Finally, it's over...until next time, which will surely be worse.
Here are few observations/conclusions from the little I read or heard:
Biggest jerk ever: Donald Trump. I believe the House Committee on Un-American Activities should investigate and prosecute this guy. In some countries, people calling for revolution are shot.
A few gratifying results did catch my attention. I was pleased to see Elizabeth Warren win in Massachusetts. She had always struck me as intelligent, honest, and decent: something rare in a politician. Too bad there are not more like her. On the flip side, I was very pleased to see that the rape guys lost. I recall them declaring that rape was god’s will. Well, it looks like it was “his” will that they lost. Despite all the good and the bad news, it looks like nothing will change, because the No Party still dominates the House of Representatives. And, Fox Propaganda Channel still spouts vitriol.
Some statistics were interesting. I was happy to see that Vermont--32%-- was 3rd lowest Romney supporter (after Hawaii--28--and D.C.--7--yes, that’s only 7%). As was to be expected, his highest tally was in Utah. What did you expect from a bunch of folks that believe Jesus resided in North America? And, these are folks that allowed Blacks to join their cult only in the 70‘s. No wonder so few voted for the President. I surprised to see that only 37% of Massachusetts folks voted for the guy that used to be governor. That says something about his popularity. And, he failed to win his home state.
I do not recall pre-election polls as dominating the news. Then again, I do not recall much about pre-election anything. I am happy to be able to remember who won, because I cannot name all losers.
I wonder if the dominance of polling statistics affects the way weaker, less-intelligent people vote. The crowd mentality has always been a phenomena...or so I believe. Unable to decide for themselves, many must want to side with the “winner”.
Not since JFK’s father spread his wealth to ensure the election result...
Obviously, Earl does not live in Ohio...
I make a (futile) attempt to avoid campaign speeches, but snippets do catch my attention. From these, I have made an assessment of the two candidates--separate from judging their very different positions on issues and grasp of reality.
The old Baseball Glove reminds me of too many ad guys I’ve seen in my life. Each has been slick with words thought up or written by someone else. Sure, they were basically intelligent, but could not function without the help of others. Thought and careful consideration of the words put into their mouths was not seen as useful to accomplishing the goal of selling whatever they had come to sell. I don’t believe the guy can think for himself and certainly could not write a speech...or a book. He seems to lack an inquiring mind. And, like the worst account executive, tells his clients only what they want to hear, regardless of what he knows or believes.
Obama impresses me as being more intelligent and better able to think for himself. He certainly listens to advice from people with more knowledge and experience, but reaches his own conclusion--which might or might not coincide with recommendations--and can fix speeches delivered by speechwriters (who have more time to do the ditch-digging.)
Although the slick Glove is more intelligent than Bush (who also relied on others to put words in his mouth), he lacks the intellectual capacity to make the big decisions required of a president.
All this, of course, is irregardless of either man’s ability to work with that incompetent, recalcitrant instrument of government known as the Legislative Branch.
Republicans know a thing or two about fraud (some of which they learned fro Democrats in 1960)...and rights (manipulation thereof).
Don't believe me: watch the best political ad of the year from zany Sarah Silverman.
Sorry, but I can't help it...
After all, one is bombarded each day with (idiotic) stories about various Republican "hopefuls" that may or may not run for president. Will they enter the race? When will they announce their candidacy? When will they announce the time and place of the announcement...which, when it comes, will not be news, but the media will salivate all over the non-story.
I recall the advent of Barack Obama on the national scene. At the time, and still, he seemed so normal, so intelligent (at the time of a president that praised and feigned ignorance), and so necessary. None of the gaggle posed to hobble towards November 2012 seem capable of running a local high school prom committee in rural North Dakota (where my grandfather was born, when it was still Indian Territory).
If you want my opinion (few will), Arizona's new legal immigrant is the least qualified of the bunch. She makes Bush seem like an intellectual equal to Steven Hawkings.
People have always been attracted to circus criers and snake oil salesmen...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.