Comments on the 2020 presidential electoral maps as they would appear if election day results were in line with the latest RCP polling averages included several along these lines:
What did the state by state polls show before the 2016 election? If I remember correctly a landslide for Clinton.
The corporate media pegged Clinton’s chance of victory at some place well north of 90%. Nate Silver–who had been wrong about Trump again and again and again leading up to election day–was famously bearish on Clinton, putting her chance of victory at just 71% instead of the 98% likelihood he had been expected to divine.
Surely the polls lent credibility to this assumption about Clinton’s inevitable victory, then, didn’t they?
Fortunately, RCP still has the 2016 data up. And in true Ron Unzian fashion, I’m shocked by what they reveal. On the night of Monday, November 7th, the eve of election day, RCP’s state-by-state averages showed Clinton winning the Electoral College by a remarkably thin margin of 273-265:
It really does seem like the elite assumption was–and still is–that self-fulfilling prophecies magically do the necessary work for the Cloud People to get what the Cloud People want. There was no way the Establishment would let some capricious clown inside the gates. After all, there were powerful people in powerful positions working behind the scenes to make sure that didn’t happen.
But the evidence that it could very well happen was hiding in plain sight. And happen it did.