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America won.

November 9, 2016

One hopes that Newsweek has an issue on the print run that reads “Ooops.”  BTW, if you can get hold of the one that celebrates Mrs. Clinton’s victory, you might want to get it…and hang it next to your grandpa’s “Dewey Beats Truman” newspaper.

For those of you who put aside your perhaps well-deserved frustration with this interminably long, divisive and ugly  election campaign and cast your vote, America thanks you.

Whether you voted wisely or not will be a judgment made by historians and the generations that come after you.

Right now that doesn’t matter.

What matters is that you cared enough to participate, to try, maybe even to dream.

Half of you aren’t very happy with the outcome. That’s OK, as long as everything stays civilized. After all,  a large swath of the public and the media had envisioned a little different outcome.

Half of the public is still saying “how in the world did this HAPPEN?!?”

It’s really very simple. This was the election where the race card lost to the time card.

As some of you know, this blog started out with a fluid group of some 250-300 ordinary people that wanted to be involved in understanding how politics really works in this country.

Friday we’ll have a short recap of how they voted, but so far, all of them have said the same thing.

It was the economy, stupid.

That’s not to say none of the other things mattered, but ultimately it all goes back to the economy.

President-elect Trump opened his campaign with one never-changing theme.

He said he knew how to get Americans working again, and apparently America believes him.

It’s hard to imagine what he and his team must have thought when it became clear that all those rally-goers really were going to vote for him.

Just as it will take the new administration a little time to settle into stride, it will take the country a while to shift over to a positive set of expectations.

The election that seemed it would never end has ended.

Let’s roll.

From → op-ed

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