Instead of running on our accomplishments, we ran away from them.
Instead of loudly calling out when our opponents were wrong, we allowed it mostly without objection.
Instead of saying "this asshole doesn't think global warming is happening, despite the mountains of evidence staring the contrary," we cower in the corner.
Instead of saying "this asshole has fucked over our public schools and will continue doing it," we allow them to control the narrative.
The republicans are insane. But they believe in their platform. We're milquetoast in comparison. And to a lot of people, the person who believes fully is better than the person who can't seem to make up their mind, or seems ashamed of their beliefs.
Ron Silver (who himself was a conservative) as Bruno Gianelli got it exactly right years ago: