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The Scope of the Victory

The Washington Post's coverage of Trump was as biased as I have seen during a campaign.  It did not outdo the NYT, but neither did it make much of an effort to resemble neutral journalism.  It was one snarky, condescending article after the next. I'm expecting oddles of sour grapes over the next few days.  For now, however, it does an accurate, short summary of the extent of Trump's victory:

Because his adopted party maintained its majorities in the Senate and the House, Trump can now advance a very ambitious agenda. He gets to pick Antontin Scalia's replacement, vindicating Mitch McConnell's decision to deny Merrick Garland a hearing and ensuring that the GOP will control all three branches of government. Because Barack Obama has relied so much on executive actions since the 2010 midterms, if he chooses, Trump can roll back many of the president's signature achievements. The Republican Congress can also use budget reconciliation to eviscerate Obamacare. TPP is definitively dead.

I want to emphasize especially the key role Sen. McConnell played in giving our country the opportunity, at least, to build on Justice Scalia's legacy rather than overrule it bit-by-bit.


2 classics from this election:

MSNBC's Rachel/Rafael Maddow: "If you know nothing else, unless this election happens on Mars, Donald Trump will lose the election."

Preach it: Ranjit S. Dighe, Prof/Chairman of SUNY Oswego Economics Dept.
“Right now, election forecasting makes astrology look respectable.”

Perhaps the most astounding political victory in history? (Hyperbole?)

What it will mean for America and the World only time will tell.

Let's hope Trump gets to appoint two SCOTUS Justices who will ultimately overrule Zavydas v. Davis.

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