Wednesday, November 9, 2016
What a Night!
Last night I split my attention between Fox News and CNN's coverage of the election. Like most everyone, I was shocked at the outcome. I voted for Trump, like many people, due to my distaste for Hillary Clinton and her corruption as well as where the two candidates stood on the issues. The one hope I held out for a Trump upset was the idea that the pollsters had overlooked a fundamental rumbling in this country as shown by the apparent reluctance of Trump supporters to share their preferences with pollsters as well as the huge Trump rally crowds in comparison with Hillary's smaller and less enthusiastic crowds. That idea was proven to be true.
As I watched CNN, featuring people like Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper, who are caught in the Wikileaks revelations that they colluded with the Clinton campaign, I was struck by the county-by-county electoral maps of so-called blue states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania as well as the purple state of Ohio, all of which went for Trump. Most all of their counties were red representing small town and rural America. The isolated blue blotches represented counties with large metropolitan areas like Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee. There was CNN's John King trying hard to find votes for Clinton in those major urban areas. Alas, the votes had already been counted.
I was also struck by the anger of CNN's political analyst Van Jones. He called it a "whitelash", and repeated the word for emphasis. He lectured the Trump camp on the need to be gracious. This from the man who once told a college audience that Republicans were "a--holes".
I thought that Trump made a gracious victory speech, and this morning's concession speech by Clinton was also gracious. I would like to echo their statements about the country coming together, but I don't see that happening. The country is too divided. I especially expect to see the all-too-spoiled university left (both students and faculty) pout and protest. I expect that in some cases, campus police will have to restore order.
At any rate, let's all buckle up because it's going to be an interesting four years.