Republicans control— Dory (@Dory) November 9, 2016
- Maj. of Governors
- Supreme Court pick
This hasn't happened since 1928 #ElectionNight
1. People hate Hillary Clinton. If there's one satisfying thing about last night's result, it is that Clinton went to extraordinary lengths to manage the Democratic nomination process, ultimately to the ruination of her candidacy. Her party chose their weakest possible candidate, and she lost to an opponent that almost no one actually likes. To say the very least, they would have been better served by a more honest process. Schadenfreude.
2. Old white people vote. And there are a LOT of them. And they really want things to go back to "the way they used to be".
3. White people are now a voting block. It's weird to say that, but it's demonstrably true. According to exit-polling, about 63% of last night's voters were white. Those folks really turned out for their candidate. I suspect that Affirmative Action is dead in this country, as are a lot of other programs that have been seeking to redress existing racial inequalities. I have no idea what's going to come next, but I seriously doubt it's going to involve greater social justice initiatives on a national level.
4. Republican control of the House and Senate. We're liable to get some craziness. Ultra-conservative judicial appointments, lower taxes, and inconceivably low levels of social spending. Obamacare is dead. Climate change regulations are dead, too. Get ready to hear a lot about the power of "clean coal". If you own a wind-farm or a utility-scale solar project, you might want to talk with a bankruptcy lawyer.
5. America First is a thing. This one hurts because it's a repudiation of my father's life's work and of the life I signed on to lead a long, long time ago. I expect we're going to give the South China Sea to the Chinese and the Baltics to the Russians. It'll be interesting to see what happens to Poland. If you live in Germany, you might want to think about firing up your tank production lines. Whatever happens, American leadership is over. We may still carry the biggest stick for a while, but we're not going to use it for anything other than ISIS, and they were already losing.
|My dad died believing that this had been a wasted effort.|
7. There won't be a third party. I thought for a while that Gary Johnson and Bill Weld had a real chance to start a movement, but Johnson wasn't the guy they needed as their standard bearer, alas. I continue to believe that more choices would lead to better government through more effective coalitions. It doesn't seem to be going that way, though.
I'm gonna stop with seven and hope that we get "lucky" with the effects of a true outsider-led government. If Trump can at least reform the military procurement process and the military-industrial complex in general, then that would at least be worth something.
I remain afraid, however, for the future of our nation and our world.
This would have been true with a Clinton presidency as well, but folks, we are well and truly headed into uncharted political waters.
God Bless America!