And the winner of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, as reported by the major mainstream media outlets is Donald Trump. It has also been reported that Hillary Clinton called President-elect Donald Trump to concede.
Electoral vote count (so far): 279 for Donald Trump, 218 for Hillary Clinton. 270 electoral votes are needed to win.
Popular vote: 57,227,164 votes (48.0%) for Donald Trump, 56,279,305 votes (47.2%) for Hillary Clinton. Update: Now it is closer to 59,085,795 votes (47.5%) for Donald Trump and 59,236,903 votes (47.6%) for Hillary Clinton.
Yell, scream, gnash teeth... but please keep it civil.
Results at CNN, NYT, FiveThirtyEight, Wikipedia.
takyon: Republicans have retained control of the House and Senate.
Here's some market news:
Dow futures plunge nearly 750 points as investors warily eye electoral map
Asian markets plummet on likelihood of Trump victory
Bitcoin price soars as Trump pulls ahead
Opinion: How to profit from a Donald Trump victory
Ballot measure results will be covered in an upcoming story. Some initial results can be found at Ballotpedia and CNN.
[TMB Note: Stop breaking stuff, cmn32480]
Hillary's biggest problem wasn't the email server, or the Clinton Foundation or Benghazi. And it certainly wasn't Bill's long-ago affairs with assorted bimbos.
Her problem was the same as with past Democratic nominees Dukakis, Gore, and Kerry, and with Republican nominees Dole and Romney. These folks are all extremely capable and confident dealing with people at their own level, i.e. with senior officials in government and industry.
They all ran very top-down campaigns, aimed at locking down the endorsements and money they'd need.
I think for 2020, the Dems should look for a candidate who does not fit the US Senator mold. I'm not sure who that would be. Someone who enjoys watching sports on TV would be great - I've noticed that many politicians at the highest level (not Trump though) consider that to be a waste of time, so much that they have literally no knowledge of popular sports. Mitt, for example, made a fool himself when he showed up at the infield of the Daytona 500 and tried to smooze with racing fans.
No, the strategy the DNC should pursue next time is not to find better bait for their Establishment hook, but to actually put forward legislation that will give the 99% an economic shot in the arm.
They won't do that, of course, because the Establishment is never wrong. The Establishment is now and forever. They'll fall into the usual role of comfortable 'opposition' and watch the gravy train keep rolling into the station anyway. The only way they'd ever wake up and realize they need to do something else would be if everybody just walked away from them and they woke up to see their last crony had been voted out of office.