The UK election is over. Those expecting a hung parliament that found out otherwise in a record 5 seconds.
The exit polls were not only astonishing, they were astonishingly accurate. The exit poll Tory estimate was 368.
My "Fearless Forecast" was Tories 345, Labour 226, and Lib Dems 17.
Apologies offered for not being optimistic enough.
I can sum up the blowout result in a set of Tweets from Andrew Adonis, a Labour peer, diehard Remainer. and former cabinet minister under Gordon Brown.
‘We just had the second referendum - but it was a second referendum on Corbyn, not on Brexit, which is why we lost it’— Andrew Adonis (@Andrew_Adonis) December 13, 2019
My @TheNewEuropean verdict on the election
The election was a choice between Johnson:— Andrew Adonis (@Andrew_Adonis) December 13, 2019
GET BREXIT DONE
PUT ME IN DOWNING STREET WITH THE IRA AND YOUR LIFE’S SAVINGS WHILE I SIT IT OUT ON BREXIT AND ANTISEMITISM
Which wasn’t much of a contest
Plain as Day
The key idea was in the polls from beginning to end.
Flashback November 18: Fear of Corbyn Outweighs Fear of Brexit
My Comment: "This election is no longer primarily about Brexit, it's primarily about Corbyn."
Perhaps this is easier to see from afar. Perhaps it is simple willingness to dive into the polls. Either way, Corbyn's unpopularity was of epic proportion, poll after poll after poll.
Why is it shocking news that people, when they finally got into the voting booth, voted against someone they could not stand?
Adonis gets the second reason too. I will rephrase things my way: Corbyn is a Marxist who let (if not encouraged) the party to be hijacked by radical left activists the average person simply cannot believe.
Both reasons point squarely at Corbyn.
Size of the Swings
Jo Swinson is Gone
Party rules say Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson must stand down.
I offer a musical tribute.
Jeremy Corbyn Steps Down
Earlier tonight Jeremy Corbyn announced he was standing down. But he refused to say when. He wants to "reflect on the result".
Reflect on This
Corbyn blamed Brexit. He blamed the media. He blamed disgusting politicians.
On the latter, he is of course correct. He just forgot to look in the mirror while making that statement.
Corbyn Already Sounds Like Hillary
Corbyn is whining as loudly as Hillary Clinton.
He just forgot one thing. He forgot to blame Russia.
He will have plenty of time to reflect on things, then blame Russia.
Comment on my blog: "Mish, You fail to mention just how undeserved this victory is."— Mike "Mish" Shedlock (@MishGEA) December 13, 2019
My Reply: Undeserved? Please think.
Corbyn is a Marxist fool. This is the biggest confirmation in history that voters can, on occasion, actually think!https://t.co/MzQyInjWbl