Yes we did!

It’s all over but the shouting, as well as the whining from Trump and the inevitable court challenges. Trump won’t be President after January 20, and regardless of what happens in the Senate, that makes this an especially good day.  I refuse to say that we have to wait patiently; I’m done with that. Dems win! Dems win! Dems win!

Just remember who called the election first.

148 Comments

  1. Joseph McClain
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Actually, Trump called it first, as far as I know. True, he called it wrong, but he was first.

    • Posted November 6, 2020 at 9:54 am | Permalink

      He “called” it because he knew he had not won. 😉

  2. sshort
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    OK… that cat pic is the happiest thing I’ve seen this election cycle. Thank you.

    • Blue
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 10:01 am | Permalink

      ¡ P R E C I O U S, sshort / Dr Coyne. ¡ Just F A B U !

      Such a happy, happy g l o r i o u s day this one be.

      Please, please GET that influenza vaccination
      and wear those anti – Virus coverings. Please.

      Blue

    • jezgrove
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 10:20 am | Permalink

      Who says cats are too selfish to be Dems? https://i.redd.it/5egrdrdt0ld01.jpg

  3. Christine Marie Janis
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    And Joe can get to say to Donnie “You’re fired”

  4. jezgrove
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Yay! https://mobile.twitter.com/DecisionDeskHQ/status/1324710866516905984

    • GBJames
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 9:45 am | Permalink

      Erf. Apologies for the ugly link!

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 9:51 am | Permalink

      That’s pretty good because Biden can thank Georgia for much of his success since he decided to run. When a state such as Georgia goes democrat you know two things have happened. A lot of people from the north have moved down there and it is finally getting easier to vote.

      • XCellKen
        Posted November 6, 2020 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

        Plenty of Californians have moved to Texas. Unfortunately, most of them are Republicans !

    • Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:58 am | Permalink

      Whoo-hoo! 🙂

  5. Loren T Parfitt
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Woot Woot! A sigh of relief, its 6 days after halloween, the pumpkin is getting more rotten by the day.

  6. Type Logician
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    I am definitely gonna remember this Friday
    *very* happily. Three cheers for PA, and yes, Georgia’s definitely on my mind…

  7. Posted November 6, 2020 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Given the possible setbacks in Congress and the State Houses, it is a restrained “yippee” from me for now. However, at least Biden will bring back a dignified face back to the national government. I won’t have to cringe every day.

    • Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      And you won’t have to see or listen to the Orange Abscess every day anymore!

      • Posted November 6, 2020 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

        I hope not. There’s a rumor that there will be Trump TV in our future. I thought we already have that. It’s called Fox TV.

        • Mark
          Posted November 6, 2020 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

          According to ABC News’ John Santucci, plans are already being dusted off for Trump to launch his own cable news network that will serve as a rival to Fox News.

          “Anger at Fox/Murdoch family cannot be understated,” Santucci writes. “Should he lose, Trump wants to destroy Fox — aides believe they can steal hosts [Sean] Hannity and [Tucker] Carlson.”

          • Keith
            Posted November 6, 2020 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

            He’s a failed president, politician, real estate developer, casino manager, school, husband, father, and human being. Now he can add failed media executive to his cv.

        • JohnE
          Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

          I think this is an absolute certainty. He lives for the limelight and the worship of the Trump Cult. He couldn’t stand NOT to be on TV every night.

  8. jezgrove
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    His favo(u)rite network is trying to make it easier for the loser to take: https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/11/06/media/fox-news-election-projection-plan/index.html?__twitter_impression=true

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:35 am | Permalink

      It’s like they’re fixing to tell a child their pet has died.

      • jezgrove
        Posted November 6, 2020 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

        Pretty much. I saw a report saying it might be Ivanka who has to break the news to him, which tells you everything about who is the adult in that relationship…

    • Nicolaas Stempels
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:42 am | Permalink

      President-elect Mr Biden. I like the sound of that.

      • Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

        Fox is demanding that no one may use that term on air.

        • GBJames
          Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

          To be clear, “no one” refers to their staff. They’re pretending that frivolous lawsuits put the results in question.

  9. EB
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Dear Paris Climate Accord, we missed you. Please take us back.

  10. Stephen Barnard
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    If only he’d been halfway competent at dealing with the pandemic I still wouldn’t have voted for him, but many would have, and he’d have won.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 10:43 am | Permalink

      Of those who would have, some are doubtless among the 235,000 American dead.

      Especially when one considers the large number of super-spreader events Trump has presided over since the pandemic’s onset.

    • Nicolaas Stempels
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:48 am | Permalink

      Yes, I think you are right there. Mr Trump succeeded to convince many that his economy was better than Mr Obama’s. That does not agree with the data, but he succeeded. He would have won re-election hands down.
      The Covid crisis, and his dismal handling of it, changed all that.

    • Dean Reimer
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      I don’t know if he even needed to be competent. I think if he’d simply issued a mea culpa about the pandemic response when he got out of the hospital, and took some responsibility for making changes to the response, he would have swung enough votes to win.

      Good thing for the world, then, that he’s completely unable to admit error and take responsibility.

  11. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Biden has at least two ways to win. One being Pennsylvania and now the other is Arizona plus Nevada. So it is pretty much a done deal. They finally said Kelly won the senate seat in Arizona. That makes it 48 to 48 in the Senate at this time.

    • Nicolaas Stempels
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:58 am | Permalink

      He (Biden) will win Nevada, Pennsylvania and (yes!) Georgia. Only Arizona is not a given.
      In PA and GA there was some question about mail-in votes being able to overtake the early count, but they did. I do not see a way back there. In Nevada too his lead appears to be growing.
      Only in Arizona his lead has shrunk. That being said, I hope Mr Trump will come to rue his unconscionable attacks on dead Mr McCain (I doubt many Arizonans -or anybody, for that matter- appreciated that) and loses Arizona.

      • Keith
        Posted November 6, 2020 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

        Biden will hold AZ. The remaining ballots largely come from Maricopa County where Biden prevailed.

  12. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    If Uncle Joe hangs on to win Arizona, he will (according to my back-of-the-envelope calculation) wind up with 306 electoral votes. If that number sounds familiar, it’s because that is the same number of EC votes Donald Trump received (before two faithless electors later defected) in his yoooge, make-glorious 2016 landslide victory — difference being that Biden is also winning the popular vote by 4 million ballots (50.5%), a number that’s likely to increase as the final tallies come in from the deep blue states on the coasts and Illinois.

    • Nicolaas Stempels
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:28 am | Permalink

      In my private estimates I thought that the democrats should win the popular vote by around 5 million to overcome the EC disadvantage they have, But of course it does not really run parallel, and 4 million will do.
      I’m quite disappointed in the Senate vote, I hoped and thought that the Democrats would obtain a majority. Still, not all is lost there with the despicable Mr Perdue losing the 50% majority he appeared to have.
      Must the accession to statehood for DC and Puerto Rico be approved by the Senate? (I somehow have this sinking feeling it has).

    • Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

      I must emphasize again that I called a Biden victory with 306 electoral votes last night. I’m waiting for Nate Silver’s call. . . .

      • sugould
        Posted November 6, 2020 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

        WE remember, Sir!

    • Posted November 6, 2020 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

      Apparently, Joe has won more votes than any presidential candidate in US history.

  13. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    It’s all over but the shouting, as well as the whining from Trump and the inevitable court challenges.

    Will no Republican come forward to play the Earl of Kent to Trump’s mad King Lear (as Barry Goldwater did for Richard Nixon, when it was time for the latter to take a powder ahead of the impeachment vote over the Watergate affair)?

    • John Dentinger
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      None will.

    • revelator60
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

      Trump has the self-awareness of King Lear and the morals of Cornwall, Goneril, and Regan. Usually the tragic hero is a noble man beset by a one great flaw. Trump is an ignoble man beset by thousands of ’em. He’s not even a tragic villain.

    • Hempenstein
      Posted November 7, 2020 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

      PA isn’t thought of much with Presidential connections – Biden will be the first POTUS from PA since James Buchanan, but PA played a supporting role in Goldwater’s visit to Nixon since he was joined by PA’s Hugh Scott.

  14. Posted November 6, 2020 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Senate is now where the Dems are ahead by 1. I don’t think that will hold (but will it?)

    Biden is getting secret service protection now.

    • Nicolaas Stempels
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

      Eish, Mark, why would he need that? He is liked quite widely, but not by the deplorables, of course.
      However, what would they achieve by murdering Mr Biden? President-elect Ms Harris?

      • darrelle
        Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

        It’s not necessarily an indication of any specific perceived danger, it’s an indication that the SS is pretty sure that Biden will win the election. President elects get SS protection.

      • Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

        As darrelle says. It is a routine step toward transfer of power. I suppose V.P. Harris would be getting a security detail too.

    • Derek Freyberg
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

      Biden would have had Secret Service protection as soon as he became the Democratic candidate for President; but it may well be increasing with his likely winning the election/

  15. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    I feel a bout of post-coital-style tristesse approaching.

    Or maybe I just need to catch up on some sleep. 🙂

  16. Blue
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Lay IN the mighty finest = Templeton Rye whiskey /
    the Good Stuff and reserve for
    yourself
    THIS entire day therefor to imbibe and to e n j o y it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_United_States_presidential_inauguration =
    20 January y2021 = the World’s Wonderful WEDNESDAY !

    Blue

    • Steve Pollard
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

      A glass of Californian Zinfandel raised to you from across the pond, Ms Blue!

      • Blue
        Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

        Oooo, Y E A, Mr Pollard !
        That ‘ld BE … … one mighty fine distancimg !

        Blue

        • Steve Pollard
          Posted November 6, 2020 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

          Well, I’ve drunk it, and another one besides, and I trust it’s going to be in a winning cause.

          Good night and stay safe

    • darrelle
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

      I’ll toasting with you this evening, Blue.

      • GBJames
        Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

        I think Blue is proposing the toast for Inauguration Day.

        • darrelle
          Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

          Sorry, can’t wait that long. Though I’ll be happy to toast then too!

          • jezgrove
            Posted November 6, 2020 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

            I’m giving up drinking till Christmas. Sorry, bad punctuation. I’m giving up. Drinking till Christmas.

            • GBJames
              Posted November 6, 2020 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

              😂

            • Blue
              Posted November 6, 2020 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

              O ! I guffaw, Ms jezgrove ! I love that !

              We o’th’ WEIT – Intelligencia K N O W
              that punctuation is so, so important,
              do we not ? !

              Blue

            • darrelle
              Posted November 6, 2020 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

              My feelings exactly!

        • Blue
          Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

          Indeed, Mr GBJames, I was … … AND, as well,
          for today’s ( literally ) s m a s h i n g result !
          The Rye is already opened and dipped into. So.

          I ‘ve had to work and to wait decades and
          decades and decades in order to become
          UNbusy and wealthy .enough. to enjoy
          a cordialful, distanced and made, of course,
          with gooood waters … … just whenE V E R
          the Universe ¡ Y E A ! FINALLY … …
          comes together !

          Blue

      • Blue
        Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

        ¡ Y E S ! ¡ That ONE, Mr darrelle,
        is SO a … … t o a s t WORTHY !

        Blue

        • Posted November 6, 2020 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

          I’ll raise a glass of kombucha slaked with some whiskey!

          • Blue
            Posted November 6, 2020 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

            Indeed, Ms Smokedpaprika ! As a darling
            witches’ brewing, let us HEX that ‘ne with
            a drink – name which bleaches Our House
            B A C K to White ! Something along the lines
            of a ” Sour Puss ” or a ” Kamikaze ” or
            similar ?

            Blue

            • Blue
              Posted November 6, 2020 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

              … … ” the Prayer Failure ? ”

              Blue

            • Posted November 6, 2020 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

              How about The Purgemeister?

    • Blue
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:10 am | Permalink

      ¡ O, indeed ! I have. I have,
      Mr Mark, THUS imagined.

      It … … my imaging of THIS ?
      ‘Tis soooo D E V I N E !

      Blue

      • Blue
        Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:13 am | Permalink

        … … &, likely, d I vine, TOO ! Blue

    • Mark
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      I hope the next time I see them all is when they’re behind bars!

    • rickflick
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:49 am | Permalink

      Call me a kid, but I’d love see 4 carefully aimed meringue pies. That’s not violence is it?

      • jezgrove
        Posted November 6, 2020 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

        Well, I certainly don’t see you getting the same treatment as Steve Bannon did earlier!

      • darrelle
        Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

        Indeed it is. Why do you hate meringue pies so much?

        Any particular meringues you hate? Italian? French? Swiss? Or do you hate ’em all?

        “Throw them all and let God sort them out!”

        • rickflick
          Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

          The truth is, lemon meringue is my favorite pie. So, perhaps I should alter my wish. I just was out walking the dog. Cleaning my shoes. Thinking…

          • darrelle
            Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

            Ahh. The old “some of my best friends are” defense.

            • Nicolaas Stempels
              Posted November 7, 2020 at 12:02 am | Permalink

              He,he he! 🙂

    • Posted November 6, 2020 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

      Ah, sweetest bliss is within mine grasp!

      • jezgrove
        Posted November 6, 2020 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

        Be REALLY sure that the laptop camera is off…

  17. Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Give Cats the vote!

    • Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:47 am | Permalink

      At least you know they aren’t susceptible to populist demagogues! They’re proverbially impossible to herd.

  18. Curtis
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    This is looking like a perfect result for me. Biden squeaks to victory, Democrats lose house seats and Republican hold the senate. Even though everybody and every ballot measure I voted for lost (except one city councilor), I am smiling.

    Trump is gone but the voters have shown little enthusiasm for Biden or Democrats in general. The progressives will not be able to steam roll because of the Republican senate.

    With Trump gone, civility will go up. I don’t expect much but every little bit helps.

    • EdwardM
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      “Even though everybody and every ballot measure I voted for lost”

      Same here. That’s why I’m always afraid to vote. I’m like the world’s worst jinx. If you want to know who will win the next (pick your game, race, bout), it’s easy. All you have to do is note the (team, person, horse) I have money on and pick the other one.

      Despite the cheering here, he hasn’t actually been called the winner. I’m keeping my piehole shut until it is official. You have no idea how strong my jinxing ability is.

      • Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:49 am | Permalink

        You know, if that’s true, you could be EXTREMELY useful, and probably make a tremendous amount of money…

        • EdwardM
          Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:53 am | Permalink

          I’m telling you. Shadow me and look over my shoulder if I am ever fool enough to go to OTB again. You’ll be able to retire.

      • Nicolaas Stempels
        Posted November 6, 2020 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

        So I conclude you voted for Mr Trump?
        Seriously?

        • Curtis
          Posted November 6, 2020 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

          There were more choices than Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dumber.

          • jezgrove
            Posted November 6, 2020 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

            Indeed, 1,214 of them: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2020-54334173

          • Nicolaas Stempels
            Posted November 7, 2020 at 3:44 am | Permalink

            Not really, first of all these other candidates could not be jinxed because they were without any chance to start with.

            And secondly, if in a two-party system you vote third or other party, you do not just throw away your vote, but you effectively give your support to the candidate you dislike most (you basically support Tweedle Dumber). The latter is a simple concept, that appears remarkably difficult for some (otherwise appearing of normal intelligence)to grasp.

        • EdwardM
          Posted November 6, 2020 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

          Ixnay on the votsnay, Nicolaas. If I tell you who I voted for, we’re screwed. That’s how strong my jinx is.

          • Nicolaas Stempels
            Posted November 7, 2020 at 3:47 am | Permalink

            I got it, you voted Mr Trump in order to jinx him, ne? 🙂

    • Posted November 6, 2020 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      What would the progressives have “steamrolled”?

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

      Biden squeaks to victory …

      I suppose a “squeak” is in the ear of the beholder, Curtis.

      As I observed above, Biden is on pace to win 306 electoral votes, the same number that Donald Trump claimed, ad nauseum, constituted a yooge, landslide victory in 2016 — except in Biden’s case he is also winning the votes of a majority (50.5%) of the US electorate and beating Trump by over 4 million ballots (as opposed to Trump who got just 46.1% of the 2016 vote and lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million ballots).

      When all is said and done with this election, in which Biden flipped five states (two of them heretofore traditionally and staunchly red), I think Biden’s will be seen a convincing victory (albeit not as large in several states as polling had predicted).

      • Nicolaas Stempels
        Posted November 7, 2020 at 3:58 am | Permalink

        Well, I can agree.
        I’d say Mr Trump “squeaked” to victory, less than 78,000 votes in three states*, while losing the popvote by more than 2.8 million.

        *Not to mention NC,PA and WI in 2016, where the discrepancy between exit polls and final count was well outside the MoE, flipping these states to Mr Trump -same for FL, but there just within the MoE.
        Exit polls and count differing more than the MoE and flipping the outcome, has this whiff, this disagreeable odour of counting fraud.
        (and we will leave 2000 out here)

        Compared to that Mr Biden’s victory is broad and convincing, even if he gets only 306.

    • Keith
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

      The perfect result would have been a complete and resounding trouncing of GOP candidates across the board at every level of government. They have revealed their true selves over these past four years, as the enablers of fascism, corruption, grift, and all the norm shattering maneuverings of Trump. With Dems in control of the house, senate, and the presidency, there would be an opportunity to correct some of the institutional harm we have suffered. With Democratic control of state legislatures, gerrymandered districts could be addressed. But unfortunately, 68 million voters are just fine with Trumpism, and so our country and future elections remain in peril.

      • Hempenstein
        Posted November 7, 2020 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

        The one good aspect of the lack of any D gains in Congress is that it is a strong cross-check that there was no fraud in the election.

  19. Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Trump gone, now it’s Boris Johnson’s turn to be shown the door. The U.K. is not due an election until 2024, but now his chum has gone it’ll be curtains for Boris by January!

    • Posted November 6, 2020 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

      Let’s hope.

    • Steve Pollard
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

      I’d like to think so, but I’m not too sure. A lot of MPs in the ‘Red Wall’ seats think they owe their success to him. The traditional ‘men in grey suits’ will need to be very confident about the mood in the party before they offer him the glass of whisky and the revolver.

      And who might we get instead?!

  20. kraeuterbutter
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    I can’t help it, I have to sing this popular (German) song.

    😀

    • Posted November 6, 2020 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

      Ha, good one! My German is good enough to understand the lyrics! 🙂

      • Doug
        Posted November 6, 2020 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

        I thought it would be this one, but I looked it up and it’s actually Austrian–still it fits:

        Ach du lieber Augustin,
        Augustin, Augustin,
        Ach du Lieber Augustin,
        Alles ist hin!

        Augustin, Augustin
        Leg’nur ins Grab dich hin!
        Ach du Lieber Augustin,
        Alles ist hin!

        Ah, my good friend Augustin,
        Augustin, Augustin,
        Ah, my good friend Augustin,
        Everything’s gone!

        Augustin, Augustin,
        Climb into your grave!
        Ah, my good friend Augustin,
        Everything’s gone!

        I always picture Adolf and his inner circle singing this in the bunker as the end drew near.

    • kraeuterbutter
      Posted November 7, 2020 at 7:39 am | Permalink

      Just a thought: Has Donald trump now reached this point?

  21. eric
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    That cat looks to me like it’s going to rain holy terror down on someone for rubbing it’s belly.

  22. rickflick
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    “If Trump does not concede, Biden campaign says U.S. government is ‘perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.’”

    😉

    • jezgrove
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      As Randall said below today’s Hili, “[H]e better call the moving company and get all of his household goods out by the 19th. If eviction is required a big property owner like Trump should know the goods will go out on the front lawn of the white house.”

      • Steve Pollard
        Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

        I just hope he doesn’t nick all the Federal property in there while he’s at it

        • jezgrove
          Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

          Of course, the Clinton team took all the “dubya” keys from the computer keyboards before the handover to Bush.

          • Steve Pollard
            Posted November 6, 2020 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

            I was thinking about the pictures, the furniture, th4 carpets, the historic memorabilia…

  23. Posted November 6, 2020 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I expected Trump to manage a coup, but that prediction appears to be wrong. Republicans aren’t rushing to back up his claims that the election was stolen.

    I am surprised by this result and I’m glad I was (apparently) wrong.

    • EB
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

      Yes, the courts and fellow republicans have not gone along with Trump’s plan to halt the vote counting, and no one else has falsely declared victory, afaik. Republicans are welcome to call for suspected irregularities to be investigated. That’s all fine and dandy. Coup averted.

    • eric
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

      Trump called the Intel community stupid, the FBI disloyal liberals, took billions out of DoD’s budget for his wall, contradicted generals in public and made them look like fools. He fired his own appointees any time they disagreed with him, and constantly attacked the press and press freedom.

      The chances of him pulling off a successful coup were exactly zero. I can’t think of any instrument of power that would’ve supported him illegally staying in the WH except for Fox news, CBP, and ICE.

      • Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

        contradicted generals in public and made them look like fools.

        The little bit I have seen of US politics … the first part is accurate while the second part is patently false. The only people Trump has made to look like fools are himself and his fellow Republicans.

      • Steve Pollard
        Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

        And even Fox seem to have thrown up their hands

        • jezgrove
          Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

          Rupert Murdoch may be a nonogenarian, but he knows the way the wind is blowing which is why Jared’s attempts to get Fox to retract their call of Arizona for Biden failed and the Trumpites were chanting “Fox News sucks!” the other night .

          • jezgrove
            Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

            Oops – “nonagenarian”.

            • Nicolaas Stempels
              Posted November 7, 2020 at 4:18 am | Permalink

              Nonogenarian is fine with me 🙂

            • Stephen Barnard
              Posted November 7, 2020 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

              May I suggest nanogenarian?

    • savage
      Posted November 7, 2020 at 12:21 am | Permalink

      You might consider that Trump has always been an extremely weak president. He is extraordinarily ignorant and lazy. His sociopathic tendency to work with others only insofar as they will do his bidding has also prevented him from forming any alliances among America’s elites. But no man can rule alone.

  24. tomh
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    This old joke describes what’s going on in the White House right now.
     
    When Franco was dying, he’d been very ill for some time. A special messenger dashes in to the room where his cabinet is meeting and gasps out the news of the expected death. Long silence, then one of those present says: “Yes… but who’s going to tell him?”

  25. JohnE
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    The police all loved him for taking their side over the Black Lives Matter protesters (See — https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/nypd-investigating-videos-officer-who-said-trump-2020-over-patrol-n1244693), and I suspect that a huge segment of the rank and file troops did as well. That was cause for concern.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

      … I suspect that a huge segment of the rank and file troops did [love Trump] as well.

      If so, that love was unrequited other than by lip service. Donald Trump never even took Vladimir Putin to task for putting bounties on the heads of US troops serving in Afghanistan.

      I can’t imagine that played well with any GIs who might be called to put themselves in harm’s way on foreign soil.

  26. Stephen Pilotte
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Andrew Sullivan:

    Our nightmare of four years — an unstable, malignant, delusional maniac at the center of our national life — is over.

    Take a moment to feel that relief. Breathe. Rejoice. He’s done.

  27. W.T. Effingham
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    ” …no matter what happens in the Senate… ” Here, hold my bribes..👴.

  28. Matti K.
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    How long will it take until Hollywood produces a film about president Trump? What will be the genre? Drama? Comedy? Tragedy?

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

      Farce

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted November 6, 2020 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

        Finita la commedia, as the Italians say.

        The farce is over.

    • Posted November 6, 2020 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

      Mel Gibson is already looking for a script writer and a stunt man for the crucifixion scene.

    • Steve Pollard
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

      Horror, surely?

    • Mark R.
      Posted November 7, 2020 at 1:43 am | Permalink

      Texas Chainsaw Massacre: what happened to the GOP? “Oh, it hurts so Orange”. Starring Trump, his family, and other CGI characters, including snakes and chainsaws. Filmed in a swamp behind Mar-a-Lago. Thanks youz.

  29. Mark
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    MALE BALLOTS! MALE BALLOTS! MALE BALLOTS!

    This election is rigged! They never mention the FEMALE BALLOTS!

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

      Buttery males … oh, wait, that was the 2016 “scandal” Trump laid on Hillary.

  30. jezgrove
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    The election and religion: a pretty depressing read apart from the rise of the “nones”. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/06/white-evangelical-christians-supported-trump

  31. revelator60
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    “It’s all over but the shouting…”

    With that in mind, here is a song for Trump:

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      I keep hearing The Coasters:

  32. Paul S
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    I’m still nervous.

  33. Steve Pollard
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Not sure how many might have said this already, but I do think a shout-out is due to the vote tellers across contested states, who are having to do a hell of a job in difficult circumstances, and face having to do it all over again in the days to come.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

      All while being baselessly accused of fraud by a would-be strongman, with who knows what kind of armed Trumpist fanatics milling around outside, casing their workplaces.

      I concur in your shout-out.

    • Mark R.
      Posted November 7, 2020 at 1:27 am | Permalink

      They’re heroes as far as I’m concerned…front-line workers with a huge job. And they’re our only hope for democracy, votes are all we got. I live in WA and it’s a done deal, but the fight I see in many states makes me hopeful and proud. And then I think of Covid and shake in my boots.

  34. Filippo
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    From
    https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/11/06/us/trump-biden?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage#with-the-nations-focus-elsewhere-north-carolina-is-still-collecting-counting-and-too-close-to-call

    The bloviation begins:

    ‘. . . Democratic voters in Philadelphia rejoiced in the notion that they might play a major role in a victory for their candidate.

    “We’re going to show this country that Philadelphia was big enough to take on this entire nation,” said Helen Gym, a member of
    the Philadelphia City Council.’

    In the spirit of having been “taken on” and shown my place, I genuflect in the direction of Ms. Gym and The City of Brotherly Love (and Self-Abnegation).

    But PA better soon enough call it for Biden, else more humble climes may beat them to it. And from my observation over the years, folks in “Hotlanta” aren’t inclined to play second fiddle to any other city when it comes to bloviating.

    • Filippo
      Posted November 6, 2020 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

      Sorry, forgot to “snip” the link.

  35. Vaal
    Posted November 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Dammit I just want to let my breath out!

    The number 253 has been permanently burned in to my retinas.

  36. Posted November 6, 2020 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Alan Lichtman has called the win for Biden too. He has some scathing words for the orang-u-ranter in an interview today:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqRJev40cMc

  37. jezgrove
    Posted November 7, 2020 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    LOL – 40,000 Trump election conspiracy nuts got trolled when they found themselves members of a Gay Communists for Socialism group on Facebook: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/nov/06/trump-supporters-gay-communists-for-socialism-facebook-group#img-1

  38. Hempenstein
    Posted November 7, 2020 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    When I heard that it had been called I was by complete coincidence en-route to the Free Store in Braddock, which is run by the Lt Gov of PA’s wife, so the first human I was able to celebrate that with was Gisele Fetterman, by bumping elbows.


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