Waiting for the vote to come in is excruciating
But Joe Biden is going to prevail, and Trump is on the brink of being defeated.
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It’s almost as if everything has frozen in time over the past few days. There’s so much we want to talk about regarding the very real possibility of a Biden presidency. But it’s best to wait for the votes to come in, as Pennsylvania is tabulating results. Most of the vote yet to be counted is expected to go to Joe Biden. And if Joe Biden wins Pennsylvania, he is the next president of the United States.
Donald Trump, petrified by what he is seeing, and knowing the end is near, gave a briefing at the White House tonight in which he claimed massive voter fraud and said Democrats were trying to “steal the election” and “cheated.” It was disgusting and hideous for a president of the United States to say that — but par for the course for this horrific human being.
As excruciating as it is for us to wait, think about how much torture this is for Trump. In 2016 Hillary Clinton was devastated on election night but it was over in a few hours. Karma is indeed a bitch. For Trump the pain is going on for more than 48 hours — and yes, I have no sympathy for him.
By the time you read this, Pennsylvania may have been called — overnight — though it’s expected they’ll be reporting final results on Friday. Trump cannot win without Pennsylvania. And he cannot win without Georgia, which, as of this writing, is moving toward Biden. That would be an amazing coup for Biden and Democrats, who are also eyeing Arizona as well.
There’s a been a lot of discussion about what went wrong regarding the Democrats’ hopes of taking the Senate, expanding the House majority and and wining the presidency with a landslide — and there was a lot of of talk about it among callers on my SiriusXM show this week. But we can get further into all that later. And honestly, the presidential election isn’t done yet and, though the counting is taking a long time because of the pandemic and because the states in question are close, the Electoral College win could still be quite large.
The popular vote lead for Joe Biden just keeps expanding. More people voted for Joe Biden than any presidential candidate in history, which is something enormous. At the same time more people voted for Donald Trump in 2020 than in 2016. He lost a lot of support in suburbs, while many people in those communities who hadn’t voted before or infrequently voted in the past decided to come and vote for Biden. But Trump drove up rural areas replacing that support (though it doesn’t appear to be nearly enough to win the election).
That is astounding in a year in which we expected a full and complete repudiation of Trump and, again, we have to discuss that more in coming days.
But back to the Senate. Hopes were dashed in the hours after election night when seats Democrats had hoped to take from the GOP — like Susan Collins’ in Maine, and Thom Tillis’ in North Carolina — became out of reach. But now, with Georgia tipping to the Democrats, both Senate races will move into run off elections, since no candidate in them got over 50% of the vote. We have a chance to elect John Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock in January — and if Democrats win those two races they can take control of the Senate.
So, while we were massively disappointed in this roller coaster election week early on, we really now have the chance to see some enormous change. Let’s hang in there, and celebrate the big win that’s coming. And please jump in the comments and let me know your thoughts!
I hope you're all ready, because it's going to come at any time now. And just in time for my SiriusXM show today at 3 ET!
Thank you again, Michelangelo.
I have a different take. First, I think this is actually not excruciating, it’s a welcome lesson and relief from the need to have a winner declared within hours of the polls closing. That’s only really possible in a blowout, which it was clear early on that this wasn’t going to be (that was disappointing to me, as I thought it would be a landslide). It takes time to be thorough, precise, accurate, legal, and bulletproof. So, by all means, take your time, and get it right. It certainly helps that it’s going in our direction.
Second: the Senate. If Tramp goes on to lose, the Right will come out with a vengeance in Georgia, to block Biden and the “socialists” and “radicals” from having free reign over policy. Their revenge for Tramp’s downfall will be keeping the Senate in the Grim Reaper’s death grip and blocking Biden as they did Obama. The argument on the Left will be to give Biden a cooperative rather than obstructionist Senate. So, the minute Biden should be announced, the next thing after the celebrations must be to mount the biggest Senate campaign in history — eclipsing Jaime Harrison’s efforts to unseat Graham. Truly, the future will be at stake, and both sides will be fighting to the death for those two seats and all that will come with it.
It will be within reach, the opposition will be perhaps like nothing we’ve seen before, and that’s saying a lot.