In an election in which more voters in American history vote than ever before, just about everyone had reason to celebrate. Democrats won the White House. Republicans made surprising gains in the House and held Senate seats, even if they expected to lose.
But for every winner, there is at least one loser. Here are the key losers in this historic presidential year:
President TrumpDonald Trump calls for end of ‘religious persecution worldwide’ on the 850th anniversary of Thomas Becket’s death Michael Cohen interview raises questions after mentioning prison friends ‘Tony Meatballs and Big Minty’ Ocasio-Cortez’s tracks against both Democrats and Republicans who were opposed to 000 direct payments MOREThe claims of electoral fraud began even before the votes were counted. They went on long after the most beautiful, best-run election in years, without a bit of evidence.
Trump’s supposedly powerful legal team – including a former prosecutor who has not seen the inside of a courtroom for decades, a former prosecutor who was fired from her old job due to performance issues and a conspiracy lawyer who did too much even for the the other two were – spent the weeks after election day litigation that went nowhere.
The damage inflicted by Trump’s false allegations will linger long after he retires to his Florida estate. Millions of Americans have undermined their confidence in our election process by both the candidate who lost a free and fair election and the media who spread his fraud for his own gain.
Trump himself will end his political career after receiving more votes than any other Republican in American history. He won the presidency by breaking the political form. The irony is that if he had followed a more traditional political playbook, contributed to his coalition and avoided the unnecessary antagonism that defined his term, he might now be making plans for his second inauguration.
Among the winners of the 2020 election were the dedicated civil servants who ran that election amid a global pandemic and all the challenges it brought.
The big, notable exception was in New York, where the absentee ballots were rejected in large numbers, where the number of votes was dragged and where the results were not known weeks after the primary and general election. State Senator Zellnor Myrie (D), who will lead legislation on electoral reform in his state next year, told this reporter that he was embarrassed about the action.
New York’s long legacy of bad electoral administration has its roots in the Dutch settlers who landed in New Amsterdam centuries ago – they made voting difficult because they did not want people to vote.
More recently, strong Democratic and Republican machines running different parts of the state have kept strict control over who voted because it was in their interest to reduce competition and stay in power. Today, the New York Electoral Council is full of nepotism and political appointments unable to do their job.
But in the 21st century, when several states prefer to vote by mail and others experiment with online voting, there is no excuse for being so far behind.
Voters with split tickets
When Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson Clinton The Legacy of Trump: A Lasting Contempt for the Truth? NASA-Canada agreement demonstrates how Artemis is an international lunar Republican senator: Trump will be ‘remembered for chaos and misery and erratic behavior’ if he expires COVID-19 relief MORE won election in 1992, the 32 states he ran were represented by 44 Democrats and 20 Republicans in the Senate. When Joe BidenJoe Biden The mayor of Michigan criticizes Facebook messages indicating rebellion: reports Trump nominates Roisman as acting SEC chairman, Biden Interior nominee, discusses more environmental injustice with tribal leaders. won the White House in 2020, the 25 states he ran were represented by 48 Democrats and just three Republicans – Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold Johnson Schumer to try to pass K-stimulus checks bill Tuesday This week: Trump’s grip on Hill allies is tested At COVID-19, foreign policy elites are just as polarized as the public MORE (R-Wis.), Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph Toomey’s government used the Patriot Act to collect visitor files on the site in 2019. The Court of Appeal rules that the NSA’s collection of telephone data illegally withdraws Dunford from the chair of the Coronavirus surveillance panel (R-Pa.) En Susan CollinsSusan Margaret Collins Southwest Airlines says it will not enter workers after Trump signs the emergency relief bill. Two-party lawmakers are urging Trump to sign the Coronavirus Relief Correspondence Bill or veto Trump’s pardon immediately: ‘ (R-Maine) – Hanging results in Georgia.
Collins is the only senator in the last two election cycles to have a state that won the other party’s presidential candidate in the previous election.
In the U.S. House, only seven Democrats and nine Republican districts that had the other party’s presidential candidate won.
There was a time when a large part of the electorate was willing to split their tickets between presidential candidates and candidates who did not have ballot papers. Those voters are disappearing as our politics begins to look more like a parliamentary system.
The consequence of the evolution towards a more parliamentary system of politics is the diminishing power of the fact that he must vouch. Voters with split tickets were long prepared to reward powerful incumbents who brought the bacon home.
But the power of the purse has fallen with the elimination of earmarks, and voters are now more willing to give even the members to members who have great political power – look no further than Rep. Collin PetersonCollin Clark Peterson OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump admin will sell oil leases at Arctic wildlife refuge before Biden takes office | Trump administration approves controversial oil test method in Gulf of Mexico Rep. Scott wins Hammer Agriculture Committee Hammer Rep. David Scott wins hammer Agriculture Committee hammer The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Mastercard – Dem leaders support smaller COVID-19 emergency relief bill as pandemic escalates (D-Minn.), Chairman of the Home Agriculture Committee, whose heavy agricultural district gave him the boot this year. Peterson lost by-election Michelle Fischbach (R) by 13 points.
Peterson joins a parade of longtime members who have lost their districts in recent cycles, including representatives. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone Rohrabacher On the trail: the political losers of 2020 California was a major factor in the success of House GOP in 2020 GOPs Steel wins race in House of California after Democrat Rouda concedes MORE (R-California) and Pete SessionsPeter Anderson Sessions Why Trump’s defeat is bittersweet for Democrats in Texas Bottom line Texas Democrat Colin Allred hits back GOP challenger MORE (R-Texas) in 2018 (although Sessions received a return bid this year); John MicaJohn Luigi MicaHillicon Valley – Presented by CTIA and US Wireless Industry – Lawmaker Sees Political Refund in Fighting ‘Theft’ Measure | Technical giants to testify during trial on ‘censorship’ claims | Google pulls plug on AI board Legislature claims political payback in failed ‘deepfakes’ measure GOP chairman hits ‘unfortunate’ FEMA response in Louisiana MORE (R-Fla.) En Scott GarrettErnest (Scott) Scott Garrett On The Trail: The political losers of 2020 Biz groups take the victory of the Ex-Im Bank Export-Import Bank back in full force after Senate confirmation MORE (RN.J.) in 2016; and John BarrowJohn Jenkins Barrow On The Trail: The political losers of 2020 Republican win Georgia’s foreign secretary as Kemp’s replacement. The most important run-off election is one you’ve probably never heard of before (D-Ga.), Tim BishopTimothy (Tim) Howard BishopDem candidate ‘hit by the parallels’ between Trump’s rise and Hitler’s Dems separated by 29 votes in NY House primary residents of Flint hire first K Street firm MORE (DN.Y.) and Nick RahallNick Joe Rahall We must not allow politics to hamper disaster relief, break the cycle of bias with infant care programs Clinton fills role in 2018 midterms MORE (DW.Va.) in 2014.
It is now rare for an individual member of Congress to build a brand that exceeds their party etiquette. There are a dwindling number of Susan Collinses and Joe Manchins (DW.Va.), and no sign that their ranks will be replenished anytime soon.
It may be hard to remember, but Michael BloombergMichael BloombergPoll finds that Andrew Yang elects the mayor of New York as mayor of New York to announce comprehensive measures for the integration of schools: Andrew Yang says that the leaders of New York said that he intends to appoint them as mayor preferred: ENJOY MORE spent $ 1 billion in just a few months this year to win the Democratic presidential candidate. He received just under 2.5 million votes, or about 7 percent of the total expanded votes.
Tom SteyerTom Steyer: The election of the cabinet corps largely unites Democrats – so far donor donations have pushed the election forecast to new heights. spent more than $ 340 million of his own money and dropped out before Super Tuesday without winning a single delegate.
The biggest donors to political affairs this year were Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, the casino magnates who poured $ 170 million into President Trump’s loss campaign.
The Illinois government, JB Pritzker (D), spent more than $ 56 million on a ballot to implement a graduate income tax, which failed. Perhaps the only billionaire to have won anything this year was hedge fund manager Ken Griffin, who spent almost as much as Pritzker to counter the tax proposal.
It should be fun to burn all the money, but billionaires who play politics did not do it very effectively in 2020.
Charlotte and Milwaukee
The Queen City and the Cream City were supposed to host the ridiculously outdated and yet wonderfully fun political conventions that grab our attention every four years for four days. Then the coronavirus hits, and both events retreat into digital shells of past events.
In the process, Charlotte and Milwaukee lost without their own guilt with the hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity, and the attention span that focuses for four days on the best that a city has. offer.
We will not know for another four years whether the traditional political convention will make a comeback, or that digital pre-packaged videos are the future. If parties try to hold meetings again, it would only be fair to give Charlotte and Milwaukee another chance.
On The Trail is a reported column by Reid Wilson, focused primarily on the 2020 election.