(Greater detail to follow tomorrow)
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.
- James Madison - The Federalist No. 10, Thursday, November 22, 1787
To paraphrase H.L. Mencken, “No one ever lost an election underestimating the intelligence of the American voter.”
I knew there was trouble when the very first returns came in.
My expectation, especially with Trump, would be Early Onset Hubris accompanied by Overreach. Some actionable item should come about sooner or later. How much damage is done to the country in the mean time is anyone’s guess. Dems should take a page from the GOP and drag their feet as much as possible, but having a minority in both houses will make that difficult to ineffectual. I’m particularly POd at Georgia Democrats Barnes and Nunn providing support to Republican Senator Isakson over Democratic challenger Barksdale. I mean, WTF? There’s #51.
We are at the end of a 7-year business cycle, with other economic indicators hinting at the possibility of a minor recession in 2017. Trump may make it more than minor. This, along with the typical political cycles would normally bode well for the mid-terms, but the mathematics of the Senate don’t favor the Dems in 2018. So, likely a crazy 4 years with a really bad SCOTUS mix before it’s all over. That odor we smell is the result of America officially shitting the bed. The stink is going to be around for a while. Time to get to work for 2018 and 2020.