It’s about 10:00 CT and Clinton might still pull this election out, but it hardly matters at this point. A paragraph from a previous post is haunting me:
“At the end of the day, there simply aren’t enough racist idiots in places like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Colorado to open up a path for a Republican to win the White House. This is a math problem, the same math problem we’ve been staring at for a decade. The numbers haven’t changed, but you know how Republicans are about math.”
Just as I was wrong about the willingness of Republican insiders to fight back against Trump, I was wrong about another detail. There are in fact, an awful lot of racist assholes out there. Even if Clinton wins, it will not be a strong win. Regardless of the outcome by the end of the night, we already know a couple of things.
First, white nationalism is now entirely mainstream. The Republican Party is going to double down on this race-baiting strategy. It isn’t going away. And if you thought the GOP was bonkers in 2016, hang on to your hat.
Second, we know that efforts to reform police practices are dead, perhaps for a generation.
Also, it looks like we can say goodbye to any possibility of immigration reform.
Finally, if Hillary Clinton wins this election it will be because she held the Blue Wall, but that wall is weaker than it has ever been. The Great White Freakout is not over, not by a long shot.
No matter how this night ends, we are in for some bitter, miserable years. Apparently the damage we endured from the Bush years wasn’t enough. There’s more pain on the way.