Ten Final Election Day Thoughts Under the Fedora

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Ten Final Election Day Thoughts Under the Fedora

Today is elec­tion day or if you are in a state with early vot­ing the last day to make your deci­sion. I’m won­der­ing how many peo­ple in early vot­ing states waited till the last-​minute because they hadn’t made up their minds or if they like me, just didn’t bother going early.

One of the things that I was going to use to judge how the elec­tion was going to go was the body lan­guage of the MSM, if they were down yes­ter­day I fig­ured Trump had it, if they were up I fig­ured Clin­ton had the edge. The 2nd Comey let­ter threw that off, it gave the MSM rea­son for opti­mism inde­pen­dent of the cur­rent trends so it totally messed up my calculations.

Speak­ing of Comey am I the only one see­ing the irony that within 48 hours of the FBI claim­ing they reviewed a half mil­lion emails in the week the Jus­tice Depart­ment said it would need 5 years to deliver Hillary emails to a judge who has called for them for months?

The Polls have been all over this year and it’s reached the point that I don’t know what to believe, the rev­e­la­tions that I saw from Wik­ileaks about polling didn’t help either but they did jus­tify some of what I was say­ing four years about oversampling.

One of the big canards of this elec­tion has been that a dif­fer­ent can­di­date, would have beaten Hillary eas­ily. I dis­agree, with the excep­tion of the Cruz or Rubio which would have been a prob­lem for the left as the first latino can­di­date, I think that any stan­dard repub­li­can would have been defined by the media the same way that Rom­ney was. Fur­ther­more they would not have had the audi­ence that stretches beyond the polit­i­cal geeks like myself to bypass said MSM to get out their message.

I have a rule that I gen­er­ally don’t bother with rev­e­la­tions that come with 72 hours or less to go, I fig­ure such stuff, while thanks to social media can make a splash, doesn’t give suf­fi­cient time to eval­u­ate what is said. So some of the lat­est stuff I’ve seen lately, just doesn’t go.

One of the most pos­i­tive side effect of this elec­tion is dis­trust of the MSM has extended beyond the con­ser­v­a­tive base to the point where aver­age peo­ple finally real­ize they are being played reg­u­larly. I think it’s fit­ting that at last the Amer­i­can peo­ple are learn­ing to dis­like and dis­trust the media in the same way that the media dis­likes and dis­trusts them. The will­ing­ness of print, TV and elec­tronic media (face­book, google, twit­ter) to unmask them­selves and pay the long term price for doing so for the sake of Hillary is really quite amazing.

On Jake Tapper’s show yes­ter­day one of the top­ics that was really inter­est­ing was the dis­cus­sion on the Sen­ate. The CW since 2014 was that the Democ­rats would take the body because the GOP did so well in the big red wave of 2016 but you could see that the folks there were not con­fi­dent that this would be the case. If the GOP holds it will be almost as a big a story as a Trump win would be, par­tic­u­larly given the lay­out for the Sen­ate races of 2018.

I find that regard­less of the out­come this elec­tion will impose dif­fi­cult respon­si­bil­i­ties on me as a con­ser­v­a­tive Catholic. If Hillary wins I will have to endure with patience the per­se­cu­tion she heaps upon me and my fel­low Catholics while at the same time resist­ing and speak­ing out against said per­se­cu­tion and stand­ing for Christ dur­ing it. On the other hand if Mr. Trump wins my respon­si­bil­ity becomes to hold him and his administration’s feet to the fire to make sure, first of all, that he keeps the promises made in the name of life and free­dom of reli­gion to con­ser­v­a­tives while at the same time oppos­ing him if he attempts to drift into lib­er­al­ism. I sus­pect the Trump respon­si­bil­i­ties will be more dif­fi­cult to do while the Clin­ton ones will be more dif­fi­cult to bear.

Finally we are about to find out what kind of gov­ern­ment we deserve, Do we deserve the pains of Oba­macare? The fail­ures of for­eign pol­icy, the vic­tory of ISIS, Rus­sia et/​al the rejec­tion of the rule of law and the dis­in­te­gra­tion of our trust in gov­ern­ment? I’d like to think we deserve bet­ter but the peo­ple by their vote and by their accep­tance of irreg­u­lar­i­ties used to influ­ence it will be the final fac­tor that decides what we deserve.

Today is election day or if you are in a state with early voting the last day to make your decision. I’m wondering how many people in early voting states waited till the last-minute because they hadn’t made up their minds or if they like me, just didn’t bother going early.

One of the things that I was going to use to judge how the election was going to go was the body language of the MSM, if they were down yesterday I figured Trump had it, if they were up I figured Clinton had the edge. The 2nd Comey letter threw that off, it gave the MSM reason for optimism independent of the current trends so it totally messed up my calculations.

Speaking of Comey am I the only one seeing the irony that within 48 hours of the FBI claiming they reviewed a half million emails in the week the Justice Department said it would need 5 years to deliver Hillary emails to a judge who has called for them for months?

The Polls have been all over this year and it’s reached the point that I don’t know what to believe, the revelations that I saw from Wikileaks about polling didn’t help either but they did justify some of what I was saying four years about oversampling.

One of the big canards of this election has been that a different candidate, would have beaten Hillary easily. I disagree, with the exception of the Cruz or Rubio which would have been a problem for the left as the first latino candidate, I think that any standard republican would have been defined by the media the same way that Romney was. Furthermore they would not have had the audience that stretches beyond the political geeks like myself to bypass said MSM to get out their message.

I have a rule that I generally don’t bother with revelations that come with 72 hours or less to go, I figure such stuff, while thanks to social media can make a splash, doesn’t give sufficient time to evaluate what is said. So some of the latest stuff I’ve seen lately, just doesn’t go.

One of the most positive side effect of this election is distrust of the MSM has extended beyond the conservative base to the point where average people finally realize they are being played regularly. I think it’s fitting that at last the American people are learning to dislike and distrust the media in the same way that the media dislikes and distrusts them. The willingness of print, TV and electronic media (facebook, google, twitter) to unmask themselves and pay the long term price for doing so for the sake of Hillary is really quite amazing.

On Jake Tapper’s show yesterday one of the topics that was really interesting was the discussion on the Senate. The CW since 2014 was that the Democrats would take the body because the GOP did so well in the big red wave of 2016 but you could see that the folks there were not confident that this would be the case. If the GOP holds it will be almost as a big a story as a Trump win would be, particularly given the layout for the Senate races of 2018.

I find that regardless of the outcome this election will impose difficult responsibilities on me as a conservative Catholic. If Hillary wins I will have to endure with patience the persecution she heaps upon me and my fellow Catholics while at the same time resisting and speaking out against said persecution and standing for Christ during it. On the other hand if Mr. Trump wins my responsibility becomes to hold him and his administration’s feet to the fire to make sure, first of all, that he keeps the promises made in the name of life and freedom of religion to conservatives while at the same time opposing him if he attempts to drift into liberalism. I suspect the Trump responsibilities will be more difficult to do while the Clinton ones will be more difficult to bear.

Finally we are about to find out what kind of government we deserve, Do we deserve the pains of Obamacare? The failures of foreign policy, the victory of ISIS, Russia et/al the rejection of the rule of law and the disintegration of our trust in government? I’d like to think we deserve better but the people by their vote and by their acceptance of irregularities used to influence it will be the final factor that decides what we deserve.