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Campaign 2016 - Wrapping It Up

Updated on November 10, 2016

To the victor go the roses.


Why was the outcome predictable?

In my May 2016 article:, 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.

What now?

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


© 2016 Demas W.Jasper All rights reserved.


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    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      A pair of analysts in Great Britain foretold Trump's election win based on an analysis of facebook postings and the likelihood that those expressing strong feelings for Mrs. Clinton or Mr. Trump would actually vote and where the preponderance of their votes would go (to Mr. Trump in the states they called for him.) A new technique with the correct algorithm.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Now we can wait and see what impetus there is for states to give all their electoral votes to a candidate who wins the popular vote.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      NOTE: On my Hub "America Where Are You?" of December 23, 2015, I added this comment:

      "[In Election 2016] Look at the candidates and see who is "offering something for free" that we will all have to pay for? Who is claiming skills they do not possess? Who is backed by selfish donors who intend to ask for favoritism? Who has charisma oozing from their pores, but uses it for a selfish grab at the power they want us to give them? Who can make the tough decisions that can lead us back to doing what is right and just?

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      lambservant - The tasks before a President Trump are enormous, but the tools for accomplishment are at hand.

      Thanks for the "nailed it."

    • lambservant profile image

      Lori Colbo 

      4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      You nailed it on your list. All of the above.


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