9 November 2016
We have been rebuked quite harshly over a previous post containing some mild objections about Donald Trump, so we have no wish to endure further ‘trolling’…
It looks like Mr Trump has won a stunning victory. As at 5 pm Australian Central Standard time, he has 244 electoral college votes to Ms Clinton’s 215, needing 270 to win the election. He is likely to gather the balance he needs by winning Arizona (11), and he is narrowly ahead in Pennsylvania (20), with almost all votes counted there. This puts him over the top, but he also has handy leads in Wisconsin (10 votes) and, intriguingly, Michigan (16). And he’ll scoop up Alaska’s 3 votes, too, most probably.
Plenty of Americans are unlikely to reconcile and get behind the new leader. One of the more mild and humorous tweets (twitter not generally being a source of genuine wit), comes from Angus McIntyre: Just stress-ate 3 quarts of ice-cream, a bag of frozen peas & an entire tube of Crest toothpaste. Also, 2 sachets of silica gel & my phone. It’s fair to say that a lot of folks won’t be hailing the new Chief.
President Obama was a superb salesman, using the bully pulpit as a point from which to both soar, and swoop. Now we look to another salesman, more hard-sell than soft power. Whilst he won’t outsource foreign policy to the same extent, his protectionist stance may hurt the free world, unless he gives his Secretary of State some carte blanche riding instructions. He will depend on his Cabinet much more than Ms Clinton would. And a Republican House and Senate might be just as hostile as a Democratic one.
Congratulations, Mr. President. We’ll have to wait a few more years for the ladies to crack those highest of glass ceilings – U.S. President and Pope…
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