Final Thoughts on the Presidential Election

Wow. It is a little hard to believe that we find ourselves on the eve of the 2016 Presidential Election. If you read this blog regularly, you know that for the past 16 months or so I have written about the many twists and turns this race has taken. I followed the announcements, the rallies, the debates, the conventions, and everything in between. Now, with just hours until the polls open, it is a little surreal.

Throughout this race, I have kept an open mind. Although I know who I will vote for tomorrow, I tried my best to listen to the ideas of both candidates. In fact, I listened to the ideas of one candidate in person. In March, I went to a Hillary Clinton rally here in Myrtle Beach. But while I never saw Trump in the flesh, I did usually stop what I was doing to watch his massive rallies when they were aired by the cable news stations. Usually nothing short of a circus, I was always intrigued and sometimes entertained by what Trump would say.

In my opinion, I think this race can be best characterized as a comedy of errors by both the Trump and Clinton teams.

It almost goes without saying that Donald Trump was his own worst enemy. I don’t have enough fingers to count the number of times he sent out bizarre tweets, tangled in feuds with people he shouldn’t, and kept talking way past the point when he should have shut up. However, even with his blunders, what Donald Trump managed to do this election cycle has been nothing short of amazing. I recognized this and have given him credit. However, I also have called out. In the end though, Trump’s inability to show discipline at some crucial times will probably cost him the White House.

When it comes to Hillary Clinton, I just have one question: How did she and her campaign allow this race to be so close? It seemed like Donald Trump personally gift wrapped the election and gave it to Hillary over and over again. But she never capitalized on it. Some questionable moves, an FBI investigation, and a heavy dose of dishonesty has placed her almost neck and neck with Trump the day before the election. Even with the help of the current president, the media, and countless celebrities, Clinton is sweating out tomorrow’s outcome.

Don’t get me wrong though, even with two flawed candidates, I have enjoyed watching and following the day-to-day developments of this bitter presidential race. This unprecedented time in American history will culminate for me tomorrow when I go vote. I haven’t come close to revealing who I will support and I am going to keep it that way.

But I will offer my prediction. Even though polls have tightened and Trump has grabbed momentum, I think Hillary Clinton will win comfortably tomorrow. However, just like in sports, upsets do occur. Come tomorrow, I will be on my couch watching as an historic evening plays out. Don’t Blink.

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