I understand what you are saying, but Republicans won the White House (without a majority) and control Congress, largely due to gerrymandering and a nice assisst from voter suppression. All of this is within our constitutional framework though. Sadly, they have a majority on the Supreme Court again now too.
What I think is that we on the Left are our own worst enemies. We love to protest, make our voices “heard,” fight against the “establishment,” and piss on ourselves when our heroes disappoint us. Hell, I just engaged in a comment thread here at CD wherein people were talking about abstaining from voting as a half-assed protest! Bernie is a sellout now and Pelosi is a right wing stooge.
What I respect about conservatives is they understand the point is to become the establishment. A lot of Republicans I know didn’t like Trump, but understood he was going to advance their agenda even if not fully. He was going to go after illegals, kill free stuff like Obama phones, put conservatives on the court, and piss liberals off most importantly. When I brought up the importance of institutional control prior to the election here at CD, I was told I was pushing “fear voting,” as if there weren’t legitimate reasons to fear. To paraphrase the old saying, Republicans look for one reason to to vote for their guy, liberals look for one reason not to vote for their’s. I think there is truth in that old saw.
The above being said, my hope is that Virginia offers us a way forward. Establishment money (Majority Forward PAC etc.) supported a variety of candidates at the local level, and boots on the ground made a huge difference. Hopefully the Left can take that united focus into 2018 because I think that is what it will take.