Election 2016

Every presidential election has produced a President – 2016 was no different. Often the result is clear cut and there’s no dispute. Sometimes the result is murky and leads to debate. And sometimes, in an oddity of the American system, the victory goes to the one who received fewer popular votes.

But one thing has been consistent; the victor has accepted his victory and left the grumbling to the losing side. Until today. Now the wailing and gnashing of teeth comes from the winner.

Trump lost the popular vote. Hillary fans leaped on this to throw shade at Trump’s victory. The Russians hacked the DNC. And cries of ‘fix’ sprang from the left. So what? Trump won by the rules. Left alone, these protests would have sputtered into historical oddity. The answer to a trivia question and no more.

But Trump is too fragile to turn the page on any blot on his copy. He announced a crusade to track down the millions of illegal votes cast for his opponent – votes cast only in his mind. Joining him in his tilt at windmills was no one – except the usual conspiracy suspects. Conservative media, the Republican Party. the Congressional GOP were at best silent – and at worst, dismissive of Trump’ fact-free rantings.

Trump’s belief in foul play was bolstered by a story told to him by Bernard Langer. Who? Langer is a pro golfer, a German citizen, and a resident of Florida. The details are murky, but the gist of the tale is that Langer witnessed a whole bunch of people voting who didn’t look as if they had the right to vote.

I’m guessing here, but I suspect their sin is looking Hispanic. Which is hardly proof of anything in Florida, where 17% of the citizens are Hispanics.

Now let’s have some fun. Let’s allow Trump his fantasy that millions of votes were cast illegally. Where does that leave us? Trump imagines vindication, a lot of crowing, and the crowd’s adulation. However, what about all the down-ballot races? Has Trump thought it through? What if the investigation revealed that some Senators, Representatives, Governors and other state officials were illegally elected.

What if an inquiry shows that Trump only won Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania with illegal votes. Does he resign? Should another election be called?

Is he really that dumb – or is he crazy like a fox? There is an understandable reluctance to think that a man so manifestly unqualified by temperament or ability to be President could actually attain the office. Naturally, there is a search for justification. Perhaps Trump is playing a masterful long game – whining about his vote loss in order to advance yet more vote suppression measures.

However, that is to give him credit for skills he does not possess. Trump is what you see. That’s not to say that Republican opportunists might not sense an opening to restrict the Democratic vote.

But Trump is incapable of that sort of strategic thinking. I’ll warrant he’s a lousy chess player. And not just because he’s dumb.



The Self-Delusion of the Trump Voter

January 13, 2017

A sign in many Irish bars reads, “In God we trust, all others pay cash”. It is a straightforward sentiment. One that many a tavern and other small business owners do well to follow. But in the larger realm, outside of petty commerce, people have to expand their circle of trust. Not with blind faith, but with a healthy […]

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Republicans Have the Impulse Control of Drunk Teens.

January 6, 2017

In the 1770s, chaffing under the yoke of English oppression, the American revolutionaries stated their grievances and rose against an oppressive power. They took up arms, broke their shackles, and fought. And while they fought, the intellectuals and politicians hammered out a roadmap to a new nation. They had a plan. That, my friends, is how […]

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Really? 12.30.16 – Dispatches From the Edge of Trump’s Dystopia.

December 30, 2016

Trump’s inaugural address. Reports from the Trump campaign indicate that Donald Trump is writing his own inaugural address. In this, he his following in his wife, Melania’s, footsteps – in that she reportedly wrote her own speech for the Republican National Convention. Should this be true, expect to hear much of President Obama first inaugural address regurgitated.  The […]

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Trump’s Victory: A Case Study in Fear.

December 26, 2016

Trump’s win gobsmacked liberals, the media, and no doubt some conservatives. It defied logic. How could people of faith support of a man of no faith – or even moral worth?  How could workers vote for a man who has consistently shafted the little guy? His ascension was propelled by a claim of business smarts despite a […]

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Trump Is Unqualified. And Because this Is America It’s My Right to Say That.

December 20, 2016

Trump’s acolytes, other Republicans, and even some Democrats tell those opposed to Trump to get over it and accept his victory. Sorry, that’s not going to happen. And it’s hypocritical to ask. Republicans resisted Obama from day one. They established politics as ‘total war’. Let them reap what they have sown. Congressionally there may not be much Democrats […]

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The Electoral College Had One Job. It Failed.

December 19, 2016

So now that the Electoral College has given its imprimatur to Donald Trump’s presidency, we have to accept that the Founders’ machinations to prevent the election of an unqualified man to be President have been thwarted. Hamilton, in particular, believed that the Electoral College would provide a bulkhead against the passions of the unwashed masses. […]

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Donald Trump: The Dunning-Kruger President

December 18, 2016

The Chinese stole an underwater drone right in front of a US Navy ship, in the South China Sea. Claims to sovereignty over this body of water are many and contentious. Through it moves one-third of the world’s freight. The Chinese are solidifying their domination with a string of man-made islands bristling with weapons. It is […]

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When Will Trump’s Voters Sober Up?

December 4, 2016

Donald Trump’s fans point to his intervention in the Carrier Air Conditioning job export brouhaha as proof that he will be a pro-working man President. Indeed, the 800 Hosiers that did not lose their jobs will exalt his magnificence. However, the $7 million forfeited by the Indiana taxpayers to bribe Carrier will merit little attention. And […]

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