2016 was a year jam-packed with political intrigue. There was no shortage of scandal, double-dealing, and betrayal…and that was just the Democrats! (OK it was the Republicans too!) 2016 Saw the rise of the populist in politics, both on the right and the left. On the left, you had an aging senator from Vermont attracting a young and enthusiastic crowd of budding socialists. We witnessed the rise and fall of Ted Cruz, who took Tea Party populism to a new level and became its standard-bearer. Conservative populism clashed with and eventually gave way to well… populist populism. Donald Trump, (now add President-elect to his name) saw a huge chunk of America that had been overlooked by conservatives and taken for granted by liberals, the disaffected white, working class voter. On the other side of the aisle, the Democrats just could not seem to get out of their own way. Day after day, scandal after scandal piled up eventually, at precisely the wrong time, the whole thing collapsed. The liberal world was turned upside down when Trump won the presidency by a convincing margin in the much-maligned Electoral College.