So, Donald Trump won. Maybe more significantly, the Republicans won big at all levels; they have the House and Senate as well as the Presidency, and very many state and local offices. One might note they don’t have a filibuster-proof two thirds of the Senate, but they do have Harry Reid’s “nuclear option.”
This will be the time to see what the Republican platform really is – not what they tell the “base” in campaign season, but what they actually do when they can do about anything they want. So we’ll see. It’s safest to regard the next four years as a breathing space – a delay in the slide left and down.
The debate moderator asked the wrong man if he would accept the results of the election. Now that Trump has won, dissent is again the highest form of patriotism. Maybe so, but if a man won’t speak English, burns the American flag, and insists that Trump is not his president, it sounds like he’s stumbled into the wrong nation by mistake. We should reach out to him, and help him get back home.
The network news and the major papers simply are not reliable sources of information. Readers of Dilbert ended up with a better sense of the political situation. I thought it would be close, but that vote fraud would give Clinton enough of an advantage. “Trump Did Better With Blacks, Hispanics Than Romney” – says NBC News, so it may or may not be so, but nicely illustrates the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect.