Election 2016: Montclair Is Crying

Yesterday, all around Baristaville, you saw people out on a beautiful day, and for many, celebrating the chance to vote for a candidate they hoped would become the first woman president. Facebook feeds were filled with those proud photos showing “I voted” stickers and pictures of kids accompanying parents to the polls. The mood began to darken around 9:30 p.m. last night, when the map started turning red and states too close to call began to fall into the column for Donald Trump. How did it happen?

“It’s a shocking result,” says Henry de Koninck, a Montclair political consultant and campaign manager. “Poll samples were definitely off but there’s more to it. Clinton underperformed in suburbia and Trumps’ white rural coalition was larger than anyone expected.”

The polls seemed to be telling a different story up until election night, so we asked de Koninck whether he believes this will affect how much polls are relied on in the future.

“It may to some extent. Heard a theory that “hidden” Trump voters didn’t talk to “establishment” pollsters. I think it has more to do with off samples,” he says, adding that the L.A. Times had it right.

Pantsuit Nation voters gathered yesterday afternoon for an impromptu photo at Montclair's Anderson Park when spirits were high.
Pantsuit Nation voters gathered yesterday afternoon for an impromptu photo at Montclair’s Anderson Park when spirits were high.

Last night, Montclair’s Jonathan Alter weighed in with this dark tweet:

Reaction all over social media is colored by these stages of grief — denial, anger and depression (except of course, here). Some aren’t crying alone. A impromptu meetup “Cry in Our Coffee” this morning around 9 a.m. at Java Love on Church Street is planned for those who need to talk it through.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. How did it happen? There are a lot of people hurting and worried once you venture over the top of First Mountain. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They may not be cool and hip but they are humans beings. Perhaps if we show a little compassion towards them it will help dry some tears.

  2. Thanks for the clever shout-out, Baristanet. Most Montclair Republicans wake up the morning after each U.S. presidential election without anger, denial and depression – in winning years and losing years for their party. Montclairians who want to take a new direction & join this resilient tribe can contact montclairrepublicans@gmail.com and put ’12-Step Program’ in the subject line. In the meantime, is Jonathan Alter creating an equivalence between Hitler and Trump in the tweet you feature? Let’s hope not.

  3. People have been making comparisons with Hitler for the whole campaign, and it isn’t entirely out of bounds. Identifying a group of people as the key reason people are struggling, lost jobs, low wages, are their fault. Calling for your political rival to be jailed, suggesting that the election is rigged. These are claims that go far beyond what is normally accepted in our country, and remind us of despots around the globe.

    Now, President-elect Trump seems to be taking a different tack, praising Hillary for her service and suggesting we owe her a debt of gratitude for a hard fought campaign. “Reaching out” to those who didn’t support him for guidance and help to work together.

    THAT Trump doesn’t frighten me, I might disagree with him on every possible issue, but he doesn’t frighten me. I just don’t know which Trump is the real Trump.

  4. Its like the Garden of the Finzi-Contini. Athough you had never imagined that it could actually happen… you wake up one morning… and its all over.

  5. Liar Liar, pants suit on fire. The Democrats have no one else, but themselves, to blame for choosing such a lying corrupt candidate ! Any moderate, ethical candidate should have easily defeated Trump !

  6. Since this town is infested with the the NY myopic media, ala the Times, the Nobody But Clinton, Clinton News Network, and all the other East Coast blue delusionala like Alter. Some people are not crying, they’re relieved that the pc madness will be moderated.

  7. Bad night for the Blue Wave limousine liberals in town. The good news is that, at long last, the supposed Clinton Dynasty is finished. Time for them to go away. Buh bye.

    As with all things political, it’s about cycles. Tough for 1 party to win 3 straight Presidential elections. It does not happen often. That said, Sanders or Warren might have won — nothing beats an energized base. Hillary did not energize nearly as well as Trump.

    You can also be sure the Democrats will unleash an unprecedented GOTV in next year’s NJ Governor race. You can just about start printing the Phil Murphy inaugural tickets.

    The republic will survive, folks.

  8. Since this town is infested with the the NY myopic media, ala the Times, the Nobody But Clinton, Clinton News Network, and all the other East Coast blue delusionala like Alter.

    One thing all those punny names of your have in common is copyediting. This is not a sentence, and is nonsensical to boot.

    Some people are not crying, they’re relieved that the pc madness will be moderated.

    OH NO, the dreaded Political Correctness! Why, PC is responsible for taking 0 lives every year! Much worse than the plans Republicans have to make healthcare unaffordable for 20 million Americans.

  9. “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

    Abraham Lincoln

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