We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
So far, for the second straight election, the Dems overspent for a "Blue Wave" and as yet it seems more like a ripple.
It's early, but if everything holds pretty much as it is now, it's instructional. Dems do not know how to spend money properly. They spend too much for too small a payout.
Reports I've seen about the Trump campaign preparations indicate they've been tracking mail-in voting receipts closely. I did hear some indications they got off on the wrong foot in PA but if WI and MI remain solid then PA won't matter. Losing AZ hurts but is not fatal. It does make MI a must-win.
I was a poll watcher all day yesterday in PA and there is a sea of lawyers in Pennsylvania to over see the counting. My poll had no real issues other than based upon the new rules regarding mail in ballots, and returning them in order to vote in person, provisional ballots etc., their seemed to be a lack of training with the County people working the polls. Several times the judge of elections and I had discussions on the proper rules. She was very open to listening, knowing that I could make a call and she could be overidden if I was correct in my assertions. Sometimes it was clear that she was unsure of the rules and would deferr to me. I made it a point to get myself trained in all aspects of the new laws. For the counts at the Courthouses in Pa you can bet there will be all kinds of lawyers present from both sides. Stay tuned!
Dems do not know how to spend money properly. They spend too much for too small a payout.
Looking at some exit polling data posted by Steve Hayward on Powerline, I get the impression that we're continuing the trend toward political division that is more defined by economics than racial or other identities, much like the UK Labor/Tory split. Republicans under Trump have returned to a solid working class/middle class orientation after flirting with a globalist orientation that largely benefited the UMC. This orientation has the advantage of being cohesive and largely non-sectarian. The one exit poll Steve posted shows Trump gaining support over 2016 across every sex and race demographic except white men. That might make some Democrat heads explode if it holds up.
The problem for the Democrats is that they're left with two very disparate economic groups in that scenario, and they are finding it hard to craft a coherent message that won't alienate the working/middle class voters that are still leaning their direction. The political geography of the US also works against them as the GOP has a more uniform strength across the country while the Democrats continue to be confined to the places where those two disparate groups are juxtaposed, primarily large urban areas.
Watching TV and the Pennsylvania politicians are trying to justify their last minute obscene changes in counting absentee ballots. It is obvious that this change was made to allow them to stuff the ballot box with Democrat votes if those votes were needed to give the state to Biden. It used to be that the Democrats would try to hide their election cheating but no more. This will be a disaster for our republic if PA is the deciding state AND if those controversial late absentee ballots decide the vote. This is, by the way, what Pelosi wanted for all states so that all states could cheat.