I got up at 4:30 am to scan the various news sources after going to bed at 1:30 am following a night of checking the incoming results online and on TV. Don’t expect eloquence….
1. Chaos. This is why allowing main-in ballots was either galactically stupid or a deliberate effort to cause confusion and seed armed insurrection. The intent was so, so clear that I really don’t know what to make of those who supported it. Mail-in ballots create problems of security and chain of custody, unnecessarily delaying the determination of critical races, notably the Presidential election. The postal service is not reliable, as I can personally attest with all the checks from ProEthics clients that routinely arrive late, not at all, or end up at the wrong address. The fiasco, was, in turn, yet another creation of the politically motivated fearmongering over the Wuhan virus. It is not hard to vote “safely” in person while wearing masks and socially distancing. I never came close to touching or breathing on another person, or they on me, when I voted yesterday. The Left wants, and has always wanted, a less secure, effortless, commitment-free voting system which it believes helps low-information, easily-led voters to participate who couldn’t be bothered otherwise. (Next will be a push for online voting, once mail-in voting proves to be the catastrophe it was always sure to be.)
2. The narrative leading up to the election, that Biden had an insurmountable lead and that the President was certain to lose was false. Again, whether it was intentionally false to suppress pro-Trump votes, or just astounding incompetence, conformation bias and irresponsible reporting and polling at work, I don’t know (but I have my suspicions.) That narrative never made sense with all of the other factors involves…the nature of the Presidency, the behavior of Democrats since 2016, the disgrace of the news media, the pathetic Democratic ticket, the transparent dishonesty of blaming the President for the lock-down and pandemic deaths, the backdrop of the 2016 election, and more.
As I wrote here, over and over again.
That’s as close to “I told you so!” as I’m going to write, but you know, I do know some things. I’m not just sitting here pulling stuff out of the air. Have a little trust and faith. I think I’ve earned it.
3. Neither candidate should have said a word last night, given the enthusiasm by potential rioters and wackos to engage in “mostly peaceful” mob action—which had already started in my region by about 10 pm. Biden’s announcement of confidence in his eventual victory (when any idiot could see he was in big trouble) was just as provocative, if more subtle, than the President’s warning that the “they” would try to steal the election. The news media, of course, pronounced Joe’s words reasonable and Trump’s outrageous and “authoritarian.” Trump, however, had the advantage of being accurate. Anyone who paid attention to the Florida hanging chad mess in 2000 knows that election, with rules being changed mid-count thanks to partisan Florida courts, was almost stolen, and by some of the same people out to manipulate this one.
4. If anyone needed more evidence of the untrustworthiness of the news media—why would anyone need more?—the insanely inconsistent anti-Trump bias in the “calling” of states for one candidate or another should settle the issue. One unexpected villain was Fox News, which apparently is determined to prove it can be as biased in the other direction as it has been accused, usually fairly, of being toward Republicans and Trump. The network called Arizona for Biden almost immediately, and before any election day, in-person votes had been counted. (Most sources still have Arizona as undecided) It also called Florida for Biden prematurely, and had to reverse itself. Texas obviously wasn’t going to go for Biden, yet Fox and most networks waited a ridiculously long time to call it. The President ran surprisingly strongly in Virginia (thanks to my vote), but the state was called for Biden while Trump was showing a considerable lead. Several sources declared Nebraska as a Biden “win” although the state’s split electoral vote system will give more votes to Trump.
The usual excuses about “models” and pre-election polling don’t work, because all of the models and polling wer so wrong, and ere exposed as wrong quickly.
5. It looks like, again despite the awful, biased polls, that the GOP will keep control of the Senate, making all of the Democrats’ threats to punish Republicans (and our system of government) for daring to confirm a Supreme Court Justice under the same conditions it has confirmed nominees for SCOTUS for centuries the thuggish bluffs they appeared to be. Good. So much for adding states, packing the Court and making the National Anthem “Imagine,” or whatever other offal Chuck Schumer kept shoveling.
6. As of this hour, the President is leading in more than enough states to give him the 270 he needs to stay in the White House. Any implications that Biden is anything but the likely (and deserved) loser at this point is deliberate misinformation and fake news.
7. To give you some sense of how the emotional Right is feeling, here is Instapundit commentator Sarah Hoyt, one of the more extreme and inflammatory of the conservative site’s pundits, last night shortly after the President’s remarks. Sarah is more than a little over-the-top, but ignore her primary point at your peril:
OKAY, I’M SICK AND TIRED OF THIS AND I WANT TO CALL IT OUT RIGHT NOW: I don’t want to hear a word about Trump’s tone. I don’t want to hear a word about how he crossed a line. I DON’T WANT TO HEAR A WORD.
Listen to me: On one side we have the left, who is running a barely alive candidate, and a woman with all the appeal of week-old fish and no accomplishments she can point to. Add to this they almost didn’t run a campaign, AND went to the point of not having offices in most cities.
For months now, I’ve been looking at this and going “They have a coup planned. The fix is in.” And everyone told me oh, no, I was seeing things.
Tonight we watched states called for Biden before votes were counted, while states that Trump has a solid lead in stop counting. And if you need help seeing what’s before your eyes, the Left has for weeks now claimed Trump was going to attempt a coup. How many years have you known they accuse you of what they’re doing? What are you? Stupid?
Look, they are tainted by the previous failed coups, tainted by (most if not all of them) accepting money from Xi, and FYI China ALWAYS arranges for extra compromise for security, honeypots being their favorite, tainted even by association with Epstein. A second Trump term means a good chance that they go down hard and don’t get up again. ALL OF THEM from the left politicians to the so called “tech lords” are fighting for their lives. They’re cornered rats. There’s nothing they won’t do.
And all we have against them is Trump. Stop calling Trump names. Put on your big boy or girl pants.They’re fighting for their lives.
And we are too. Because — look at Venezuela — socialism kills.
8. Yes, once again the President will win without a popular vote majority or plurality, fueling the second waves of riots, another attempt to hijack the Electoral College vote, and more erosion of public trust in the system. But this was always the most likely scenario, unfortunately. It will be, I suspect, for all GOP Presidents until California rejoins the United States from whatever alternate reality it now exists in.
Okay, I’m going back to bed now. Over to you, Sam!