I'm back. (But are you, dear readers?) Don't read too much into it. Every day I see something I could write about, but it's always been like that.
But there is one thing that confuses me, and I have some questions, and no answers. It's the constantly changing votes for Trump and Clinton, which I check regularly. (There are different places the check, but the easiest is the Wikipedia page on the election.)
As I write this, Clinton is ahead of Trump in the popular vote by more than 1.3 million. Every day she gets further ahead--she's gained over a million net votes since I started paying attention. So here are my questions:
Where are these votes coming from? How can there be so many uncounted votes? Why weren't we told about them? Why is it that these votes always seem to add more to the Democrat's numbers? (Are they all from the Pacific Time Zone--pro-Hillary spots like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle?)
How is it, considering how close some of the states were, that everyone was so confident of the results? (Though recall it took New Hampshire over a day to declare who won, and I'm not sure if Michigan has officially announced the winner yet--the election could have easily turned on these states, so imagine what things would have been like then? I guess I should be glad partisans aren't looking at chads right now in my hometown of Detroit.)
Will Hillary keep on increasing her lead? She's already more than one percentage point ahead of Trump. Will she end up with 1.5 million more votes than Trump? 2 million? As her lead gets bigger (assuming it does), does that make the argument against the Electoral College any better?
Weren't some people saying Trump got less votes than Romney? Maybe that was true on election night, but at present Trump is ahead of Romney's total by more than half a million.
Trump claims if the election was about votes, he would have campaigned differently and still won. Perhaps. But I wonder under such a system if the voters would have acted differently, regardless of the campaigning? For instance, would votes for Johnson and Stein have dried up? (In non-swing states, you can vote for a third-party candidate without fear that you'll make a difference. For that matter, some people vote strategically--"I know Hillary is going to win this state, so I'm voting for Trump just to make sure she doesn't get too cocky.")
See, what'd I tell you--questions, no answers.