Countless pundits aired their opinions through TV and blogs. Those for the Donkeys or at least against the Elephants idiotically blamed big dollar spending on why Team Donkeys lost (See Google search results). Such fools spouting such foolery have done little more than fuel confirmation bias in those against Team Elephants.
The outcomes of American politics have nothing to do with campaign funding.
Americans are so oblivious to what has happened to them and to their forebears. Americans don't understand why the Founders wrote the Constitution as they did to achieve the design they knew was needed to protect each individual.
Today, Americans have been indoctrinated to believe the Census gets tallied to satisfy curiosity as to how many blacks, whites, and Latinos live in America. However, that is not why the Founders mandated the decennial census in Article I, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution.
Here is what they wrote:
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons...
The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made...
Did you catch that? The Founders decreed a census to be undertaken every 10 years to ensure popular representation and democracy.
The seers who they were, the Founders could see into the future. They knew that for the republic to survive and thrive, Americans needed popular representation, or that which is called, democracy. The Founders saw that at most, for every voting-age 30,000 Americans, there should be at least representative in the House.
Representative Democracy (left). Oligarchy Illusory Democracy (right).
In 1790, for every 9,008 Americans, there was one House member. Today, for every 563,231 Americans, there is one House member! Wake up! That's not representative democracy.
The political establishment crossed the Rubicon by 1860, when there were 33,760 Americans for every House member. In the 150 years since, House members have chipped away at popular representation, at the yearly rate of representing 1.9% fewer voting-age Americans.
So how did the elite hijack America right from under Americans' eyes? Americans suffered an overthrow in what I call the Quite Revolution of 1913. During the Quiet Revolution, Congress destroyed the Founders design in 1913.
Back in 1913, wily Congressional scum froze House membership to a permanent 435. Later, in 1929, Congressional skunks passed the Reapportionment Act, which established the method of shuffling about these same 435 jokers.
Also by 1913, the 17th Amendment amendment conjured up by wicked ones with nefarious purpose, the 17th stripped states' legislatures from choosing their senators. This change along with freezing the house membership, effectively ending the design of the Constitution.
No longer would senators act as ambassadors of their respective states. No longer would citizens have popular representation. Overnight, Americans went from living in a confederation of sovereign states in union to a national government, with states becoming little more than giant-sized counties.
Though Congress has a House and a Senate, effectively since 1913, Congress has become one senate with 87.5% of the membership standing for election every two years. To buy the legislation one desires, all anyone needs to do is pay for campaigns of a mere 239 House and Senate members.
The net effect of having a Congress consisting of a House of 435 members (and three non-voting members) and a popular-vote Senate has created a super-senate with 87.5% of whose membership stands for re-election every two years. Under the system in place since 1913, it has become quite easy to buy 51 senators and 224 house members.
Today, sadly, for every 563,231 voting-age Americans, there is but one House member. That isn't popular representation.
Black males who gained suffrage in 1870 and women who gained suffrage in 1920 had more representation in those respective years than they do today. Think about it.
To have popular representation that Americans had at the start of the USA, we would need a whopping 27,199 House members! To have popular representation Americans had on the eve of the Civil War, we would need a 7,257 House members! To have popular representation Americans had before Congress forever wrecked the design of the Founders, we would need a 3,686 House members!
You can be sure that with such a high head count, no one could gain capture of the House. Likely, there would be many political parties. Legislation would be hard to come by. It would be hard to get anything done without significant compromise.
Americans would have their interests represented rather than big, well-organized political factions, like labor unions and global-scale corporations.
If Americans yearn to fix themselves and all future Americans on the right path, they ought to call for authentic popular representation by increasing the numbers of Congressional districts substantially and thus upping the number of House members to at least 1870-1920 ratio of 3,729 House members.
Even better would be for Americans to have representation closer to what they for the two decades between 1860 through 1870. So Americans should call for a House with 7,328 members. With a House of that size, you can be sure, Team Elephants and Team Donkeys would wield almost no power.
The Founders blew it when they trusted the U.S. Congress to establish the number of members of the House. That decision should have arisen automatically or by by consensus of states' legislatures. Any change in the ratio of voting-age population to House members should have come through an amendment process that excluded Congress itself.
Fixing the design of Congress would force only the most important legislation to the top, with the greatest effect for the most people, if not all. Lobbying and bribing by business would fall away. It would cost too much. Instead, execs of firms and labor unions would strive to produce better products as that would be their only way to compete.
Voting doesn't establish representative democracy. Representation does.
Without true popular representation, American politics has been reduced to the rich vs the rich. Law has become little more than pet theories on how to organize people, pet theories of a handful of meddlers.
Former mayor of NYC, billionaire Mike Bloomberg yields prime example of such meddlers.
For those who have gumption, read about the Connecticut Plan, the Virginia Plan, and the Great Compromise of 1787 to learn how the Founders came to their design, the design stolen from us so long ago.