Sunday, November 13, 2016

U.S. Presidential Election: Selected Observations - and Moving Forward

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel - "I offer the future president of the United States, Donald Trump, close cooperation."
  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier - "Nothing will be easier, a lot will be more difficult. We don't know how Donald Trump will govern America."
  • German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen - “Donald Trump knows that this wasn't an election for him, but against Washington, against the establishment”
  • Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong - “Congratulations to President-Elect Donald Trump! His candidacy took many by surprise. At each stage, he defied expectations, and his journey has ultimately taken him to the White House … It has been a contentious, ugly election season, that has exposed a bitter divide in the American people. Many will celebrate this result, while others will understandably be surprised and disappointed.
  • Washington Post journalist Paul Waldman  - “While Trump managed to gain an electoral college victory, not only did he get fewer votes than Hillary Clinton … he got fewer votes than Mitt Romney in 2012, fewer votes than John McCain in 2008, and fewer votes than George W. Bush in 2004. … fewer than 26 percent of eligible American voters cast their ballots for the [Trump] … What’s also important here is how poorly Hillary Clinton did. She got 6 million fewer votes than Barack Obama did in 2012, and nearly 10 million fewer than he did in 2008”
  • Film maker Michael Moore -  “Everyone must stop saying they are "stunned" and "shocked". What you mean to say is that you were in a bubble and weren't paying attention to your fellow Americans and their despair.”
  • Beverly Gage - New York Times on ”LISTEN, LIBERAL: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?” – “The social critic Thomas Frank poses ... that liberals in general — and the Democratic Party in particular — should look inward to understand the sorry state of American politics. Too busy attending TED talks and vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard … the Democratic elite has abandoned the party’s traditional commitments to the working class. In the process, they have helped to create the political despair and anger at the heart of today’s right-wing insurgencies.” 

  • Regarding Trump - His supporters will find comfort in the potential to appoint U.S. Supreme Court judges, but the “drain the swamp” clean -up of Congress may fall short of expectations as he seeks to 1) reduce corporate and personal tax rates, 2) decrease government regulation, 3) promote pro-energy policies, 4) restructure trade deals, 5) change Obamacare and 6) increase infrastructure spending.
  • Regarding shocked Democrats – Examining why labor support has weakened, may be a good place to start in the “rebuilding” process.

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