I figured I would be remiss if I didn’t write about tonight’s election, so here goes. I’ll just say that I was a bit surprised. As longtime readers are aware, I’m on record confidently saying that Donald Trump would not win. Turns out I was badly wrong, and I definitely did not see him winning by a significant margin (when it comes to the electoral vote, that is). This just goes to show that despite inhabiting the more fringe corners of the internet, I – a Bay Area resident – am badly out of touch with the rest of the country. While I have written extensively about the backlash against neoliberal, multicultural globalism, I failed to appreciate the extent of such rage. Definitely something to keep in mind for the future.
Speaking of out of touch, this election should be a huge wake-up call for liberals. At the end of the day, all of their snarky, anti-white male social justice rhetoric, John Oliver takedowns, and arrogant wonkishness didn’t do them any damn good; neither did all of their detailed polls and data. Remind me to never listen to any predictions emanating from the mainstream liberal media. As this clip from The Newsroom puts it (skip to 1:58), if liberals were so clever, they wouldn’t lose like they lost this election.
But of course, being insufferably smug, liberals will probably not heed the lessons of tonight. Like Paul Krugman, they’ll blame Jill Stein, unenlightened rednecks, and God knows what else; everything and everyone except their own crappy candidate and campaign; or the fact that they offer absolutely nothing to pissed off white people in Middle America.
Since we’re talking about white people, white nationalists and alt righters are undoubtedly celebrating (don’t even need to provide a link for that). Unlike them, however, I’m more apprehensive than anything else. I’ve never been a Trump enthusiast, and I expect that as a billionaire real estate tycoon, Trump won’t fundamentally alter our current political economy. I feel like he ultimately cares more about Trump than regular working white people. I’m unsure if he’ll actually restructure trade deals, make American allies pay their fair share, or bring back decent jobs.
Nevertheless, his victory was yet another blow to the neoliberal, globalist paradigm. I only hope that he does a decent job as president. The last thing I want is for him to screw up and discredit populism, which will allow our insufferable liberal elites to go back to business as usual.
Ultimately, we’ll just have to wait and see how this plays out. All I’ll say for now is that 2016 has indeed been a very unpredictable year. One way or another, things are going to get very interesting. Stay sharp.