Election 2016

Have you voted yet?    

I just had to put together some random thoughts on this election. This was the first US general election I have voted in having been a Canadian citizen during both of the Obama elections. 

The phrase “voting for the lesser of two evils” has never been more applicable then it has in this election. These two candidates are absolutely hated by most of the country yet the choice in this election couldn’t be more obvious. For all her faults (yes, there are many) Hillary Clinton has to and will be the next President. 

Those of you who follow me on twitter know that I’m not her biggest fan. She is an extremely flawed candidate but when the other choice is Donald Trump the decision for next President couldn’t be more obvious. 

I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton because she will win in New Jersey comfortably. I couldn’t bring myself to vote her but there really wasn’t another choice. Jill Stein just doesn’t excite me. Gary Johnson is an absolute joke. I wrote in Cory Booker’s name. Sign me up for Cory Booker 2024. 

I have been fairly confident in the outcome of this election for a very long time. So much so that my brother mentioned the classic West Wing scene


This campaign has been enlightening in its own ways. It has opened our eyes to the racist and clueless people around us. We’ve all found one Co-worker, neighbor, etc. who is voting for Donald Trump for one stupid reason or another. The Republican Party has made being uninformed racists part of their pitch to voters for a while now. Donald Trump just brought it more to the mainstream. Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star said it best in this tweet last month. 

It’s become clearer and clearer and clearer: If you support Donald Trump, you are a sort of monster. Which kind, it doesn’t much matter.

Could not agree more with Bruce there. 


Unless you are a billionaire male racist Caucasian why would you vote Trump? He literally stands for everything that is wrong with this country. He’s been leading a cult and fortunately too many have blindly followed. You ask many Trump  supporters about their reasons to vote Trump and most of them don’t know why. Heck, Donald Trump himself has no idea why you should vote for him. He’s offered no real solutions to any problem. I have long said that he got into this for publicity. He didn’t think he’d win. He has no interest in governing. He thought it’d be great for his brand and he could make some money. It turned out to be quiet the opposite. GOP primary voters turned out to be crazier than we all thought (I’m guilty here too. I didn’t factor the craziness of the primary voters when making predictions during primary process) and put out him in a bind. His brand has taken a major hit. Whether it is his hotel business, Macy’s deal,a new golf course in Dubai, an old golf course in Scotland his businesses continue to take a hit. They aren’t even putting his name on new hotels

Donald Trump is a terrible person. By now everyone is aware of his attitude towards women, Muslims , Mexicans and African Americans but his despicable lies towards charity work are just as bad. If you haven’t been following the work of David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post you have missed out on some great journalism. Follow @fahrenthold on Twitter.

I am legitimately surprised that a journalist didn’t get seriously hurt this year at a Trump rally given how much he was inciting his cult. 


With all this being said I don’t think the Donald Trump problem goes away. I don’t think he concedes with grace today. Unfortunately Donald Trump is not going away. Sarah Palin lived out in Alaska and even she stuck around for a little bit. Donald Trump lives minutes from multiple TV studios. A lot of shows are going to continue to give him airtime. The racism and extermism that the GOP has let creep in for a while will continue to be a problem. Trump’s cult is so blindly devoted to him that many of them won’t accept the results of this election. Heck, so many of them still don’t believe Barack Obama was born in the US. It has been comical watching the GOP try to distance itself from Donald Trump when they’ve been doing the same things he has been doing for much longer. 

This is a party that welcomed the racism of the 2008 campaign. 

This is a party that unleashed Sarah Palin on this country in 2008. 

This is a party that questioned the patriotism of people who had literally given their limbs for their country like Max Cleland while supporting candidates who did their best to dodge military service. 

This is the party whose hypocritical leaders led investigations into Bill Clinton while being extremely flawed men themselves. 

This is a party that hasn’t been doing its job
This is a party that plans on continuing to not do its job

I also found the location of both campaign parties tonight pretty funny. Hillary Clinton is at a venue with a literal glass ceiling while Trump is across the street from one of the most successful Muslim owned businesses in America. Speaking of glass ceilings, did you see what is happening in Rochester? People are showing up at the cemetery where Susan B. Anthony is buried. 

I think Hillary Clinton wins easily tonight. Her getting close to 340 electoral college votes wouldn’t surprise me. Wonder if she can drive a big enough margin in popular vote so the Democrats can take congress. 

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