There is a famous sketch that appeared on a March, 1976 cover of the New Yorker magazine entitled “View of the World from Ninth Avenue” that (jokingly?) depicts a New Yorker’s perceived view of the total insignificance of the United States beyond the Hudson River. The illustration shows the last three blocks of the Western extremity of Manhattan from Ninth Avenue on, to be as large as the rest of the United States put together! The country beyond the Hudson River is depicted as a sparse desert land with varied scattered rocks in front of the Pacific, which is drawn only slightly wider than the Hudson! On the horizon are flattened landmasses labeled China, Japan and Russia.
Did this Manhattan-centric bubble-view of the rest of the U.S., somehow contribute to the suppression of media curiosity on what voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin were really feeling about their choice in this presidential election?
The shocking triumph of Donald J. Trump as the future 45th President of the United States; no doubt the greatest upset in U.S. political history, has caused stunned Democratic leaders, politicos, hacks, strategists, retainers, media lackies and myopic pollsters to begin the post-mortem autopsy of the Democratic Party, an organism that until approximately 10:00 pm Central Standard Time, had been thought to be vital, viral and ready to resume the march forward in lockstep to a confident future!
The liberal elites in their coastal enclaves along the Acela Corridor and the Left Coast rejected all anecdotal evidence that was mounting by the week in the land they contemptuously call the Fly-Over States, of hundreds of highway miles being lined with Trump lawn signs in states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. The attendance of 10,000, 15,000 or even 20,000 at Trump rallies around the country was dismissed by the pundits as having no relevancy to gauge electoral support – after all, didn’t Mitt Romney have large crowds at the end? But did the almighty seers consider the fact that the attendees at the Romney rallies did not wait in line to get in to the arenas for four, five or six hours, like the Trump supporters? Did the Romney backers queue up to two hours just to buy a campaign cap? Donald Trump’s supporters were more than mere “likely voters!” These voters were bound to show up on election day, no matter what!
The mainstream pollsters and the Clinton Media almost universally predicted that the Rust Belt states of the fabled “Blue Wall” would once again stand impregnable for the Democrats in this election, as they based their prognostications on the turn-out models of the 2012 Obama-Romney election. But, Oh Masters of the Universe, Obama was not on the ballot this year! Was the use of the 2012 turn-out model based on a glaring misconception, or were these “predictions” used to attempt to SHAPE rather than to GAUGE the vote on November 8th? Obviously, the turn-out models from the 2010 and 2014 Congressional elections; elections which did not have President Obama on the ticket and went disastrously for the Democrats, all bore the hallmarks of a more accurate predictor. Perhaps through ignorance, overconfidence, or fear, the Media elites and their polling arms didn’t want to venture down the path of the 2010 or 2014 turn-out models!
Good thing that Hillary ordered the Hudson River fireworks show planned for election night, to be canceled the day before! Did she have a hint?
One of the central themes of Donald Trump’s campaign was to renegotiate globalist trade deals such as NAFTA and the TPP which were supported by Republican and Democratic “Free Traders” alike, but left blue collar workers in the Rust Belt states, staring through locked gates of their now closed factories, relocated to Mexico and other countries. Other workers were fired in favor of illegal immigrant laborers who were eager to perform the same tasks at half the wages. Those workers who protested their livelihood being shipped off to Mexico or replaced by “undocumented” labor were decried as “racist” and “xenophobic” by the smug coastal elites and the Clinton campaign. But did the Clintonistas and the Left ever consider that the protests of these workers were grounded on something other than the skin tone of their replacements?
At the same time, coal miners in Pennsylvania, and Ohio were informed by Hillary Clinton in no uncertain terms that their industry was to be sacrificed on the altar of the theory of Man-Made Global Warming. They were vaguely told they would be “retrained.”
Hillary Clinton and her cohorts were counting on an electoral college victory by cobbling together a coalition of independents, African- Americans, Latinos, women, the millennials, the college educated and union members. Those groups were expected to repulse any assault upon the blue ramparts by the rest of American voters, whom Hillary famously stated were “irredeemable” and were consigned by her to her now famous “Basket of Deplorables!”
However, independents were repelled by Clinton’s serial lies concerning her private email server, the controversies that keep swirling about the pay-to-play corruption of the Clinton Foundation, and the massive increases in Obamacare premiums and insurance deductibles scheduled for the coming year. Trump won independent voters by a ratio of 48-42%.
African-Americans remained uninspired by Hillary’s candidacy as predicted, and their turn-out was greatly reduced from 2012. Of the Black Americans that did vote, Trump got 8% of the vote, 2% more than Romney received in 2012.
Surprisingly, Latinos weren’t universally offended by Trump’s comments about the incursion along the porous Southerm border, proving that the financial status of some citizens with Hispanic surnames can also be threatened by illegal immigration. Others seemed almost titilated by some of Trump’s more boorish comments (“He said I ate like a pig”) and reveled in Trump’s anti-P.C. machismo! Many who were interviewed after the election said they voted for Trump because “all laws, including immigration laws, should be enforced.” Like African-Americans, Trump amazingly picked up 2% more Latino voters than Romney and snared 29% of the total Hispanic vote, a far greater percentage than was predicted!
Concerning the Gender Gap, Hillary Clinton carried the female vote, but only by 12 points, 54-42%. 53% of all White women voted for Donald Trump and 32% of all Latino women voted for him, a major shock to the pollsters! The Gender Gap worked both ways in this election, as Trump ran up the White male vote by an astounding margin of 63-31%! He won the total White vote by a ratio of 58-37%.
For the Millennials; so enthralled with Bernie Sanders, the WikiLeaks revelations of how Debbie Wasserman- Schultz and the DNC “jobbed” the Sanders’ campaign to the extent of feeding debate questions to Hillary in advance, over 1/3 of Millennials did not even show up to vote. Of those who did, Clinton won 55%, but Trump banked 37% of that voter bloc!
Of college graduates, Hillary Clinton won that demographic, but only by four points, 49-45%; a great disappointment, perhaps due to her serial prevarications! Male college grads actually favored Trump, 54%-45%.
Finally, the union vote, so concentrated in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio, was won by Hillary Clinton by 8%, but that was the smallest margin by a Democratic presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan’s second election in 1984! As examples, Romney lost the union vote by 18%, McCain by 20%, Bush by 19% and 22%, Bob Dole by 30%! The rising of the forgotten blue collar voters to largely reject Hillary Clinton’s steaming platter of the status quo was nothing less than the revolt by the Deplorables; those flown-over by the Elites as they transited between their secure coastal enclaves centered in New York and Hollywood!
The simple fact is that Hillary Clinton, who liked Teddy Kennedy in 1980 could not articulate a reason for her candidacy (other than the argument that “it’s now my turn”), got five million less voters than Barack Obama received in 2012! Of those voters that found Clinton and Trump both distasteful, Donald Trump snared that group on election day by an amazing 2 to 1 margin; true evidence that this was a “change election!”
The Democratic Party rigged the primaries for Hillary in any way it could, as revealed by WikiLeaks. It wasn’t a nomination as much as a coronation! Yet, Hillary Clinton lost due to the fact that she was such a deeply-flawed candidate. Memo: a major American political party should avoid the temptation of nominating a candidate under past (or future) FBI investigation!!!! It will be quite interesting to see if there will be a precipitous drop in contributions to the Clinton Foundation in the coming year, now that Hillary has been denied access to the levers of power! If so, that would be compelling circumstantial evidence that these “charitable” contributions were in actuality bribes for future considerations!!!
Hillary outspent Trump by better than two to one in waging her relentless negative campaign against him. Further, she had everyone behind her: President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, President Bill Clinton, almost all of the electronic and print media, almost all of Academia, almost all of Wall Street, virtually all of Hollywood, Saturday Night Live and Alec Baldwin, the late night talk shows and television in general, and let’s not forget, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lena Dunham, Bruce Springsteen, etc. It was no secret that the only time Hillary drew big crowds was when one of the glitterati appeared on stage with her! Isn’t it worth the price of admission to see the revelation on Miley Cyrus’ face that few gave a damn about who that intellect favored for president???
Yet, despite the huge financial advantage and the non-stop torrent of anti-Trump messages from all directions that it was futile to even get out of bed on November 8th, Hillary lost decisively, in the electoral college vote, 306-232!
In the aftermath of Trump’s shocking victory, pampered, emotionally -crushed Leftist college students are too distraught by the results of the election to take scheduled tests and must be soothed in their designated “safe spaces” with hot chocolate, play-doh, crayons and therapy dogs! At the same time, professional anarchists, no doubt funded and coordinated by the DNC as before with help from George Soros and “usual suspects” Marxist groups, are bussed in to stage their nightly riots in an attempt to instantly delegitimize Trump’s election.
New York magazine had an edition ready to go with a cover sketch of an unflattering depiction of Trump’s face with a red ribbon plastered across his nose bearing the word LOSER! The magazine cover of The Week was ready with a sketch showing archetypal Trump-supporting grubby rednecks, blue-color workers, hardhat construction workers, bikers, Nazis and Klan members marching in protest of his loss, well-armed with AR-15s!
Still waiting for next week’s magazine covers that lampoon the Left’s violent protests….!
So, who’s not accepting the results of the election now???
-The Chicago Patriot