After 2 Late Nights, Buffalo Is Drained. Rob Lucas Hasn’t Felt This Way Since…

November 9, 2016

Jon Bilous |

After a rollercoaster Bills game til almost midnight on Monday, and last night’s historic rollercoaster election, there are sooooo many Buffalonians who wish today was Friday and they could just go home and sleep the weekend away.  Not quite.   Rob Lucas’ thoughts? 

“I don’t think I’ve been this drained since Wide Right in Super Bowl 25.  No matter which side of the aisle you are on, what we saw last night was incredibly riveting.  I can only imagine each party/candidate watching with aghast, excitement, disappointment, and anxiety as exit polls showed one thing happening in early evening, only to have it do a complete 180.  I went to bed at 11:30, pretty sure of what the result would be, and set the DVR to record til 3am so I could wake up and re-watch the speeches.  Little did I know that my DVR would stop recording in the middle of Trump’s speech, and Hillary would not even be making an appearance.  And truthfully I can’t blame her for that.  Better to say the right things the next day, than give a half hearted speech at 3am and regret it later.” 

More things that Rob Lucas says we can learn from this election:

  • We will NEVER look at polls the same way again.  I think it’s because it’s so hard to get a reliable sample size.  No one wants to answer their phone during political season.  And the only ones who do are seniors who are at home, or those who are near-zealots when it comes to politics.  Most others are working during the day, and don’t want to be bothered at night.
  • We also won’t look at EXIT POLLS the same way again.  If the exit polls were correct, Trump would have given a concession speech at 7:30.  The exit pools were way wrong.  It shows that people will often vote one way but say they voted another.
  • A single vote DOES count.  You can see it in the precinct and county results from just about any state.  Winning a handful of areas by a few votes can add up to winning a battleground state by a few thousand votes.
  • No matter where you live, your vote counts equal.  This was the election where the suburbs and cornfields decided the outcome as much as the inner city and Metropolitan areas.
  • Even if he didn't win, Trump's showing would have bode well for American politics.   Halfway through the night, even before he was assured of victory, many commentators hit on exactly what I was thinking.  “Even if Trump doesn’t pull this off, he won’t be thought of as laughing stock candidate.”   In simply doing well, Trump may have paved the way for others in the future to become more a part of a political process and run for high office without a political background, and be taken seriously.   We may get more celebs, and more “no-name” everyday people willing to take that chance.  That’s a good thing.  The Bernie Sanders phenomenon helped with this as well.
  • This election cycle and result will be taught in colleges for the next 30 years. Courses, curriculum, books, and theses will be written about this election.  How it was won, how it was lost, how it may change the face of campaigns from here on out.  Ed Rollins, who is a major old school political/campaign behind the scenes guy said last night (paraphrasing) that everything we’ve been doing over the years is now gone.  There is a new way to run and win an election.  Yep.  Robo calls and boring stump speeches don’t do it anymore.
  • The message is more important than the messenger.  At least this year.  Neither of these candidates (messengers) was liked.  So people went with what they thought was the best message.  There’s an everyday business lesson in there.  No matter who is saying it, be it a Millennial you think is too young to know anything, brash blowhards who think they know it all, or a homeless man on the street, listen to their message, before you discount it.  That message may be something that will change your day.