Saturday, November 12, 2016

Ninety-two

When I heard Trump won the election, I was nauseated. No doubt I would have had the same reaction if Clinton had won.  

I would probably have been nauseated when I heard the Supreme Court had given the presidency to Bush the Lesser; but she'd died a few days earlier, and I was too busy planning my suicide to think about the election. I was nauseated four years later, however, when Bush was (re) elected. 

I was more disgusted than nauseated when Reagan was elected.

I was more astonished than disgusted when Nixon was elected. He had already run once, against Kennedy, and been defeated, and I was sure he would be again.

Voters liked the charismatic Kennedy, and disliked the gauche Nixon; but as much as they disliked Nixon, they disliked LBJ more. Voters disliked LBJ so much that they spurned even Humphrey, his designated heir, and chose Nixon, whom they'd previously spurned for Kennedy.

For years pundits have said that Americans don’t vote for the candidate they like most, but against the candidate they dislike most. People who voted for Trump in this election did so because they dislike Clinton most, and people who voted for Clinton did so because they dislike Trump most. The election was close because Clinton and Trump are the two most disliked presidential candidates in US history.

The people who now fill the streets, yelling “Not My President”, dislike Trump, but that doesn’t mean they like Clinton. Those pundits who claim it does know better.

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