By Tom Quiner
I was prepared for a blowout.
Let’s backtrack to last Sunday. I saw a guy canvassing my neighborhood for the election. He skipped my house and that of my conservative buddy across the street. Then I figured out why. He was only going to the registered Democrats on my block to get the vote out for Hillary Clinton.
Hillary’s ground game was legendary, and it reached into my sleepy neighborhood.
She had the team to be sure her people did more than just respond to polls. On the other hand, no one called or stopped by to get me out to vote Republican.
I just did it.
In light of the prowess of the Clinton Machine, I anticipated a thorough comeuppance for Donald Trump.
Even more, Hillary had a ton more money. Trump and his PACs raised a mere $306 million compared to $687 million for for Clinton, most of her largesse thanks to rich donors.
She used her money advantage to flood the airwaves with negative advertising demonizing Mr. Trump. She totally ignored any sort of positive reason people should vote FOR her, other than she’s a woman. That matters to liberal elites, but not to the Silent Minority looking for a champion to protect them from the Big Government that bullies them.
To them, Hillary looked like the problem, not the solution. She did nothing to dispel their concerns with her non-stop negative advertising.
In many respects, Trump was the anti-Obama. Mr. Obama had the smartest, biggest marketing campaign in political history, backed up by a fawning press.
Mr. Trump and his campaign, on the other hand, flew by the seat of their pants and used his mystique to garner non-stop media coverage, almost all of it negative once he won the nomination. The mainstream media acted as an arm of the Clinton campaign by focusing on Trump’s negatives at the same time they ignored Hillary’s.
All of the elements were in place for Trump to be blown out. Liberal elites smugly thought Trump would be sent packing, forced into a political exile where he’d have to content himself counting his money.
Instead, it is Mrs. Clinton who has been exiled.
Instead, it is Mrs. Clinton who must content herself with counting the millions she and her husband ‘earned’ from the slush fund known as the Clinton Foundation.
The Donald Trump mystique won.