The asterisk in the title is there as a reminder that much about this election remains unresolved. As we noted earlier, Georgia counties are seeing the same “glitch” that occurred with the voting system software used in Michigan, and before all is said and done, there may need to be a voting do-over in some states; it’s not clear that a simple recount will satisfactorily resolve outstanding questions.
In the meantime, the Democrats, whose behavior over the past four years was sufficiently crass to rival anything they accused Donald Trump of doing or saying, are acting pretty abysmally in the wake of yesterday’s premature claim that Joe Biden has won the election. A jubilant — and maskless (someone call the COVID cops) — Chuck Schumer fired up a crowd by shouting, “We’re sending Donald Trump back to Florida. We don’t want him in New York anyway.”
Over on CNN, Dana Bash, true to her name, used the presumed Trump defeat as an opportunity to bash him. Claiming bizarrely that “four years ago, Hillary Clinton gave a gracious concession speech,” she went on to observe that Donald “Trump sees people as either winners or losers, and today he is a loser.”
The New York Times’s Thomas Friedman, who as early as last Thursday was pronouncing Trump “shameful” for not conceding, told an ABC News panel that “Trump turned U.S. into a country whose motto was ‘show me the money and get the hell off my lawn.’”
But for sheer nausea-inducing revulsion there was this overreaction from former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.):
This is joy and relief and it is spontaneous. There were so many images today that got me choked up. I’ve been choked up over and over again. I don’t know why I’m crying so much. But what got me choked up was the … short video of them ringing the bells in Paris in celebration. Now, I know — you know, we care much more about what America thinks of our leaders, but it matters what the world thinks in terms of us being safe. And the fact that our allies across the globe that are ringing bells in joy that this man is no longer going to be wreaking havoc on the national security apparatus on all our countries, that was really a moving moment for me too. I started crying again when I heard the bells in Paris. I keep crying. I’m going to cry now. Go away from me.