Post-Election, Morning Musings

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1. The people have spoken. (See picture.) When I woke up and Trump was talking over a banner reading that Clinton had called to concede, I got out of bed and re-read it from two feet away to make sure that a) I was not dreaming and 2) that I was reading it right. 

2. NBC actually lets Brian Williams back on air–at 3:30am following the election.

3. Speaking of NBC, I noticed that they didn’t let Matt Lauer anywhere near the election coverage. (Savannah Guthrie gets props for stamina.)

4. Does Trump winning mean that we still have to deal with Kellyanne Conway? Because right now she’s trying to explain what he meant by rigged. It was only rigged when it erroneously showed he wasn’t winning, she says. (???)

5. The world is still spinning and we’re still on it–proof is in the rising sun. See picture.

6. You didn’t run much of a campaign if you can’t beat someone who has never held political office (especially if you end up winning the popular vote). In MA, use Martha Coakley (Chokely) as your “unelectable” reference point.

7. Speaking of the popular vote, if you win that and don’t win the office, do we rethink the electoral college?

8. Speaking of election “rules”, I think congressional term limits that are off cycle with the presidential elections will bring us a decent national payoff.

9. I’m in FL now and there’s big news about the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress–(ironically?) her name is Stephanie Murphy.

10. I recently watched the documentary “Weiner.” I’ll probably watch the sequel when it comes out; rumored working title is “Hillary & Huma.” Can’t imagine what that hotel room scene was like last night. And I wonder what she’ll say when she breaks her silence.

11. There’s no more or less hate or hope in the world today than there was yesterday, and we all need to take more responsibility for reducing the former and increasing the latter. We all have a choice about whether we want to be bad hombres, nasty women, or good people.

12.  Now I have an idea how the residents of Cleveland felt waking up after Game 7.

13.  The Hillary supporters vomiting hate all over social media this morning are idiotic hypocrites.  Not to mention sore losers.  (See #11.)

14.  I wish the so-called “silent majority” and “forgotten men and women” had had the courage to raise their voices and be part of the dialogue during the campaign.  The end result is me feeling more sandbagged than surprised this morning.

15. If Trump’s campaign demeanor and tone had been remotely like his acceptance speech, he would have won by a landslide, and we’d have known it months ago.

16.  For anyone feeling less human, valid, or valued this morning for whatever reason, you’re making a big mistake.  You still matter.  We all do.

17.  Winners or losers, we all need to bite our tongues like young Barron Trump (see picture) and learn the huge lesson in all of this. If we don’t, that will be the bigger national disgrace.

I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again today. America is great and we’re all on the same team–so let’s get out there and win this Wednesday.

Nursing a Raging Debate Hangover

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Thank goodness for this picture on page 4 of today’s Boston Globe to give me a little laugh.  Looks like some good old-fashioned Paradise by the Dashboard Light debate karaoke.

What a state of affairs.  

After watching TB12’s victorious comeback from Deflategate as a final FU to Roger Goodell and a tough loss for my bro-in-law’s Eagles, I decided to watch the two-ring circus known as the second presidential debate.  

Before the thing started I decided to treat myself in the form of a nightcap, a Maple Bourbon which is a mixed drink consisting of bourbon, Bailey’s, maple syrup, and cinnamon. 

First things first, talking about whatever you want after someone has asked you a question does not mean that you’re answering the question.

So there’s that.

Not too many minutes in I wondered whether Saturday Night Live was paying him to write next week’s episode.

Then four thoughts came together to further addle my brain, which was still trying to process the whole no-handshake thing.  Good manners are always in style.  Full stop.  

1.  The sniffles.  Like beyond a head cold and more akin to Mary Katherine Gallagher when she gets nervous.

2. Bill Clinton.  He’s not running so who cares whether he has said or done worse than Trump?  Who cares about NAFTA?  Repeat: Bill Clinton is not running.  That whole deflection strategy might work on children but…

3. The locker room banter.  Troubling on so many fronts.  Insulting to locker rooms everywhere. Not to mention to the humans who change and shower in those locker rooms.  Then the whole “it’s only words” and repeated “I apologized BUT…” stuff?  I need a president willing to be accountable.

4. Respect.  No one respects women more than he does?  At that point I started to feel bad for him–such delusional narcissism.  But that didn’t last long when I remembered how many people are willing to rationalize everything away.  “Yeah but…” isn’t the basis for any decent argument. If that’s respecting women, if I were Caitlyn I might consider going back to Bruce.

Beyond that, he repeatedly asks why Hillary hasn’t done _____________ in 30 years.  Doesn’t he realize that one Senator alone can’t change Federal tax policy or do anything for that matter?  But then he brags that he’ll put her in jail, and all is clear–he has a dictator fantasy.  

He interrupts, he complains of unequal treatment, he whines that it’s 3 on 1. When all is said and done he’s talked more than she has.

And in the end, neither of them has given a single substantive answer.

God bless America.

And go Red Sox.