It’s well past midnight back east, and it’ll soon come up on midnight out here in Los Angeles, and no one has called the presidential race yet, but everyone knows Hillary Clinton is going to lose. No one expected this, so no one has yet offered the usual deep insight into and thoughtful analysis of what just happened. This froze political commentary. What does it mean? That’s for the morning, and the next day, and the day after that. There will be time enough to review and collate all that, and then come to some sort of conclusion about how much trouble we’re in – but not now. A quick scan of all the commentary out there shows nothing. Wise and experienced people say they’re shocked – no more than that. How many ways can this pundit or that say they’re shocked?
They’ll get over it. We’ll all get over it. Then we’ll all get thoughtful. For now, markets are crashing all around the world. The Dow futures are down eight hundred points, so far. That’s a major crash. Our NATO allies are no doubt in emergency meetings trying to figure out how to form an effective alliance when the United States withdraws from the whole thing. Japan and South Korea will each start working on how to defend themselves without us – and there might be some internal panic here – but if you’re not Muslim or Hispanic or black or gay you’ll be fine. Go small – keep a low profile. You’re not a target. Say nothing. Pretend to be an evangelical born-again Christian. It’s not hard. Just say “Praise Jesus!” at the end of every other sentence. Blend in.
Those who can’t blend in – those who aren’t the right kind of white males – should worry, but maybe not. Trump may have just been posturing to win this thing. On the other hand, maybe he wasn’t. No one knows. Trump might list off who’s not welcome in America any longer. He might not. You’re on your own. But remember, even if Trump may have just been posturing to win this thing, tens of millions of Americans didn’t think he was posturing. Steer clear of them. Avoid eye contact. You’ll live longer.
It might not be as bad as all that. On the other hand, this changes America. Certainly, women have been put in their place – at least many will see it that way and be pleased. Others will be outraged. We’re in for a bumpy ride.
There’s a lot to think about. That begins now. Actually, that begins in the morning.