I watched the election results coming in at a friend’s place. I arrived at about 10.30am when the votes began dribbling in and left late afternoon with President Trump comfortably ahead in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida. It was stressful watching. We switched between CNN and Fox News. John King at CNN talked so rapidly, like one of those fast-talking auctioneers, that I became quite drained trying to keep up. I did other things that evening before looking at where things stood before going to bed. Alas, Trump’s lead had evaporated in Michigan and Wisconsin. And overall, Florida excepted, it has been downhill since.
Unfortunately, the Left in the US and elsewhere has been rewarded for four years of bastardry. No, Virginia, there is no Santa Claus. This is real life and there is no happy ending after all.
Hopefully, the Republicans will retain the Senate, but I’m not confident of that; and a fifty-fifty split would leave Kamala and her deciding vote in charge of the country. Think of that when you wake in a sweat in the middle of the night. But even without the Senate so much of Trump’s legacy can be unwound. With the Senate…no, I don’t want to think about it.
Of course, there is temptation to cling to hope that legal challenges will prevail. I don’t see it. Time is short. And, it is very hard to prove electoral malfeasance on a grand scale across multiple jurisdictions. If it were easy to prove it wouldn’t happen. And the Dems don’t have a peerless reputation for chicanery for nothing.
The truth, in the clarity of hindsight, is that Trump needed to win by a landslide this time around. The Dems were burnt in 2016. This time they were armed and ready. Nevertheless, with so many wins domestically and abroad, why didn’t Trump have a landslide? COVID is the answer.
The Chinese politburo couldn’t have timed it better if they’d tried – which, by the way, I am not suggesting they did. This wasn’t an October surprise; it was a whole of 2020 surprise. In a different universe it would be difficult to identify exactly where Trump went wrong in combatting the virus. But apparently, in the Trump-hating universe we occupy, his demeanour was too optimistic. That’s it really. Apart, that is, from the masks. He wasn’t keen enough on masks.
Joe Biden is very keen on masks. And that might have made all the difference to those people so scared that they voluntarily don masks in the open air. I see their like in Sydney when I risk catching COVID, and goodness knows what other morbidities, by bravely venturing out unmasked. They all want Joe or Berejiklian or Andrews or Palaszczuk, or any Dear Leader, to keep them safe.
COVID also let in mass mail-in ballots. According to Bloomberg, voting was up by around 10 per centage points as a proportion of those eligible to register and vote in battleground states. That’s a lot of extra votes. Are they all kosher? How many aren’t? Are there enough to make a difference? Even if they are mostly genuine, they would not have been there to be counted in normal times.
The China virus has done Trump in, of that there is no doubt. Could he have prevented this by acting differently? I doubt it. Whatever he did or didn’t do would have been held against him. The opportunity afforded the Dems by COVID was simply too good to waste.
The backdrop of unremitting criticism and name calling from the media didn’t help either. Even those who gave him credit for his profound achievements, of which there were many, couldn’t resist a gratuitous insulting dig or two. Evidently, you had to establish your own virtue by impugning Trump’s. I was always taken aback by Christians, in particular, criticizing Trump’s morality, forgetting the plank in their own eye.
When we, at least conservatives, look back at the damage COVID generated, Trump’s defeat will loom large. Everything else will fade by comparison. Little did they know in that Wuhan lab last year what power they were about to let loose. (Or, I assume they didn’t.) If only Mao had known there was more power in a virus on the loose than in the barrel of a gun.