Monday morning Wednesday evening quarterback time.
The United States is not ready to elect a female president. Clinton or anyone else.
The media never truly went after Trump. Thanks to Facebook, people were unable to distinguish between real news and clickbait. The “responsible” media gave Trump a free ride for too long because it was good for ratings/profit.
Clinton had too much baggage as a candidate. Even though most of what Trump said about her during the campaign was either extremely exaggerated or a blatant lie, it successfully colored the masses’ perception of her. Too many people repeating the line about her being corrupt – based on what, exactly? The 20-something investigations that cleared her every time? But the point is, Trump threw it against a wall and it stuck.
I do not believe that Sanders would have done any better. Biden, maybe.
Actually all of Trump’s messages clearly got across better than Clinton’s. Despite 8 years of growth under Obama – economy, jobs, health care, consumer protection, climate initiatives – Trump’s anti-establishment message clearly registered more deeply than a lot of people expected.
And so the Republicans control the House and Senate.
It was an “anybody from the outside” victory. Not that dissimilar from Duterte’s victory in the Philippines. Parallels with Duterte, who has just won his battle to get Marcos buried in the national cemetery of heroes? Duterte was an outsider who got voted in by a public tired of high crime, corruption, and other issues. He only got 39% of the vote. Though the rest of the country seems to be falling in line behind him. Well, look at it this way. Duterte is Trump without nuclear weapons. (If the Philippines did have nuclear weapons, they’d be broken anyway.)
Clinton did win the popular vote, or so it seems to be trending, but not by enough to matter. I get the feeling that everyone thought a Clinton win was such a sure thing that many didn’t bother to vote. The one comparison I saw (I forget which state) showed almost 400,000 votes less than in 2012.
It’s possible to look at some of the key states where Clinton lost, add Johnson’s votes to her tally, and she would have won. So blame Johnson for diverting votes? But is it a given that people who voted for him would have voted for her if he wasn’t running? Should she not have been further out ahead so that those votes wouldn’t have mattered anyway?
The Republican strategy of blocking Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court clearly worked. So long Roe v. Wade.
So now we will have a businessman with no previous political experience who knows nothing about science and doesn’t like to read, who was the choice of the KKK, Putin and North Korea, who does not believe that climate change is real, someone who has no respect for minorities, someone who has made his money by cozying up to the Mafia and hiring illegal immigrants and burning all of his partners, someone who has scammed the public through failed businesses such as Trump University, someone facing a multitude of lawsuits, someone accused of molesting multiple women and cheating on all of his wives, as president. We know his agenda already – tax cuts for the rich, nuclear weapons for everyone, abandon NATO, disable Obamacare (with no replacement in sight), and the possibility of slashing Social Security. Better take that Cuba vacation and smoke those Cohibas now while you can.
Rudy Giuliani, Chris Christie, Sean Hannity in the cabinet. Russian operatives in the White House or – or is that going too far?
All we can do now is hope that he won’t be as bad as people like me fear – that he was overplaying to the crowd or that even the Republican-controlled Congress won’t go down some of the paths that he’ll want to lead.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, my mother seems to have taken a turn for the worse today. She was doing pretty well this morning. The doctor came, she was all chatty and smiling, but within a couple of hours after he left …. I’m not going to go into details.
Except that I’ve been so distracted today that I have managed to delete almost half of my iTunes collection – probably in the range of 50-60,000 songs. And then I reformatted the drive that stuff was on. And then I overwrote everything on the drive with new stuff.
As it happens, every album in my iTunes is also stored on a RAID drive. But going through all of those thousands of albums to find the ones I need to restore? Making sure everything is tagged and has artwork? Updating dozens of playlists? Never going to happen, I know this.
I could buy a program for $20 that would copy stuff back from my iPhone to iTunes – only about 10% of what I deleted but clearly the most important stuff. And then get back to the 90% … never?
I almost forgot it’s all backed up to Backblaze as well. I checked. The stuff I need to restore is around 775 Gigabytes. Yikes. Backblaze will shove it all on a 4 TB drive and ship it to me for US$190. Good luck getting it delivered in the Philippines, eh? The largest zip file they will prepare for downloading is 500 gig – but how long would that take me to download? I think somewhere between 5 and 10 days. So I’m preparing little 10 gig chunks (they will only let you request up to 5 restores per day) and that will take awhile. I’m not going to restore everything – too many things I only played once or never.
Well, at least California and Massachusetts passed marijuana legalization bills. If Clinton had been elected I definitely would have considered a return to the U.S. for a few years. But now? Maybe not so much.