I am flabbergasted! I am appalled. I am stunned.
It seems that ALL the pundits were wrong. If I didn’t loathe Trump and the Trumpanzees so much that might give me some solace.
To give the devil his due, no matter how much it hurts, and it does, he defeated the horrible hag of Chappaqua AND the liberal media. Obama campaigned for her. FLOTUS campaigned for her. Biden campaigned, half-heartedly, for her. The media never stopped campaigning for her. And still he won.
Do you wonder how all the media that gave him so much free publicity during the primaries feel about that brilliant idea now?
Business mogul Donald J. Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States. The act of writing that factual sentence represents the surreal culmination of a surreal election cycle, the likes of which the country has never witnessed. A few thoughts:
(1) This was an upset of epic proportions. Needless to say, based on all of the available data — including, reportedly, to the Trump campaign itself — most analysis did not see this coming. Myself very much included.
Based on polling and electoral models, the GOP nominee looked like he needed to win every state carried by Mitt Romney in 2012, flip Florida, Ohio, and Iowa, then find a way to break through Clinton’s “blue firewall” to cobbled together the remaining electoral tallies. I called this plausible and laid out an accurate road map to how it could happen, but did not believe he would pull it off. Not only did he do so, he burned the so-called firewall to the ground. He won Wisconsin. He won Pennsylvania, he won an electoral vote in Maine.
And as of this writing (5:00 am ET), he may yet win Michigan and/or New Hampshire. These are feats no Republican presidential ticket has accomplished in decades. The state-level polling was wrong. The data was wrong. The models were wrong. Hidden Trump voters were real. Rally sizes were indicative of the enthusiasm gap. An inferior ground game didn’t matter. Getting outspent by a lot didn’t matter (the consecutive low-budget vanquishing of Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton destroyed the Left’s “money runs politics” meme). Having an unfavorable rating of roughly 60 percent, with large majorities rejecting his qualifications and temperament, didn’t matter. A sizable chunk of those people voted for him anyway. Much, much more on all of these details to come, but for now, NBC’s Mark Murray summed things up rather well:
Everything I thought I knew about presidential races (’00, ’04, ’08, ’12) turned out to be incorrect. The polls. The parties. Turnout.
Nearly all the pundits and pollsters got this election wrong. A Donald Trump victory was seen as a long shot even reportedly to the Trump campaign itself. But now that President Trump has become a reality, the leftwing media is in full panic mode.
Here’s just a glimpse at what some of the headlines look like today:
The Huffington Post: “Nightmare: President Trump
The New York Daily News shows an image of the White House with this headline: “House of Horrors.”
Daily KOS: ” We lick our wounds, we grieve and then we fucking fight.”
If nothing else it will be amusing to watch all the pundits try to explain how they got things so wrong.
Nate Silver’s reputation has taken a hit from which I doubt that he can recover. He’s just one of many that were wrong. But it’s his business to be right and he was so very, very wrong.
Jon Stewart and Lena Dunham are just two of the idiots that said that. I wish there was some way to make them keep their word. Deportation for stupidity anyone?
There will be lots of articles to read today. Lots of analyses by those that got it all wrong excusing why they got it all wrong.
Trump is a bright spot for cartoonists and will provide work for them on a nearly hourly basis or nearly every time he opens his ugly mouth.
Trump won Wisconsin! I find that unbelievable. And so because of that there is one bright spot for me in that Ron Johnson came from behind and beat Russ Feingold. That was a surprise and a good one. Hopefully that will end Feingold for good. But you never can tell with these zombie politicians they seem to have more lives than a cat. And Johnson, unlike Trump or Clinton, did manage to get over 50% of the vote. Ron Johnson – 50.2% vs Feingold @ 46.8.
The Republicans only lost one seat in the Senate so far but Hassan and Ayotte are still neck and neck in New Hampshire. Tammy Duckworth defeated Mark Kirk in Illinois. Rubio won and retread Zombie Evan Bayh lost big in Indiana.
Dems picked up 7 seats in the House of Representatives but the GOP still has a comfortable majority.
Republicans even managed to pick up 3 more state houses. Those 3 are: Missouri, New Hampshire and Vermont.
But for now Trump won – the Clinton’s have finally and hopefully forever had a stake driven through their hearts and after 30 years we will not have to hear much about them.
Trump/Pence 47.7% = 279 electoral college votes
Clinton/Kaine 47.4% = 218 electoral college votes
Neither of them could get 50% of the country to vote for them.
I wanted it over and it is. Now I’m just sick. And tired. And sick and tired. How about you?