A few more observations about the weird political world we suddenly find ourselves in.
First, even as Democrats try to regroup, Republicans should still be worrying. Yes, things couldn't be better, in some ways--they've got the White House, the Congress, the Supreme Court (apparently) and a lot of state houses. But the demographic bomb is still there.
Look at Trump's victory. Very impressive--in fact, one of the most amazing wins in Presidential history. Yet, numbers-wise, only so-so. Clinton got more votes, and certain states--New York, New Jersey, Virginia, the West Coast and New England (even New Hampshire) seem gone for good. And due to minority votes, it looks like Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico are gone. So a Republican candidate has to win what's available, including breaking the blue wall of the Rust Belt in close fights, which was Trump's path to victory. (The other paths available were shut off when he had trouble in the Southwest.)
Look at how easily Hillary beat Trump in New York--22 points--or California--28 points. Meanwhile, GOP mainstays are tightening up, like Texas--10 point margin--or Georgia--5 point margin. Trump found a new vein to mine, but the GOP still has serious problems.
They will have to reach out to (officially designated) minorities. I'm not saying they have to change their essence, but they've got to make their case. (It would be helpful if the economy improved while they're in charge, though I wouldn't count on that). They don't have to win them over completely, but if a candidate could get 15%-20% African-Americans and 40% Latinos, that could truly change the map.
That reminds me, I've been hearing something rather silly from conservatives. They point out that Senators who distanced themselves from Trump lost while those who embraced him won. First, of course, not really true. For instance, Rob Portman of Ohio distanced himself from Trump and more than doubled Trump's margin of victory. More significant, most Republicans in Red States embraced Trump because Trump, of course, was doing well there--and in any case, Republican candidates are going to do well in a red state almost no matter what. But in blue or purple states, Trump wasn't so popular, so the candidates would be more likely to distance themselves--and more likely to lose no matter what they do.
Will Trump screw up while in office? Yes. All presidents do. The question is, once he screws up, will his party turn on him? I can't even guess, though if they do, maybe we will get that impeachment people were talking about--I bet in a secret vote Congressional Republicans would choose Pence over Trump by a wide margin.
Many have seen Van Jones "whitelash" comments on CNN during election night. I recognize he was disappointed and angry, but I think what he said was ill-considered, small-minded and ugly. What he expressed is part of the problem, not part of the solution. Unfortunately, many are supporting him, even thinking what he said was brave and noble. As Donald Trump would put it, sad.
I watched Stephen Colbert's election special on Showtime. I'm sure it was originally planned as a victory lap, so it ended up less a comedy hour than a wake. I look forward to seeing how SNL handles this election.
sang and spoke out for her. Here's what he said: "Hillary's candidacy is based on intelligence, experience, preparation, and an actual vision in which everyone counts...to address our problems in a reasonable and thoughtful way."
What's the opposite of speaking truth to power?
A lot of Democrats are being sore losers--they're protesting Trump (a little late or early) and saying "not my President" (which was considered racist not too long ago). Today (in fact, as I write this) some anti-Trump protestors have shut down the 101 Freeway--keep it up if you want to convert everyone to Trump. Some in New York and California are suggesting the states secede. It's just as dumb as when conservatives do it (or just as smart, if you like this sort of thing). I swear just last week liberals were reminding us the country already is great. Just how much do they think Donald Trump can change things? Though, to be fair, seceding from the U.S. is a an ingenious way of leaving the country without having to move.
Then there's the Senate filibuster. Not that long ago Harry Reid was suggesting it be gotten rid of for nominees. It seems possible the GOP will take him up on that. For the record, I (unlike The New York Times, which has flip-flopped more than once depending on who's in charge) have always opposed the filibuster. Yes, I prefer a Senate that doesn't do much, but it's hard to justify the filibuster when the Constitution is so clear that most things only need a majority vote. The only excuse is it's a procedural rule that can be lifted with 51 votes.