So Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the US.
source: Business Insider
Remember what I said about my inability to pick presidential elections? Well, there you go...
What I find fascinating now--and have for the past month--is the range of postmortems. How could this have happened? Indeed, even on the election morning it was widely presumed that Clinton would roll to victory. But then as the results came back, it first became clear that this would be closer than thought...and then the unthinkable became reality. While watching the results, my phone kept buzzing with Twitter alerts. Among them one friend, a Byzantine Catholic, sent at about 11 pm:
This is legit bananas.
Yeah, that pretty much covers it. 48 hours later, the shock still lingered. Trump visited the White House to start the transition process, and it was clear the staffers had not quite accepted the news.
source: New York Times via Google
How about the woman third from left already tearing up and the glum faces all around?
How in the world did Hillary Clinton miss the equivalent of a two-foot lay-up?
Some of that lies with her campaign, namely taking for granted white working-class voters in the supposedly invincible "Blue Belt" across the upper Midwest. Clinton did not visit Wisconsin once in the general campaign. That was a fatal mistake.
Some of the victory lies with Trump himself. The very day after, Marc Fisher wrote in the Washington Post: