Whew…. Donald J. Trump and America won last night.
I suspected Trump might win Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin – all with similar demographics. My thinking was based on what I saw while driving from Columbus to Lake Erie and back last week. Trump-Pence signs were like springtime dandelions in Ohio’s many small towns and in the front yards of most farmhouses. Trump and Hillary signs were both common in mostly urban Franklin County but not nearly as many favoring the Democrat nominee were seen when compared to how Franklin County helped Obama to victory in ’08 and ’12. And the outcome of this election may be the only time former Cleveland mayor and House member Dennis Kucinich and I have agreed on anything – namely that average people in “fly-over country” had had enough of their “betters” on the coasts.
The biggest surprise for me was that Trump won Pennsylvania — the state that pushed him unequivocally over the finish line. Too often, Philadelphia-focused Pennsylvania votes as if it’s downstate New York or DC-suburb-Maryland. Happily, not this time and I hope it means that more and more people are both aware and weary of DC-doubletalk and the enforcement of laws against some and not others. Odds are Trump will also…
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