Today the Electoral College voted, and the results made Donald Trump, officially, the President-elect of the United States of America. There were a few defections, on both sides, but for the most part the electors did what they typically do — they voted for the candidate who won the popular vote in their state. Concerns, or hopes, that there might be a significant number of “faithless electors” turned out to be largely unfounded.
2016 has been a crappy year for a lot of reasons, but the 2016 presidential election is one of the biggest ones. The election dominated the news all year, from the seemingly endless and embarrassing Republican primary debates to the improbable Bernie Sanders movement to the unfathomable, and for the most part totally unpredicted, victory of Donald Trump. Every night, we got hit over the heads with Trump’s latest outrageous tweet, or Clinton’s big-money speeches to Goldman Sachs, or Trump’s appalling comments about women, or Hillary’s ill-considered private email server. It was a year of all election, all the time.
There are those who are happy with the results of the election, and there are those who are bitterly disappointed, and angry, and disgusted. And then there are people like me: I’m just glad that this wretched election is finally, officially over.