If you thought you felt bad waking up on Wednesday morning I can assure you that I felt worse. Here’s my version of a Facebook post about Tuesday and beyond---
A lot of people are justifiably upset about the outcome of the election. Not only because their candidate lost, but because they believe America supports someone they view as racist, sexist, facist, etc. I’d offer those who are upset a glimmer of hope. The majority of Americans did not vote for Donald Trump’s vision for our country. He is projected to lose (votes still being counted) the popular vote. Trump’s vision is what a pocket of Americans in Pennsylvania, Michigan & Wisconsin wanted, and because we’re stuck with an imperfect system, Trump is President. And before we label those Trump voters as racist xenophobes, we’ve got to remember those same voters elected Barack Obama, twice. I’m going to try my hand at explaining why voters who elected the first black President could turn around and vote for Trump.
It’s easy to forget that Presidential elections are, by in large, weird popularity contests. The people that typically decide elections don’t care about a candidate’s knowledge, preparedness, mental acuity, or experience. They vote for someone not for their policy, but for their relatability, celebrity appeal, inspiration and consistent message of how you’re going to make their lives better. Hillary Clinton did not offer any of those things for the majority of working class voters. She ran a campaign largely predicated on “Don’t Vote for Trump”, instead of “Vote for Me.” I fell victim to this line of thinking more so than anyone. Her candidacy and campaign consistently lacked inspiration. Clinton’s “best moments” were speeches made by the President and First Lady, not her own. The inspiration, excitement, message (she tested 80+ campaign slogans), and connection to voters never showed through, and in the end that cost her the election.
On the other hand, there was Donald Trump. He was a supremely unqualified candidate, who exemplified racist, misogynist and fascist qualities (to name a few) throughout the election. While everyone (the media) was worrying about what Trump supporters were saying or doing at his rock concert rallies, people were busy connecting to his message. They were too occupied drinking Trump’s kool-aid to care about what he said on that tour bus with Billy Bush. Trump’s message of bringing change, both to Washington and to his supporters lives, resonated. He consistently provided voters reasons to vote for him (even if it wasn’t all true). That brand of messaging always wins, no matter how misguided it may be.
My entire existence for the past 16 months has been the degradation of Trump, and now he’s the leader of the free world. How can I possibly recover from such a crushing blow? Well, I’m going to start the process of recovery by telling myself that the founding fathers knew what they were doing constructing the checks and balances of our government because Trump may test every last one of them (once he figures out the basics of course). More importantly, I’m going to take President Obama’s lead and hope that Trump finds it within himself to govern in a sensible manner. That’s really our only option, if we want to move forward.
P.S. -- My electoral map bombed. It was over by 9 pm, although I did correctly call Michigan. Just missed on Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and New Hampshire. Better luck in four years!
The internet is fixated on Tuesday's outcome so I apologize in advance for the lack of diversity this week.
Thanks for your continued support of the memo.
I sort of hinted at this above, but the Clinton campaign made a grave mistake not targeting blue collar middle America. Instead, they just assumed those people would vote Democrat as they have done in the past. That miscalculation proved to be fatal.
This was a really good one --
I owe this guy an apology. He nailed it.
As someone who was feeling bad on Wednesday, this was the best thing I read all week.
This was the first Presidential election that I follow intensely. One thing that continually baffled me were the promises, made by both sides, to voters. I'd be willing to guess Presidents don't follow through on more than half of their promises in office. We'll see how Trump fares.
Now that we know we're going to have four years of President Trump. The most important question now is who is he going to surround himself with? Here are two different takes --
Coupled with the question of his cabinet, Trump's first couple of months in office. are also in question. What are going to be his priorities?
The proliferation of misinformation has become dangerous. It's a serious issue in this country. It's become hard to log onto Facebook and not see "Jimmy liked this" to find out that it's a fake article about anything from Hillary's emails to whether Brad Pitt abused his kids. I personally don't pay attention to Facebook's news feed (that's what Twitter is for), but the issues behind it are becoming hard to ignore.
From 2010 --
The media has taken it on the chin for the past week. A lot of people are calling them out for their blindness to Trump supporters and what they wanted in a candidate. I'd argue that the media was almost too obsessed with Trump supporters. I posted countless articles analyzing every single angle about Trump's support in the Rust Belt. Regardless, it is a time of self reflection for prognosticators.
The Mixed Bag
This is hysterical..