07 November 2020

Habemus presidentam

Biden has won Pennsylvania and Nevada, taking him to 279 electoral votes and victory.  It's likely he will also carry Arizona and Georgia, increasing his margin -- but that's icing on the cake.  He's won now.

Trump becomes the first president since 1992 to fail to win a second term.  Take that, loser.  I'd love to be a fly on the wall (or on the vice president) when his aides break it to him that his fun is definitively over.  His meltdown will be epic.

Of course it's still two and a half months to the actual end of his term, but there are already signs that even other Republicans are refusing to go along with his bullshit any more.  He doesn't realize that they only kowtowed to him because he was useful and they were afraid of him.  They know that soon his power will be gone and he will no longer be able to do anything for them, or to them.  Hopefully this will limit the damage he can do in his remaining time.

Biden and Harris face a daunting task.  They will inherit a terrible mess.  The covid-19 pandemic is spiking to its worst levels yet.  Millions are out of work.  The courts are infested with wingnuts.  There are migrant families to re-unite.  Programs from the USPS to education to energy have suffered from four years of incompetence and sabotage.  Tax cuts for the rich have exploded the deficit.  The Senate majority may still remain with Moscow Mitch.  Our country's international reputation is in ruins.  We must rejoin the Paris accord and coax Iran back into the nuclear deal Trump trashed.  The White House will need to be deep-cleaned to get rid of the coronaviruses and hamburger fart gas which have saturated everything.

But however long the road ahead, things are about to stop getting worse and start getting better.  We'll have competent leadership again.  Not only Trump but his toxic passel of hangers-on will cease to occupy space in our thoughts.  The threat of American fascism will disappear from the headlines and go back to alternate-history novels where it belongs.

Everyone who resisted over the last four years, everyone who refused to normalize madness, everyone who voted Democratic in 2018 and this year and worked to get others to vote -- all, each in his or her own way, own a share in this victory.  Time to celebrate.  We've earned it.


Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Good news! Congrats, America!

07 November, 2020 13:09  
Blogger Martha said...

I saw the news as soon as it broke and I couldn't be happier! Congratulations. So pleased for your country and for the rest of us, too. There's been a collective sigh of relief. There's a huge mess to clean up but at least there won't be another few years of craziness.

07 November, 2020 14:05  
Blogger Kay said...

I can't begin to tell you how very relieved we are over here. I just couldn't imagine another 4 years like what we've endured. You've said it beautifully in this post.

07 November, 2020 14:47  
Blogger Lady M said...

I can't think which is sweeter: watching Trump or Stephen Miller become irrelevant. We need to support Biden over the next four year because the Trumpanzees will be coming for blood.

07 November, 2020 15:17  
Blogger jenny_o said...

It's wonderful news, for America first and foremost but truly around the world. We are all heaving a sigh of relief. It's been a long four years. And as you said, there's still the prospect of the next two and a half months to get through before Trump can no longer destroy everything he touches. Maybe he'll have a case of sour grapes and just go away on his own. That would be nice.

I hope you are celebrating in some way, big or small. This deserves to be marked.

07 November, 2020 15:26  
Blogger Mike said...

Hopefully, Biden will have all the executive orders written up that will cancel all of tRUMP's executive orders. If he needs help, I'm on my way!

07 November, 2020 15:29  
Blogger Margaret said...

I am so very relieved, although the task ahead is more than daunting. Utterly terrifying. Fortunately, we will now have sane, caring, and logical adults in the WH. YIPPEE!!

07 November, 2020 15:38  
Blogger Tundra Bunny said...

Congratulations to you, Infidel, and your fellow Americans who have worked tirelessly for this day! There's still quite a mess to clean up, but Americans have pulled together as a nation many times before. It is my sincerest hope that all the Republicans who aided and abetted Trump will face a reckoning in the 2022 Senate Elections. Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham need their asses kicked to the curb too!

All that is required for Evil to thrive is for good people to look away.

07 November, 2020 15:56  
Blogger Mary said...

I celebrated tonight with good friends..good people on the same page. I feel so relieved...at last

07 November, 2020 16:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Other notable 1 term failure was hoover.
So demented donnie, perjurer poppa and hoover of the depression are the one term disasters in modern political history.
Thuglicans all.

07 November, 2020 17:09  
Blogger Tommykey said...

As he continues to spout off about the stolen election, how he will fight it in the courts and refuse to concede, I am reminded of the scene at the end of Inherit The Wind where Matthew Harrison Brady is ranting at the radio microphone while everyone else in the courtroom is ignoring him and his wife looks on with equal parts pity and annoyance. I don't expect that Trump will drop dead.

I suspect he is going to lurch wildly between wanting to burn everything down before he leaves or just sitting in the corner sulking and leaving it to Mike Pence to carry out the job of president for the remainder of his term, before he jets off to Mar-a-Lago without even congratulating Biden.

07 November, 2020 18:26  
Blogger Ami said...

The worst thing is that a lot of people believe their man was ripped off. That those votes just magically appeared and that everyone cheated them out of four more years of... what? Hell on earth?

I got a bizarre message from my mother in which she predicts all manner of fuckery from 'sleepy Joe'.

She's 81 years old. I won't be able to change her mind. I considered sending her links to read, but she would just decide they were lies when they don't confirm her way of thinking.

I am very concerned about the other people who are thinking that their candidate lost because the other side cheated.
We really don't need more violence.

07 November, 2020 22:40  
Blogger W. Hackwhacker said...

We need to breathe again and enjoy the historic victory. We also need to be vigilant, not just in the next 70- some days until Mango Mussolini is rooted out of the White House, but from now on. We just had a census taken in America, and we found over 70 million of us are supportive of a known fascist demagogue. That's going to be a danger to democracy going forward.

But today we celebrate.

08 November, 2020 04:42  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Debra: Thanks!

Martha: It's an incredible relief. I hear celebrations are happening in democratic countries all around the world.

Kay: Thanks. What a nightmare if he'd pulled off another black-swan win. I was a bit worried for a while.

Lady M: Oh, yes, Miller will soon have to crawl back under whatever rock Trump found him at.

Jenny_o: I hear Kushner had a try at convincing him to concede. Maybe he'll just get disgusted and quit. One can hope.

Mike: Biden seems to be planning to hit the ground running -- already got his covid-19 task force lined up.

Margaret: It's almost going to seem strange to have a functional adult running things again.

08 November, 2020 09:12  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Bunny: Thanks -- a lot of people did work very hard for this. It's disappointing that Graham and Moscow Mitch weren't removed, but, well, it's South Carolina and Kentucky. The Georgia runoffs may still give us a shot at the majority.

Mary: Glad you had good people to celebrate with. Too many people seem to have Trumpanzee-infested families.

Anon: Yes, sometimes they get held accountable. It will surely eat Trump alive to know he's joining the ranks of the failures.

Tommykey: Sounds like him. Maybe others can convince him that if he really does a lot of damage before he leaves, his legal problems will be even worse. He must be thinking about that.

Ami: That's certainly true. Right-wing blogs and sites that I read are wallowing in conspiracy theories and fantasies of violence. Some of them still think Trump will somehow manage to pull off a win even now. They'll likely spend the rest of their lives believing the election was stolen.

Hackwhacker: Our internal fascist/moron problem is bigger than we thought, that's true. On the other hand, for the last four years we've seen the worst they could do, and as bad as it was, we beat it in the end.

08 November, 2020 09:23  
Blogger Tommykey said...

Oh, and now we know why Trump tried to blackmail Ukraine!

08 November, 2020 11:02  
Blogger yellowdoggranny said...

I'm wondering if they will have to fumigate the white house to rid it of the covid(I swear everyone that worked there got it) and spray febreeze to get rid of the hamburger smell.

08 November, 2020 12:11  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

OMG the mess is going to be epic.
But that's nothing new. Dem presidents usually have to pick up the pieces of the country after some Repug has ramshaked it. Of course, Cheeto is the summit of ineptitude, so the damage will be even more astounding.
But I'm breathing again.


09 November, 2020 02:36  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Late to the party, but ecstatic, nonetheless, over Biden's victory.

Biden-Harris have a monumental task ahead of them. Democrats always have to clean up the messes Republican administrations leave. I wish them luck.

09 November, 2020 11:33  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Tommykey: Not sure I follow.

JackieSue: It's gonna be a hell of a clean-up. If Trump had paid a cleaning deposit he wouldn't get it back.

Sixpence: I never thought a new president could face an even bigger mess than Obama did. At least Trump won't have another four years to foul everything up even worse. That might have been beyond repair.

Shaw: Latecomers always welcome -- and hopefully there will soon be another party in Georgia.

09 November, 2020 21:32  
Blogger Bohemian said...

We have indeed Earned it and I do Celebrate! I also share your Concerns, but look forward to the first forcible Eviction from the WH since he needs the full 2020 Experience: Caught COVID, lost his Job and then his House. The mess Inherited will be Epic and not for the Faint of Heart.

10 November, 2020 04:28  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I hope they count the silverware before they remove Trump.

10 November, 2020 06:30  
Blogger Tommykey said...

Infidel, what I meant was that it's apparent that Trump only tried to pressure Ukraine into announcing an investigation into the Bidens because he knew that Joe Biden was the one Democratic candidate who had the best chance of peeling away at working class voters that Trump won in 2016. And he was right.

10 November, 2020 08:02  

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