We Officially Have A New President-Elect

On December 19, 2016 the Electoral College voted. There are 538 voters. The final results:

Here is the map of Electoral College results:

As most of us are aware Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by close to 3 million votes. Many have argued that the popular vote should determine the winner. But, Click Here. And, there's a very good reason why.

Take a look at this map showing the relative numbers of 2016 voting by geography:

The largest population centers are to be found (mainly) on either coast. Were the presidential elections decided by popular vote the east coast and the west coast would dominate the entire country - ALWAYS. As an example, what is felt best for California and New York by those who live there may not be the best for the entire country. Our Founding Fathers foresaw such a situation and, therefore, instituted the Electoral College to prevent such an occurrence.

To sort of make this point, had just the State of California been removed from the popular vote count, Trump would have won the popular vote by some 1.4 million votes.

What was sort of surprising to me was the absolute shock of Clinton supporters when she lost. Early on she was deemed by the media as the certain winner. And, this view was perpetuated right up until the final popular vote was taken.

The Democrats (and many Republicans) did not take into account that the "winds of change" were changing direction and increasing in strength.

During the Obama presidency, 2009 - 2016, Democrats have lost 12 governors, 69 House seats, 13 Senate seats, and some 900+ state legislature seats. This loss trajectory is to be seen through the 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 elections. Democrats must have been in denial to not see this obvious trending over time.

Trump's basic message was "Make America Great Again!". The obvious advantage to this is that the message may be interpreted in any number of different ways - sort of like Obama's "Hope & Change". The Democrats' message seemed to be "More Of The Same" - easily understood and, just as obvious, ignored the trending mentioned above.

The Democrats are now faced with the task of regrouping and retooling their message and strategies. Some have opined that a move more to the Bernie Sanders message would be best. Others see the "Trump populist message" as the way to go. The Democrats have a tough road ahead. The next election may see a totally different Democratic Party.

With such a significant change in the political forces that will guide us over the next 4 years, how will we fare? We'll just have to wait and see - only the fates know for sure.