It’s time to Break It Down!
I suppose the good news is “We The People” have spoken, and Donald Trump will accept the results!
I spent yesterday completing a 500-mile round trip commute to my hometown to attend the funeral of a relative. As is typically the case with funerals, they tend to be sad occasions that also provide an opportunity to catch up with surviving relatives, as well as old friends. Yesterday it also created a diversion (for me). Having voted early, as I have every year since the practice became an option, I was not conflicted about abandoning my franchise, so I was able to spend the day in support of family, which should always be a priority anyway.
While it made for a 12-hour day, most of it, nearly nine hours, spent driving, I still retuned home by around the time polls closed in North Carolina, and in a number of other states. In last week’s post I noted that the race could run late into the night, but that if it did, it would be an indication that a number of things had gone much poorly, relative to what Democrats anticipated.
Well, at 1:00 a.m. Eastern, not only was the Race still unfolding, there were strong indications Donald Trump would actually win the Presidency. CNN showed Trump with a 29 point Electoral Map edge, 238-209, while Fox News showed Trump ahead with a 45-point advantage, 254-218. At around 2:40 a.m., though the race had not been called officially, Mrs. Clinton call Mr. Trump and conceded the race. Remember, 270 Electoral Votes are required to claim the Presidency. With Trump leading in several of the remaining States…it was over!
To briefly revisit an admonition I made early on, I believed, based upon his having pulverized 16 Republican opponents, that he could very well best Hillary Clinton. Mind you, that was not to say he would. Rather it was to advise all to guard against taking the opponent lightly. That is precisely what I believe too many Democrats did.
While the lead is unquestionably Trump wins, let’s be clear there is more to this than just that. One CNN analyst, Van Jones, called it a whitelash. I do believe that is a part of it, but not all by any stretch. Mr. Trump garnered more votes, from Millennials, more votes from Hispanics, and more votes from women than pollsters projected he would. In his best populist verbal meme, he maintained that he would be the human equivalent to BREXIT. And so he was.
Quickly, let’s consider briefly what’s in store for the soon to be “Great Again America.” Candidate Trump promised, among other things, the following:
- Repeal and Replace Obamacare
- Restore a Conservative Supreme Court
- Build a Wall on the Southern Border
- Make Mexico Pay for the Wall Along the Southern Border
- Enact a Muslim Ban
- Eliminate Common Core…and Possibly the Department of Education
- Defund Planned Parenthood
- Bar Syrian Refugees
- Make (the Strongest) Military (in the History of the World) Stronger
- Throw Hillary Clinton in Jail
That’s 10 out of dozens of things Mr. Trump promised to do. I presume they represent, at least in part, a pathway to renewed greatness. We will see.
Meanwhile, ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump…”Election 2016: It’s Trump!”
I’m done; holla back!