“Dr. Tsai” (as she is called by her foreign disciples), totally missed the topics that are important and most Taiwan people feel strongly about. Instead she chose “social justice” (which essentially is the kind of Euro-socialism that drove Greece, Portugal and France into debt) and a “Taiwan consensus” as the main topics of her campaign. The latter “Taiwan consensus” was especially detrimental to her election outcome. Not in the way, that most Taiwan people do not want a consensus in the ROC’s dealings with Mainland China, but given the DPP’s record in terrible Taiwan-Mainland relations, Tsai’s so called consensus did not seem like an actual consensus, but an excuse to halt and reverse all the progress that has been made in the previous four years of Ma Ying-jeou. And the voters in Taiwan know very well that their economic prosperity depends on the relations with Beijing, regardless of the legal status of Taiwan or even Taiwan independence.
Tsai Ing-wen’s “consensus” was regarded as too soft by staunch secessionists, the traditional DPP voters and as too ambiguous and potentially dangerous by unaffiliated voters who wished to see a reasonable, rather technocratic President. “Dr. Tsai” was however never regarded as a technocrat despite the pro-green media constantly referring to her as “Doctor” in contrast to the uneducated “Mr. Ma”. Which is all in all quite funny, as President Ma Ying-jeou is a Doctor of law.
In her election review Tsai Ing-wen once more exhibited her subtle arrogance and infallibility: she did not come up with any criticism for her campaign and blamed it all on Beijing and the Kuomintang.
Former Mainland Affairs Council vice chairman You Ying-lung (游盈隆) said the report lacked introspection, in particular about Tsai herself and her campaign team, and had totally “missed the point.”
Supporters of the Taiwan’s democracy should be happy about this, as exactly that behavior is the reason the DPP will continue loosing elections.