Apparently the popular vote will never stop being Democrats’ 2016 comfort blanket. And it’s completely understandable that they’d cling to it for years and years, just like they did when Al Gore won it but lost the presidency in 2000.

But it’s time to stop.

First off, while Clinton won the popular vote, it’s impossible to say whether she would have won a popular-vote election. And secondly, this idea that Clinton actually won even as she lost risks totally obscuring the disastrous position her party is in right now — and may continue to be if they don’t get hold of reality.