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posted Friday, November 11, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 46
How did this happen?
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How did this happen?

by Janice Van Cleve - Special to the SGN

How did this happen? How did this misogynous, racist, ignorant, narcissist buffoon defeat the most experienced presidential candidate ever to campaign for the highest office in the United States? She had way more money, way more credibility, way more intelligence, and way more polls predicting an easy win. Pennsylvania was in her bag. Arizona was in play. Florida's huge Black and Hispanic population leaned her way. She had the President out campaigning for her. She had a large and well-organized ground game.

I expected, as many did, to see the results of election night roll like a blue wave across the East Coast and wriggle through the urban centers of the Midwest before finally splashing in a victorious crescendo on the Pacific Coast. Sure, Trump got South Carolina and probably would get other Southern States, but that was a given. Then I saw Pennsylvania was too close to call. Then Florida went red. Illinois stayed blue, but Wisconsin? I expected places like the Dakotas and Nebraska to go for Trump and Colorado stood by Hillary. But as the results kept coming in a growing dread began to knot my stomach. This wasn't happening. Not all the votes have been counted. Surely it will all turn around by morning.

It didn't. The unbelievable happened. Donald Trump won. Donald Trump will appoint one and maybe as many as four Supreme Court judges. Even worse, Republicans control both the US House and US Senate. Futures on the Dow plunged 900 points in panic before the NYSE regained its composure. European and Asian markets trembled. Putin was pleased. Kim Jung Un plans a nuclear test to celebrate.

How did it happen? Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, just like Al Gore did, but she was not able to claim the strategic electoral college votes. There was no viable third party candidate to blame this time for taking away votes from her. The FBI fumbling with her emails at the last minute had little effect because many early votes had already been cast. Nor was there any brilliant strategy on the part of her opponent. USA Today reports that voter turnout across the country was actually up 4.7%, which on a macro level should favor Democrats. However the devil is always in the details. White rural turnout was way up and they voted for Trump. Non-white inner city voter turnout was down which cut into the Democratic base. Hillary did not win the high percentages among Blacks and women that Obama did in 2012.

This morning I watched Hillary Clinton's farewell address. I was sad but I was reassured. She was very open and honest about the pain of this loss and the surprise that it happened. Yet she did so with the professionalism, courage, and composure that she has shown in every tough situation that she has faced. She still makes me proud.

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