UPDATE: I was wrong. We’ll see lots of postmortem analyses in the next few weeks (there are some in this thread), but the damage is done. I just went for a walk around central Hong Kong and felt sick to my stomach, unable to even think rationally about what just happened. To those I’ve bet on this site, send me your address and I’ll pay off. But the whole country is going to pay a much larger price than I over the next four years.
By the time this post goes up (I’m writing it at 2:30 a.m. Chicago time), enough ballots will have been cast to ensure a Presidential victory for Hillary Clinton. Or such is my prediction, and I stand to win about $600 if she does win. (All those bets were with credulous liberals who thought Trump had a chance, and would gladly pay me $100 out of relief if Clinton won. I love liberal suckers!)
Who knows what the next four years hold? If the Senate goes Democratic, which may well happen, we’ll get a more liberal Supreme Court justice, one who may help overturn some of the horrible decisions of the pre-Scalia-coronary court, including their wonky interpretation of the Second Amendment (the right to keep and bear arms).
I was never a big fan of Hillary, though many of the readers here are, but if she wins I wish her well and will support those of her policies with which I agree (she already has my vote). By the time readers wake up the morning after this post, we’ll have the nation’s first woman President, and a big bunch of angry Republicans. Although I hope the country can come together after the election, that’s very unlikely: the Republicans, whose policy was simply to obstruct anything Obama wanted, will continue to do that with Hillary, whom they hate even more than Obama. And there will be all those disgruntled Trump supporters, many of whom have guns.
In my experience, this is the most tumultuous time in American political life since the Watergate affair. I can’t predict what will happen after Clinton wins, but readers are welcome to weigh in below.