The past month has been a roller coaster. A lot of stuff happened, that to ‘the experts’ was inconceivable or improbable:
By election night, Trump’s odds were only 10-35% (depending on your source), and he won. Remember this:
Or how about the New York Times, which throughout the entire campaign put Hillary’s odds at no lower than 85%. The actual probability: 0.
Or how about those idiot bookies, who keep being wrong again and again – first with Brexit and now Trump. Paddy Power was so certain Hillary would win, in early October they paid out Hillary bets early. Whoops.
The bookmaker said it believes “it’s a done deal that Hillary is a nailed-on certainty to occupy the Oval Office”.
Or how about the David Brooks, departing from his nuanced tone to viciously lash out at Trump in an October piece Donald Trump’s Sad, Lonely Life, and concluding with ‘On Nov. 9, the day after Trump loses, there won’t be solidarity and howls of outrage. Everyone will just walk away.’
And then in a Nov 22nd column, Fellow Trump Critics, Maybe Try a Little Listening, Mr. Brooks tries to save face, writing:
Thinking about this best voter has helped me take an emotional pause. Many of my fellow Trump critics are expressing outrage, depression, bewilderment or disgust. They’re marching or writing essays: Should we normalize Trump or fight the normalizers?
From calling Trump a sad, narcissistic loner and now, only a month later, seeking reconciliation as if he doesn’t expect anyone to notice what we wrote on October. This is why the New York Times, as well as the rest of the print media, is losing to social media and online journalism.
The biggest winners are Mike Cernovich, who predicted Trump’s win and launched a hugely successful media and publishing business from it. And Scott Adams, who metamorphosed from a cartoonist to one of the most important political pundits alive, also predicted Trump’s win. And also, the other Scott, whose ‘Crying Wolf’ article went viral after being tweeted by Ann Coulter.