Biting into that shame sandwich
‘What the hell happened?’
Why the long face, as someone asked John Kerry after his defeat in 2004. Our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances are feeling blue today despite the apparent Biden/Harris victory because their poll-predicted great blue wave turned out to be a small brown puddle. The result: their President — a modern-day Millard Fillmore — will be neutered.
At CCN, Van Jones laments, “The fact that it is this close, hurts.” Poor Jamelle Bouie of the NY Times “waited in vain for a repudiation [of Trump, of course] that never came.” Here in Madison, liberal blogger Greg Humphrey blames America for failing some “moral test” in Tuesday’s election 11-03-20. Blaming the voters is a loser’s lament. But there are lots of losers in America today 11-05-20.
The roll call of losers, please:
The Trump Resistance news media (looking at you, CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, WaPost, et al.) “The media convinced themselves that their foamy-mouthed anger with Donald J. Trump was shared by the American people as a whole. … Even assuming the narrow Joe Biden victory that now appears likely, the media should prepare themselves a shame sandwich for lunch and devour every bite.” — Kyle Smith in National Review.
Didn’t stop MSNBC race-monger Joy Reid from calling Justice Clarence Thomas “Uncle Thomas” last night. More from Jonathan Turley.
⇒ One does wonder how Trump might have performed with a mainstream news media that was half-way honest and not in the tank for Democrats.
Opinion polls — as with the 2016 election, both national and state surveys left the impression that Election Night would bring clear Democratic gains, not a cliff-hanger. Pollsters had Trump losing Iowa, Ohio, and Florida — which he won convincingly. More here.
Identity politics — “took it on the chin even in California, where voters defeated an attempt to revoke Proposition 209, the 1996 ballot measure that bans the use of race, national origin or sex by state universities and other agencies. The left has spent almost a quarter-century trying to reverse that decision, but its latest attempt lost handily.”— Mike Gonzalez of the Heritage Foundation; also Heather Mac Donald.
“Could we maybe just accept that identity politics isn’t an effective political strategy? And could Democrats just stop with it, like now?” — Ann of Althouse explicates.
Democrats’ supposed demographic lock on non-white voters. Republican hispanics flipped two House seats in greater Miami, including former UW-Madison chancellor Donna Shalala’s seat. Republicans made in-roads in South Texas as well. Trump won once razor-thin Florida by 3.6 points compared to 1.2 percentage points in 2016. Even Charles Blow of the NY Times admits, “A larger percentage of every racial minority voted for Trump this year than in 2016.”
The Democrat(ic) Party — “is in a dizzy state of morning-after soul-searching right now,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “House Democrats are asking themselves one question after Tuesday’s election stunner: ‘What the hell happened?'” Instead of picking up 15 seats, Democrats look to be losing from 7 to 12.
Campaign finance reform (aka McCain-Feingold) — Democrats outspent Republicans in 14 of 15 marquee Senate races but won only two of them (some remain uncalled but — except for Michigan — likely Republican), including $108 million against Lindsay Graham to his $70 million
National groups raised at least $88 million to take over state legislatures, support that cause, compared with more than $60 million for Republicans. Too bad. Republicans will control both legislative chambers in 24 of the 36 states in which legislatures draw district lines. Lesson: money does not buy electoral happiness.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer — Schumer will continue to dance to Mitch McConnell’s fiddle and — if Democrats are smart (we know, a big “if”), Pelosi will be retired as Speaker of the House.
The progressive/socialist agenda — Say goodbye to packing the Supreme Court, the Green New Deal, Puerto Rican statehood, free college, higher taxes, and a ban on fracking.
Uncle Joe Biden — Destined for a one-term (maybe) caretaker Presidency. Meanwhile, Sen. Ron Johnson disassembles Hunter’s laptop for the world to see.
Donald Trump — If the President was just a little bit warmer — same policies but more Tommy Thompson and Ronald Reagan sunny — we wouldn’t be talking recount today.
Today’s Bottom Line goes to commentator Erick Erickson — “Voters rejected the Republican’s messenger. Voters rejected the Democrats’ message.”
Amos the Bigheart declares:
“Richard, Richard. I’m trying so hard to civilize you but you’re not making this easy.”
richie is 73 and has managed to defy some of the most patient and gifted of therapists, but it’s your time/energy Amos.
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As soon as you start using your real name then you can run your mouth about me batgirl.
You know, one of many reasons Trump gets tens of millions of votes, and some new major support from the POC is because of a disgust with the neo-colonialist , “benevolent” ,patronizing , vomitous flattering (including the worst of the various sub-cultures) that they hope to encorage into OBEDIENCE or self-destruction. They’re look to RAZE the joint, and have so little respect for the plebe ADULTS. They think they can, simeltaneous;y pay-off (welfare/warfare with LONG GAME fiat slavery), LEAD , out of the CHAOS they seeded, and institgated (break eggs), the poor schmucks , with sickly-sweet faux-sycophancy , (as a “wise”, “understanding”, and “caring” parent subsitution, gathering psychic-obligation /trauma-cult worship), and rebuild, in Technocratic perfection, their CONTROL FREAK Utopia . Guess what they forget ? Some of us are not here on earth for a market-place , popularity contest, and are doing fine just responding with plain, verifiable truth.
As the great Greta Thunberg advised trump; “Chill Baby Chill.” “simeltaneous;y”????
So, Nothing responding to both fake sides against the narrow path of truth. It’s true that I keep expecting that people will snap-out of their willful (glad-handing, self/ego-serving, emotionally indulgent , weak-willed) ignorance. Trump will win, (Nevada) as I’ve said; a weak break-wall to the true goal , but a brief respite. You can be a man, or a lemming. Think about that.
ONGRATULATIONS AMERMICA FOR ELECTING A GOOD AND DECENT MAN TO BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT! EVEN THE MAJOR OF PARIS NOTED tHE Passing oF the Trump era by
tweetinG out”” welcome back America.” nOT TO BE OUTDONE ON TWITE4, OUR OWN PRESIDENT TWEETED OUT : “tHIS ELECTIOIN IS FAR FOM OVER. SEE YOU IN COURT ON
mONDAY. great! NOW WE KNOW THE CIRCUS WILL CONTINUE FOR A TIME AS OUR CUR4ENT PRESIDNE6 CONTINUES HIS LAME LEGAL ATTEMPT TO AVOID A RETUN TO MANHATTAN. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO January 21 WHEN THE US MILITARY WILL HAVETO ASSAULT THE WHIT HOUSE AND REMOVE THE CURRENT OCCUPANT, HOPEFLLY
WHILE STILL SEATED IN HIS DESK CHAIR.
THIS, kiddies, is why there should be Big Gubmint mandated, factory-installed breathalyzers on Lefty’s keyboards!
The difference between LUV and Post Comment?
Post Comment is forever!
“I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO January 21 WHEN THE US MILITARY WILL HAVETO ASSAULT THE WHIT HOUSE AND REMOVE THE CURRENT OCCUPANT, HOPEFLLY
WHILE STILL SEATED IN HIS DESK CHAIR.”
And why not a few police officers instead? You post speaks much louder than you think.
This election was as close as Donald and Ivanka at a father-daughter dance. Thanks, Jimmy!
I find it very interesting that per the Dane County clerk’s report of the election, Peter Theron (who ran for Congress Vs Mark Pocan) received 4,269 more votes than Trump. This is a definite sign of Trump fatigue, that dyed in the wool conservative voters who were compelled to vote for Theron could not pull the trigger to vote for Trump. With Trump only losing Wisconsin by about 20,000 votes, I’m guessing Trump lost our state because of losing too many Republican votes, not because of turnout by the Dems.
The total GOP votes in Wisconsin’s 8 congressional races from the November 3 election were 1,660,284. Trump received only 1,610,284 votes in the presidential election, for a difference of 50,254. Thus, Trump lost about 3% of Republican votes to Biden.
Biden won Wisconsin by only 20,540 votes. If all voters who voted for the Republican congressional candidates had also voted for Trump, he would have beaten Biden by almost 30,000 votes and won Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes. My hypothesis is that Wisconsin Republicans were responsible for Biden winning in Wisconsin.
Good number crunching. I would reverse your formulation, though, to say that Donald Trump LOST those 50,254 votes. (Not mine but …) NEVER blame the voter, for the voter is sovereign in this democratic republic.
I’m not blaming Wisconsin Republicans for being Never Trumpers. I guess they mistakenly believe that having a liberal President is better than holding their noses and voting for a guy they can’t stand but brought the country all of the prosperity prior to the pandemic hitting us. I doubt that many Americans actually like Trump’s personality, but we do like the majority of his policies and the way that he fights for all of us. Unfortunately, too many voters treat the Presidential election as a popularity contest, and will rue the day when Biden’s progressive policies take effect.
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