Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The New World Order Republicans Are Roiled, Democrats Even Moreso

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The New World Order Republicans Are Roiled, Democrats Even Moreso

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It would have been fitting if the band at Hillary Clinton's "victory" party had played: "The World Turned Upside Down."

But Hillary is into making history, not learning from it. She's the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party, the first to be nominated while being investigated by the FBI, and the first senior government official to skate after gross negligence in handling the nation's secrets.

And now Hillary is the Democrat who lost to the worst Republican candidate in history.

Donald Trump won because he promised to take a sledgehammer to the smug, selfish, corrupt and inept political establishment Hillary Clinton epitomizes.

In Chapman University's Survey of American Fears last month, 60.6 percent said they were "afraid" or "very afraid" of corruption of government officials. Second, at 41 percent, was a terrorist attack. The federal government is "somewhat" or "very" corrupt, said 81 percent in a Rasmussen poll in January.

This election was almost as grave an embarrassment for pollsters as it was for pundits. But Pat Caddell, Jimmy Carter's pollster, nailed it.

"The American people, in a great majority, from left to right, have been in revolt against the political class and the financial elites in America," Mr. Caddell said.

"The real struggle for America is not between Democrats and Republicans but between mainstream Americans and the ruling political elites," said 67 percent in a poll he conducted. "Political leaders are more interested in protecting their power and privilege than doing what is right for the American people," said 86 percent. "The country is run by an alliance of incumbent politicians, media pundits, lobbyists and other powerful money interests for their own gain at the expense of the American people," said 87 percent.

Many who told pollsters Mr. Trump is unfit to be president voted for him. The demand for change overrode concerns about its agent.

A real Republican would have done better, Team Clinton thinks. Nearly every GOP senator ran ahead of the presidential nominee. That's never happened before. …

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