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Campaign 2016 - Wrapping It Up
To the victor go the roses.
Why was the outcome predictable?
In my May 2016 article: http://hubpages.com/politics/Campaign-Why-Mr-Trump-Will-Win, many of the points the now embarrassed pundits and pollsters are making were already in plain sight:
(a) too much growing debt,
(b) fear of a "drift toward socialism,"
(c) failed border controls,
(d) "do nothing politicians,"
(e) the need for substantive changes,
(f) revulsion at "free things" payable by taxpayers.
(g) a weakened military and homeless, ignored veterans,
(h) sectionalism, cronyism, feminism, and threats to the Supreme Court,
(i) entrenched bureaucracy,
(j) excessive centralized control.
(k) a feeling of diminished standing in the world,
(l) decayed infrastructure,
(m) expanding terrorism,and
(n) a catering to special interests.
When coupled with other negatives already associated with Secretary Clinton, such as:
(a) Bill's resurrected past,
(b) looting of the "pay to play" Clinton foundation,
(c) Libya and Benghazi,
(d) the destroyed private and official emails,
(e) declines in education and the inner cities, and
(f) a perceived "third term for Obama", the election seemed stacked against a Clinton victory.
If any "last minute clinchers" were needed to offset the Billy Bush "Hollywood Video," there came the ongoing FBI investigation and the Donna Brazile debate question leak.
There was one key factor the pundits and pollsters could have anticipated. By effectively declaring an "inevitable" Clinton victory they created a voter apathy that had some likely Clinton voters not "bothering" to cast their ballots in states where a 1% difference in the voting could have elected Hillary instead of Donald.
I suppose it is also "inevitable" that post-election commentators here and abroad will continue to make their case for why it "defies reason" that candidate Trump could ever have been elected president.
I can only suggest one more key factor: you commentators and the rest of the media gave him all that free daily advertising by covering each new, ridiculous statement Mr. Trump made, thus keeping him in the daily headlines where even bad headlines are good advertising!
It's time to smell the roses....and go to work fixing what needs to be fixed.
A Haiku - America
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