Musings —04.06.2016 08:26 AM—
Increasingly, it is getting less clear.
The proud residents of Wisconsin probably always thought they were important enough to affect the future of the planet. But, with the greatest of respect, the rest of us didn’t. Last night, however, Wisconsin altered things, quite a bit.
To wit, from my much-beloved NYT:
- Neither the Democrat nor Republican membership are representative of the American public. As of last night, partisans within both parties are clearly more comfortable with candidates who many other Americans simply cannot picture in the Oval Office (viz., Trump, Cruz, Sanders).
- Trump’s self-inflicted wounds on the abortion issue – that is, that he’d “punish” women who get them – are more grave than previously thought. He touched the third rail of American politics, last week, and thereby greatly increased the chances of a contested Republican Party convention in Cleveland. That may not end well for him.
- The people are rebelling. As we saw in Canada in 2015, engaged voters are in a dyspeptic mood, and they are gravitating towards candidates who (like Justin Trudeau) are seen as unconventional, untested and unsullied by traditional partisan politics. Americans, in 2016, are doing likewise.
2016 down there, like 2015 up here, is the year of the outsider. God help you if you are seen as an incumbent.
So what do you think, O Reader?