November 16, 2016

Orphaned Victory: Trump Heads to the White House

As the saying goes, victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan. In the case of Donald J. Trump’s election Tuesday as the 45th president of the United States, however, this may be simply be one (among many) aspects of conventional wisdom shattered in the past hours.

As the saying goes, victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan. In the case of Donald J. Trump’s election Tuesday as the 45th president of the United States, however, this may be simply be one (among many) aspects of conventional wisdom shattered in the past hours.

Despite the substantial efforts of the Democratic party, the opposition or indifference of a large majority of the Republican intellectual and political establishment, and despite the confident predictions of an army of political analysts (fom old-school cable talking heads to new-school “big data”-style forecasters like Nate Silver) Trump pulled off astonishing upset victory over Hillary Rodham Clinton.
So instead of looking to explain—and take credit for—the Hillary victory that most Estonians went to sleep expecting, all three groups—media, Democrats, and Republicans—are instead struggling to answer the simple question: why?
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