By Vladimir Golstein
The 100 hours wait for the new White House tenant is finally over. Joe Biden is the next president of the United States. And Kamala Harris will be the first woman VP and first South Asian Black woman of colour.
Americans’ long national nightmare, for now, seems over. But the future may not be so smooth.
Welcome, President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Biden seems likely to eke out a narrow win. But will he be able to unite and lead, given the lack of a firm mandate, vote disputes, Republican hostility, an unfriendly Senate and Supreme Court, and Trump seeking to convince his 70 million voters that Democrats stole the election?
Trump is not going to let go when out of the White House.
He’ll try his best to impede Biden’s policies by creating havoc through his footsoldiers.
Basically US is probably going to see lots of partisan turmoil – maybe even racial violence – in coming months
Biden’s margin of victory (both in terms of electoral college and popular vote) will likely be as much or more than Trump’s margin over Hillary in 2016.
Post-Election Blues. Some random and not so random thoughts.
1. One has to give it to DNC. When they convinced Democrats that only Biden (an establishment centrist) can win this thing, they intuited something. What? Don’t ask me.
2. Trump — raised a lot of important questions without giving any meaningful answers: globalism vs. nationalism. Role of China in the new world order. How viable is service economy and can US get anywhere without manufacturing jobs? Need to rethink defense; viability of the politically correct wars of regime change. Now, with Biden, all these questions would be swept under the rug again.
3. Trump was very weak in terms of public opinion and confronting onslaught of the liberal media. Why? Unfortunately, it is his ego. I think Bannon was the only dude who understood and could resist mass media onslaught, but Trump fired him quickly — letting his ego take the best of him. He has also washed his hands off some loyal friends, like Flynn. He was left exposed and vulnerable, surrounded by second rate sycophants and “the family.”
4. Biden’s proposed solutions: Paris accord, more PC tokenism and PC appointments, closing businesses to fight the virus — these are fig leaves, or masks, camouflaging the problems.
5. The real issues that face Americans — pauperisation of population, failing medical system, disappearing middle class — all these problems are the result of neoliberal policies that flourished under Obama/Biden. So we can expect more of the same. In other words, more problems, less solutions.
6. Under Obama/Biden, neocons in foreign policy were driving US into wars and confrontations with Russia. Again, we can expect more of the same. Not sure that would result in any meaningful improvement.
7. The subservient press would not scrutinize the new dispensation, giving it free reign, until it collapses under the weight of its own problems. One thing is clear. Next president of the US is not going to be a baby boomer, and it will be someone who would keep his or her distance from the establishment and its failing course.
If China & Russia are wise then they would challenge Biden before he even settle. This is a beginning of the final game.
Biden is in for big surprises. It will be interesting to see his administration choices.
Vladimir Putin: “The Dollar enjoyed great trust around the world. But, for some reason, it is now being used as a political weapon to impose restrictions. Many countries are now turning away from the Dollar as a Reserve Currency. US dollar will collapse soon.