," she writes. "How would any sane person not predict how this one would go? It was fixable for the general election." Read her full take here. (Read more opinion stories.)