I went to bed early and angry Tuesday night. “How could the polls have been so wrong?” Then it got worse as this realization dawned “I don’t understand the country where we live.”
Just like four years ago, Wednesday after Election Night I tried to sleep to noon, but failed. Instead of coffee I had a cup of blackberry tea and opened my online New York Times. Their stats guru, Nate Cohn, had a by-line high up on page 1 “Both Candidates Have a Path to Victory”. While my attitude was wildly skeptical, I read his conclusion state by state. To paraphrase Cohn, Pennsylvania looks good for Joe despite being 400,000 votes behind, as do Michigan, Wisconsin, and Nevada. Actually the vote looks to be very close in Georgia. We don’t know much about the ballots left to count in Arizona making it the toughest to call. And only North Carolina looks like a clear win for Trump.
Still doubtful, it occurred to me that Nate Cohn and Steve Kornacki are the Jim Cantores of voting analysis. Kat was watching MSNBC when the anchor cut to Kornacki, who said the same thing! Ding dang, I feel better!
Here we are on Saturday and so far there is no consensus on the winner, except perhaps for Morning Joe Scarborough (who is highly incensed that everybody hasn’t called it for Biden). But that’s how it will turn out, unless a second Civil War breaks out or The Supreme Court calls it for Trump without evidence of election fraud.
Kat’s got a pitcher of orange juice and a bottle of Brut ready, but we can’t have Mimosas until it’s all over. Maybe that will come with more good news from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, ideally today while Orange Foolious is playing golf in Virginia.
It has been a long four years but the end appears to be just 74 days away. Trumpism is alive and well, but in 2024 he will be 78, and possibly not in the best of health — physical or mental. He may have even done some jail time by then. With his credit rating, I just don’t see him starting his own television network.
Four years ago I posted this one on Life on the Blue Highways. It expressed most of my fears of a Trump presidency. I did not anticipate Covid-19 or its recession, but most of my fears came true. https://lifeonthebluehighways.com/2016/11/09/the-sun-came-up/
Although I have a feeling of relief that change is coming for the better, I worry about the damage he might do in those last 74 days. What I fear even more is the mindset of the 47% of the USA who still love and support Trump. That degree of admiration requires a certain delight in proud ignorance, lies over truth, needless cruelty, mendacity, and racism, paired with a fundamental disbelief in science. Those seemingly undesirable attitudes are, to Trumpism, a feature and not a bug.
BREAKING NEWS! AMERICA IS GREAT AGAIN.