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Random Thoughts: Post-2020 Presidential Election Edition

Brett Davis

Posted on November 6, 2020 09:12

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Random thoughts on the passing scene.

No matter the final outcome of the presidential election, about half of the American people will be skeptical. We as a country have managed to screw up what has been a routine clerical function of government. We have gone out of our way to make holding a presidential election and counting ballots way more difficult than it needs to be.

Nevertheless, it looks like Joe “Grandpa Simpson” Biden will be the next president of the United States. God help us all.

Assuming Biden prevails, the biggest winner on election night: Maya Rudolph. The biggest loser: pollsters.

Should Joe Biden in fact assume the highest office in the land next year, here’s wishing President Crypt Keeper good health, lest odiously transactional uber-progressive Kamala Harris — whom even Democrats don't like — becomes president of the United States. The phrase “in over her head” comes to mind.

With regard to its presidential coverage, look for the mainstream media to suddenly transform from watchdog to lapdog on Jan. 20, 2021.

A Biden administration means no punishment for anyone involved in the gross abuse of power that was the Obama administration investigating its political opposition on negligible evidence — that is, the bogus Trump campaign-Russia collusion narrative. It will be conveniently swept under the rug.

On a positive note, it was good to see a record high turnout of voters. Was it an anomaly or the start of a trend toward greater participation in elections?

It’s also good to see the Electoral College confining post-election disputes to a handful of states. We can also be thankful the 2020 presidential election isn’t nearly as ugly as the presidential contest of 1876. Look it up.

With Republicans seemingly holding the Senate and gaining seats in the House, the GOP should be able to blunt any proposed tax hikes under a nascent Biden administration. Foreign policy is where real damage could be done by the new president: going back to business as usual with China, taking the boot off the neck of Iran by rejoining the useless nuclear deal with the Persian menace, a return to catering to the Palestinian Authority vis-à-vis the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and getting back in the ineffectual Paris Agreement on climate change.

Given Republicans otherwise exceeded expectations on Election Day, Biden’s apparent presidential win may turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory that sees him take office as something of a lame duck.

President Trump, of course, must shoulder most of the blame for his probable loss to the reanimated corpse of Joe Biden. Trump’s tendency toward being unable to get out of his own way by applying his blunderbuss approach to every situation — whether warranted or not — seems to have overshadowed his very impressive accomplishments as president. 

The mainstream media is also partially responsible for Trump’s likely loss. Most so-called journalists spent the last four years trying to tear down the president, rather than covering his administration in a fair and evenhanded manner. 

Brett Davis

Posted on November 6, 2020 09:12

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