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You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • spent most of the night crying. decided to just got up and go to work. didn’t help.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      So many tears today 🙁 just know you are not alone.

      • NH Ave Hiker

        apparently more than half the country feels the same!

        • No, not so – those people who you refer to are actually just over a quarter of the population, as almost half those eligible to vote don’t bother to show up and vote at all (whether registered or not.)

          I’m guessing that almost half the country doesn’t feel sad – but what, completely apathetic?

    • You are not alone in that. How do I one day explain all of this to my child? It’s devastating.

      • – Votes matter. Make an effort to engage in and educate yourself on the political process, issues, and implications of policy proposals. Try to understand those with opposing views, and the motivations fueling their outlook.
        – There’s a lot of ugliness in the world, even in places where you think there shouldn’t be, and life isn’t necessarily fair or just. Learn how to find the strength to carry on.
        – In times like this, it’s helpful to look at the positives. Remember the expressions of kindness, solidarity, and empathy exhibited by those around you, and that they can be more powerful than the hate.
        – It’s up to you to bring positivity and happiness into your own life and the lives of those around you, even when you’re tired or feel hopeless. Work to be the light in (at least) your own little corner of the world.
        That’s all I got for now. I’m not a parent, and one of my thoughts today was that I’m relieved I don’t have a child I need to explain this to. That said, there’s a lesson in everything, might as well try to make the best of it even if it’s hard to think about right now.

    • Same. I don’t know what to even think anymore.

    • I shouldn’t have come to work. I feel guilty about being here when I’m going to get literally zero work done today. I wish I could honestly tell my boss that I need to take a depression day and not invent a cold or food poisoning. I just have to make it five more hours, and then I can go home and hug my dog.

  • Rant: glad I went to bed without looking at the news or I would never have gotten sleep. I am already stressed and sick. The next 4 years are going to be rough.

  • Wearing black today.

  • I’m going to try to cope with this election result like I’ve just been dumped: kick ass at work, find new hobbies, be healthier, volunteer. Put a little more good into this world, because I feel so much of it was lost last night.

    • Thank you, Tim. This is the right attitude.

        • Heart broken and feeling the effects of the stress already, which is scary! I guess I’m just so disappointed that so many people in the country I love felt they could relate to such horrifying messaging. As an immigrant, female of color I can’t help feeling a bit rubbish today!

          So this is totally the right approach and I’m going to try to be positive. Thanks for the push Tim!

    • Same, Time to put on my Big Girl pants and Get to Work. There is a 4 year rough patch coming and I intend to make sure that the ball of progress doesn’t roll down hill.

    • f*k yeah Tim! I had the same thought this morning! I’ve never been more motivated to be my best and shine light in this world.

      I think after the shock wears off, THEN I’ll cry. THEN I’ll rally.

    • Right fucking on Tim, thank you so much for the attitude adjustment!

    • Thank you – I love this idea! +1

    • Tim – thank you. I’m quoting you on facebook! this is exactly the attitude we need this morning.

    • maxwell smart

      I’m just hoping I will still have a job for the next 4 years. 😐

    • Yes. If all of us refuse to sit back for the next 4 years and instead focus on putting good into the world, making sure people feel welcome and safe, and just being good to one another, I think we will make it through this.

      I’m sad and I feel like I’m mourning for the future that could have been, but I’ve also never been more energized to fight for what I know to be right.

      If we all do that, we can keep this from happening again, and maybe even mitigate the effects.

    • Thank you for this.

    • When they go low, we go higher.
      Let’s hold our heads high and be the light.
      I felt so inspired on Saturday after working side-by-side with volunteers from City Blossoms to clean up my son’s school. Around 30 people of all backgrounds showed up to do any task required. All for the kids.
      Lutheran Services is currently having a coat drive for newly arrived refugees. I plan on donating some.
      There is so much we can do to push forward through this!

  • Rant: Did not watch TV last night cause I was nervous. Woke up scared to check the news on my phone.
    Rant: The weather.
    Rave: Was able to wear my rain boots to work today.
    Rant: Worried about my job (I’m a fed) wondering if I’ll still have one with last night’s news. I’m not a political appointee but still concerned.
    Rave: Today is my last day of physical therapy for my lower back pain which has declined significantly since I started.
    Rave: Short line at Starbucks this morning at 7:15 am.

    • Me too, Chinatown, me too. I’m a fed and very concerned that my office (and job) will be cut. I am feeling a bit sick by it all right now.

      • Quotia Zelda

        Me, too.

      • Same. I’m less worried about my office specifically, but worried generally about federal employment as a whole. Do we know if there are guidelines on what he can and can’t touch regarding people who aren’t political appointees?

        • maxwell smart

          I would say the fear is beyond just federal employees. The effects this will have on the economy, both locally and globally, are potentially devastating. I really wonder what will happen to DC, as a liberal city and one that has seen tremendous growth in the last 5-10 years, will handle a completely Republican government. Will the young, educated crowd that has helped DC to grow disappear? This could have effects reaching far out of the government sector.

          • binntp

            Yep. I work for a nonprofit in a sector (health/human services) that has the potential to be decimated if certain programs are axed or radically changed by the new administration. Thankfully, my current grant funding is good until 2018, but I may be joining the breadline thereafter…

        • I don’t think they will be able to touch federal employees (non-politicals), but I am really questioning whether I can stay a fed with this administration. I came into my job because a)the field is interesting to me and b)I really believe in the initiatives of the Obama administration. I am not sure I could like my job without that cause driving me. It might be the right time for me to find something else to do…

          • This occurred to me, but I feel like now is actually the time to stick it out. Mostly because I’m worried about what kind of people may come into the government if those who supported Obama leave….

          • My guess is that Trump brings in Scott Walker (or someone similar) to trying to ram through law changes to put Federal workers in a more precarious position, changing us to at-will employees. Just like he did in Wisconsin.

          • A thought that’s helping me today:
            As a civil servant, I don’t serve at the pleasure of the president. My oath is to uphold the Constitution and serve the people of this country. It’s easy to do this when the mission is one I agree with, but in the event that there are proposals that could truly do harm to the nation we need a strong civil service that can work to block, temper, or counteract the damage.
            In other words, instead of cutting and running, doing my best to stubbornly fight for what is right from within is a better “f- you” (yes, I’m still working through the “anger” stage of grief).

        • I’m at EPA and I’m worried about budget cuts that lead to a RIF. There are some protections and they let you go based on years served, performance, etc but it’s brutal and you’re job hunting at the same time as hundreds of others with the same background.

      • anonymouse_dianne

        Join the Union. AFGE for me.

    • I was okay with the rain this morning. I don’t think I could have dealt with sun.

  • jim_ed

    Well fuck this shit. So far today I’ve already pondered how hard it would be to burn my house down for insurance money and disappear and its not even fucking 9am yet. As shitty as I feel right now, I’m feeling even shitter because I realize that since we’re white (well, white enough at least), and college educated, and straight, we’ll probably take whatever unseen calamities await us better than nearly everyone else. I can’t even begin to imagine what waking up today is like for my latino or muslim or gay friends. I want to call them and apologize and tell them how wrong I was for believing that we as a nation were better than this.

    • said this exact same thing to my neighbor this morning.

    • yup.

    • “As shitty as I feel right now, I’m feeling even shitter because I realize that since we’re white (well, white enough at least), and college educated, and straight, we’ll probably take whatever unseen calamities await us better than nearly everyone else.”
      Yes, this is what I was crying about last night. This is not fair.

    • This, exactly.

    • Yes, but it isn’t going to be great for women, either. Punishment for abortion? Even if they can’t go that far, they are determined to try to overturn Roe v. Wade (which, though severely restricted, still exists in law.). Which, in addition to the groups you mentioned above, will end up affecting almost everybody.

  • I have never been more ashamed to be an American than I am right now at this moment. Although I have a feeling this will not be the last time I say that in the near future.
    Tim has the right idea. In addition to that this will serve as even more motivation to strive to be a strong bad ass woman and work to keep as much progress as possible.

  • Blithe

    As an African-American, I am one of the people that our future president wants “to take our country back” from. No matter how many advanced degrees I have, no matter the content of my character, no matter how much blood my family has spilled during generations of working and fighting for this country, I am a part of the undeserving “other” that our future president and a majority of our citizens wants “to take this country back” from. I am terrified that the political, social, and economic gains of the civil rights movement will continue to be reversed in this not-so-new political climate. I am terrified that, as a country, we are on a path to destruction that we might never be able to crawl back from. I feel heart-sick, I feel powerless, I feel terrified.
    I also feel determined to connect with my smaller world — with the people I know, the people I love, the people with whom I share commitments, responsibilities, joys, and ideals — to remind ourselves that we can find power and joy and truth and growth and light even in the face of grave oppression.

    • Same here Blithe. The future is unknown. I don’t like this feeling. I just wanted to stay home today but I decided that going out was best for me. My office is nearly empty and everyone is walking in and exclaiming their disbelief. I will keep my head up in the same manner @Tim has mentioned above.

    • I am an AA female and I have been in Petworth since the late 60s. I have already felt isolated because of the changes in my neighborhood. I left federal service because I was repeatedly passed over for advancement and was overworked. It turned out to be a blessing because it provided time to take care of my best friend, who later died of cancer, start a consulting business and study Ayurveda. I posted to Facebook (something I rarely do) to encourage people to be beacon of light and hope in this present darkness. I reminded them that Black people have a long history of injustice and marginalization in the US, so I must say that I am not shocked by the outcome. I love the posts about people being encouraged to reach out and serve. I reminded my FB friends that our ancestors were resilient because we have already survived many of the policies the Republicans want to take us back to. We need to be strong and stand for what we believe. I think this time, we have more non-Black people that will begin to truly connect and understand what we already know and not just pass me by like I’m some incidentally object on the street. Maybe they will truly see me and try to think for one moment what it must be like to live in an occupied territory with no voice, no vote, no power to govern yourself. Maybe this is needed to help heal and help others truly understand the meaning of injustice beyond the killing we see in the news or via social media. Maybe this time we can begin to understand what real community is about and stand together to take our country back on a positive way.

  • Thanks POP for the earlier RANT time. We needed it.

    I purposely went to bed without waiting for the results. This morning, I laid in bed and cried for a bit. Couldn’t think of a way to get myself up to go to my job that represents EVERYTHING that the incoming administration is against. Every morning I walk passed a picture of Barack Obama next to the elevator in my building, in a couple of months, the picture will be replaced by someone else. (I couldn’t even type his name) My heart hurts. :-/

  • I already had today off due to a cold so bad my bosses nearly sent me home. I was supposed to rest last night. Obviously it didn’t happen.

    What do we do? What is this? Are any of us going to have jobs when this is over?How do we stay positive knowing abortion rights, gay marriage and progressive values are all at stake? My fear is gerrymandering and voter suppression will become so entrenched that a meaningful opposition ceases to exist.

    I finished the first chapter of a book on totalitarianism and I’m crying again.

    • We must not let it cease to exist. I think that is the long and the short of it. And I have no doubt many of us here will be first in line to fight.

  • Rant: don’t have words
    Significantly smaller rant/question: how in the F&#*# did Ashley Carter win an election in DC?

    • retropean

      Sadly, probably because she was first on the ballot (I think)?

      • This. Nobody knew anything about the school board elected. I went out of my way to tell folks to vote for Lord, but it obviously wasn’t enough.

        • Anonjmous

          Did you see what Ashley Carter wrote about Mary Lord on DCUM? She called her a turkey necked hobo or something like that.

        • I didn’t know anything about these candidates, either, but I took 5 minutes before I went to vote to look up some endorsements and recommendations – as I have almost always done, as you can’t know everybody in all the less publicized races, so you can rely on others whose values you generally share to do the research and make recommendations for you. I have always felt guilty in the past when I haven’t done that and have left my vote blank on more obscure races. It really doesn’t take much effort with the internet – it took a bit more leaflet and newspaper hunting and reading in my first few decades of voting.

  • I’m clearly in the minority here, and while I don’t support Trump, I have a strong dislike for Hillary. The hubris, the lies, the unwillingness to admit her mistakes and seek forgiveness…just everything about her rubbed me the wrong way. I’m not saying we’re better off with Trump as president, but I’m ecstatic that Hillary lost.

    • A most refreshing comment.

    • “The hubris, the lies, the unwillingness to admit (his)her mistakes and seek forgiveness..”

      Who are we talking about again?

      • Hillary exhibited all of those qualities while acting as a high-ranking government official. If Trump displays those qualities during his presidency, then I will have the same feelings towards him. But based on his victory speech, I’m hopeful that he’ll change and understand what it takes to unite the country. The election is over and we’ll have Trump as president for 4 years (barring some unforeseen event), so I’m choosing to be hopeful unless (or until) he does something (as President) to change my outlook.

      • Presidential reigns are about more than their own personalities. (Show me a politician who doesn’t lie sometimes and avoid blame and I’ll show you a failed politician.) There’s the matter of those they govern with, and their party’s politics – supreme court justice appointments are worth voting for someone you don’t particularly love. As are various other appointees and cronies who run government.
        Last night reminded me of election night in 1980. Like Reagan, Trump is all ego, doesn’t read, and really just wants to be liked and thus will be useful only as a figurehead. The real power will be wielded by others. Pence is predicted to be running a lot of things having to do with Congress, much as Cheney did, due to his experience there, and to be a real power, much as Bush pere was as VP.
        And there are the other appointments and advisors possibilities I’ve been reading about that I can’t bear to write about right now.
        But, hey, if you think it is all about individual personalities, then be ignorantly happy for now … your happiness with the administration won’t last long, unless you are truly odious as a straight white conservative sort-of well-off male with no connections to, or concern for, anyone not of your specific demographic.

    • skj84

      Well I’m sooo glad you stayed pure at the expense of the rest of us. Do you want a cookie?

    • Funny how no one really has a problem when a man has all these qualities.

      • topscallop

        Exactly. Transfer all of Hillary’s experience, good and bad, her “sins” such as they are to a male candidate, and I can’t believe we’d have this same outcome.

      • Sigh. Why are you making this about gender? I didn’t mention gender, I didn’t allude to gender, and my post had nothing to do with gender (or race or sexual preferences for that matter).

        Hillary was the Secretary of State. When she held that position, she made some mistakes (e.g. private email server). Everyone makes mistakes, that’s not the point. A simple acknowledgment of the mistake and an apology would have gone a long way. This is a country that forgives, provided forgiveness is sought.

        • You don’t have to mention gender for it to be about gender just like you don’t have to mention race for it to be about race. I didn’t make it about gender, it IS about gender. I am not saying the whole election was about gender but the attitude you just expressed is about gender. When did trump acknowledge his mistakes, when have other male positions done so. Just because you can’t face the fact that it is a sexist sentiment doesn’t mean that it isn’t. Those qualities you complain about can be found in just about every male politician that has ever won elected office and no one represents them more (and proudly) than Trump, who told more lies than have ever been told before and had more opportunities for easy apologies that he didn’t take (lets not even start with the hubris). For the record, the private email was a huge mistake and I would have preferred that she admitted that, but to be ‘ecstatic’ that she lost is crazy. Not that it should matter but I am a straight white male.

          • @Anonabeer and lizcolleena, see my response to “grieving”

            You two saying it’s about gender in relation to MY comment does not make it so (I can’t speak for the rest of America). My feelings would be exactly the same regardless of gender.

          • so its okay for trump to do it because he was a professional con-artist and not an elected official? not because he has a penis and not a vagina. Got it. You can say its not about gender all you want but that doesn’t make it so. Study after study has shown how people react to men and women behaving in the same manner, you are always free to ignore the empirical evidence and stand on your high horse though. (sorry again about my comment above).

          • I’m not saying anything is “okay,” but I do hold elected officials to a higher standard because they’re supposed to be representing the community and me. I don’t condone all of Trump’s actions as a businessman, and I’m hopeful that he’ll change now that he represents an entire nation.

          • “I’m hopeful that he’ll change now”
            – Every woman in an abusive relationship ever. The parallels…

          • I agree, elected officials should be held to a higher standard, but so should those that are seeking elected office. You don’t get off the hook for past behavior (especially without admitting mistakes). Further, if you want to talk about standards for the things you mentioned, he is exponentially worse in all areas, we can disagree over the exponent but it isn’t close. The only thing left is gender my friend and not being able to own up to it is a problem (some might call it hubris (I don’t know, people are saying that)).

          • @Anonabeer, you can continue to bring up the gender issue, but I’m not going to bite. It’s not a factor for me (again, only speaking for myself).

            @eggs, to be fair, I’m also hopeful Hillary will change now that she has been humbled a bit.

          • You are above it all and immune to lurking bias and for that we all commend you. I will leave it with this. The ceiling is glass for a reason.

          • Studies show we perceive women differently than men, everyone in our culture, not just men. When women speak less than half the time in a mixed group both men and women think they are speaking half. When they speak half they are perceived to dominate the conversation. This is implicit bias. It’s why people think women are the overwhelming users of vocal fry, but it’s actually more like half and and half.
            The only thing that would spare you (or anyone) from implicit bias is being completely isolated from culture. Some of the ways culture affects us are obvious (unrealistic beauty standards) and some are not (unconscious bias leading us to believe women lie more than men).

        • But that’s the thing, it is about gender. You just won’t recognize that. If she were exactly the same but had male anatomy this outcome would’ve been different. Unfortunately our country is very sexist, and it’s breaking the hearts of many women who have never been represented fairly at the highest levels of government. I had such high hopes…

        • Because Trump also lies and is unwilling to admit mistakes. Just as people would have appreciated an apology about the email server (which, by the way, she did admit was a mistake that would not be made again), I would have liked an apology from Trump about his treatment of women and minorities.

        • HaileUnlikely

          I do not disagree with you on this point, however, her opponent, the guy who won, whose name I don’t even want to type, has not only not asked for forgiveness for his misdeeds, but rather openly boasts about his misdeeds, and boasts about the fact that he has never asked for forgiveness for anything ever. That, (i.e., boasting about never asking for forgiveness for anything) is among the most overlooked most disturbing things about the guy who apparently will be our next president.

          • +1 to HaileUnlikely.
            Hillary has many flaws, but Trump is unprecedented in his hubris, incivility, and boasting/bullying nature. I didn’t see his victory speech, but he has displayed zero humility throughout his career and on the campaign trail.

          • topscallop

            I can’t get the image of him mocking the reporter with a disability out of my head and it makes me so sick. What a vile, pathetic excuse for a human being. We are in so much trouble, I can’t help but despair.

          • +1 to topscallop.
            I feel like this is a terrible validation of all of the seventh-grade bullies out there. We’ve elected Biff.

        • She did acknowledge and apologize though, and asked for our forgiveness. She also did so in a humble way…for something that other people in her position have done, as well as something former presidents have done.

        • She admitted the private email server was a mistake and apologized like 1000 times. What are you even on about.

    • You’re not alone!

    • Dude, Trump straight up sexually assaulted numerous women. How can you overlook that but not Hillary’s supposed mistakes? They aren’t even in the same damn ball park.

  • After just a few days in hospice care a dear family member passed away on Election Day at 9am. This lovely woman in her 90s left this world with a smile and the hope that Hillary would be president. I cried hard for her last night, not knowing if it was better that she didn’t know the outcome. I’m thankful though that her daughter doesn’t have to entertain the thought that the election results killed her mom.

  • Rave: Not feeling too bad about last night, even though my guy didn’t win!
    Rave: Life goes on the world keeps spinning
    Rave: Got to work early and metro transfers were flawless

  • Rant rant rant rant
    Feel like I’ll be in mourning for a very long time

    • It really feels like the death of a family rather than a death in the family. Five stages of loss over four years.

      I woke up thinking about Joe Strummer’s quote, “The dollar bill is your only vote.” Until I get to cast a ballot again, I guess I’ll put my energy into being more careful about where my money goes to avoid supporting oligarchs.

  • I will post here what I posted on FB this morning (and yes, completely outing myself from anonymity to those who post here and are friends with me on FB): Now is not the time to give up. Grieve your loss, drink it in, and then vow to never allow this to happen again. We must fight to maintain our rights. We must mobilize against hatred. We must make all Americans feel like they belong here and understand that extending rights to others does not mean giving up your own. We must show our children that Love Trumps Hate. Now is the time for action. Don’t give up. Don’t be discouraged. Keep fighting.
    I woke up at 3am to the results and honestly did not know how I would tell my children that the man who they have grown to despise because of his actions and words is now their leader. I woke up not knowing what to tell these kids who have only known a world of equality, who have only known a world where an African American man is president. I woke up not knowing what to tell my daughters about a man who would say such awful things about them is now their representative on the world stage. But now, I know that I will tell them that this is why we must fight. We must mobilize, we must tell the rest of the country that we do not stand for these policies, that we will actively work against them. This starts on the small level and grows; it starts in the classroom, on the playground, and they can help by speaking out against injustice they see and being a friend to all. We will not hide, we will not be ashamed, we will fight.

  • Republican Congress, Republican President, and a soon to be firmly conservative Supreme Court.

    We need to fight for the mid-term elections, and restore some semblance of checks & balances.

    • topscallop

      This is what terrifies me. The deck is stacked against tolerance, respect, caring for people who need help. And the repercussions of this election are going to resonate for a long, long time.

  • Rant: I barely slept last night. I woke up feeling sick to my stomach just in time to see Trump’s 3am speech. I am in mourning today. My co-workers are all either home or trying not to cry at their desks. Tears are streaming down my face reading everyone else’s comments.
    Unknown: I don’t want to work for Trump, but I work to protect American citizens abroad every day and that is far more important.
    Rave: I’m exhausted and I momentarily thought about not coming to the anniversary party tomorrow, but in all honesty, I need you guys right now. We need to not be alone. We need to stay strong.

    • I considered not coming as well….I just want to go home and curl up in pjs forever. But you’re probably right, we should probably not be alone right now!

    • skj84

      I will be there with hugs. We must band together in dark times. I can’t wait to see everyone, you people get me through tough times.

    • Not feeling very celebratory at the moment, but planning to be there on Thursday nonetheless.

  • NH Ave Hiker

    Can we talk about how Drumpf really doesn’t even have a mandate when more than half of the country voted against him? I hate the electoral college.

    • LOL… this would suggest that facts or humility were of the slightest relevance… he’ll say he has a mandate because he can…

    • +1 to this. I’m waiting to see the “Haha, we won suckers” comments on facebook and my only thought is, “The majority of voters still didn’t vote for him, and you are still on the wrong side of history.”

      • HaileUnlikely

        Although it baffles me that a candidate can get more votes and still lose, I implore all of us to keep snide remarks about the popular vote to a minimum. That Hillary did not win the popular vote by several tens of millions of votes should be sobering enough to all of us and we need to learn from this.

    • The worse problem, I think, is the almost half the eligible adults who are do disengaged that they don’t vote – so really, nobody ever has a mandate.

  • Cant. Stop. Crying.
    Need to stop trying to understand and rationalize the irrational.

  • Rant: Feeling numb today. Just…numb.

    Rave: I was planning to spend my Friday off (Veteran’s Day) moping around my apartment but instead I’d like to volunteer somewhere in DC, try to put a tiny bit of light back into this world… Does anybody know of any local volunteer opportunities Friday? I’m open to all suggestions.

  • skj84

    Rant: As an African American woman I always felt content that I didn’t grow up in the civil rights era, or Jim Crow like my parents and grandparents. I am so fucking pissed that now it looks like I’m going to have to deal with this shit. One foot forward A thousand feet back.
    Rave? Know that the result are in rebuild. We know see how ugly this country is. We now see what uneducated scared people are capable of. We don’t let this happen again. We fight against the upcoming storm. We don’t allow those of us who are minorities, women, LGBT to be mistreated, to become second class citizens. We have to be strong in these dark dark days ahead. Thats all thats getting me through today.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: Such a bad day yesterday. Ignoring the Elephant in the room so to speak…work has been awful lately. I don’t feel appreciated and something happened yesterday that proved to me that my management does not support me at all. I really don’t want to look for another job at this stage of my career but it is getting to the point that I feel I should do something to protect myself.
    Rave: The Constitution?

  • Rant:
    Cried all morning.
    I lay awake at 4 AM thinking about how my mom might not see a woman president in her lifetime now. She was so excited to vote for Clinton.
    I need to pull myself together. I’m giving a presentation to some students later and they might still have a shred of hope for the future.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: So, yeah. That.

  • As a Hispanic man…I have no idea what to think, say or do right now. I’m afraid to have kids, I can turn to my faith at least. The other saving grace, the only hope I have is that the GOP is smart enough not to associate with this man and not pass most of the stuff he wants done. The ACA is probably gone for sure…but I….I’m speechless.

  • Channeling the Trolls movie I saw last week with my daughter. “Find Your Happy Place!” Either that or find my Valium . Trump’s inauguration is going to feel like a wake in DC.

    • Yeah…I’m already thinking of places to be out of town that week. Anyone up for a Popville group house somewhere pretty?

      • skj84

        I was thinking of going to my parents, but they live in Central PA, which would dredge up some serious resentment. Either Minneapolis to see my sister, or maybe somewhere warm and tropical? Not Florida, screw Florida.

    • Yeah, I’m not leaving the house that day.

    • On second thought there may be a number of establishments that are having Dump Trump themed happy hours.
      Always nice to get together and commiserate.

    • This is the first time in my 20 years in DC that I have no desire whatsoever to attend an inauguration.

  • maxwell smart

    I worry so many of the civil liberties and human rights we have fought so hard for will be thrown away in short order. I worry for the safety of our country when we have sent a very clear message to the world that we support ignorance, hate, and xenophobia. I worry about the disastrous effects this will have on the economy – globally and locally – and fear another recession and another 2.5 years of unemployment are in my future. I worry that efforts made on climate change will also be thrown away despite very clear warnings of it’s destruction. There are no checks and balances – ‘he who must not be named’ has carte blanche power, at least for the next several years. It’s like a funeral in my office… likely because we are all wondering how long we will continue to have jobs. I keep hoping this is some weird nightmare and I wake up and everything is okay.

    • topscallop

      I’m terrified of all these things too. Pantsuit Nation, the Facebook group, is starting a DC chapter that I’ve joined. The only option we have is to fight back against every upcoming injustice that will be attempted by our new government against its people. We need to be protesting, calling, showing up whenever there is a decision being made that will affect our rights. I want to be so far up their butts that they think twice before trying to overturn Roe v. Wade or putting Paul Ryan’s proposed health care plan in place (which would allow insurers to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions again).

      • god help us. I realize the ACA wasn’t perfect, and of course insurance companies were doing everything in their power to worm out of requirements and squeeze people for every penny they could, but one of the demonstrably good things about the ACA has been the inclusion of pre-existing conditions. My job, and my own life, are examples of this every day. I refuse to go back to a time/place when we can’t see patients – or I can’t be seen – because some asshat insurer has excluded them/me because of a pre-existing condition.

        • +1. This is so important.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Also elimination of lifetime maximums. This is especially important for the increasingly-rare bird who wants to stay with the same employer for a long time and has employer-based health insurance. Before ACA, my employer-based health plan had a lifetime maximum benefit of $2M. Sure, that sounds like a ton, but serious injuries sustained in a car accident, a cancer diagnosis, a special-needs child can blow through your lifetime max in a span of a few weeks. For somebody who is only with the same employer for a year or two and then moves on to a new one (with a new health plan, resetting the counter for the lifetime max benefit), it doesn’t seem like an issue, but for somebody who would otherwise desire to stay with the same employer for their entire career, the lifetime maximum benefit can get scary as hell after you’ve been on the plan for 15 years and run up some serious expenses.

        • Trumpers will scream if this entitlement goes away and we go back to the days of exclusions for existing conditions. They just want to pay less

      • a DC chapter?! tell me more – I want in! that FB group was my shining light on Monday and Tuesday.

  • Woke up glade Trump Won. Couldn’t stand 4 years of Hiliary

    • Agreed. I’m not a huge fan of Trump’s, but I couldn’t stomach yet another Clinton administration. The Clintons, to me and obviously a lot of Americans, represent what’s wrong with politics. This result was, in part, a furious pushback to the stagnation, entrenchment, entitlement and downright corruption perceived in Washington. No more Bushes, no more Clintons. I’m hopeful that a complete outsider can make the difference that 8 years of Obama couldn’t. All Americans should hope for that.

      • maxwell smart

        Sure, if by difference you mean reverting back to 1950’s conservatism, effectively stripping away the rights of woman and minorities. Look, Hillary wasn’t perfect, and I don’t think anyone would argue she was, but ‘he who must not be named’ is a very scary future for the nation and the world.

        • Agreed. I understand people’s skepticism of Hillary, but a vote for Trump is like cutting off your nose to spite your face.

        • +1 – The fact that so many people apparently want to “take America back” to the fucking 1950s is terrifying.

          • Why? My parents grew up in the 1950s, and they turned out pretty well. America was a prosperous nation in the 1950s. What’s been so great about the first 16 years of the 21st century?

          • Prince Of Petworth

            Are you aware of what America was like for black/gay/women etc. in the 1950s?

          • skj84

            @A Nannymouse- maybe the 1950’s was a prosperous time for your parents, but for those who were the wrong skin color, wrong gender, wrong sexual orientation, wrong religion. It wasn’t. It is the height of privilege to not acknowledge how hostile this country has been to anyone who is an “other”.

          • Prince Of Petworth

            +1 skj84 we just wrote the same thing at the exact same time 🙂

          • A Nannymouse, even for white people, the 1950s weren’t a uniformly great time.
            Your parents are probably a little younger than my parents, but for women my mother’s age (who grew up in the 1940s and 1950s), career options — even for college-educated women — were pretty limited. My mom was a social worker, and most of my friends’ moms who were of a similar age were social workers, teachers, nurses, etc.
            You might also not be aware (I wasn’t until I read a book by Gail Collins) that there was significant financial discrimination against women persisting into the 1970s. Single women couldn’t get credit cards and had a hard time getting things like mortgages in their own names. Women flight attendants had to meet certain weight/appearance standards and (IIRC) could be fired if they became pregnant.

          • maxwell smart

            @A Nannymouse: And the 50’s lead to the 60’s, a decade of social unrest and revolution. Do we want to relive through that again?

          • IIRC, job listings in newspapers were separated into “Help Wanted – Male” and “Help Wanted – Female” into the 1960s. (Not sure if they persisted into the 1970s.)

          • A Nannymouse – How my life would be if it was 1950: My eldest is a bastard, who I may have been forced to give up. Or, more likely since I did end up marrying his father, I would still be an unhappy, loveless marriage popping out babies every two years because birth control is for whores. But wait, I am a whore by 1950’s standards! Whoops, forgot that.
            My black neighbors would not be my neighbors because, you know, segregation. My gay neighbors would, at best, live as ‘roommates’ and at worse, be outed and phase personal and financial ruin. Their children would also be bastards, but I guess mine and theirs could start a club?
            I would, of course, not be working. Or educated. In fact, I would probably be on a farm in the middle of fucking Illinois and not on the east coast at all because my mother most certainly would not have been educated, and my dad probably would have died in Korea, or perhaps Vietnam, or perhaps if we had a person like Trump in the White House in the 1950’s, we would all just be wiped out, since diplomacy is clearly for the weak.
            But yeah, glory days ‘n all that shit. ‘MURICA.

          • Quotia Zelda

            Yeah, my marriage was illegal in the 1950s, and people of my husband’s race were both barred from both immigration and naturalization until 1952 (and faced significant barriers after that). So pardon me if I don’t feel like turning that dial back.

          • Public elementary and secondary schools in many areas didn’t start becoming integrated until after the Brown decision in 1954… and even then, it took a while in more resistant areas for integration to happen, thanks in part to the “all deliberate speed” wording (rather than a set timeframe).
            Many universities didn’t start admitting women until the 1950s and 1960s. My undergraduate alma mater didn’t become coeducational until 1953, and didn’t admit blacks until the 1960s.

          • Blithe

            Ahhh, the 1950’s. Had I been born early on in the “prosperous 1950’s”, I probably wouldn’t be writing this. Most, if not all of the hospitals in DC were segregated, and a premature, 4 lb “colored” infant might not have fared too well. The two schools that I attended that were open in the ’50s would not have been open to me. They were zoned as “white” schools. My college might have accepted me as one of their tiny numbers of black students, except that they didn’t accept women. Many of the places that I have lived would not have accepted me as a tenant — no matter what my income and credit history happened to be. (Google: Trump real estate for more info on discriminatory rental practices). Many of the major challenges that I’ve faced would likely have been insurmountable. It would have been illegal for some of my teachers to teach me, for some of my friends to befriend me, and for some of my lovers to love me. So, A Nannymouse, while I’m glad that things turned out pretty well for your parents, and others who were able to benefit from the GI bill and legally sanctioned discrimination, please know that for many of us, the challenges and hurdles of “the first 16 years of the 21st century” pale (haha?) in comparison to some of the horrors of the 20th.
            I am now going to get on a bus — and sit wherever there’s a seat. I’m going to shop for some clothes — and be grateful that I can actually try them on before I decide whether or not to buy them. I’m going to pick up dinner at a restaurant that would have refused to serve my grandparents and my mother. And I’m going to commiserate with my friends — who, of course, wouldn’t be my friends, because none of us would have been able to attend the schools we did or live in the neighborhoods we do. That’s Why. Or at least a part of Why.

      • wanting change is one thing, but being happy with any change, no matter how bad, is another. Just because you want change doesn’t mean that any change will do. If you are gaining weight from eating too many hamburgers, you don’t start eating only fried chicken and think things will get better.

        • maxwell smart

          Sadly I feel like this is how a vast portion of this country operates, and the analogy is so apt. “I’m gaining weight… it must be the fault of someone else, not the decisions I am making”

      • I’m no Hillary fan, dynasty politics are bad and with all the time they’ve been around, there’s probably going to be some favor-trading involved. But you’re going to have the same small circle of business and political leaders involved no matter who is elected. It’s not like any President, Congressman or other government official is going to ring the doorbell of common folks like you or I and invite us for dinner to discuss the controversy du jour. If you don’t have money, power or influence you won’t be relevant to anyone (Citizens United or no).

      • topscallop

        Also, who do you think is to blame for Obama not being able to achieve everything he promised? It’s amazing that the gains we’ve seen in jobs, the economy, civil rights, health care, have been achieved with a legislative branch dead-set on preventing him from doing anything.

    • The people spoke. Everyone on here needs to understand this was a CLEAR message for change just like Obama won on in 2008. And seriously….Hillary lost because of WikiLeaks and a corrupt Democratic party that put out a candidate that was not representative of ‘progressives’ because they rigged it against Bernie (not saying he would have won but they chose their candidate well before the primaries). Hillary was not progressive, no matter what kool-aide you sipped there is no denying that. I hope in 2020 democrats can find a better candidate.

      • maxwell smart

        The people _sorta_ spoke. Hillary, although by a small margin, did win the popular vote.

        • HaileUnlikely

          We need to let this point go. The non-Trump major party candidate should have won by double digit percentage points, not roughly one tenth of one percentage point. Yes, it’s messed up that you can get more votes and still lose, but this shouldn’t have even been close.

      • But if a candidate like Trump can win, how does a progressive Democratic candidate have any hope? If so much of the country leans to the right that even a moderate lefty/centrist can’t win, how is someone even further to the left going to have a chance?

      • This is an insightful comment, and it sheds light on a parallel that the left will ignore, because they’re still stinging from their defeat: there is a large contingent of Americans who demanded change in 2016, just as there was in 2008 on the other side. Washingtonians will dismiss this as a victory for mouth-breathing uneducated white rubes, but that masks the truth, which is simply that the other side pushed back this time.

        • NH Ave Hiker

          Yes, the people wanted changed in our politics (I’m actually in favor of this too). But that SHOULD have been supplanted by the fact that Drumpf is a serial liar, a demagogue, misogynist, racist, terrible businessman AND probably a sexual predator who has absolutely does not have the right temperament to be president. The guy went on an epic Twitter rant at 3am because he felt slighted by a former Miss Universe, like come on! You would think people would be smarter than to buy his bucket of lies, but I guess not.

          • maxwell smart

            Watching the pro-Trumplestiltskin supporters on the news last night, it was exactly the epic-twitter rants that endeared him to them. “He tells it like it is” was said multiple times. Do you really want the leader of the US to have no filter? Do you want someone who holds the safety and security of our country and it’s people tweeting anything and everything that pops in his head? It’s embarrassing that the dignity and honor of being president of the United States has been tarnished by this charlatan.

      • HaileUnlikely

        I don’t think it’s that Hillary was/is insufficiently progressive. I think it’s that she exudes elitism in some sort of intangible way to which about half of the population demonstrably has a strong visceral negative reaction. Although this is unknowable and useless at this stage, I truly believe that somebody like Joe Biden (not necessarily Joe himself, but somebody with Biden’s natural way of relating to ordinary people who live in the middle of the country and work with their hands) would have gotten pretty much 100% of the votes that ultimately went to Clinton and also a decent chunk (not majority, but decent chunk) of the votes that ultimately went to Trump.

        • While I don’t disagree with the substance of your comments, I will point out that they type of person who reacts to the presumed elitism of Clinton (and really, anyone who gets enough backing to launch a major presidential campaign is by definition an elite) will also react to ANY woman candidate and think they are being uppity. It is not an accident that your Biden example happens to be a man.
          Though Biden had his chance years ago, and couldn’t keep from putting his foot in his mouth again and again – perhaps that trait goes along with someone who has his way of relating to people. Biden has no one to blame but himself for his not getting anywhere in earlier races.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Basically agreed. I do think “being an elite” and “exuding elitism” are different, though, and I’m not arguing that Biden should have someday been President someday but was robbed of his opportunity, but rather that a Biden-like candidate likely would have been the most effective Democratic candidate in the specific presidential election that happened yesterday.

  • Rant: Gave up and went to bed at about 1:30, feeling incredibly discouraged. Now that I’m awake, the numbness has worn off and the despair and pain and anger and panic are setting in. I am doing everything I can not to dissolve into tears. It is a deep, visceral feeling like a punch to the gut. Trying so hard not to despair, but it is so hard right now.

  • I fear for us and everyone who lives in a city. If they weren’t they weren’t the apocalyptic, crime-ridden hellscapes he described before they certainly will be now. What can we do to make DC a decent place to live?

    • HaileUnlikely

      I share this fear. I fear for my extended family, which includes several US-born Hispanics living in predominantly white (and red) suburban/rural areas, but I also fear for my own personal safety and that of everybody in many major cities for different reasons.

    • The election results will turn DC streets into a hellscape?

    • How exactly do you see this happening?

  • justinbc

    Rant: Hyperbole as we once understood it no longer exists, it’s been ruined forever.
    Rave: The President-elect’s wildly unrealistic economic policies actually benefit me, in theory.
    Rant: Every other measure of happiness outside of wealth is pretty much shot.

  • Scariest for me is climate change. We have to act immediately and cannot waste four years hoping the next administration will be able to find and implement solutions. I shudder to think how we’re going to leave our planet for the next generation. I seriously am questioning how much longer Earth can support life.

  • Rant: There are too many families for whom the current economic policies are not working. We need to find a way to reach them and improve their prospects if we want to have any hope at all of pushing back the xenophobic, racist, misogynist, homophobic tides.

    • HaileUnlikely

      This is important. A lot of us are angry and scared and sad. We need to channel that to energize us as we keep fighting for what we believe in, but we also need to reflect, learn, and figure out how to do better, not only so we win next time (yes, that too, but not only that), but more importantly to create a country in which riding a wave of fear and anger and hate isn’t a plausible path to power for *anybody* ever again.

      • +1, especially “to create a country in which riding a wave of fear and anger and hate isn’t a plausible path to power for *anybody* ever again.”
        I just hope this isn’t going to be like Germany in 1933. Or (for that matter) like Egypt after the Arab Spring. What do you do when a country democratically elects someone with dangerous totalitarian tendencies?

  • Ran’t: I’ll be so glad when everyone realizes the sky is not falling, the sun still rises, and we must play the hand we’ve been dealt, no matter how bad it may seem.

    • skj84

      For some of us not only is the sky falling, but its going to hits us even harder than others. Our very liberties are at stake. I will fight for the next 4 years, but the fact that I have to fight is more than upsetting.

    • justinbc

      The sky might not be falling, but the stock markets are.

      • At 2:00, the Dow is up over 1%. I have no idea why, it appears everything this week is going to defy rational explanation.

        • I think this is the year’s general theme: defying rational explanation. Let’s not forget that day people in Colombia voted down their own peace deal, and it wasn’t even the people near the conflict.

  • That One Guy

    I feels like drunken voters will wake up hung over with Trump in their bed and they’ll wonder WTF happened.
    I hear that the Canadian immigration site crashed.
    I fear D.C. will not be the same place come January.

    • justinbc

      Yeah, so much for renting out a room on AirBnB for the inauguration. I definitely don’t want anyone coming into town for that staying in my home.

      • maxwell smart

        I’m really thinking about leaving town that weekend. I can’t imagine the NRA, KKK et. al crowd that is going to roll in and the destruction they will being in their wake.

  • Rant: Tough night
    Rave (?): Not as tough as having your wife die.
    Rant: As political appointee, I’ll likely be unemployed soon
    Rave: Office mates not yet whispering “dead man walking as I stroll down the halls.

    • Ugh, I’m sorry to hear that. Perhaps a good time to jump to the private sector?

      • That would be nice — and easier said than done. Just got an e-mail from my headhunter, wants to know if I might want to work for a Fortune 100 Company in Westchester County, NY. I suppose I do.

    • uuugggghhhh.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Last night as the votes were coming in, I thought about some wise commentary that you provided on here a bit over a year ago (October 20, 2015 – I looked it up) regarding the large segment of the population that has for a long time now been feeling left behind by the new economy and by the Washington elites, and the importance of taking these people seriously and acknowledging the legitimacy of their feelings and fears (not fears of strong women and non-white people, but rather fears of being left behind by the “progress” that “we” celebrate in a general sense). However, even if deep down we really truly do not give a f* about those people (I do not believe this is actually the case, but that’s not the point), writing off this segment of the population was a grave strategic error from which we need to learn. That is a long-winded way of saying that you were right and that we failed to take what you said back then seriously enough.

  • Rave: I am overwhelmingly thankful for my beautiful, healthy child; my smart and funny husband; my non-government job (whew); and growing up in a political family – my parents worked at the polls all day, which is a long day for people that are almost 70.
    Rant: knowing how much of this country was so threatened and demoralized by a strong black man as president and how much hate has festered for 8 years.
    Irony: last night was the anniversary of the start of Kristallnacht.
    Goals: make it through today with my head held high and go to the gym.

  • We should all take a day or two to mourn what happened last night, but cannot afford to fall into despair. We need to each do what we can to keep the fight alive. We need to focus on getting involved in the right organizations to advocate for our friends and family who are scared right now. We need to be there for our friends who are LGBTSQ, racial and religious minorities, immigrants and women! We need to do what we can to mitigate what the next four years might bring. I am not going to wallow for long. I haven’t quite figured out what I am going to do – but I will not sit idle.

    I’ve never considered entering politics – but if Donald Trump can be president so can I! I don’t have any political experience, I don’t have any background working on foreign affairs and I am certainly not the smartest person I know. But I do care, and I believe I have sound moral values. I don’t have all the answers, but I do know some very smart people and think what we can do together.

    Today let’s cry, tomorrow let’s be thoughtful and Friday we wake up and start to take action.

    RANT over. Sorry.

  • Local-level rant: not thrilled about one of my ANC reps being reelected. Also not thrilled about the at-large school board race. Wish I had paid more attention before I voted since I didn’t know enough to vote on the latter. So I’m part of the problem. Damn it.

  • I am angry and sick, but not in the least bit shocked. Trump appealed the the ugliest parts of this country, and now we all have to pay.

  • I am not one to think about moving to another country, but it is probably time to think about moving out of DC and into a state. With who-knows-what legislation arising in the next four years,I will want to be represented in the Congress so as to be heard. And then there’s Constitutional amendments which clearly are a bigger deal.
    The question is, go to MD which is more generally in line with my beliefs (and therefore already likely to vote as I’d wish, whether I am there or not) or go to VA where I can fight to bring them in line with my beliefs?

  • Both numb and on the verge of tears. Do not wish to continue this contract gig at this particular agency under the incoming administration, but I just started in July, escaping a collapsing job, so feeling doubly trapped.

    Last season, Nu Sass (speaking of companies with inexpensive theatre tickets) produced the early Tony Kushner work A Bright Room Called Day. It follows a young leftist woman during the rise of Hitler and is a reminder that it’s easy to say you’ll fight, but actual bravery is hard when the price is everything. She’s a leftist, but never was a communist party member. She’s managed to get just far enough in life to have her own apartment, that she’s very proud of. Her friends have it so much worse, and she’s just brave enough to let some people stay for a couple of days but no longer. Her boyfriend has to leave the country, and she’s too scared to go with him even as she’s scared to stay. It’s not “how bad can it really get?” but “is leaving an entire life behind going to be better?” It’s decision paralysis, knowing how awfully hard and sad it will be do abandon everything because you’re just privileged enough to not have to. And I felt her. I knew, watching it, sitting in her living room, that that would have been me. And it’s all I’ve been able to think of since about 11 pm last night. Feeling trapped with no real options, but knowing I have the privilege to ride this out.

    May be pouring out the rest of that bottle of wine from last night. Like it’s the taste of defeat or something.

    Having a curiosity about how the darkest timeline would play out is an intellectual exercise, not a wish for anyone to live it!

    • skj84

      Thank you for shouting out A Bright Room Called Day! For transparency sake, I worked on that show. I have thought about the parallels many a time during this election season. We cannot be Agnes, paralyzed by fear. We need to be Gotchling, or Traum or Malek. Willing to make fight the fight and not back down

    • I want to give you a hug – here is a virtual one!

    • This is how I’ve been feeling and I’ve been grasping for a way to actually be involved in a way that matters. I vote with my dollars and will continue to do so, and I volunteered last weekend in PA to GOTV but I need to find something else meaningful that will make substantive difference.

  • This is the first time I’ve cried sad tears over the results of a presidential election. Cried last night. Cried this morning. I work in a male-dominated industry and could just barely stomach coming into work this morning. It’s heartbreaking on so many levels.

  • Trump was right about one thing: the system is rigged. We shouldn’t have a system where the person with the second most votes gets to be president.

  • Rant: The antiquated electoral college system. It’s messed up that someone could win the popular vote but still not win the presidency.
    Rave: This seems to be the push I needed to get involved in local politics. At least I’ll be able to feel useful for sometime.
    Rant: Realizing that I really do need to schedule an appointment with a family law lawyer to figure out whether or not we will need to do a second parent adoption even though my wife will be on the birth certificate.
    Rave: Morning cuddles with my wife interrupted by strong baby kicks reminds me that everything will be okay.

    • We were advised to do so because the legal weight of birth certificates hasn’t been tested yet. My understanding is that (so long as same-sex marriage isn’t repealed somehow) this mostly protects the non-biological mother in case of divorce or the biological mother’s death if someone wants to try to cut off the non-biological mother. (That is, of course, in the interest of the lawyer because they make money off of those cases, but I was happy to provide those protections to my wife, just in case.)

  • Profoundly dispirited about the election results. I didn’t realize there were so many angry white voters in America.
    Tiny rave: At least the rain has stopped and the sun is shining.

  • All rants. As sad as everyone else. Trying to think of good things that we have and find some optimism.
    Stepfather in icu, not being told about the election outcome for fear that he’ll not want to fight to get better. May be flying up once he’s allowed more visitors.

  • Rave: Joni Mitchell – thank you Canada for her. She is all I can listen to today.
    Rave: My lungs – I could scream all the way to work. I was the crazy crying and scream on a CaBi bike through Georgetown.
    Rave: I have friends and family that love me. They will protect me and keep me safe.
    Rave: PoPville – I need mental masturbation and a community of like minded people today to commiserate with.
    Rave: coffee
    Rave: Hugs – they feel good.
    Rave: We survived Bush…both of them. We survived Reagan. We survived the Civil War…we can do this. I need you all to help.
    Rave: Wine – it helps and is medicinal.

  • Specific to those of you whose gender isn’t male, or your religion isn’t Christianity, or you’re not straight, or you’re not white…know this: You are loved, you are loved, you are loved.

  • nightborn

    Almost 36 weeks pregnant and didn’t sleep a wink. Today sucks!!! I can’t believe I’m bringing my poor little son into a country that I just found out is full of racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, religiously intolerant individuals.

    • That’s been the major thought I’ve been having all day. How will I explain this to my daughter one day?

  • NH Ave Hiker

    Can we also talk about how this must make victims of sexual abuse/assault feel today? Basically, half the country said that these issues still don’t matter.

    • Thank you, NH Ave Hiker. This is precisely why I have spent the last 12 hours sobbing.

    • Yes. I had the exact same thought while prepping baby bottles and making coffee this morning. This election result just retraumatizes surviviors of sexual violence. How can it not?

  • Holy shit, I just woke up from the strangest dream. It started with me sitting in third base line seats at game 7 of the World Series. And get this – it was the Cubs versus the Indians! Yes, those Cubs and those Indians. In the World Series! Crazy. Anyway, in the dream the Cubs won in extra innings and ended their 100+ year curse.
    Then, the dream gets really f-upped. It’s an election year and we’re heading into the home stretch. And get this – the candidates are Hillary Clinton! Yes, the one with the email fiasco. And that whole Benghazi thing. And a husband who was impeached for lying about getting a blow job from an intern. That Hillary. But it gets better – she’s running against Donald Trump! The reality TV star. That one. The guy who’s gone bankrupt multiple times. And said things about women for years that would obviously disqualify anyone from being president. Anyway, in the dream, Hillary wins the popular vote and loses in the electoral college. Obviously if she ran against Trump even she would destroy him on a landslide, so I knew when I woke up in a cold sweat that it was all just a very, very bad dream. Whew.

    • LOL, I said the same thing to my Chicago friend last night.
      Cubs win the WS or Hillary becomes President – you only get one miracle, so pick one.

    • maxwell smart

      I mean, we’ve almost literally played out Back to the Future 2. The Cubs won the World Series and we’ve basically elected Biff Tannen as President. If we’re going to adopt retrograde policies, can we do Back to the Future 3 instead? At least the wild west was honest.

    • hahaaha

      that’s a real actual smile on my face so thanks for that!

  • Have we ever had a President take office amid a class action lawsuit for fraud (Trump University) and another dozen lawsuits for molestation? How do those lawsuits play out now? Does he get a pass until his Presidency is over?

    The entire thing is so low brow I shudder in embarrassment. Washington, Adams, Jefferson etc are all rolling in their graves right now.

    I know his supporters aren’t willing to acknowledge this, but the fact that Putin and el Sisi of Egypt were the first to call you, and ISIS and AlQeada are celebrating Trump’s election tells you everything you need to know about a Trump presidency.

    That and he is the first Candidate in 50 years to get the formal KKK acknowledgment.

    Lets see…Newt Gingrich or Jeff Sessions for Supreme Court. Sessions by the way was nominated for District Court by Reagan, but his nomination was derailed by a Republican Congress who deemed him too racist to touch with a 10 foot pole. Oh how the times change.

    Sheriff Arapio for Secretary of Homeland Security. Giuliani is Sec of State. I mean for the love of God.

    • “Lets see…Newt Gingrich or Jeff Sessions for Supreme Court”
      we should be so lucky. Gingrich is 73 and Sessions is 69. No, Trump will find someone in their late 40s to haunt us for decades.

  • Blithe

    Late Day Rants: I’ve been pretty stoic, but I finally broke down when I watched Obama’s speech and saw
    Joe Biden wiping his eyes. His openness and decency at that moment just touched me deeply.

    – I’m considering a new screen name since Blithe-ness might be hard to maintain in these trying times. Someone else has used my old one: DCNative, so that’s out. Hmmmm. Maybe Chocolate Chip?

  • I’m a Jewish woman who is engaged to a black Latino immigrant, so I’m furious about the election.

    I honestly thought bringing him here was the right move. Now, I wonder how I could have been so stupid. But hey, unlike others, we can pick from a small assortment of racist, misogynistic oligarchies. How special for us.

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