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I know we’re supposed to pretend that Trump’s victory isn’t just another example of Obama underestimating the JV team. As for the president’s impressive 53% approval rating, I can only ascribe it to the state he has left his party in.
It’s know it’s hard to believe that being called deplorable, racist, xenophobic, nativist, fascist and jingoistic might make one reticent around pollsters, but here you have it: Donald Trump is learning the nation’s most-guarded secrets while Hillary Clinton is learning to drive to drive a car (a lot of good it will do her in Saudi Arabia.) If we could harness the awesome power of Republican schadenfreude we wouldn’t have to worry about climate change.
Speaking of the climate, how much more complicated do you imagine it to be than polling? It turns out that as with the foreign policy establishment, the domestic policy establishment, the consultant class and the self-styled experts of all kinds, pollsters are engaged in just another form of chiropractic: a useless activity good only for making progressives feel good for a while.
Even – especially? – a Trump skeptic like me is amazed at how much good has taken place before the man has even taken office. Just last week, for example, I managed to get out of jury duty by showing up in my Make America Great Again t-shirt. (If you can’t get out of jury duty then you are, by definition, not my peer.)
Over the next few months, as facts replace narrative, expect the mainstream media to express profound resentment about having to go back to work. As for everyday Americans, everything seems to much more clear only a few days out from the election. For example, Hillary’s incessant pounding of the table on the importance of early voting is now viewed for what it was: a clarion call to vote for her before the other shoe dropped. We’ll never know, of course, had Hillary won if she would have claimed a mandate. All we know is that she certainly has one now.
What are we to make of someone who loses a race between two historically-unpopular candidates? Is this not a victory of sorts?
Then, of course, we have the anti-Trump protesters: far and away the most entertaining aspect of this election. And no, it’s not just the sight of kindergarteners consoling college students over Hillary’s loss. The protesters remind us that some people will always find new things – like the regular, peaceful transfer of power – to be frightening. (By the way, am I the only one who’s noticed that the anti-Trump protesters seem disproportionately white? They should hire some GOP consultants to educate themselves on the importance of Latino outreach.)
But Democrats should look at the bright side. (Long, awkward pause). ANYhoo….
Looking back, every seeming advantage Hillary enjoyed during the election turned out to be a liability. Donna Brazile lost her CNN gig for feeding Hillary questions in advance of the CNN-sponsored debate. Meanwhile, expectations were so low of Hillary that it doesn’t even occur to anyone to so much as call her out for accepting such unfair advantage. Did voters see this as white privilege? You bet they did. But we won’t have Hillary to kick around any longer. My understanding is that she’s already back to using a private email server…
Progressives, meanwhile, are shell-shocked. When they say “This isn’t the America that I know” they’re being truthful: they’ve only see it on flights between LAX and Kennedy.
Of course, there were other candidates and issues on the ballot. The other winner in 2016 is indisputably retail marijuana. For lovers of liberty like me the legalization of retail marijuana in California, Nevada and Massachusetts is long overdue. For a drug that supposedly robs users of ambition and drive, its advocates sure are running circles around their drug-warrior opponents. How long now before Vermont legalizes same-sex weed?
As for that sad sack Obamacare, Trump’s core supporters call for repeal and replacement. But it’s my hope that we retain at least that part of Obamacare responsible for skyrocketing premiums just weeks before each election.
At this point, I wouldn’t put it past Diane Feinstein to accuse skyrocketing premiums of meddling with the election.