Zack Roth for The Daily Democracy:
Hillary Clinton has suggested she’d be president today were it not for restrictions on voting in place in last year’s election. The truth is probably more complicated.
In an interview with New York magazine, Clinton was asked about the performance of her campaign team, which has come in for criticism since her shock loss last November.
“What I was doing was working,” Clinton responded. “I would have won had I not been subjected to the unprecedented attacks by Comey and the Russians, aided and abetted by the suppression of the vote, particularly in Wisconsin.”
Clinton’s identification of Comey, the Russians, and voter suppression as making up the trifecta of factors that doomed her presidential bid is in sync with the views of many Democrats. But a closer look at the impact of voting restrictions suggests a murkier picture.
The day after the election, I wrote at TPM: Democrats Blame ‘Voter Suppression’ For Clinton Loss At Their Peril. It is pretty clear that some on the left are still looking for excuses rather than addressing how to make the party more appealing to voters.