I did not want to write about the USA Elections.
Last night I tried to stay away from the news. On Israeli television they kept explaining that although all of the predictions/polls/whatever said that there would be a Clinton landslide, one couldn't be sure. Many Trump voters refused to tell the media and the posters whom they'd vote for or had voted for.
Just a few short minutes ago I saw this on my screen:
Of course, that isn't the final vote, nor are some of the biggest states in, such as Florida and California. I find this map very revealing about the disunity in the United States. The literal middle of the continental country is Republican and Trumpland. Bitterness and hatred are the best ways to describe how the two nominees' supporters feel about the other and the other's supporters.
As I've written numerous times the past few years, the United States is undergoing a revolution of sorts.
As confident as much of the media kept hyping themselves to seem of an easy Clinton victory, to hint to the Trump supporters that they could just stay home, as the votes are counted nobody knows yet who will be the next President.
Trump, Clinton run close in Ohio, Florida and elsewhere
As of 9:15 p.m. EST, Trump had 125 electoral votes to Clinton’s 104, with U.S. television networks projecting the winner in 24 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Going into Election Day, Clinton led Trump, 44 percent to 39 percent in the last Reuters/Ipsos national tracking poll. A Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation poll gave her a 90 percent chance of defeating Trump and becoming the first woman elected U.S. president.
Also at stake on Tuesday was control of Congress. Television networks projected Republicans would retain control of the House of Representatives, where all 435 seats were up for grabs.
In the Senate, where Republicans were defending a slim four-seat majority, Democrats scored their first breakthrough in Illinois when Republican Senator Mark Kirk lost re-election. But Republicans Rob Portman in Ohio and Marco Rubio in Florida won high-profile Senate re-election fights. (Reuters)
Again, I repeat that I'm glad to be living in Israel and not the USA.
There's an interesting phenomenon that has been seen in both American and Israeli Elections. I don't know if it has happened in other countries. Surprise/Upsets seem to be when the more Right wing candidate unexpectedly, contrary to the polls, defeats the Leftist.
There is something that from my reading has been rather ignored by the mainstream media/pundits. It's the fact that the two main political parties in America are in very different shape. The Clinton-Obama machine is in very firm control of the Democrats. That, as I've written before, is why Hillary had no opposition, other than the even more elderly Bernie Sanders, as she officially grabbed the nomination. When young wannabes stay so quietly in the wings, you know that they have been strictly disciplined.
In the Republican Party on the other hand, there is a totally shattered party machine. Voters completely rejected the Bush candidate and all of the other veteran Republican politicians and overwhelmingly voted for the outsider, Donald Trump. To make matters even worse, the Bush patriarchs publicly supported Clinton, which will probably be the death knell of their rule. But the good news for the Republicans is the very healthy and vibrant ambitious young politicians who competed against Trump. No doubt that we'll be hearing more from them in the future.
I'm off for the day and won't be back to blog for at least twelve hours. By then, the suspense should be over. Just pray that whoever wins will succeed in uniting his/her country. May this be good for America and for the world.