The major networks have called Nevada and Pennsylvania for Joe Biden, and thereby the national election. Of course, network calls are just that, network calls. Trump still has a chance in Georgia (very tight, down a few thousand), Arizona (down about 20k), and North Carolina (up about 75k and likely to win). Those are three of the four legs he needs, but the fourth, Pennsylvania, is unlikely (down 35k which probably will increase).

So it’s not over, but we have to be honest with ourselves that it remains a longshot. Trump needs hard evidence of major fraud, miscount, or computer malfunction to prevail in court. A specific category of ballot that was not legally cast is going to have to be identified, and it’s going to have to be in a sufficient quantity to make a difference. I hope they find it.

Yet the media, Democrats, and a lot of Republicans are celebrating that it’s over.  I understand how alone and demoralized that can make you feel. Obama supporters did the same thing in 2008, and to a lesser extent, 2012.

Yet this is not 2008.  One of the benefits of having been at this at Legal Insurrection since October 12, 2008, is that we’ve been through several cycles. Unlike Obama’s victory in 2008, we are starting out in a much better position in the House, and in state legislatures and statehouses that will influence redistricting. The massive red wave of 2010 could be replicated in 2022. The Senate will depend on the two Georgia runoffs on January 5, 2021 — if Republicans win at least one of them, the Senate is secure at least as a blocking mechanism against leftism. There are risks of defections and wobbliness, but no one knows how to use a slim majority to advantage as much as Mitch McConnell.

None of this cures the loss of the presidency, with all its power. Major reforms in higher education, the economy, and elsewhere will be unraveled quickly. Non-enforcement of criminal and immigration laws through executive inaction is likely. Already our enemies — Iran and its offspring, China, and others — are celebrating along with domestic Biden supporters.

The permanent political, bureaucratic, and media classes which set out from day one to destroy the Trump presidency also are celebrating. Trump represented an existential threat to break their griplock on the nation, and in so doing created a coalition not seen before — tens of mllions of racially and ethnically diverse working-class patriots. The national divide no longer is race, but class and access to power, between those who value individual liberty and rights and those who use their power to silence others.

There will be time, when it is over, for retrospective, including how Democrats out-lawyered and out-strategized Republicans using coronavirus as the excuse to remake voting and lower voting security. We will need to deal with big tech censoring.

But as we go through this process, the outcome of which is not certain, don’t feel alone. You are not alone.

And don’t despair of their taunts, draw strength from them.

Psalm 30: “I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.”

 

 
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