I find that I’m rather tired today. I’m no stranger to voting for losing candidates, but this one definitely hurt a little more. I didn’t think she’d win in a landslide – I thought the “99% chance of winning” polls were pretty absurd – but I did think she would win.
Hillary Clinton is not perfect – but she’s beyond competent and exceptionally qualified and would have made a good President. I voted for Bernie Sanders in the primaries – and I had no hesitation about voting for her in the general election.
It was oddly comforting to discover that Secretary Cinton won the popular vote. (Apparently we have the numbers, we just need to get them to different parts of the country.) And I am really proud that Virginia went blue again.
The phenomenon of “hidden voters” isn’t new – but it still confounds me that people seem to not ask themselves, “Why don’t I want to admit I’m voting for X? Is it because the candidate just isn’t viable and I look silly, or is there maybe something fundamentally wrong with them and it reflects poorly on me?”
I am admittedly confounded by the fact that 53% of white women voted for the President-elect. I know there are women who vote Republican no matter what. I have voted Republican before. (In retrospect, I’m quite thankful they lost when I did that. I was young and stupid. I got better.) But I really, genuinely thought he’d just crossed way too many lines to be able to garner that much support. Granted, it could have been just as simple as “Not Hillary.” But I don’t think you can vote for someone who has made so many racist, xenophobic, sexist and generally hateful comments without agreeing with some of them. Which is disappointing. I had hoped we were better than that.
Part of me wants to lash out at 3rd party voters, but I can’t do it. Unless you can find every single person that went 3rd party and have them tell you they would have voted for Secretary Clinton had there been no 3rd party candidate, you can’t put it on them. Sure, it didn’t help – but I am sure there were voters who went 3rd party rather than the President-elect as well.
Earlier this year I found myself thinking that I’d never seen a candidate that made me feel like I needed to a contingency plan. I brushed it off as being a bit ridiculous. Suddenly not so ridiculous and I feel like I should be hoarding money in my mattress.
There’s a very real possibility that he will be nothing more than a mediocre President. But so much damage has already been done.