The Bullseye has one of the more interesting post-mortem analyses I’ve seen – That the election results are as much a repudiation of Republican obstructionism as a rejection of Clinton:
…the election of Donald Trump of being a double-barreled repudiation—a flat-out expression of the deep antipathy half of America felt for the Clintons and a condemnation of Republican tactics by claiming it was doing something by preventing Obama from doing anything.
Patience for that attitude has long-since expired…and now the GOP faces a daunting task epically more challenging than existing as the party of loyal opposition. Now it must govern. With control of the White House, both house of Congress, and likely soon, prevailing in the ideology of the US Supreme Court, the GOP has no one else to blame.
And from Gail Collins:
When it comes to big domestic policy questions, to Trump they’re just applause lines or bargaining chips. Anything could go either way.
While that’s not necessarily calming, it’s better than assuming he actually believes all the stuff he says. What kind of program could he really, really get his heart and soul behind? The only thing I can imagine is a multitrillion-dollar Donald Trump Historic Biggest Ever Infrastructure and 50-State Golf Course Building Program.
This particular election was also striking in that Republicans were allowed to lie. Repeatedly, blatantly and often. Both on a national stage and even here in Montana. Expect more of it in the legislature, especially around three topics:
1- Bills or budget cuts where Republicans want to hide the fact that they are enacting cuts to punish and harm people who don’t have a lot of money, who are struggling to make ends meet, who are seniors, children, the poor.
2-When all the voter suppression bills come up for discussion.
3-The inevitable tax cuts they will propose for big multi-million dollar corporations, even though the budget cuts to harm the poor will be justified based on artificially suppressed revenue projections.
Speaking of the budget, note that four states legalized recreational marijuana with ballot measures: California, Massachusetts, and Nevada and Maine. Montana should join these states and reap the budgetary benefits. Public opinion on this issue is vastly different than it was even a decade ago. This week new medical marijuana measures passed in Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota – and of course Montana voted to fix the legislatures’ ruined law that had gutted an earlier medical marijuana ballot measure.
Finally, author, poet, and Cowgirl contributor, 4th Generation Montanan, and retired rancher Jael Kampfe offers us this short poem to help us recover from the election:
We cast our votes
for civil rights,
And we went to bed
the sun came up
and so did we
and our dogs
still licked our faces
and our kids
still held our hands
May our fight
for the good of humanity
may our patriotism
be more active
may we take strength
in the rise of a sisterhood
these similar beliefs
We Are Stronger Together