Post-Election Cat Blogging


My usual schtick at this point is to tell everyone to settle down. Things won’t be as bad as they seem. Not this time. What happened yesterday is appalling. We have elected a buffoonish, misogynistic, race-baiting, game-show host to be president of the United States. I can’t even begin to assess the damage he’s likely to do over the next four years.

I didn’t see this coming, and it’s no comfort that few others did either. But obviously everything I thought I knew was wrong. I need time to digest this, and in any case, there’s no point in reading anything I have to say until I come to grips with why and how I was so wrong. While I’m digesting, however, someone needs to take a close look at unmarried men. If there’s any single demographic group that powered Trump to victory, that was it.

I’ll be back tomorrow. In the meantime, here are the only people in my household taking this philosophically.

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