I think many people who supported Hillary for some reason had a blind spot to all her faults.
As an outside observer, I can confidently proclaim that this statement would be true of the vast majority of vocal political commentators here no matter which name was inserted into the sentence. It is frankly bizarre that such a large group of relatively learned individuals lack the capacity to introspect their own opinions and instead merely vomit forth whatever emotional response they hold as the one truth.
No person placed under intense and biased scrutiny is going to walk away looking like anything other than the most extreme piece of trash ever to walk the Earth, whether it's a politician or your ex-partner. The caricature of a human that evolves in your mind as a response to an emotional analysis is an enormous straw-man and you should be able to recognise and deconstruct that.
I don't have an intimate knowledge of U.S. politics, but I've yet to see anyone attempt to provide an analysis that wasn't trying to push an emotional opinion on the audience. No matter how elegant and subtle you think you're being, it's woefully transparent and repugnant to witness.
Daniel Dennet's rules for composing a successful critical commentary are as follows; if you wish to criticise someone you need to analyse the parts of their opinions that you agree with first, to ensure you fully understand the whole:
- You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.
- You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).
- You should mention anything you have learned from your target.
- Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.
No politician is universally bad or has universally bad ideas, and making it out like they are is just going to trigger our internal filters. I find myself skimming over or skipping large posts online most of the time these days; not because I lack attention span, but because the author isn't providing a thoughtful analysis.