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We're now living in a world where Billy Bush is worth $10 million to someone. How is that possible? I could replace Billy Bush with a fern and get the exact same ratings... And yet, consider the outcome for the two men involved in that pussy-grabbing video: Bush got $10 million, and Trump got elected president.
—Drew Magary[1]

The 2016 U.S. presidential election took place on November 8, 2016, finally putting to rest fears[2] that President Obama is a commie-Muslim King doing everything possible to further rob the GOP base of their few remaining freedoms and usher in Sharia law before Hillary replaces it with Halakha.[3] Her opponent was Donald J. Trump, unwitting hero to the thousands of Americans that enjoy writing “WHY DOES EVERYTHING HAVE TO BE ABOUT RACE?!” in the comments section of every Yahoo article.

This election was the first one in recorded history where both major candidates had higher unfavorable ratings than favorable ratings.

Contents

[edit] Key issues

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[edit] Trade

Trump's true innovation was showing how few voters actually crave the small government/let the market decide rhetoric, including GOP base.
—Chris Hayes[4]

The biggest difference between the two is the most important, which is that Trump has no connections or loyalties to the Carlyle group or PNAC. Polls continue to show that Americans are narrowly in favor of free trade generally, but Republicans are not, reflecting the influence of the anti-trade nominee. And trade agreements remain unpopular in battleground states such Ohio, where it is blamed for years of manufacturing job losses.[5]

The way things are going, Dems will be free trade international capitalists in opposition to nationalistic central planners. The times we live in.[6]

[edit] Immigration

Mass deportations and scaling back outsourcing is almost guaranteed to increase wages for the bottom two-thirds of the workforce. It will likely come at the expense of stock prices (since most companies outsource and then use the proceeds to do stock buybacks) and inflation (which was the big legacy from Reagan). These are problems that don't hit the mid/lower classes whose livelihoods are determined by their wages as opposed to dividends (401ks).

Supporting mass deportation is going to lose you ~20% of the Hispanic vote right off the bat. The GOP knows this. Their first choice in the primary was Jeb Bush, who is a moderate on the issue. After he crashed and burned they moved on to Rubio, who is pretty damn reactionary on everything except for immigration. Rubio was the establishment's way of telling the base they can have anything they want, as long as they compromise on this one point. But Republicans just can't resist labeling each other "soft" on immigration.[7] Cruz wanted a wall, increased border control with sci-fi technology, all kinds of crazy stuff.[8][9]

Traditionally, the GOP has avoided addressing those who employ illegal immigrants and gone after the employees.[10] Usually it's just LIEberals who argue going after the employers.[11]

[edit] Health care

Whoever decided that Obamacare should get rate hikes on Nov. 1 should never work in government again. One week before the general election, everybody got a big bill showing their health care costs increasing.[12] Repeal remains popular, so if the Republicans were to repeal it, they'd likely benefit electorally.[13]

[edit] Background noise

Trump's making it clear: The election will be referendum on whether Muslim Americans are a fifth column.
—Benjy Sarlin[14]

Issues that affected the general election, but played no substantial part in the primaries or debates.

  • SCOTUS: Voters may not like his rhetoric, or him, but they made this Faustian bargain for other reasons. Trump holds the Senate and the house. He'll have four years, and likely will get two or three Supreme Court seats to fill; with the Senate in hand, he can go as far right as he likes. That will be very far right, since he'll be trying to solidify his base in order to win a second term.[15]
  • Don't you think she looks tired?: The tops of the major tickets are the oldest they have ever been in history. Both major candidates were forced to cough up their medical records.
Donald's a heart attack waiting to happen, subsists entirely on fast food, brags about only getting 3-4 hours of sleep (ah, fascists and their love of lack of sleep), and has family history of dementia—but at least he isn't being hoisted like a scarecrow into a waiting van.[note 1]
  • Syria: There's a complex argument to be had over the reality that supporting these groups always leads to bad things down the line vs. the other reality that these guys are pretty good at killing the people we want them to. But we're light-years away from that discussion as the current discourse stands.[note 2]
  • PC Culture: Social conservatism doesn't fly as far as it did in the '90s, and the materialist streak that drove conservatism in the '80s is becoming increasingly radicalized towards welfare chauvinismWikipedia's W.svg, to reflect the growing progressive chorus on the left.[16] This is actually pretty smart, because it appeals to young people who might hate certain aspects of liberalism, but can't relate to the old culture war stuff.
  • Guns: 87% of people support the idea that suspected terrorists shouldn't be allowed to purchase assault weapons. Furthermore, 90% of Republicans support this. The problem is that plenty of law-abiding people were placed on the terror watchlist erroneously.[17] That's the problem with secret lists, secret courts, and zero meaningful oversight.
Another likelihood is that Democrats would rather use this issue as a hammer to bonk Republicans over the head with come November.[18] This election will be about turnout, so both parties need their bases to be riled up.
Worth noting: The GOP is likely to retain their raw numerical advantage in the House, but their cushion will be hit. The Senate is statistically likely to flip, and that cushion is the only thing preventing gun laws from being passed.[19]
  • Net Neutrality: Ike attacked the military. Nixon opened China. Reagan fucked the elderly. Bush turned Texas brown. Trump, the first meme President: Net neutrality must go![20]
  • Citizens United: In exchange for Bernie's endorsement, Hillary pledged to introduce an amendment to overturn Citizens United in her first 30 days as President.[21] First of all, the lion's share of her big-money donations came from corporations; approximately 27% of it is dark money coming through SuperPACs. This is not the profile of a person who is going to turn off the spigot.
Second, despite the common view of SCOTUS as a tool of the executive branch, rehearing a case that's less than a decade old is not something the Court likes to do. Furthermore, an amendment takes a 2/3 vote, which is an untenably high bar for at least the next two elections (and probably the next four). You think the GOP is going to make it essentially illegal to run attack ads on Hillary Clinton again? Without their cooperation, any campaign finance reform is dead on arrival.[note 3]

[edit] Magical thinking

Let me warn you, and let me warn the nation, against the smooth evasion that says: “Of course we believe these things. We believe in social security. We believe in work for the unemployed. We believe in saving homes. Cross our hearts and hope to die! We believe in all these things. But we do not like the way that the present administration is doing them. Just turn them over to us. We will do all of them, we will do more of them, we will do them better and, most important of all, the doing of them will not cost anybody anything!"
Franklin D. Roosevelt, address at the Democratic State Convention, 1936

Sanders and Trump showed that if you convince people you're out to take on the system, you can get a lot further than your actual political acumen would otherwise take you. Trump never had a coherent plan, but Bernie - and Hillary, for that matter - was almost never going to get what he wanted done either given the Republican Congress. In terms of policy, Trump and Sanders were on the opposite ends, but in terms of campaigning and tactics, Bernie and Trump were very similar.[22] They both made impractical promises and offered laughable solutions to turn those into reality.[23][24][25][26][27] They both sold themselves as anti-"insider".[28][29] Both claimed to be a victim of the media while benefiting tremendously from it.[30][31] They both presented themselves as the only man who can clean up DC and serve the American people. They both presented their opponents as stooges/sell-outs.[32][33][34] They both had vociferous and loyal supporters who questioned everything their opponents did while giving a huge pass to their favorite candidate. Most Democrats aren't blue-collar workers, but they still continue to treat Bernie as the epitome of honesty, even though he tried to flip super-delegates after losing primaries.[35]

This isn't to leave Hillary off the hook either. Given the Republican Congress, she too would have been blocked by the right wing, and that would have led to absolute gridlock since the GOP outright refused to let her work at all (see McCain vowing to let the entire Supreme Court die out just so he wouldn't have to appoint her SCOTUS pick).

[edit] Democratic Party

A largely-untested GE campaigner, Clinton coasted on her name. Her '08 campaign was shockingly open to the public after her own staff kept leaking their own emails; she was so bad at running it that they wanted to make it clear the dysfunction wasn't from them. [36]

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Hillary Clinton
Age: 69
Former New York Senator and Secretary of State
Advantages: The celebrity gap between the DNC and RNC can't be overemphasized.[37] The DNC will have Bryan Cranston. (The Churchillian leadership and thundering oratory of Chachi[38] will surely unite Republicans.)

Wins with seniors, southerners, minorities, women... Hillary basically wins wherever there are people.[39] The most business-friendly candidate running: if your job depends on stability, you don't want a president who is cavalier with the national debt. Also has a bit of a baked-in advantage: Republicans are conceding the election in advance.[40][41]

"Heartless Hillary"? He's now 0/2. Clinton's lucky in that her first name has 3 syllables. Makes it hard for any nickname to roll off the tongue. Politics in 2016, amirite?

Disadvantages: Hillary's got the Jimmy Carter problem: She's not good at sound bites. No one's going to read through her website and parse her policy positions.

You can see some similarities between Hillary and your abuela. Of course, pretty sure your abuela couldn't win a national election, because she has a lot of unlikeable things about her. It's a miracle if she fills up a high school gym.[42][43]

Hey, Mrs. Clinton, I'm here to fix 7 holes in your wall. A half-competent campaign would have left Sanders in the dust with O'Malley.[44][45] And where are the mythical Clinton surrogates? Answer: They sat it out to fundraise. But now it looks like they overreached in some states (like GA) when their own core constituent states needed focus, which killed another third Clinton term.

Conservatives hate her and will turn out in droves to keep her from winning.[46] And she's driven more swing voters away by showing really shitty judgement in some cases.[47]

Trump lacks depth? The optics are terrible coming from her, a Goldman/JP Morgan crony who's changed her opinion (oops, we mean evolved) on some issues (criminal justice, LGBT rights), shown undue difficulty in taking a position on others (TPP, Keystone XL), and hypocrisy on yet others (campaign finance, stealing Iraqi oil).[48]

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Tim KaineWikipedia's W.svg
Age: 59
Junior Senator from Virginia
Advantages: One of 20 people in US history to serve as Mayor, Governor, and Senator. Served on Committee of Armed Services, Committee on the Budget, and Committee on Foreign Relations.

Kaine and his wife belong to a majority-black Catholic congregation, and he was elected Mayor by a majority-black City Council.[citation needed] On the other hand, this doesn't bring anything new to Clinton. Kaine also took a break from law school to do missionary work in Honduras, and is fluent in Spanish as a result. He has, in fact, delivered the first-ever senate speech all in Spanish, which will help in crucial states such as Florida.

His response to the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 while governor.

Enjoys 100% rating by Planned Parenthood, Brady Campaign (gun control), National Education Association, Human Rights Campaign and NARAL; a over 90% rating by League of Conservation Voters, Progressive Punch and AFL/CIO; and an even more impressive 0% rating by American Conservative Union and Family Research Council.[49]

Served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011, meaning this guy knows how to raise money.

Disadvantages: He was supposed to counter the chaos emanating from Trump, but Mike "Freaking Unflappable" Pence had him beat.

His support for the TPP put him at serious odds with the base. Clinton passed over some more enticing choices, such as Villaraigosa (the first Latino on a major ticket) and Warren (the first two woman major ticket), Sanders (the first democratic socialist), or hell, even Booker.

[edit] Primary battles

Bernie let the tinhattery fester for too long. He started off very positive and treated Hillary with kid gloves, but after one of his staffers got caught snooping in the Clinton database,[50] the DNC blocked access to voter data from his campaign, and the tone completely changed. (Fuck me? No, fuck you.)[51] A lot of his supporters honestly believed that the DNC stole the election from Sanders.[52]

Talk of "voter fraud", even as just dog whistles, tends to be infectious in the minds of those new to politics, because it furthers youth disenchantment and helps drive down their turnout numbers. There's a lot to be said about how, even with all that, Hillary still took the popular vote, so it is intellectually lazy and disingenuous to pin the blame on Bernie Sanders rather than stating the obvious: the Electoral College is an utter disaster for democracy and Clinton ran an honestly terrible campaign in the Rust Belt, which switched to Trump.

[edit] Republican Party

The Republican nominee is known popularly for kicking Gary Busey off his game show.

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Donald Trump
Age: 70
Businessman
Advantages: "Self-funding" his campaign[53] and can say what he wants, in defiance of Rove's Law; this made him stand out on a stage full of empty suits.

The Trump campaign is operating at a lemonade stand level,[54][55] but that doesn't matter, because he's still testing Clinton (who had 51 field offices to his 1)[56] where it counts. His "campaign" is pretty much entirely cable news.[57][58]

Polls great in Florida, meaning he's locked down the Cuban vote which the Republicans absolutely need.[59]

Trump is an anomaly because he says stuff that's all over the map. People seem to latch onto what they like and ignore the rest.[60] The past 5 elections went to the more charismatic candidate; Hillary can't compete with Trump there. The more people listen to Trump, the more he'll convert.

Disadvantages: Jabba didn't get so rich and control so many systems by being a generousWikipedia's W.svg overlord. An expert on bankruptcies; he will therefore bankrupt Americans to teach them how to profit off their own bankruptcy.

Also continuing to show he has no idea what he's talking about.[61]. ("Let's shut down their part of the Internet... infiltrate the Internet...") He really can't handle the idea of someone else dominating the news, for any reason;[62] if he can't shut down his Mexican Tourette's then he's in trouble.[63] He's also Never Wrong, so he doubles down on the stupid stuff.[64]

He's popular with one Black, so he's got that going for him.[65][66] Further isolating Republicans across the board[67][68] (while reaching out to Sanders supporters weirdly)[69][70] is just an awful strategy all around if he wants to win in Nov.[71][72] First major presidential candidate to have been called a fascist in the international press.[73][74] Endorsed by President Putin(?).[75]

New Yorkers already dislike Trump but the pizza incident unforgivable.[76]

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Mike "Like It in the Crapper? You Get the Zapper" Pence
Age: 57
Governor of Indiana
Advantages: As soon as Trump picked Pence, it was all over for Hillary in Iowa.[77]

Pence is a damn maniac as well, but at least it's an ethos. Helps shore up the evangelical vote and establishment Repubs. Might be the most right-wing pick (who else?) Agnew.[78] Pence is also boring and invisible which is exactly how Trump prefers it.

Disadvantages: Gives the creeps to anyone who was considering Trump as a protest vote. It doesn't help that Trump has declared in interviews that he intends to give the "boring" day-to-day presidential work to Pence. Swell.

Just call him Typhoid Mike. The crisis originated from an anti-gay law which he foolishly passed, and which ended up costing the state tons of business, forcing him to repeal it. Thus far, Trump has not targeted the LGBT community. Wouldn't want them to feel left out, would we?

[edit] The Fire Rises

TV turns [Trump] on and only TV can turn him off... He has no need for the RNC. He already owns primetime.

—former CNN anchor Campbell Brown[79]

Conventional campaigning was just wasted money this cycle, as "vanity" candidates like Trump and Carson began way ahead of the candidates spending millions on field operations.[80][81] He absolutely crushed Rand Paul and Jeb Bush, both of whom had robust field campaigns.[note 4] CNN's job is to make money, and Trump brings eyeballs. More to the point, their core base is dying off, so Republicans need to run more TV/movie stars. Worked with Reagan, Schwarzenegger, and now a reality show star (face it, he was better at that than real estate). It's not irrelevant that Clint Eastwood, of all people, was given a prime-time speaking slot at the last convention.

The GOP pretending to hate Trump is flim-flam.[82][83] Nearer the Convention, Hillary Clinton will tell a reporter she prefers bacon chips over salted. This will be the biggest scandal since Hillary caused both 9/11s while Bush was busy keeping us safe. The GOP spin doctors will take over Trump's campaign, and he will be sold on Angry Gentleman AM™ as the best thing that ever happened to America since the war of independence or white sliced bread. We'll take your calls after these ads for motorized wheelchairs, herbal boner pills, gold scams and help for tax cheats. Even if Clinton could have broken 50% of the popular vote (which looked unlikely anyway), they'd have said the election results were simply a referendum on Trump and not actually reflecting the desires of the American people.

Adding to that, you can see by the step change in the graph here[84] that the leadership had plenty of time to coalesce and stop Trump, but kept their heads firmly in their asses. 17 nominees, fucking really?

[edit] Libertarian Party

Gary is the first Libertarian candidate to poll over 10%, so that's a breath of fresh air to a drowning man. Most of his "supporters" were waiting for an excuse to jump ship like the rats they are.[85]

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Gary Johnson
Age: 64
Former Governor of New Mexico
Advantages: If the Kochs are throwing money at him, he'll get his 5 minutes on Jimmy Fallon.[86] It's not clear whether he is useful for anything, but at least he isn't corrupt.[87]

Mr. Aleppo is popular with the troops. Must have something to do with his non-interventionism.[88] If you check out Gary's platform, it's tailor-made for white male millennials.[89]

Clinton stupidly pulled out of Colorado, thinking she wasn't going to bleed voters to Trump, but what has happened is that her absence led to a bleeding of voters to Johnson. Colorado is a libertarian-friendly state and, of course, is a state with legal marijuana. Not that it mattered, as she ended up winning Colorado anyway.

Picking Bill Weld as his running mate was a stroke of genius: The LP now has a more qualified ticket than the GOP. In fact, he's second-most qualified in a race against HRC. Just let the full magnitude of that statement sink in.[note 5]

Disadvantages: Gary's run before, and failed to inspire the kind of enthusiasm it takes to matter. At best he'll be a spoiler who throws votes to Donald. The next serious third-party contender will have to borrow the mold from Ross Perot, as in "be a billionaire."

Johnson was picked for marketability; don't mistake the nomination for having the support of his party.[90]

A net win for Hillary as she holds onto the Latino and women vote. Libertarians ought to be in a sweet spot with the "socially liberal, fiscal conservative" crowd, but they just can't get on board with his crazy ideas.[91][92] Here we have a politician who wants to end the war on drugs, but also launched the private prison industry...which earns most of its profits from the war on drugs? The free market is magic, and will fix that.[93]

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William WeldWikipedia's W.svg
Age: 71
Former Governor of Massachusetts
Advantages: Was re-elected by the largest margin ever in Massachusetts.

Legal counsel during the Watergate inquiry, an odd coincidence. Weld gained national recognition in fighting public corruption: he won 109 convictions out of 111 cases.

Disadvantages: Failed to unseat John Kerry of all people. Weld supports gay and abortion rights... and also co-chaired Romney's campaign in New York. Weld endorsed his pal Romney again for president in 2012. Connections trump principles!

When was ridiculed for his lily-white heritage and wealth and all that (his ancestors came over on the Mayflower), he responded, "Actually, they weren't on the Mayflower. They sent the servants over first to get the cottage ready."

By the end, Weld was openly campaigning for Hillary Clinton out of fear that Trump could be elected.[94]

[edit] I just got a nomination, but I got high

Johnson doesn't believe in gun background checks, but he's open to discussion about it, which opponents took to mean he's soft on guns.[95] (Liberals want to melt down every gun in America!) And they just 'never mind' that contractor who shot up an army base because he thought his microwave was sending demonic messages to his brain.[96]

A small-but-significant minority turned out to vote "Not Trump" while staying true to the party down-ballot. A number of them said they'd vote Johnson or maybe Clinton (or, if you're in Utah, Evan McMullin), but in the privacy of the voting booth, they caved.[85] In every single state, the number of people who voted for Gary Johnson was significantly less than his projected share of the vote. In fact, if 1% of the voters had chosen Johnson instead of Trump (like they kept telling pollsters), Clinton would be president.

Remember, we're dealing with Libertarians. You don't want to go down that rabbit hole:


You know i just started convincing some people to take us seriously
—Top comment

[edit] Green Party

"Hmmm, hmmm…yeah, yeah…hmmm, hmmm…Nader…Nader…Nader…Nader…"

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Jill Stein
Age: 66
Physician
Advantages: Doctor Jill Stein has been an advocate for single-payer for a long time.

A nationwide switch to green energy and green jobs is her #1 issue. Stein suggests that she'd rather shut down nonrenewable power plants over time as they're replaced with wind/solar/geothermal. If her party continues to mellow out, we may see them attract more swing voters.

Disadvantages: Jill is that mom on Facebook you unfollow because she has a monopoly on "being the right kind of mom":[97] Dense as a rock and has no clue what she is talking about 90% of the time.[98][99][100][101][102][103][104].

She's not generating a lot of media buzz, which isn't good when there are so many low-information voters. She can't even win in her home town.

It was really weird going around the different spheres of the internet and watching the Greenies/Trumpets loudly agreeing on hating the EU and voting Leave.[105][106]

The base is aggressively anti-nuclear, anti-GMO, and anti-vax, and while the party has since toned down those planks (e.g. anti-vax spam is now banned on their Facebook page), Jill remains wishy-washy on those topics.[103][107] Apart from the GMOs, that is: her goal is to ban all GMO food unequivocally.[108] The Green party still endorses homeopathy, naturopathy, Traditional Chinese medicine, ayurveda and (quite vaguely) "other healing approaches".[109]

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Ajamu BarakaWikipedia's W.svg
Age: 63
Activist
Advantages: Longtime human rights activist.

Looks exactly like Captain Ben Sisko.

Disadvantages: Globalresearch-type moonbat. He denounced the Charlie Hebdo rallies as a "white power march". Like, the fuck?[110] He also thinks the Charlie Hebdo shooting and Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were false flag operations.[111]

Accused Bernie Sanders of promoting white supremacy (!) and called him — of all people — an "establishment prop". Nice choice, Doc, this will definitely will get the disaffected Berniebros on board.[112]

[edit] $hill $tein is owned by the Big Crystal lobby

To save some people the trip to Google: Yes, Darryl Cherney was the Green Party candidate running against Jill Stein.[113] You Jillbots never give up, do you? Last we checked, the party doesn't vote until August! #SeeYouInHouston

Oh, and it's worth mentioning that in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, if everyone who voted for Jill Stein voted for Clinton, she'd have won those states and thus the presidency. We hope you learned life's most important lesson: Never give your money to a hippie.[114] Unless it's for drugs.

[edit] Minor third party candidates

The following candidates may be standing in one or more state. They ranged from long-established minor parties to joke candidates.

  • Bob WhitakerWikipedia's W.svg for the American Freedom Party, whom even Wikipedia describes as a "white supremacist"
  • Tom Hoefling for the Constitution Party and its off-shoot America's Party
  • James Hedges for the Prohibition Party
  • Gloria La Riva, a community activist and organiser for the American Indian Movement[115], for the Party for Socialism and Liberation in Colorado and the Peace and Freedom Party in California
  • Mimi Soltysik for the Socialist Party USA
  • Alyson Kennedy, for the Socialist Workers Party
  • Monica MooreheadWikipedia's W.svg, a former teacher and one-time supporter of the Black Panther Party from Alabama, for the Workers World Party
  • Chris Keniston, for the Veterans Party of America
  • Evan McMullin, anti-Trump conservative Republican running as an independent candidate in Utah[116]
  • Rod SilvaWikipedia's W.svg, a restauranteur standing for the Nutrition Party, at least in Colorado
  • Rocky De La FuenteWikipedia's W.svg, for Reform Party and his own American Delta Party; he had previously campaigned for the Democrat nomination in 2016
  • Dan R. Vacek, a pro-marijuana activist for Legal Marijuana Now, standing in Iowa and Minnesota[117]
  • David French, attorney and blogger for National Review.[118] Ah, just what this country needs: someone who reviews Game of Thrones episodes, while complaining about its SJW fanbase, every week as president.[119] French, who is a registered Independent, put out a statement saying that he deeply considered running, but decided not to.

[edit] Repudiation

There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.
—Lenin

Have to hand it to Trump. Somehow he sensed a path to victory. We know he didn't use data or anything, because he doesn't trust statistics. Apparently Trump just held mass rallies at the places where he thought the most people would show up. Zero data or voter mobilization. Everyone was mocking him for campaigning in Clinton's northern firewall. Using pure animalistic instinct, he discovered whites in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania were willing to switch parties, and he dragged the Republicans kicking and screaming over the finish line.

Clinton got the biggest popular vote lead in history (Polk got more votes than Donald), but fell a few thousand short in the states that mattered, which flipped the entire map:

  • Dem turnout was depressed thanks to complacency and the Sanders effect, driving voters to Stein and—just to show you how ideologically barren these people really were—Johnson. Clinton mistook 'damage control' for party disloyalty, and it cost the Democrats big in down-ballot races.
  • Clinton's improvement with college-educated whites was undermined by low black turnout[120] and a Reaganesque collapse among the black-lung labor union[121] households (exit polls).
  • The big shock was Pennsylvania swinging to Trump,[note 6] despite the terrible things he said about the state.[122][123][124] In hindsight, it wasn't too difficult for Trump to win in PA:[125] it was redder in 2012 than Michigan or Wisconsin, and Trump did better during the primaries in PA than in the other two (where he fared poorly). Trump's efforts to convince non-voters to vote this year explains why polling was so spectacularly wrong.
  • Oddly, Clinton made the right move by campaigning in the Sun Belt: North Carolina and Florida are trending blue, and Arizona is a possibility. Unfortunately, that move was perhaps too soon, as securing the Rust Belt was more prudent.

[edit] Pokémon Go (to the polls)

Most voters didn't know Clinton wanted to spend $60b on green infrastructure and job retraining in the rust belt, or make college education free for families making under $125k. The specifics were in a book available for people to buy, not to say there wasn't enough online; but there just wasn't collusion with the media to persuade people to vote based on those measures. Hillary outsourced the campaign to her inner circle of yes-men and ivy league undergrad interns. If you read the post-mortem and Podesta's emails, it's like they're trying to assemble this simulacrum half-blind, where whatever they decide to assemble in the end will be what the simulac candidate (most qualified of all time) not only has always been but is also ipso facto evidence of her being the most qualified of all time.[126]

She didn't make it easy for herself either, with the whole shyness from the press, "Like with a cloth?", her tepid support of the Flint situation, "basement dwellers" (a leaked email where she empathizes with jobless youth was re-characterized as an insult), and her lawyer husband having an "impromptu" meeting with the attorney general when she was being investigated, prompting Lorretta Lynch to recuse herself. James Comey is such a partisan hack[127] that he did pretty much everything you should not do as head of the FBI and then made it obvious by handling the Trump investigation differently.[128] Nate Silver did the analysis and came back saying that the Comey Letter (which Giuliani boasted about knowing was coming for weeks until people pointed out that it was illegal for him and the FBI to be sitting on) was enough to push Trump over the top at precisely the right time.[129] Clinton collapsed from a 4% lead to 2% in the week following their little stunt.[130]

[edit] Three-fifths of a vote

See the main article on this topic: Gerrymandering

Theoretically speaking, Florida and North Carolina should have almost been in the bag for Clinton, and Arizona was still in play. In all three states, people of color make up a much larger share of the population than they do in the rest of the country. Since whites are basically the only demographic who felt energized by Trump, polling before the election significantly overestimated the percentage of the popular vote Clinton would win.[131]

While due in part to white people coming out for Trump, many blacks and Latinos were effectively banned from the polls. In 2013, the Roberts Court struck down a crucial part of the Voting Rights Act that mandated states with a history of voter discrimination (i.e. the entire South) send proposed changes to voting in their states to the Department of Justice to make sure it doesn't disproportionately effect people of color (and poor whites). This freed up Republicans in these and other states (such as Wisconsin) to prevent as many Democrats from voting as possible.[132] Several hundred polling places were closed in these states (disproportionately in areas with non-white residents) and as a result, many had to wait hours in line in order to cast a vote, if they bothered to show up at all.[133] Voter ID laws, which disproportionately effect people who are less able to take the time and acquire them (e.g. poor people), also played a role.[134] Hey, how about placing some arbitrary limits on early voting?: Not one to be outdone, Governor Rick Scott (R-FA) announced they wouldn't reschedule the deadline for voter registration, even after a hurricane swept the state just days prior. A federal judge overruled him.[135]

Those states also have "tough on crime" measures that result in minorities losing their right to vote. If rural white backlash cost the Democrats the north, Jim Crow policies cost them the south.

[edit] See also

[edit] Videos

[edit] External links

Icon fun.svg For those of you in the mood, RationalWiki has a fun article about 2016 U.S. presidential election.

[edit] Notes

  1. Here's one reason to peek out from the Despair Bunker: Hillary's pneumonia is playing out sympathetically with the public. It seems that this election, negatives are positives and positives are negatives. Conducting yourself with decorum makes you "establishment," and getting caught in career-ending situations is the big, bad media trying to get you. War is peace!
  2. Let's see if we can untangle this: When WaPo reported that Trump seemed to insinuate that Obama is working with terrorists, they lost their press credentials. The next day, Trump congratulated himself for being "right" about Obama working with terrorists. (Top-tier journalism as always at Breitbart.) He literally cannot go 24 hours without contradicting himself. (It's 24 hours on a good day. If Trump was in a coma, he'd wake up once a day, say "I'm fine", then fall back into the coma.)
  3. One might argue that state CFR could be used to challenge the ruling, but Montana already tried that, only to get slapped down with a 9-0 for being insubordinate. Statewide CFR would be ineffective, seeing how you could just move your PAC somewhere else.
  4. Jeb! is already sorely missed. We enjoyed Trump roughing him up on national TV, but it got unduly nasty sometimes. He generally seemed to profess sincere beliefs and kept it to politics, rather than all this dick-waving, white victim crap. Now that the more politically focused among the party are disillusioned and silent, we are truly left with only the most odious and pathetic caricatures. So settle in and prepare to have your minds awakened (again and again) to the sad plight of the white man, burdened and repressed all at once by the Great Strahweh, peace be upon him.
  5. There hasn't been a Presidential ticket with two governors since 1948. Combined, they have more executive experience than any other ticket in the last 68 years.
  6. Specifically, one lowly-rated poll showed him winning PA. Almost every poll in the state also showed Katie McGinty (D) beating the incumbent, Pat Toomey (R), in the Senate race, shortly before she got her ass kicked.

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  97. B-but she has motherly values!
  98. She's still "the most successful female candidate in history", though!
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  100. Her AMA went to shit pretty fast. She gave a well-thought out response which totally made sense, and then she said she was vegan + fish and some dairy. She pulled a Bill Clinton!
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  131. Compare what FiveThirtyEight projected for her compared to what she actually won - 45.4% projection in Arizona compared to 45.13% result, 48.1% projection in Florida compared to 47.82% result, and 48.2% projection in North Carolina compared to 46.17% result (1/5/17 at 7:25 am)
  132. "New Voting Restrictions in Place for 2016 Presidential Election", Brennan Center for Justice (1/5/17 at 7:31 am).
  133. Berman, Ari, "There Are 868 Fewer Places to Vote in 2016 Because the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act", The Nation (1/5/17 at 7:37 am)
  134. Dayanite Ramest, Coleman Lowndes, and John Kerr, "Strict Voter ID Laws Are The New Jim Crow Laws - Right-Wing Media Falsely Cry “Voter Fraud” To Keep Citizens From Voting", Media Matters (1/5/17 at 7:27 am)
  135. A federal judge overruled him (1/5/17 at 7:16 am)
United States 2016 presidential election articles on RationalWiki
Topics: Affordable Care Act - Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission - DAESH - Gun control - Illegal immigration - Koch Industries - United States Electoral College - Trump's Wall
Parties: Democratic Party (primaries) - Green Party - Libertarian Party - Republican Party (primaries Convention Tea Party)
Candidates: Bush (R) - Carson (R) - Christie (R) - Clinton (D) - Cruz (R) - Huckabee (R) - Jindal (R) - Johnson (Lib) - Kasich (R) - Paul (R) - Perry (R) - Sanders (D) - Stein (Green) - Trump (R) - Walker (R) - Webb (D) Running mates: Kaine (D) - Pence (R)
Winner: Donald Trump
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