Tired of All the Winning
Donald Trump promised us that we would win so much we would be tired of winning—and he was right! This is the third election in a row when I have awoken the next morning with a strange and eerie sensation that just might be…satisfaction? I can’t handle it. I’m tired of winning.
All the more so yesterday, because it was so unexpected. Shikha Dalmia had asked me to write up an agonized election post-mortem for The UnPopulist, and I had something half-drafted taking Democrats to task for the failures that led to a “red wave” and put Republican election-deniers in power. I had planned to suggest a whole program of soul-searching and reforms that would be necessary to recover.
I tuned in to the news after the polls closed on Tuesday, and by midnight I had to throw out my partial draft and start over, because the red wave never came. Instead, the result is yet another round of vindication for us NeverTrumpers. Please, please. It’s too much winning. We can’t take it anymore.
Who Denies the Deniers?
My concern, as I’ve discussed repeatedly and will recap for the last time now, was that Republicans had talked themselves into a policy of declaring any election they lost to be “rigged and stolen,” and that they were putting into place the personnel needed to actually steal them.
Well, that is exactly what voters refused to allow them on Tuesday. In the final version I wrote for The Unpopulist, I summed it up: Voters denied the election deniers.