Winners and Whiners
The election is over, mostly, and Donald Trump is President-Elect of the United States. Let’s take a look at who the winners and the losers (whiners) are as a result of Trump’s victory.
Before I dig into the details let me note for all the whiners out there who will spend the next four years screaming that “Hillary won the popular vote,” she’s about 170,000 votes ahead out of 125 million votes cast. The only reason she “won the popular vote” is because she carried huge margins in New York and California. A Democrat carrying huge margins in those two states is the equivalent of Kim Jong-un winning by an overwhelming margin in North Korea.
Over the next few days some analyst will produce county-by-county map of election results. It will be dark blue along the West Coast and in the Northeast. It will be dark blue in Illinois but if you look at it on a county by county basis the map will be bright red. Hillary Clinton won New York and California but Donald Trump overwhelmingly won in America.
Now, onto winners and whiners.
The Democratic Party. Obviously, Democrats lost but it’s a much bigger story than that. Democrats lost the presidency, they couldn’t regain control of either the Senate or the House, and at the state level it was a complete wipeout. Republicans actually picked up three governorships and a huge number of state legislator seats. The final count isn’t in on state legislatures that Republicans will add to their already huge majority across the nation.
Democrats have no bench at the national level. Likes him or hate them, the Republicans had 17 candidates in the presidential primary and the vast majority of them were legitimate candidates. Even Jeb Bush, after all he was able to raise well over $100 million. Democrats on the other hand had Hillary and Bernie, 140 years of experience second on the government teat. They don’t have a national candidate to talk about for the 2020 elections.
#NeverTrump. This is a group of self-righteous, self-important, Establishment clingers who took it is a moral imperative that they had to find any candidate but Donald Trump in the general election. It includes has-beens like the National Review, George Will, Glenn Beck, Erick Erickson, and a bunch of other people whose opinions no longer matter. Today they are drowning in their moral superiority, and I wish them good riddance. They are, after all, bad rubbish.
The Clinton Crime Family. In all likelihood the Clintons are done. The Clinton Foundation should, in theory, roll over and die because Bill and Hillary can’t sell access to the seats of power anymore. The biggest question is whether Donald Trump will appoint a special prosecutor to go after Hillary and her email problems, and another special prosecutor to go after the Clinton Foundation. A special prosecutor going after the Clinton Foundation could potentially put the entire Clinton family, Bill, Hillary, Chelsea, and Chelsea’s husband, all behind bars for a very long time.
I’m not getting my hopes up but it does make me feel all warm and fuzzy.
The Media. And here we have the big losers. The major media, including every cable channel and every major newspaper, painted a target on Donald Trump from the day he announced. They did everything they could to guarantee Hillary victory and they failed. They failed miserably. As a matter of fact, they feel so badly that their already low approval rating has hit a new low and isn’t likely to rebound.
The American people woke up and realized that all the talk about “media bias” isn’t just paranoia, it’s a real. All you had to do was watch the end of the election coverage last night when every cable channel refused to call Pennsylvania and Michigan for Trump even though he had commanding leads with nearly every vote counted in both states.
Barack Obama. For starters we have to see what Barack Obama is going to do with his mighty pen. You can bet he’s going to do as much damage to the nation’s he can in the next 10 weeks. One big question is whether he will pardon Hillary. I can build a good case on either side of that question so we’ll just have to wait and see. Barack Obama is probably the most creative president we’ve ever had in terms of evading and/or breaking the law. Let’s see how creative you can be in 10 weeks.
What will Paul Ryan do? Is Ryan going to run for speaker of the house again? I think he probably will, and it will be interesting to see how much opposition there is to his reelection as speaker. It will also be interesting to see if Donald Trump tries to influence the speaker’s election.
Then there’s the Senate. What will Mitch McConnell do? The biggest question facing the Senate is Donald Trump’s first Supreme Court nomination. Democrats will certainly filibuster anyone Trump nominates and the question is whether the country club Republican Establishment that runs the Senate will pass a rule that a Supreme Court justice can be confirmed with a simple majority vote. McConnell has refused to do that in the past, if he continues to do that the court will simply continue to shrink until the next Democrat is elected president.
Those are my thoughts on the events of November 8. Let us know what you think in the comments. One way or another it’s can be a very interesting four years.