Winning, Losing, and Whining
Why (almost) everyone is a loser this cycle
First, it was Trump, widely expected to lose and making baseless claims of rampant voter fraud.
Now that the results are in, it’s Jill Stein raising $5M+ (more than her campaign raised) for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Hillary’s camp is on board. Why not? Nothing left to lose.
If that’s not enough, it’s now Trump claiming he won the popular vote and millions voted illegally for Hillary. Great.
Let’s get real.
Count. Recount. Count again. Trump won. He’s going to be president. The recount money is about as well spent as this money.
Jill Stein knows she isn’t going to win. There’s no chance this flips for Hillary. And if the laughably ignorant Dr. Stein preferred an outcome other than a Trump presidency, she should have backed the Democratic nominee. Instead, she continues to put her personal fame ahead of smart political calculus. She won 50K votes in Michigan. Hillary lost by 10k. This race was closer than some other swing state surprises, but you can do the math. (Swing state third-party voters — WTF? Seriously, WTF?)
This recount effort, much like the medically (and mentally?) unsound Dr’s sad campaign, isn’t about politics. This is Dr. Stein opportunistically drawing upon widespread rage and disappointment in a desperate and vain attempt to burnish her reputation and remain relevant for a few more days. Go home doc, the party’s over. And folks, stop donating! You could burn that cash for heat.
There’s still no widespread fraud
It was a lie when Trump started it. It remains untrue despite his win and his recent outlandish claims. We all know he’s a sore loser. Now we know he’s also a piss poor winner. I’m shocked!
Great expectations, miserable failure?
Hillary has to own her loss. The country is, on the whole, in pretty great shape and she lost to an angry sweet potato. That’s a bad loss.
There are no winners, but…
There’s one candidate who is decidedly less of a loser today than the rest. He’s a dimwit who is unfit for the presidency, but it’s fair to say that, both before election day and since, he’s acquitted himself in a more dignified manner than his competitors. Electorally, his performance was about as expected, despite knowing little of the world. His earning 5% of the vote, with few brain cells firing, a highly questionable track record in NM, and little money offers hope that a better third-party candidate might one day be relevant. (I can hope, right?)
As importantly, he’s ridden off into the sunset (on his bike and blazing a joint?) without making a fool of himself. Yes, the same guy who fakes heart attacks.
We get another crack at this soon enough. The 2020 campaigns will start in a little more than two years. Let’s do better, ok?
But from this moment, every day and forever, support and defend our democracy. It’s baseless and classless for both sides to malign the process. The process is great and it’s incumbent upon all of us to support and defend it, even when we disagree with the results.