Whoa. Did not see that coming.
I admit that nearly every prediction I made about this election
season was wrong, wrong, wrong. Sometimes spectacularly so. I'm not
ashamed, much. I never claimed to be a master prognosticator. But still.
I'm not alone though. I've just finished up reading through the November
7 issue of National Review, and the back page article by Daniel
Some of you won't read this column until after Hillary Clinton is elected 45th president of the United States. But I'm writing it before she is [Obviously — pas], and so it feels like I should offer some summation of these, the longest 83 years of my life, or perhaps a few weighty portents of things to come.
So how seriously or insightful should I take the rest of the column?
Also with a large amount of egg-on-face this morning: the University
Near Here Survey Center, whose
New Hampshire polling
Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump by 11 points (51%-40%). As I type
in the early 11/9 AM, the race is pretty much tied at 47% each, The
Donald slightly ahead.
Maggie Hassan beating Kelly Ayotte for the US Senate
by 5 points (52%-47%). As I type, the
results are another squeaker, with both Kelly and Maggie at 48%, Kelly
Colin Van Ostern beating Chris Sununu for NH Governor by 11 points
(55%-44%). Sununu has been declared the winner by (currently) 49.1% to
Carol Shea-Porter beating Frank Guinta and Shawn O'Connor for US
Congress NH District 1, 44%-38%-18% respectively. Current results:
Annie Kuster beating Jim Lawrence for US Congress NH District 2,
59%-40%. Current results: 49.5%-45.7%
I like those guys at the Survey Center just fine, but it's clear they should probably take a long hard look at their methodology.
- Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump by 11 points (51%-40%). As I type in the early 11/9 AM, the race is pretty much tied at 47% each, The Donald slightly ahead.
Even worse, although much funnier, from Sam Wang, Princeton
'Sam Wang says "I'll eat a bug" if Trump exceeds 240 electoral votes.' - https://t.co/EVqQTYZIfb— Christopher D. Long (@octonion) November 6, 2016
Bon appetit, Prof Sam!
Although I didn't vote for Trump, and didn't think he'd win, I found
fantasizing in recent weeks
that it would be fun to watch lefty heads explode
if he did.
So far, it's not as much fun as I thought it would be. Schadenfreude is overrated as a pleasure.
It appears I will have a couple more years of toothache
representing me in Congress, as she did previously (2007-2011 and
2013-2015). Here's hoping she resumes writing her
insipid op-eds for local newspapers; they were a blast to make fun of.
I'm slightly gratified by the Libertarian candidates' showing in most
local races; they
appear to have gotten more votes than
the vote difference between the major party candidates. Perhaps this will
cause the losers to reflect: Gee, if I'd only made a slight nod in
favor of free markets and individual liberty!
Well, I can dream.