CHARLOTTE, N.C., November 8, 2016 — Today the election-year nitty officially hits the gritty. The campaign ads and signs will go away, but the speculation, innuendo and recrimination will continue for four more long years, regardless of the outcome.
Pollsters agree that Hillary Clinton will be the next president by a narrow popular-vote margin, but controversy will dog the results.
Right up to the end, Donald Trump drew huge crowds of supporters at rally after rally. Unlike Bernie Sanders, who also had huge crowds, Trump didn’t lose the race before it began. He was always a much bigger draw than Clinton, whose crowds rarely deserved the name, and to many Trump supporters, that will add to the doubts and questions that a Clinton victory will raise.
In light of Clinton’s scandals, President Obama’s tiny coattails and the past eight years of presidential non-leadership, it is dumbfounding that the majority of the American people would come back asking for more.
Trump is no panacea, but, at the very least, he would be an alternative to the wishy-washy, pro-Islamic arrogance of Obama.
With time running out, Clinton took no chances. She even went to Raleigh, North Carolina for a midnight rally on Monday. She also cancelled a fireworks display that was scheduled to herald in her victory tonight. Neither of those indicators are the sign of someone who is confident in her position.
While the campaign will, thankfully, be over, a new drama is only beginning and there is no telling what it will bring. Obama “the great uniter,” who was supposed to bring the country together, and could have, turned out to be the “great divider” instead.
Thanks to Obama’s woeful presidency and the Republicans’ inability to recognize the mandate the American people gave them in two straight elections, Trump became the Frankenstein monster of Election 2016.
Clinton, on the other hand, promises to bring scandals to the headlines each day like, becoming a newspaper feature something like sudokus and crossword puzzles.
The Comey factor is already building storm clouds overhead, though there are rumors that he is not long for his current position as FBI Director.
That won’t keep the FBI from investigating the Clinton Foundation, however, and, given the internal friction in that organization over the Clinton e-mails, things cannot help but get nastier.
This is not a “lesser of two evils” election. We could deal with that. This represents something far deeper that began with “hope and change” in 2008.
Obama accomplished the “change” just as he said he would. But the “hope” has turned to “hopelessness.”
Supreme Court appointments hang in the balance of this election. The country is almost certain to become even more divided because the candidates themselves are so polarized.
It would be nice to wake up Wednesday morning in Camelot, but River City is closer to reality.
On the bright side, at least 50 percent of the country will be able to say “I told you so.”
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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