This is a guest post by Richard Lowery, Jr. Sorry I’m a day late in posting it, I’ve been busy with work and life.
My top ten post- election random musings regarding last night’s results.
I was totally wrong last night. I had bought a lottery ticket at the gas station and did not get one number correct.
My congratulations to President-Elect Trump and his supporters for their enthusiasm, efforts and success.
One does have to hand it to Mr. Trump for his defiance of the normal laws of electoral physics. Trump should rightfully bask in his accomplishment, but he should also keep in mind the Herb Stein maxim that, “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” Difficult times will arrive when he re-enters into the orbit of normal political gravity that govern the other members of mankind. All eyes (including a hostile, seething media’s) will now be on Mr. Trump – so deflection by pointing at Mrs. Clinton or the sinister activities of Ted Cruz’s father – will become more difficult. Mr. Trump, sir – you are front and center now. You might want to add a few epidermal layers to that thin skin of yours.
I cannot deny that I took great pleasure last night watching Mrs. Clinton slime off into the sleazy sunset. Clinton is now free to set up roomfuls of personal e-mail servers in the underground bunker at Fort Clinton. Yet there are mixed emotions regarding Mr. Trump’s victory. It is like winning a ticket for a cruise. But did we get booked passage on the Queen Mary or the Titanic?
Who could have ever guessed that Anthony Wiener and his perverse texting psychosis would have impacted a presidential election?
I ate two bags of barbecued flavored potato chips while watching the election returns. I wonder if I would have had less of a stomach ache this morning if instead I had eaten two bags of regular flavored potato chips.
I cannot deny that I took great pleasure last night watching the shell-shocked facial expressions on the commentators at MSNBC, CBS, ABC, et al… But they did power through the broadcasts. I wonder if the TV network staff gave them Zoloft suppositories during the commercial breaks.
Trump needs to implement early and quick on a couple of big items during his brief post-inaugural honeymoon to live up to his action figure status. (a)
Pick a cultural item to keep his supporters at bay. Go build some kind of wall somewhere, anywhere – even it is just around the Clinton Library. This will keep the Trumponion base happy – for a bit.
Pick an impactful “real” economic item that will truly “drain the swamp” to kick in some solid economic growth that will buy him time. Maybe drastically simplify the tax code which will release the Keynesian animal spirits in all of us and cause the serotonin levels of K Street lobbyists to plummet to the lows currently being experienced by Chris Mathews. (Perhaps the K Street lobbyists could try some Zoloft suppositories that were used by network folks last night. Market tip – go long on Zoloft suppositories futures.) A 4+% expanding economy will keep his critics – like me – off his back and growth can cure lots of things.
If he needs to do something on trade – then make it symbolic like challenging the Chinese to a tag team taco salad eating contest. But do no economic harm. Economic laws still apply after elections and someone needs to repeatedly whisper into his ear the following words: “Smoot- Hawley, Smooth-Hawley, Smoot-Hawley…”
How long will his base stay with him? At some point – reality will hit that fan when he cannot give them all the things that he promised. Superman, King Midas, The Great Houdini, Don Corleone and the entire cast of Fantasy Island could not collectively give his base all the things that he promised. Even God from heaven above might need to clock in some overtime to give his base all the things that he promised. When he does not quickly pull several thousand rabbits out of his hat, then will they still love him in the morning? Obama’s base kept on loving him even when he did not deliver. Let’s see about Mr. Trump’s.
I cannot deny that I took great pleasure last night eating two bags of barbecued flavored potato chips – even if it did cause me to wake up with a stomach ache.
Trump has been on several honeymoons so he should understand this concept.