The liberal bubble never really popped

The morning after the election, a friend sat down next to me at my favorite coffee shop to lament that the incumbent Republican president had won so much support from the country when it seemed to her his tenure had clearly been a disaster.

“Explain to me,” she demanded, “how anybody could vote for that man?”

The year was 2004. George W. Bush had just won re-election, even though his decision to invade Iraq had already gone sour. And my left-of-center friends were utterly bewildered at what had just happened.

So when dawn broke on Wednesday morning this week, and thousands of Democratic voices were crying


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