There is a well established axiom in political science: politicians in office are motivated solely by the need to stay in office. Everything they do relates to maintaining office, or seeking higher office.
Which is why every Republican in the nation has spent the last 12 months kicking shit at Hillary Clinton. People do not like her, and s/he who hates Hillary Clinton the most stands to reap beneficial electoral maneuvers.
But that is so incredibly short sighted by Republicans, because dancing upon their hatred for Democratic office holders has meant that a large proportion of GOP has missed out on things it very readily tells the media it wants: less spending, less regulation, and, without saying it explicitly anywhere, a more favorable business climate. None of these are unreasonable expectations if you are a business person. But since 2008 the GOP has spent so much time shitting all over this president, and so much haughty puffery has been blown the way of Hillary Clinton, that losing another election could be devastating i the minds of the people on the receiving end of all this mass hatred messaging.
Don’t get me wrong, there are reasons to crap all over both the president and Clinton, and on top of that if you are philosophically against things like abortion and civil rights for LGBT people then yeah you’re pretty fucked. But if your concerns are primarily financial, economic or wrapped up in corporate America, you have been done a disservice. Barack Obama repeatedly extended an olive branch to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on spending but was spurned repeatedly, because the perpetual meringue of whipped-up rage made compromise with a president who was willing to compromise on social spending became toxic; it is literally why you have Marco Rubio in the Senate (well, not often) instead of Charlie Crist.
Hillary Clinton is also a savvy politician who responds to her donors. Anyone who thinks that is an anomaly in American politics is deluded. She is pro-trade, she is pro-Wall Street, she is pro-corporate, she is pro-compromise. For the love of god she represented the state of America’s financial institutions in the US Senate – you can’t pretend you are for your donors, and then not be, because they have the excess cash and time to monitor these things. Clinton was popular in New York amongst many of its citizens, and one of those reasons was sating the concerns of her donors, as well as a critical mass of voters.
If Republicans gave enough of a shit about cutting the deficit and spending responsibly and having access to the president, they would be fawning all over Hillary Clinton. Of all the candidates running with a chance of winning, she is the most philosophically inclined to centrist economic policy. But the hate-tsunami isn’t going to make her reciprocal when she is already in office. By then it might be too late. The GOP woke up to late to a malleable President Obama (well, there’s trade I suppose). Prioritising policy ahead of hatred could have resulted in a very different looking set of policies.
For those who value the welfare institutions of this nation, be grateful for that hate, which was probably the biggest ingredient in preserving the institutions set up by the Democratic Party.