For your perusal, my latest INTO THE FRAY column
FOR AMERICA: RESPITE – NOT REDEMPTION
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For America, and everything that made it America, the results of Tuesday’s election are a welcome and necessary respite – but are far from being a lasting redemption
It appears this week on the following sites (in alphabetical order):
ISRAELI FRONTLINE: http://www.israelifrontline.com/2016/11/fray-america-respite-not-redemption.html
ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/19756
ISRAEL NEWS ONLINE: http://israelnewsonline.org/into-the-fray-for-america-respite-not-redemption/
ISRAEL’S VOICE: http://www.israelsvoice.org/2016/11/10/fray-america-respite-not-redemption/
JEWISH PRESS: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/into-the-fray-martin-sherman/into-the-fray-for-america-respite-not-redemption/2016/11/13/
“[Our] elections model suggests that Hillary Clinton is favored to win the presidency, based on the latest state and national polls. A victory by Mr. Trump remains possible: Mrs. Clinton’s chance of losing is about the same as the probability that an N.F.L. kicker misses a 37-yard field goal.
– “Hillary Clinton has an 85% chance to win”, New York Times, November 8, 2016.
Incredibly, this New York Times assessment, predicting an almost certain Clinton victory was posted at 10:20 PM ET on Tuesday, when, in effect, most voters had already cast their ballots. Indeed, it was not until about 5 AM on Wednesday that the paper’s forecasting machinery began to give Donald Trump a greater probability of winning…
…Little else could illustrate more dramatically how detached the allegedly “enlightened” social elites have become from the recalcitrant realities in the world around them. Little else could underscore more vividly how the misguided complacency, born of smug arrogance and supercilious superiority, have isolated them from the shifts in the mood of discontent in growing segments of the public, outside their immediate like-minded ideo-intellectual milieu. Worse, it stripped them of any ability –indeed, willingness—to understand them—and even desensitized them to the need to consider them of any weight or merit…”