Blog hiatus be damned. It’s an election year, and a girl’s gotta blog!
How did we get here?
Bernie’s doing far, far better than he expected. I think he was asked to step into the race in order to keep Hillary in the news cycle with debates and speeches. He thought he might push her a little to the left. A few months of work and then done.
Surprise! He’s a contender! In the end, Hillary is still going to get the nomination, but Bernie is really killing it.
And, of course, we have the asshole as the leader for the Republicans. WTF? Nobody predicted this. NOBODY. First of all, how are all us so stupid? How come all these people who professionally predict these matters were so totally wrong. Take away their six figure paychecks and give them to me! Failures all of them.
Second, why are so many people supporting him? WTF? Well, I do think there something to the theory that a lot of people are pissed off for their crappy jobs, their kids’ crappy education, their crappy car, and the credit card debt. When you’re that pissed off, you take the Hail Mary shot. You vote for a fascist or a socialist. American Exceptionalism says that Americans never do this. We never vote for the extremists. Well, that whole theory of American Exceptionalism is out the window, too.
Third random point, Trump may have indeed brought about a party realignment. A party realignment is a really, really rare event. It’s only happened like five times ever in American history. It’s a massive and sudden change in a political party’s demographic composition and policy priorities. For example, in 1930, FDR totally changed the Democratic party bringing in new immigrant groups, urban areas, and African-Americans. Trump has started saying that he was doing that. Maybe.
Fourth random point. I think Trump’s appeal is more than simply speaking to pissed-off, working class whites. I’m not sure what it is, but I think it’s because he really doesn’t talk about policy at all. Because nobody wants to hear that. They just want slogans about walls and shit. This is awful.
Alright, I’m walking away for a bit. Back later.