by John J. Metzler
Weirs Times Contributing Writer
NEW YORK – A jarring electoral earthquake has rocked America with a stunning upset win by Donald J. Trump, the Republican insurgent candidate. The epicenter of the quake was centered in the South as expected, but reverberations and shockwaves went deep into the once industrial heartland of the Midwest. The political aftershocks have jolted his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, and have shattered the smug certainty of most pollsters, the mainstream media, and the Republican establishment.
The outcome has created the grist of history.
The Donald defied all expectations. After predictably winning his southern and Midwestern strongholds, his political momentum led to win key states such as Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Yet I hesitate to compare Trump’s improbable triumph with Ronald Reagan’s far more decisive win in 1980 or 1984; after all, Hillary won major regions such as the populous Northeast, New England, and the West Coast. Her popular vote tally is slightly higher than Trump’s. In the meantime, the electoral college count gives Trump 290 and Hillary 228; 270 votes are needed to win.
Hillary had the better campaign organization and ground game but Trump’s people possessed the energy and the enthusiasm. She represented the status quo and business as usual. Billionaires and Hedge fund moguls backed her too with 83% of such money going to Clinton. Whereas Donald Trump financed much of the campaign with his own formidable fortune, the fact remains the Democrat party outspent him nearly three to one.
Hillary’s hubris and a sense of entitlement became a millstone to her. Donald Trump’s own shortcomings became glaringly obvious during the long campaign. Continue reading