In no particular order:
- This is a disaster. For those who remember the Reagan era, every branch of government will be run by the 2016 versions of James Watt.
- Twenty years ago, when Republicans stymied Clinton and the Democrats, I thought there was time. Maybe we would get things today, but twenty years later, we would make progress. We might be looking at another twenty years. I will literally be an old man before we turn this around.
- The Supreme Court stays conservative for another generation.
- We will have a serial groper as president. Say what one will about Bush 43, I never thought a fifteen year old girl would be in danger if she were in a room by herself with him.
- I think we’ll see increased violence against minorities, ethnic and religious (which includes me).
- Right-wing cops have just been given the green light to be awful.
- I hate to say this, but if you’re a woman who is able to have kids, you might want to think about an IUD (if you’re not planning on getting pregnant). Roe v. Wade will likely be dead once Roberts becomes the center of the Supreme Court.
- Maybe shitting all over white working class voters–who were 25 to 34 percent of Obama’s voters in 2012–wasn’t a great move after all. We needed to keep those voters, and it seems we didn’t. Areas that Obama won handily–white working class areas–broke very hard for Trump relative to 2008 and 2012. Simple explanations of racism don’t seem to account for this.
- At least last night, CNN exit polls claimed only one out of three non-college educated white women voted for Clinton. Is this sexism/misogyny?
- Trump also killed among voters who said their personal financial status had worsened during the last four years. Maybe all those jokes about ‘economic anxiety’ missed something.
- This is my personal crazy theory–everyone gets one–but recounts are really going to matter. They really do need to be done.
- Despite the use of intersectionality during the Democratic primary, ‘racists are gonna racist‘ probably isn’t the best framework for understanding what happened.
- I’ve said from the get-go that Clinton gave me a Martha Coakley vibe. We are definitely having that conversation about ‘electability’ again.
Obviously, more to write later, but that’s enough for now.