Does the Clinton team really think there are enough 'white nationalist' to make a difference in race?
Doubling Down on ‘Deplorable’Taranto quotes a piece that does more to explain Clinton's defeat:
Did the Clinton team learn from its defeat?
...Judging from what her people have been saying they would rather blame their defeat on a few "white nationalists" or perhaps they think that is what Trump's base is made up of. If that is the case they still have learned nothing from their defeat. They clearly have a low regard for voters who rejected Hillary Clinton.
Hessan worked as a volunteer “on special assignment for the Clinton campaign.” She conducted phone interviews with 300 undecided voters in swing states, “and 250 of them agreed to stay in touch, to send me weekly diary entries about their emotions, what they were thinking about both Clinton and Trump, and how they were leaning when it came to their vote.”
Her objective was not to win them over but to understand them—to gather intelligence for the campaign to use in developing its appeals:
Last week, I reread all of my notes. There was one moment when I saw more undecided voters shift to Trump than any other, when it all changed, when voters began to speak differently about their choice. It wasn’t FBI Director James Comey, Part One or Part Two; it wasn’t Benghazi or the e-mails or Bill Clinton’s visit with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the tarmac. No, the conversation shifted the most during the weekend of Sept. 9, after Clinton said, “You can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.”...
All hell broke loose.
George [a source in northeastern Pennsylvania] told me that his neighborhood was outraged, that many of his hard-working, church-going, family-loving friends resented being called that name. He told me that he looked up the word in the dictionary, and that it meant something so bad that there is no hope, like the aftermath of a tsunami. You know, he said, Clinton ended up being the biggest bully of them all. Whereas Trump bullied her, she bullied Wilkes Barre.