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I can't say I foretold this , . . . [Nov. 9th, 2016|07:29 am]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
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. . . but I feared it.  Back in February they were conducting "general election scenario" polls: "If the general election were held tomorrow, who would you vote for: Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders?" and "If the general election were held tomorrow, who would you vote for: Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?"  In these "scenario" polls, Bernie beat Trump by 8 to 12 points.  Clinton vs. Trump was a dead heat.  What happened yesterday was evident back in February if you were paying attention.  Almost nobody was.  When I would discuss this with people, I lost them at the word "scenario."  They didn't get it:
    "But that was the primary, not the general."
    "People were asked how they would vote if it WAS the general."
    "But that was the primary, not the general."
I'm not sure even one person I talked to got what I was saying.

People going into this election were anti-establishment.  They were in a "throw the bums out" mood.  Trump was their anti-establishment candidate and Bernie was ours.  Ours was better, but we didn't nominate him.  Instead we nominated one of the bums that the populace wanted thrown out.  Guess what.

Besides being as establishment as politicians come, Hillary Clinton was---is---hated with the heat of a thousand suns by white working class males.  I'm not saying that's right for them to do or that every single one of them feels that way, but . . .  True story:  The last two places I worked had a few less than two hundred employes.  About half a dozen of the 180-or-so people self-identified as democrats.  The rest were rabid republicans who proudly referred to themselves as "tea partiers."  The Tea Partiers hated Hillary Clinton as I have said, but they also hated---really hated---political correctness and affirmative action.  All of the "social progress" that social liberals think they have made since the '80s is skin deep.  White working class America never accepted these mores; they tolerated them because they had no choice; they could literally lose their jobs if they spoke their true minds.

Well Trump tapped into this subterranean sea of hatred while Hillary and the Media pretended it didn't exist.  Guess what.  It reminds me of when one of us kids would say something mean and a parent or grandparent would say, "Don't say that.  You don't mean that."  Hillary was the adult in a room full of kids sick and tired of adults.

Guess what: Yeah, we said it, and yeah we mean it.