Don’t take it personally.
The reason you lost Top Writer status in politics is because an established magazine, ThinkProgress, migrated to Medium.
I just counted, and 21 out of the 50 Top Writers in politics are from ThinkProgress.
They’re paid to write, so they can devote more time to it. They have many writers, and each one gets attention for the others, both on their publication page and via the Medium algorithm. They’re backed by a think tank. And they have a professional marketing department. Of course they get more views.
There are also three writers from The Ringer, another professional magazine. Plus Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and two separate Obama archives accounts.
That means more than half the list are pros that have tapped into Medium for free marketing.
It has nothing to do with you or the quality of your work.