What with all the news of deliberate attacks by persons of indeterminate ethnicity whose beliefs and motives have not yet been ascertained -- i.e. Islamic terrorists -- it was easy to overlook the fact that the electors chosen by the American people to vote for the next president of the USA met in their state capitals yesterday to do their duty.
An effort, reported here yesterday, by assorted Democrats, celebs, SJWs and other Progressive Thinkers to persuade Republican electors to abandon President-elect Donald Trump came to practically nothing. Despite noisy demonstrations outside state houses, the voting went pretty much as planned, according to tradition.
With all Republican states reporting, Mr Trump only lost the two electors in Texas. Shrillery Clinton lost four electors in Washington state. Three voted for former secretary of state Colin Powell and one voted for Native American tribal leader Faith Spotted Eagle. Several Democratic electors in other states tried to vote for protest candidates but they either changed their votes to Clinton or were replaced.
It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidensity. With a number of states yet to report, Mr Trump has 304 votes and Mrs Bill Clinton has 169. As Nelson Muntz sez...