We got a pile of mail today after yesterday's Veteran's Day holiday. Included was Time and Bloomberg News. I slogged through as much as I could stand while recovering from " stomach flu". Below are a few excerpts from TIME. Take time to find the actual magazines and read the whole stories. I will dig through Bloomberg again and take some notes for another post.
Nancy Gibbs, TIME editor, wrote about covering this election: What challenged reporters in the field who were dealing with a race "that had as its substance 'efforts to undermine the democratic norms and institutions of our country--from the Republican nominee, who prided himself on breaking rules, to a Democratic nominee who often campaigned from a distant cocoon. This forced us to rethink how we do things.....". She also noted that both Democratic and Republican parties are fragmented. The Republicans appear to have a party which is fed up with its rank and file and vice versa. The Democratic Party is badly in need of new ideas, new messengers, and new messages.
A column by Eddie B. Glaude, Jr. concludes that despite the Trump victory, the US is in the death throes of the idea of a White America and what happened in the November 8 election was that White America made its last stand, and it is not going to be an easy death.
TIME also quotes Elise Jordon of NBC News MSNBC. "Republican elites attempted to shove former Florida Governor Jeb Bush down the primary voters' throats, but Trump prevailed. Democratic elites actually succeeded in forcing Clinton on their electorate, and that is why she ultimately lost."
A Frank Luntz column suggests that the pollsters were wrong because millions of Americans felt looked down upon and left behind. Their vote was their voice. These voters weren't lying to pollsters, They refused to be polled because they viewed polls as rigged against them. He also noted the wide spread between Democrats and Independents with Republicans on the fixing of government-- by either compromise or support for bold leaders even if ideas may be dangerous. The results were almost opposite with Democrats and Independents supporting compromise by about 69% to 31% for "bold". Republicans preferred boldness 65% to 35%. Nearly 70% of voters believe that when government increases spending, generally more is wasted. 72% believe they pay more for government than they receive. He concludes, "voters have made it clear, they want a shakeup."
I think we should save these post election magazines and look at them a year from now and see which were on the right track and which were de-railed.
*** Stay tuned. We are doomed to interesting times---especially if our political parties can't figure out good compromise.--- Doug Wiken