Who writes copy like this: In this morning's Washington Post, Dana Milbank decided to give the New York Times a run for its money.
The Post can be weirdly incompetent too. What possesses a professional journalist to write a statement like this?
MILBANK (1/5/17): Before the election, President Obama campaigned for Hillary Clinton by reciting the many achievements of his administration: economic recovery, rebuilt auto industry, 15 million new jobs, less foreign oil, cheap gas, more clean energy, fewer troops overseas, Osama bin Laden dead, agreements on climate change and Iran’s nukes, higher incomes, less poverty, same-sex marriage legalized, millions more insured. “Thanks, Obama!” he said, appropriating the meme his critics used ironically.It isn't that Trump didn't win the election. Under our electoral rules, he plainly did.
But Americans thought the country was on the wrong track, and voters demanded change. They rejected Obama’s handpicked successor in favor of the man who led the campaign challenging Obama’s legitimacy as a natural-born American.
The question is journalistic. Given the way Trump won—by slender margins in a few decisive states, while losing the overall popular vote by two percentage points—why would a professional journalist describe the situation like that?
Dana Milbank went to Yale. According to standard cogitations, this represents the best we have. After decades of The Crazy, this is all we've got.