Friday, December 2, 2016

The life of Reilly

On our editorial page Thursday, we noted how Andy Reilly is about to do something most people in Delaware County already have done.

The leader of the county Republican Party will cast a ballot for Donald J. Trump for president.

But Reilly's vote will have a little more 'oomph' than most of those cast a couple of weeks ago in Delco and Pennsylvania.

That's because Reilly is one of 20 official electors from Pennsylvania to the Electoral College.

You remember all that talk about Pennsylvania's 20 critical electoral votes? Reilly holds one of them. And despite a daily avalanche of emails, he says he's heard nothing to make him change his mind and not vote the will of the public in casting his vote for Trump.

This comes as Third Party candidate Jill Stein is pushing lawsuits seeking recounts in three states, including Pennsylvania. A hearing on that request is set for Monday in Harrisburg.

It turns out she's not the only one who has not yet accepted the election results.

Here in Delaware County, unsuccessful Democratic 7th District Congressional candidate Mary Ellen Balchunis is seeking a recount, sounding the alarm about widespread hacking reports. You can get all the details on that push here.

Good luck with that, Mary Ellen.

Don't hold your breath waiting for either of these challenges to hold water - or change the result of the election. Donald Trump is going to be the 45th president of the United States.

And I, for one, am already starting to wonder if all these angry people who backed him aren't already wondering what they did and if Trump in fact is the guy who is going to go to bat for them. We shall see. I just hope the country is not saddled with a massive, four-year case of buyer's remorse.

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