By Frank J Biga III -
What a rollercoaster of a day! I took a Personal Day off from school to help with some local campaigns and do some calling for the Trump campaign from home. In to the very early morning I put signs out for GOP candidates in Maine township. I always get a little excited and positive when I do this sort of thing.
But I have to say that during the day, I should have kept the cable channels off. The mood just seemed that Trump would perform well but that ultimately would fall short. I must have heard the term “Ground Game” about two dozen times form various pundits. And knowing that in a normal election cycle such an organization makes a difference, this was quite depressing.
Despite this, I spent some of my time during the day calling for the Trump campaign in to Michigan and I thought he had a good chance there because of the focus on this But I was worried about Florida and without Florida any victory path for trump would get problematic. So, as I got together with my family to watch the results, it was one of tempered optimism. If this holds, it will mean a comfortable victory in the Electoral College with around 310 electoral votes for Trump.
But as was noted by many other pundits and even myself over the course of this election, this was a change election. As I write this, Donald Trump has won Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio along with the traditional Republican “red” states. And he has also broken through the “Blue Wall” by taking Iowa and most importantly Wisconsin! Arizona looks good and Alaska is a most likely win. Michigan and Pennsylvania appear are leaning towards Trump and the odds indicate they will end up that way. And even Minnesota looks like a possible victory as well. If this holds, it will mean a comfortable victory in the Electoral College with around 310 electoral votes for Trump.
Winston Churchill once quipped that “you could always count on the Americans to do the right thing after having tried everything else.” The American heartland has been in economic decline since the early 90s. To fix this, the country tried the New Democratic triangulation of Bill Clinton. They then tried the Compassionate Conservatism of George W. Bush. This was followed by the most fraudulent scam of them all – the Hope and Change of Barack Obama. From a historical perspective, given the dynamism of the American political system, it was unlikely that the American people would continue down this same path by choosing Hillary Clinton, the consummate insider and agent of the status quo. The right choice, Donald Trump’s message of economic nationalism and non-interventionism, will now be tried and, given historical precedents from the 19th century, the Harding and Coolidge Presidencies, and the immediate post-war era, will be successful and lead to an American renewal.
The Blue Wall has finally been breached. The Democratic Citadel has fallen and the elitist cabal in charge of our decline no longer has the “Mandate of Heaven”. Thank God!