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Post-Election Analysis November 9, 2016

Posted by geoff in News.

A lot of pundits (pretty much all of them, really) have been wailing and moaning about Trump’s victory last night.

“How could he win?”

“How could we have been so wrong?”

“What was wrong with the polls?”

Then they go off into demographic analysis, hunting for “shy voters” and “white blue-collar workers” that may have fallen through the polling cracks.

But there’s a simple reason staring at them. A reason that’s been in front of their faces for a couple of years:

Trump was right when he said that he knows how to win.

He told us that over and over throughout his campaign. He said it in the mocking faces of the media. And then he proved that he was better at politics than they were, and now they’re reeling in shock and horror.

As I’ve said before, I’m not convinced that Donald Trump is a good choice for president. But so far he’s done exactly what he said he would do, even when it seemed impossible. So maybe, just maybe…

…he might actually make America great again.


1. digitalbrownshirt - November 9, 2016

If he does a good job I’ll vote for a second term, but until I see some kind of proof of him being otherwise I still consider him an immoral, disgusting, perverted pile of human garbage that has stayed out of prison because of wealth. As far as nominating pro-life, conservative judges I don’t think it really matters as much as people think. Five out of seven of the judges that decided Roe vs. Wade were put there by Republican Presidents.

2. Cathy - November 9, 2016

It’s all a constant battle. The left has already started their efforts to bring us to hate Trump the same way they did George W over his 8 years in office.

I’m no fan of Trump. I don’t have to be. I won’t worship him. He has a job to do. I don’t envy him. Hope he does his job half as well as he has amassed wealth.

The issue of selecting Supreme Court Judges is a real challenge. Who can know which ones move left over the decades they are in office? Mark Levin’s classic book “Men In Black” speaks to the damage done by these guys over more than a century. He calls it ‘judicial tyrrany.’ Great book — maybe even better than “Liberty and Tyranny.”

Patriotism is not something that we can set and forget. But for now I’m tired and hope things settle down a bit.

3. aliceaitch - November 9, 2016

> an immoral, disgusting, perverted pile of human garbage that has stayed out of prison because of wealth.

Except for the wealth part, you’ve just described both Bill and Hilary.

4. skinbad - November 9, 2016

They kept saying how they (Dems) wanted Trump all along because they were so sure she would beat him. I wonder if he was the one so far out of the usual and with support they couldn’t measure that he was the one she couldn’t beat. Maybe a good example of “be careful what you wish for.”

5. digitalbrownshirt - November 9, 2016

aliceaitch : You just pointed out that they’re more alike than most people will admit.

6. Tushar - November 10, 2016

I have talked to a few people who have had personal interaction with the Donald. They all say he is a soft spoken, polite and intelligent man. But the other observation is that he is the big ideas man, not the details man. He does the opening remarks, Ivanka manages the details, and then he seals the deal.

7. lauraw - November 10, 2016

Whatever. I just want the Clintons to go away.

Cathy - November 10, 2016

Nothing wrong with being a big ideas person. That’s visionary leadership. Being soft-spoken is awesome. That’s person-centered leadership. Not my top pick, but I’m cool with watching him try to accomplish his vision for restoration. It will involve a lot of others who get on board. Let’s see with whom he continues to surround himself. He has already grown into this role which says a lot about allowing himself to be influenced by trustworthy and decent people.

Henry Ford was legendary for knowing how to surround himself with the very best and delegating, and was able to stay in charge of Ford Motor Company long after many thought he should.

Jimmy Carter didn’t trust anyone. In staff meetings he was seen as small-minded, negative, and seeming more interested in counting paperclips than being the leader of the free world. Under the guise of ‘Christianity’ insiders saw arrogance. The results were one of the worst and most despised presidents in our time.

And about the Clintons??? I won’t say what I wish would happen to them… Not lady-like.

8. lauraw - November 10, 2016

Somebody mentioned elsewhere that the Clinton’s price list for political favors has lost a few zeros, ha ha haa.

Cruz for SCOTUS!! NOW!

9. Cathy - November 10, 2016

Cruz for sumpin!!!

10. skinbad - November 10, 2016

Obama popular vote 2012: 65,915,795
Hillary popular vote 2016: 60,086,148 (I can’t tell if Michigan is added in, that would add a couple of million)

She lost because 4-6 million Obama voters couldn’t be convinced/bothered to show up.

Total votes for Trump will be really close to what Romney had. All this “the racists really turned out to elect Trump” is a bunch of garbage.

Now I’m seeing a bunch of stuff about how Bernie would have won vs Trump since he polled better against Trump back in the primary days. He would have turned out some youth who didn’t vote for Hillary, but I have a hard time seeing it. Who knows? I guess a Sanders presidency isn’t that much harder to believe than a Trump presidency.

11. Kraig Christensen - November 10, 2016

Any smart people on this thread who can answer a question I have regarding the Supreme Court?

Here’s the question…Is it written anywhere that there can only be 9 members of SCOTUS? Trump gets one pick for sure. Ginsburg may hang on just for spite (or because she forgot where she parked her broom). If Trump wanted to really make a difference could he, or congress, bump the number of Supremes to 11 or 13 and really stack the deck?

12. skinbad - November 10, 2016

An act of congress can change the number. It’s been higher and lower than nine. FDR tried to increase the number but it didn’t pass.

Cathy - November 10, 2016

…being Cruz memorized the Constitution when he was still a pup MIGHT make him a great candidate for SCOTUS, but since his drop out of the prez race, he has gone on record that he does not want it. Methinks he has other pursuits in mind…

We shall see.

13. Retired Geezer - November 10, 2016
14. skinbad - November 10, 2016

I think he should hire Billy Bush for press sec.

Bolton for sec state would be a shot across the bow.

Please, no, on Palin. I think the bloom has left that rose.

15. Retired Geezer - November 10, 2016

I would like to think there is a place for Cruz in Trump’s plans.

16. digitalbrownshirt - November 10, 2016

I’m betting Trump puts Obama on the SCOTUS.

17. skinbad - November 10, 2016

I hope you’re joking. From your lips to no one’s ears.

18. digitalbrownshirt - November 10, 2016

The fact that there’s some question about it being a joke says a lot. 😦

19. Mark in NJ - November 10, 2016

I’m holding out for the notion that Trump’s rhetoric was mostly a put-on because he knew he needed it to get elected, but I’m genuinely worried about his SCOTUS pick(s).

Cruz is a truly terrible choice unless you think abortion laws need to return to the coat hanger days and gay people should have fewer rights than straights.

20. geoff - November 10, 2016

and gay people should have fewer rights than straights.

That’s not really the issue. The issue at hand is whether straights should be forced to provide services to celebrate gay relationships. It’s hard to look at forcing small businesses to bake cakes, cater pizza, or provide floral arrangements to gay weddings, as anything but police state treatment.

This is a major hypocrisy of the gay community, who are very exclusionary and hostile to straights in their eating and drinking establishments, but demand that they be welcomed universally in straight establishments.

21. digitalbrownshirt - November 10, 2016

Coat hanger days vs. just flat out murdering human life by the thousands every fucking day.

Gay people are a protected class at this point, so yes, I’m totally cool with them having fewer rights. Then they could have the same number the other 97% of us have.

22. geoff - November 10, 2016

I’ll bet more liberal establishments end up refusing services to Trump supporters than straight establishments refuse services to gay couples.

Cathy - November 11, 2016

Cruz does not deserve the reputation that is out there about him being gay-hating or against LGBT. He looks at everything through the lens of the Constitution and sees all of us peeps with the ‘same’ rights.

There’s a video on YouTube where Ted Cruz is confronted by Ellen Page about the LGBT issue. It’s between 5-6 minutes long. He doesn’t know who she is — she wears a hat and sunglasses. He is respectful. He takes time to listen to her concerns. She keeps interrupting. But he gently keeps returning to her initial challenge. She wants to turn the conversation around on him and conservative Christians while refusing to address the facts, they hypocrisy of the Obama administration and liberal agenda that Cruz rightly brings into this discussion.

In the end, I give her credit for staying in discourse with him. But if you take time to hear how he addresses the issues of gays and LGBT — he is flawless, decent, kind, and assertive. He refuses to let her bully him with classic liberal techniques and projection. In the end, Cruz is more concerned about all people and their rights under the Constitution than even Christian conservatives. He is no party-hack. He’s a geek who is far from smooth or charming. He kinda stands alone — and maybe that’s why a lot of RINOs hate him more than they hate dems. He lacked the charisma to get himself elected. Kinda sad to me, but reality.

Ellen Page is a sharp gal. I love her movies. I don’t agree with her politics, but I hope she left there using that awesome mind of hers to re-think a few things.

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