“Well, well, well.”

That's what the chap said when he saw three holes in the ground.

It's also what a lot of anxious Americans said on Election Day as returns started coming in and it began to look like a supposedly impossible outcome might actually happen.

Even before Donald Trump neared the magic total of 270 electoral votes, even before the swing states fell into his column, it became apparent from the looks on the newscasters' faces that things were going our way, not theirs.

Despite all the skewed polls, the biased coverage, the collaboration with the opposing candidate's campaign, and all the other dirty tricks played by some in the media, Trump triumphed.

There was a party in the basket of deplorables, and we partied like it was 1999: before Barack Obama rose to national prominence and brought the backroom politics of Chicago to Washington – and installed Hillary Clinton in the State Department.

“We dodged a bullet.” How many people have you heard say that in the last week? It's true, too, because it was midnight in America and now it's morning again.

It's true all over the country, but especially in West Virginia, because we probably couldn't have survived four more years of the Obama administration, much less eight – and that's what we would have gotten with Hillary.

Back in 2008, while campaigning for his first term in the White House, Obama promised to wage a war on coal, and he kept that promise. In the months leading up to her defeat, Hillary promised to continue the effort and to destroy the industry that has contributed so much to our state and our people.

Trump's election is “enormously important,” says Bill Raney of the West Virginia Coal Association.“It’ll be a different and positive attitude toward the coal industry from the White House, and we certainly haven’t had that for the last eight years.”

We have a chance to make America, and West Virginia, great again.

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