It ain't over till (or until) the fat lady sings is a colloquialism and has been classified as a proverb. It means that one should not presume to know the outcome of an event which is still in progress. More specifically, the phrase is used when a situation is (or appears to be) nearing its conclusion. It cautions against assuming that the current state of an event is irreversible and clearly determines how or when the event will end. The phrase is most commonly used in association with organized competitions, particularly sports.
That phrase certainly applies to this year’s Presidential election.
After Trump’s dismal debate performance against Hillary, and the release of the tape with Billy Bush, Daily Kos predicted Hillary’s chances of winning to be 92%, and Nate Silver’s prediction wasn’t much different.
11 days before the election, the FBI director with the Trump sign in his front yard sent out a memo that the FBI was investigating some Clinton emails that were found on Anthony Weiner’s server, but he chose to NOT release previous information about Trump’s connection to Russia since he did not want to run afoul of the Hatch Act. Mitch McConnell also knew of the Russian connection in October, but suppressed the information. Not surprisingly, his wife is now one of Trump’s cabinet picks.
The pundits did not think Comey’s actions would make much difference, but we all woke up on the morning after the election to the dreadful news about the election results. This morning, Nate Silver said that if the election had been held the day before Comey’s memo, Hillary would have won easily.
A few days after the election, Jill Stein filed for recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. As of now, the recount has stalled in Michigan, and she also ran into some roadblocks in Pennsylvania.
There is a possibility that a 1995 case in Pennsylvania may be relevant in this election, since fraud by a Democrat caused the election to be given to his Republican opponent.
By now, it’s clear that Russian was very much involved in the election process, and Schmidt’s post of December 10, and the various responses, provide plenty of information about this topic, and an article in this morning’s New York Times goes even further:
As of this morning, a BIPARTISAN committee in Congress has indicated that they are going to investigate the link:
I’m still of the opinion that the Electoral College is the most likely method to prevent Trump from being able to take office, but I don’t rule out the possibility that we will see even more surprises before January. After all, it IS possible that an overweight, drug-addicted 70 year old man could certainly be a candidate for cardiac arrest in the early days of January.
The final outcome will finally actually happen on January 20, and the fat lady can sing. Impeachment proceedings aren’t likely to happen until at least a week after the swearing in ceremony.