"To not recognize the fact that this change election has been brewing is to miss the fact that the Republicans wiped the floor with the Democrats in 2010 and 2014, and to miss the fact that Republicans had been growing in strength across the states throughout Obama's tenure," said Lara Brown, an associate professor of political management at George Washington University. "Yes, it was about Hillary. ... But her loss also wasn't about her. There were forces culminating in this election."
"Both wings of each party believe that they're in the right, and when you believe you are ideologically righteous or justified, then there is no compromise," said Lara Brown, an associate professor of political management at George Washington University who studies the evolution of political parties.