Words I never thought I’d type: President-elect Donald Trump

Wow. He actually did it.

Donald Trump has defied the rules of political gravity once again. We watched him do it during the primaries, when he ran an unconventional campaign and defeated more than a dozen opponents who offered more experience and polish. We heard a lot of laughter from Democrats back then, cackling at Republicans for blowing the chance to put a solid candidate up against a deeply flawed one in Hillary Clinton. Some of us warned them not to get too cocky, not to assume the rules of political gravity would suddenly reimpose themselves again in the general election.

And boy, did those rules not do that.

A supporter holds up a sign in support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the election night event in New York, Nov. 8. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

A supporter holds up a sign in support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the election night event in New York, Nov. 8. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

As I write this, Trump is not only headed to victory — called by the Associated Press at 2:31 a.m. — but probably to the largest electoral-vote margin by a Republican since 1988. He promised to redraw the electoral map, and a lot of us scoffed at him. Guess what? He did it, breaking through the vaunted “blue wall” Democrats counted on to bail them out in case he hit a lucky streak in the purple states. It’s one thing for a Republican to win in Ohio. A Republican hadn’t won in Michigan or Pennsylvania since George H.W. Bush in 1988, hadn’t won in Wisconsin since Ronald Reagan in 1984. It appears as I write this that Trump will win all three.

And he didn’t just win. He won with coattails. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin was left for dead by the pollsters and pundits. He won. Ditto for Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Republican senators thought to be in trouble, such as Roy Blunt of Missouri and Richard Burr of North Carolina, won fairly comfortably. Depending on what happens in New Hampshire with Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s re-election bid, the GOP will end up with either 52 or 53 senators, down from its current level of 54. This, after having to defend 24 of the 34 seats up for grabs this cycle. The Republicans were set to lose only five seats from their sizable House majority, and even added to their already large majority of governorships.

The old adage holds that failure is an orphan, but success has a thousand fathers. For Democrats, the opposite is true. Clinton turned out to be a terrible candidate, saddled with baggage from a quarter-century in public life and her own unforced errors and poor judgment. Barack Obama has now lost three of the past four elections: 2010, 2014 and 2016. His prowess as a candidate is unquestionable, but as a campaigner for others he has never managed anything like that success. Democratic strategists’ decisions to try to expand the map by dabbling in places like Georgia and Arizona — while ignoring Michigan and Wisconsin for weeks and even months at a time — proved to be disastrous hubris. There are others, who will surely be brought forward for examination in the days to come.

So now what?

There will be a lot of shouting and hand-wringing; that was going to happen no matter who won. It is up to Trump, because of the nature of the office to which he’s been elected, to offer an olive branch to those Americans who didn’t support him. He did so in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, giving a speech with more graciousness than we have been accustomed to hearing from him:

“To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past — of which there were a few people — I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country. As I’ve said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign, but rather an incredible and great movement, made up of millions of hard-working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and their family.”

It is up to us, in the name of the unity we say we want, to take that olive branch. And then we go from there.

Have no illusions that the next months and years will be easy. But have no illusions, either, that we mustn’t all have a hand in trying to make them easier. As I said last night on the live-blog thread: I will be rooting for Trump to prove me wrong about him. I invite you to join me.

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Kyle, I want to thank you for allowing my more liberal and progressive thoughts to be posted on your blog without censure. I, also, want to take a moment to wish you and your family continued happiness and to wish you continued success in your professional career.


I was pleased to see that Georgia was the last of the Deep South states to be declared for Donald Trump last night.  Georgia, also, voted "No" to the School Takeover by the State of Georgia.  I believe that Georgia, going back to the days of Ralph McGill and Martin Luther King, Jr., has led a progressive movement in the South.  I hope that will continue.

For myself, I believe that God has not finished with my voice and my vision as I have shared here for years, but I do believe that at my time in life, my voice must move elsewhere. The vision that President Obama has shared for our nation, and the vision that Hillary Clinton has shared with him, is one that I will always support.  However, I believe that my influence on political blogs has run its course in terms of the impact I can make in furthering that vision. My vision since my childhood has never really been political; it has been artistic and spiritual.  I will continue to follow that path in my life and with my voice.

I want all of the posters (past and present) of this blog to know that I hold no animosity toward anyone and that I wish all of you well.  I believe that the vision of Barack Obama for our world will ultimately prevail for it has had a strong spiritual foundation that must bloom in time.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@MaryElizabethSings

In spite of our differences, I wish you all the happiness in the world, ME. 

God definitely walks WITH you, not separated from you.

Focus on Him for strength and direction.

He will NEVER fail nor desert you!

He will be the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Steadfast in His love.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

May we never use the word "poll" again in our lifetime.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@IReportYouWhine


I for one, will never forgive all the pollsters who had Clinton winning. For all the analytics and intelligence, they do not know what they were doing.


Trump winning would have been alot better if we didn't have false expectations.

bu2
bu2

@McGarnagle @IReportYouWhine You were looking at the wrong media.  RCP had it basically a dead heat in the electoral college.  A bunch of Democratic and inside the Beltway media was interpreting things they way they wanted to see them.

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@bu2 @McGarnagle @IReportYouWhine Yep. Their average of state polls showed a Trump victory was far from preposterous. And I give Nate Silver some credit, too: He was one of the few to point out it was a 3-point race in the polls, and that if they were all off by 3 points -- which was hardly impossible -- Trump would win.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@AndymanUSA

You inspire! 

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

@FIGMO2 I wish it were official, I've tried logging out and logging back in, oh well. I'm sure one day it will just happen.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

I'm pleasantly surprised to find out the American people have so much power. I thought we had surrendered it long ago.

CONGRATULATIONS to the AMERICAN VOTER!

YOU DID IT!!!

Don't forget 'em President Trump. 

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Clinton, delivered a classy speech that was obviously difficult to make. Time now for the new team and congress to prepare to hit the ground running in January.

RidgecrestDawg
RidgecrestDawg

Kyle, I know you've had some concerns in the past, but better put all that aside and just talk nice about Mr. Trump from here on out.


No criticism, sarcasm or "tough" reporting. Just the facts as he prefers them. 


Since there's no gray area here it should be easy enough for you to tow the line. To summarize, Mr Trump and his base love the 2nd amendment, hate the 1st amendment and are highly motivated. 


Good luck. 

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

RoadScholar 12 minutes ago

@McGarnagle @IReportYouWhine Send in IRYW to do the job. Let's see how long it takes!


Reagan collapsed the entire Soviet Union without firing a shot. Islamic terrorism is the new Soviet Union. It has nations that sponsor and even encourage it. We do not need Saudi Arabia, we do not need Qatar, we do not need Iran. They need us, more or less.


Squeeze them into a pulp, unless, of course, they join us in the fight.


Let's be smart not stupid.

Matt Woodard
Matt Woodard

Sure is quiet. Where are all of the mouthy Liberals this morning?

stogiefogey
stogiefogey

"Some of us warned them..."

Let us not forget that you were the "anti-Trump partisan", so please do not try to take credit where credit is not due.

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@stogiefogey Warning Democrats to take Trump seriously and not supporting Trump are not mutually exclusive.

Russ Kilgore
Russ Kilgore

What dumbass thought they'd never have to write this? Come on! Are you stupid?

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Dearest People of Israel,


We know that you have always done the right and honorable thing, with a desire to secure a peaceful existence for the people of your great nation. You have always been our most steadfast ally and now we will once again become your most steadfast ally. No longer will you be a target within your own borders, borders that you do not seek to expand, but have instead opened to all who wish to cross them, peacefully. 


Your day of security has arrived.


Moed tov Moadim l'simcha!!


AndymanUSA

Caius
Caius

Agree with Kyle.  Every four years we voters pick a president.  Been doing it for 228 years.

And the guy (so far) we select is THE President. And deserves our support as President and Commander in Chief. This is something we have been getting away from the last few presidents.  Clinton was never really accept by many.  Same for G W Bush and Obama.

This was a really close election.


And we have one president at a time.


I would also like to see Congress get back to performing their Constitutional role instead of shirking their duty.


AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Dearest People of Iran,


Put the word "Freedom" upon your lips and taste the sweetness of it. We have heard your cries and we will answer them. No, do not expect an invasion anytime soon, this can be achieved without blood shed and loss of life. 


We know that you want to live free and we will put the pressure on your oppressors in ways that they never imagined.


Congratulations!!,


AndymanUSA

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

It should be interesting to hear what Hillary, has to say.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@SGTGrit


Well the old girl gave a great concession speech. I am sure it was hard for her to even speak the words.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@McGarnagle @SGTGrit 

I agree. She spoke to the need for unity in welcoming Trump, with an open mind while not letting go of the values that she and her campaign fought for.

quickworkbreak
quickworkbreak

When Trump says "I’m reaching out to you...", gird your loins.

OH:IO
OH:IO

Tell book man and blue stein to take their lib-hack butts on a long walk off  a short pier. 

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Kyle, could you help me be rid of this IReportYouWhine? There is no more of that. We have a nation to build, together. I've already changed the settings but they will not take.

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@IReportYouWhine I'm afraid that is beyond my ken. I would think if you contacted customer service (email probably best) they could help you change that.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Good morning, al qaeda!


Just offering some advice, you can take it or you can leave it, but if I were you, I would lay down my arms and join the rest of the world in living a peaceful existence. Take the innocent women and children out of your gun sights and we will not put you in ours. Let us spare all of your unnecessary blood loss and move forward together towards a lasting peace in the world.


Sincerely,


AndymanUSA



McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@IReportYouWhine


To the victor go the spoils. I am more curious Trump's plan on defeating ISIS. The american people have put their hands in his judgment.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

@McGarnagle @IReportYouWhine Explain it to them like I just did. We will find you and we will kill you. The most powerful military in the world is no longer hobbled. They will make short work of you and then come home. Spare yourselves the suffering and humiliation. 


Believe me, they will understand. These are the same people that used to surrender to TV crews, when the US military meant something. 

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@IReportYouWhine @McGarnagle


Oh dear. Do not want to get into a big argument here. But these terrorist welcome death. Threatening to kill them is of no consequence to them.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

Although I feel President Trump will be disastrous for this country. Its no doubt in my mind that's what the American people have chosen. He did better among Latinos and Blacks then Romney. And won Wisconsin and North Carolina. 


I hope he does unify the country. But if he fulfills even half the promises he made during the election, this country will diminish as a global power.

MarkVV
MarkVV

Kyle:  Donald Trump …”ran an unconventional campaign.

One can hardly find a better example of euphemism.

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@MarkVV I meant this strictly from a tactical perspective: eschewing lots of ad buys, capitalizing on free (earned) media, not staffing up a bunch of field offices. I wasn't referring to the substance of his campaign.

Selena Hancock
Selena Hancock

Hillary, Where are you? You abandoned Ambassador Stevens and our brave SEALS. And you abandoned the people that voted for you.

Syed Huda
Syed Huda

check world newspapers and discover that you are almost a white, not a white, but a clown with a ringleader.

Syed Huda
Syed Huda

"nasty woman" - your porn star sugar daddy

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Sarah Palin, where are you? You were the first and we will not forget that. 


Come on out and let's party!

teaman11
teaman11

You never-Trumpers can K M A. 

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

The Supreme Court! The Supreme Court!



The Supreme Court!

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

WELL, WELL, the crows better hide today, there is going to be a shortage of crow.  Losers were everywhere, the polls, oh the polls, the exit polls, the pundits, John Kasich, George Will, the elite media, the Clinton News Network, Dirty Donna, the nevertrumpers, Obama, the establishment GOP,  the stupid sycophant talking points, and best of all the proggies on this blog.


Let me be the first to congratulate ole Andy- I Report, he nailed it and suffered the slings and arrows of the self determined elite and know everything proggies on the blogs.  HAHAAHHA


Never be another Republican President, the demographics, the ground game, experience, the blue wall, all trashed by President Elect Trump.  As I said the other day, he was the street fighter we never had before, someone to stand up to the feckless rhetoric of the Democrats.


Well, to close, since Hillary spent a gazillion dollars more than Trump and still lost, the Dems need to save their money to recover, so let me give you a FREE autopsy.   No need to spend millions to fund a stupid survey.  Here it is.  Next time nominate someone that is not a compulsive liar, someone who obeys the law, and someone who doesn't use charity and taxpayer money to pay for their daughters wedding.  


MarkVV
MarkVV

@RafeHollister

SGTGrit :

"Glad to see that my fellow conservative bloggers are taking the high road on this morning after."

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@MarkVV @RafeHollister Following the lead of the proggies when Obama won, remember all those hateful comments that we had to endure.  I even remember you being one who scolded us that now we had to call him PRESIDENT Obama or we weren't respectful to the office.  Can you say President Trump, Mark?

MarkVV
MarkVV

@RafeHollister @MarkVV Easily. Why not? He was elected in a democratic process. And I will not call him using some insulting name, like so many Obama's opponents have done on this blog.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

@RafeHollister Thanks, Rafe. I'm trying to change my blog name/ bury the hatchet but this damn blog software isn't cooperating, as usual.


AndymanUSA, coming soon, to a blog near you.

bu2
bu2

@RafeHollister The Democrats have massively outspent the Republicans for the last 3 presidential elections.  And they want laws that will disadvantage the Republicans even more.  Hillary and company don't believe in level playing fields, even within their own party.