The networks finally called the election for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Donald Trump has been defeated.
Like many other Americans, I was worried four years ago when Trump managed to win the electoral college despite losing the popular vote. My prediction was simple – expect chaos. And that’s exactly what he delivered. We’ve watched for four years as one of the worst people this country has produced took over the presidency. It’s been a tough four years as Trump created a “stress test” for our republic. Fortunately, our institutions appear to have survived (assuming we make it to January 20th), despite the cowardly behavior of way too many people who enabled Trump’s worst impulses, starting with GOP Senators. More on that later . . .
For now, we can celebrate that Trump will be gone, along with Stephen Miller, William Barr and the countless others who disgraced our government over the past four years.
Like most people, I was shocked when Donald Trump managed to defeated Hillary Clinton for the presidency, despite losing the popular vote by a substantial margin. Democrats and liberals are still in the anger phase, as many are pointing fingers trying to make sense of this debacle.
But now we face the prospect of Trump running the country. While Wall Street is giddy for the moment as they fantasize about Trump implementing the Ryan agenda with tax cuts and deregulation, many realize that Trump’s erratic management style and willingness to flip positions on a whim will likely create tremendous uncertainty.
If we’re honest with ourselves, we have to acknowledge that predicting what Trump will do with respect to any particular issue or crisis will be extremely difficult. My take on the prospects for the Trump presidency is pretty simple – expect chaos.
Trump has few if any real convictions – he burps out policy positions without serious preparation or regard for what he’s said in the past. He’s much more interested in loyalty and who is being “nice” to him versus strategic thinking. He loves to play upon resentment and fear, and his driving motivations seem to be his ego, brand and business interests.
Frankly, we don’t have a strategic thinker who puts the interests of the country over his own. We have the opposite. It’s easy to imagine countless scenarios where Trump’s erratic behavior coupled with his consistent lack of preparation will exacerbate the challenge or crisis at hand.
Missouri offers an interesting opportunity for Democrats to pick up another Senate seat. Incumbent Republican Roy Blunt was a clear favorite, but you can see from this ad that Jason Kandor is a formidable candidate.
Blunt has been attacking Kandor on the gun issue, so Kander, a former Army Captain who volunteered to serve in Afghanistan, went right after Blunt on this issue.
This is the kind of things more candidates need to do. Appeal directly to voters in their ads, and take on issues raised in the campaign. Having a clever angle like assembling a gun while blindfolded also helps!
Donald Trump is an easy target, but in her latest speech, Hillary Clinton explains the threat of Donald Trump to the country in devastating fashion. The speech was perfectly written, and she delivered it beautifully.
This speech may result in a turning point in this campaign, as it comes at a time when Trump seems to be even more unhinged with his attacks on a judge for his Mexican heritage and the press focusing on his Trump University fraud.
Also, the press finally seems willing to take on Trump, and this speech gives the press great soundbites to highlight Trump’s buffoonery.