69 million page views

Still too soon, to predict 2017

Reader comment on item: What's a Conservative to Do? Vote for Pence
in response to reader comment: Electors Mad As Hell And Not Wanting To Take It Anymore

Submitted by Michael S, Dec 10, 2016 at 03:17

Actually, Tovey, I've never voted for a Democrat; and neither has my brother-in-law. Both of us would have voted for Joe Blow, if he were a Republican. There are plenty of Democrats who vote similarly, but of an opposite persuasion. This was a fairly close election, decided by a few thousand swing voters. What's surprizing, is that the pollsters and oddsmakers got it so wrong; and that Hillary's ENORMOUS financial and endorsement advantage got her nowhere.

Something similar happened with the Brexit vote: It was really a close vote; but it confounded the pundits; and groundswell victory or no, the mighty are toppling over like dead trees in a windstorm: Obama, Clinton, Cameron, Hollande, Renzi and probably Merkel. I wish Putin and Xi would go the same route; but of course, they are not in free societies.

In other matters, you might notice that I haven's said much lately about Turkey and Iran invading Israel. I thought I saw some real movement, with Turkish tanks penetrating into Syria. But that offensive has ground to a halt now; and everyone else is waiting to see what Trump will do. Everyone's a free agent in the Middle East, not loyal to anyone. Egypt & E. Libya (Phut) have deserted Saudi Arabia, in favor of Russia. Sudan (Cush) is pro-Saudi, which, in turn, is pro-Turkish. Iran is pro-Russian, without affection; and the Kurds are split down the middle. Where's Isaiah 19 in this? I don't see it. Trump could make a game-changing move concerning Turkey and Iran, and things could shift suddenly; but I can't predict any such thing -- everyone just seems to be waiting, for now.

Stuff is happening. I see the hand of God in it; but beyond that, I don't know what to say.


Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2023 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)