The Big Pink Party is up for tonight. Some obvious rules of the game for worrywarts and prognosticators: if one candidate is over-performing in vote totals then the other should worry. If the results are close in the states than everyone will worry. Among the first states to report at 7:00 it is Virginia which will draw the most interest (and Vermont to see if Bernie Sanders gets write-in votes).
Soon the big states come in and the same rules hold. If the results are close, all can worry and chew fingernails. If one candidate is over-performing then the other candidate and supporters can worry.
7:00: Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia
7:30: North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia
8:00: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, DC
9:00: Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming
10:00: Iowa, Montana, Nevada, Utah
11:00: California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
1:00 a.m.: Alaska
The highlighted states above are the ones to watch. We’ve already made our predictions so we’re open to derisive snark or rose scented plaudits.
We’ve also endorsed Donald J. Trump and listed our reasons.
Today we Twittered about this wonderful election which unfortunately ends tonight. It’s the Hunger Games for America:
— HillaryIs44 (@HillaryIs44) November 8, 2016
Donald J. Trump must win. Consolation prize, if the must goes bust, comes from Patrick J. Buchanan:
“If I don’t win, this will be the greatest waste of time, money and energy in my lifetime,” says Donald Trump.
Herewith, a dissent. Whatever happens Tuesday, Trump has made history and has forever changed American politics.
Though a novice in politics, he captured the Party of Lincoln with the largest turnout of primary voters ever, and he has inflicted wounds on the nation’s ruling class from which it may not soon recover.
Bush I and II, Mitt Romney, the neocons and the GOP commentariat all denounced Trump as morally and temperamentally unfit. Yet, seven of eight Republicans are voting for Trump, and he drew the largest and most enthusiastic crowds of any GOP nominee.
Not only did he rout the Republican elites, he ash-canned their agenda and repudiated the wars into which they plunged the country.
Trump did not create the forces that propelled his candidacy. But he recognized them, tapped into them, and unleashed a gusher of nationalism and populism that will not soon dissipate.
Whatever happens Tuesday, there is no going back now.
How could the Republican establishment advance anew the trade and immigration policies that their base has so thunderously rejected?
How can the GOP establishment credibly claim to speak for a party that spent the last year cheering a candidate who repudiated the last two Republican presidents and the last two Republican nominees?
Do mainstream Republicans think that should Trump lose a Bush Restoration lies ahead? The dynasty is as dead as the Romanovs.
The media, whose reputation has sunk to Congressional depths, has also suffered a blow to its credibility.
Its hatred of Trump has been almost manic, and WikiLeaks revelations of the collusion between major media and Clintonites have convinced skeptics that the system is rigged and the referees of democracy are in the tank.
But it is the national establishment that has suffered most.
The Trump candidacy exposed what seems an unbridgeable gulf between this political class and the nation in whose name it purports to speak. [snip]
We are another country now, an us-or-them country.
Middle America believes the establishment is not looking out for the nation but for retention of its power. And in attacking Trump it is not upholding some objective moral standard but seeking to destroy a leader who represents a grave threat to that power.
Trump’s followers see an American Spring as crucial, and they are not going to let past boorish behavior cause them to abandon the last best chance to preserve the country they grew up in. [snip]
They recoil from the future the elites have mapped out for them and, realizing the stakes, will overlook the faults and failings of a candidate who holds out the real promise of avoiding that future. [snip]
Win or lose, as Sen. Edward Kennedy said at the Democratic Convention of 1980, “The work goes on, the cause endures.”
Buchanan is exactly correct. Trump is the stick to smash the snakes called Big Media and the rest of the ruling political class.
Nigel Farage the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) predicts an American UKIP if Trump and his many supporters, battered by the rigged system and Big Media, is not inaugurated in 2017.
David Shribman lists several questions, that we think have been answered or will be answered tonight, but which Shribman thinks remain unanswered and will remain unanswered tonight:
Is the Republican Party, since 1909 the party of the Establishment, going to relinquish that role and banish its own party establishment?
Will the Democrats, since 1932 the party of the poor and striving, take on the tint of the elitist party, its power centers being gentrified urban areas and college towns?
Will the Republicans, within the lifetimes of many voters the party of social rest, emerge as the party of cultural unrest?
Will the Democrats, in recent years the party of insurgency, retreat into a new, sleepy life as the party of the status quo?
Will the Republicans keep the support of blue-collar voters that their leaders spent decades fighting in labor battles but whom Donald J. Trump attracted into their column in 2016?
Will the Democrats embrace the nostrums of Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and surge leftward?
If Trump wins tonight the answers are Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes. That’s why Trump must and will win.
Donald J. Trump wants to Drain The Swamp. The Swamp has struck back. Unlike Hillary Clinton in 2008, John McCain in 2008, Mitt Romney in 2012, Donald J. Trump has taken on with ferocity and brilliance the entire political ruling class. Trump’s denunciations of Big Media, the Republican Establishment and the Bush family, and the Dimocratic Party of gangster government and totalitarian aims of Barack Obama, have been glorious to behold.
Hooray Donald J. Trump. Make America Great Again.