By Colleen O’Connor
Seriously, you lost the battle, but won the war. Not just your 68.5 million popular-vote victory. Or the mega-dollar sales of your new Number One best-selling book “What Happened.”
Nor because of the potboiler books already under contract — about both Trump’s campaign and the Russian connection — from co-authors Michael Isikoff/David Corn and Maggie Haberman/Glenn Thrush. Safe call these will prove fascinating but damning to Trump.
Indeed, according to Vanity Fair, Trump tweeted minutes before the book announcement: “Fascinating to watch people writing books and major articles about me and yet they know nothing about me & have zero access. #FAKE NEWS!” Sounds apprehensive.
Neither, Hillary Clinton, should you be happy simply because of the massive outpouring of emotional support in the largest single-day protest in U.S. history — the Women’s March on Washington — that endorsed all the political positions that you have championed since college. Who receives that kind of vindication while still living?
And forget being happy about not having to face multiple calamities currently battering the U.S.— from hurricanes, riots, weaponized big data, AI, immigration fights, and never-ending wars—still plaguing our ever polarized country.
No. You have at least 10 even better reasons to be happy about the 2016 election.
First, and perhaps the most important — you will have elected a Democratic majority to the House of Representatives next year. Something even President Obama couldn’t accomplish in an off year. Watch the trends with Republicans retiring ahead of a potential electoral tsunami.
Second, after the Democrats retake the House, impeachment proceedings against the current president will proceed apace. Not only based on the undue Russian influence in the election, but also the financial coup that Trump Inc. has ushered in. Conflicts of interest are piling up. And continued refusal to release White House and Mar-a-Lago visitor logs and other documents to investigative bodies will surely guarantee subpoenas.
Third, the Muller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election will produce multiple indictments and eventual convictions — proving the election was “rigged,” that financial malfeasance existed, that obstruction of justice occurred, plus yet to be announced crimes against the Trump campaign and transition team members, and possibly even the Trump White House.
Clinton has already noted, “Someone was offering very astute political advice about how to weaponize information, how to convey it, how to use the existing Russian outlets, like RT or Sputnik, how to use existing American vehicles, like Facebook.” More coming on that.
Fourth, no need for you to worry about the budget-busting, inflation-driving, $20 trillion U.S. budget deficit. That cap will probably fall before Christmas so that Trump can play Santa Claus — with infrastructure spending — while simultaneously alienating the base that elected him.
Fifth, no need to worry about starting an accidental nuclear war with North Korea. Assuming one isn’t unleashed before 2018. You had the diplomatic and political skills to avoid that disaster.
Sixth, the resistance is being televised, tweeted, recorded and growing exponentially — on multiple fronts. All to your advantage.
Seventh, your dream of a comprehensive healthcare system for all may survive. Who knew that single payer would be the “must have” credential for 2020 Democratic presidential aspirants?
Eighth, you still possess the talent, education, experience and will to lead the planet to a better place. Use it. Outwork, outthink and outmaneuver the “negativistas.” Keep listening to that TED talk with Pope Francis.
Ninth, history will be much kinder to you than Trump. Your stature will only increase with time — when it finally catches up with you. You know how to govern, how to campaign, and how to maneuver. Use those talents wisely. As with Eleanor Roosevelt (your idol), your best years will be after the White House ones. Savor them.
Finally, you, too can now sing, with the great dreamers and leaders before you, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty we are free at last.” Make the most of it.
Colleen O’Connor is a native San Diegan and a retired college professor.