2020-11-04 - US election uncertainty
We may not yet know who the next US president will be, but we
have learned some things:
- The US remains a nation divided.
- Unlike pretty much every other Western country, the US really
doesn't know how to run elections.
- The polls were wrong once again. They failed to detect how tight
the race would be, especially in the various swing states.
- There is a pretty good chance that, once again, the less popular
candidate will win. This happens a lot - making any claims that
the US is a functioning democracy suspect.
- The US is, at least in the 2020 election cycle, a gerontocracy.
- Trump remains a self-serving narcissist and the worst president
in living memory. That so many people still voted for him can
only be for one of two reasons:
Undoubtedly both factors are in play - different Trump supporters
fall into different categories.
- The voters are dumb. Really dumb.
- The voters despise or fear the Democratic party so much that they
would rather have Trump, despite his obvious flaws.
We'll wait a few days to see the results. The Democrats would do well
to look in the mirror here. They had an open net and they missed.
Presumably because they veered too far left and under-estimated the
political power of the "guns and god" constituency. They could have
selected a vigorous, centrist, young candidate but instead chose a boring
old guy. That wasn't the smart, strategic choice.