But maybe the New York case study will serve as a different turning point in the election. Imagine enough purple voters who look at New York and become frightened of what the Left will do with power in Washington. They want to work. They want their kids in school. They might just vote for Trump.
This, however, a vocal minority among Democrats refuses to accept. The media and the leftward end of the blogosphere have accordingly filled up with loud demands that Trump be somehow stopped from carrying out his Constitutional duty, so that the party that lost the 2014 and 2016 national elections nonetheless gets to pick the next Supreme Court justice. The people making these demands apparently think that we live in a tantrumocracy where whoever shrieks the loudest about their hurt feelings gets to tell the rest of us what to do. Fortunately, they’re wrong.
One of the ugliest election seasons ends, finally.
One of the best outcomes is the end of the Clinton machine!
Trump beat Hillary, and the Republicans held both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The US has not had one party control of all these in some time, I think it was when Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980 – I’m guessing I did not look it up. Anyway the Republicans will get to make Supreme Court appointments unchallenged for the next 2 years, a big win for the Right to Bear Arms folks (of which I am one).
Arizona went for Trump, but it was super close. The 3rd party folks got a few percent of the vote here. AZ used to be very Republican, I am surprised how much has changed. We had a recreational marijuana proposition on the ballot, the result on it is still too close to call. I voted yes, it should be treated just like alcohol. I’m not a pot user myself, but many are so why make them petty criminals?
Results by demographics from exit polls are here. I am really interested to see some final numbers on these. My guess is white turnout was higher than the polls expected, giving Trump the win and fooling the pollsters and mainstream media.
Wonder what would happen if neither Trump nor Clinton gets 270 or more electoral votes? This is possible, though unlikely. Remember there are 2 minor party candidates running.
The quick answer is the US House of Representatives decides the president if this happens. And the Republicans control the House.
John Michael Greer, a historian of ideas and the leader of a neo-pagan religious order, is well worth reading. I’m halfway through his current book “Dark Age America” and have read “Not the Future We Ordered” and “The Long Descent”. Agree or disagree with him (I do both), his work makes one think.
His post “The Coming of the Postliberal Era” is a puts American liberalism in a clear historical context and suggests that it is just about over.
From the very beginning, it was a movement of the educated elite. Though it spoke movingly about uplifting the downtrodden, the downtrodden themselves were permitted very little active part in it.