Last night was kind of a roller coaster. I started off thinking Hillary Clinton was nearly a sure winner even if I was less that enthused about her as a candidate and was and am not at all certain a win by her would cause her election promises to disappear in a flash. A Republican who did not support Trump was part of the PBS-TV discussion last night. When the results started coming in showing that Republicans, men and women, were voting for Trump at usual GOP levels, he said that with all Trump's personal follies and egregious political positions, the GOP voters went tribal and voted for Trump simply because he had an (R) after his name. See my post about "Lame, Blind, deaf, castrated yellow dog on life support below."
Pollsters and other pundit "experts", missed the Trump express from start to finish. Months ago, I said Trump should not be underestimated. His positions on building a wall against Mexico and deporting illegal aliens had and would get a lot of support. I think pollsters did not get honest answers about this in a politically correct world and did not consider how it might over-ride many other issues and problems with Trump.
And there was just plain disgust with ineffective government. But, how some voters could go after that GOP-caused problem by voting for Republican Trump and Republican Senators and Representatives leaves me scratching my head. This Trump and GOP support is a bit like trying to put out a fire by pouring on more gasoline.
And then there is the screwed up Hillary campaign. I voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary and think he would have been a better candidate, but I voted for Hillary in the election. The campaign idea of appealing to aliens, browns, reds, blacks, et al did not gain her as much support as Obama had gotten in the previous election. I think every time she gained a minority voter with her appeal, she lost a dozen white voters. Talking about the wonders of diversity and more immigration cost her a lot of votes. And toss in gleeful commentary that Whites are only 72% of the US population and that mixture is political nitro-glycerin. Telling men and women they should vote for her because she is a woman also may have gained her a few votes, but cost her dozens because women who worked for women did not view that as a legitimate reason to vote for a woman candidate and it also irritated a lot of males. Hillary's preference for secrecy also caused her to dilly-dally on responding to charges which then kept dangling around her neck. This was evidence of another problem, at least from my perspective, she does not seem to learn from mistakes or consequences of even innocent actions which blow up. After all the harassment she and Bill got with White Water, etc. she surely should have realized that her actions regarding e-mail server of her own might cost her dearly. She has also seemed to me to often have an initial position on many issues that is just plain wrong or wrong-headed which she only changes to a more rational position after getting her tits in a wringer.
Also, by now it should be obvious that relying on Harvard and Yale graduates and New Yorkers who have never been more than 2 blocks in any direction to run a national campaign from the center of New York City is not a good way to get a feeling for what is going on in those great spaces between the east and west coasts and the large coastal cities. Ignoring the greater midwest cost her the election.
But, as wildly off has been all the blather about the campaigns and almost all the polls have missed the mark this election, my comments here may be just as completely wrong.
I hope Trump does not lead us into a deadly dead-end abyss which leaves millions of us (even the loons who voted for Trump) without jobs, homes, and healthcare.
***Stay tuned. We will be living in interesting times--- Doug Wiken