Reading the bones

Analyses are coming out slowly. It would appear that Trump won the white vote by a large margin while Clinton won the non-white vote by an equally large margin. The vast majority of evangelicals turned out for Trump, which I find particularly abhorrent. A majority of those with college degrees voted for Clinton; a majority of those without college degrees voted for Trump. The Rust Belt, normally Democratic, went Republican. Apparently, the turnout of Democratic voters was down while that of Republican voters was up. One now learns that Clinton has won the popular vote by some 2 million voters, an astonishing number.

President Donald J. Trump

We have just watched his very gracious acceptance speech. Who would ever have thought that Donald Trump would be President Donald Trump? Who would ever have thought that he would sweep the country? As the Washington Post has just said “he did it by completely blowing up the electoral map and all of our projections and expectations of it.” More than one pollster and their fancy programs are wondering just what happened and how it was that they got it so wrong. No doubt long analyses will follow and we’ll learn just how all the models were so far off. What a day!

Stunned

The only word for what I’m feeling right now is STUNNED and in capital letters. Who would ever have thought that Americans would vote for someone who had never served in government, never served in the military, and never paid taxes. On the other hand, I have been saying for months now that the elite ignore the very real pain in the country to their peril. Well, the country has now spoken and the elite is indeed in peril. It is clear that we are witnessing, to use Paul Begala’s words, an earthquake. Time for those who “have” to pay attention to those who don’t. The next four years are going to be fascinating ones to watch especially when one figures that this was not a vote for Republicans but a vote against the Establishment.