"This is not the outcome Democrats expected.
Despite many bold predictions of a rout in which Democrats gained (or re-gained) Trumpian red territory of 2016, as of early Wednesday only one state — Arizona — had flipped from red to blue. Six states remain outstanding: Georgia, North Carolina, Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
Assuming North Carolina and Georgia have slipped away from Biden — Georgia is not out of reach for him — and that Nevada remains blue, the best-case scenario for the former vice president is a 290-electoral vote victory. That’s more than George W. Bush achieved in his two successful campaigns (271 in 2000 and 286 in 2004), but fewer than Barack Obama (365 in 2008 and 332 in 2012) and Donald Trump (304 in 2016).
A win, of course, is a win. But if Biden is victorious, it will be under radically curtailed circumstances from what Democrats had assumed.
There are few hints in the 2020 results of a realignment akin to what Ronald Reagan achieved when he made Jimmy Carter a one-term president in 1980 and ushered in the era of modern conservatism. There is no sense that Biden has reformed and re-invented the Democratic Party to be more competitive the way Bill Clinton did in 1992, when he defeated George H.W. Bush. There aren’t yet hints that Biden has assembled a new coalition the way that Obama did in 2008.
Biden lost ground with Black voters and Latinos, though he gained some ground with white voters. Realignments are generally built around concrete ideas and specific policy platforms. But this campaign was always a referendum on Trump, rather than an affirmative endorsement of Biden and his agenda. That dynamic already cut against Biden claiming a strong positive mandate. He needed a crushing rejection of Trump to strengthen his case." Ryan Lizza
Well, pilgrims, "is a puzzlement." It seems that Trump has lost (subject to litigation for constitutionality and fraud) but the GOP has actually won broadly speaking. The down ballot results are sadly disappointing for the left. There is still the matter of control of the senate … If the Dems win both run-offs in Georgia, we would have a tied senate 50-50. That would be a bad scene from my POV. With a Republican senate the worst excesses of the 3rd world style yearnings of the Squadies can be restrained, but every move toward across the board Democrat control would push toward Bolshevik re-organization of American society.
Donald Trump put up one hell of a fight in the campaign. No one could have worked harder. The huddled masses , abandoned and scorned by the elites, rallied to him as their unlikely protector. "We love you" will echo in my head, chanted by thousands of my fellow Deplorables.
I think it is fair to say that women defeated Trump. He has not the image that they want to see in their heads of a momma's boy still under momma's wing. No, he is more like a rogue elephant and that killed him with a lot of women.
I have to make a decision about continuing SST. pl