I'm tired of reading think pieces about WHY WE ALL THOUGHT DONALD TRUMP WOULD LOSE (I'm looking at you, Chait). First of all, we all didn't, you and your circle jerk did. Secondly, I don't care what your prior beliefs about the Republican party were. If you were an alien anthropologist sent to study this election but otherwise didn't know a damn thing about about the American electorate, you would have looked at the polls and predicted a Trump win. Thirdly, to the extent that your knowledge of Republican voters might have added a bit of special sauce to your poll analysis, we hippie liberals have been telling you for years that a sizeable chunk of Republican voters are absolute blithering idiots. Also, racist. This is not news. I'm even happy to accept for sake the holy grail of BothSidesism that a sizeable chunk of Democratic voters are absolute blithering idiots. The difference is that no one in power actually caters to those voters. They aren't treated as Real Americans by every mainstream news outlet. They aren't given their own response to the State of the Union address. Almost no elected officials will meet with them. Most importantly, they don't make up a third of the House of Representatives. The blithering idiots are on TV every day where you can see them, not just some random 19-year-old Ivy student who did a thing you read about in a student newspaper which made your boner shrink.
People who don't know shit sure do get paid a lot to not know shit, and then to write pieces about why they don't know shit but they'll be sure to know the shit next time. Or maybe get a new fucking job and give yours to someone who knows anything about anything.