Trigger warning: Post on U.S. politics ahead.
Yesterday was election day in the U.S., but it’s an off-year, with no national races and very few governorships contested. The media has pretty much declared the Republican Party the big winners overall as their candidates and views on ballot issues tended to prevail. The GOP is still running against Barack Obama, even though he is not on any ballot, because they can stir up their base by doing so. Now that the 2015 elections are done, all we have left to look forward to is 2016. If that won’t cause one to take to drink, I’m not sure what will.
I’m very concerned that the circus surrounding the dozen (and at times more) Republican candidates for president is going to drown us all. All we hear is what they say, especially the louder ones. There is a campaign on the Democratic side, but it’s much more sedate and issue-focused. No one seems to want to hear about issues in any sort of nuanced way, at least that seems to be what the media tell us. Give us the dirt! Did Trump slander Hispanics again? Did the good doctor spout off another anti-science screed? What’s Fiorina’s latest screech? Which would-be evangelical president declared the intent to burn homosexuals today?
One thing the GOP is managing to do is inflame their base. There’s a lot of evidence that many of their voters do not think any of this is ridiculous in the least. The Democrats, by contrast, are lighting no fires at all. Maybe the Democrats hoping the Republican candidates are going to knock each other out so that the one left standing will be so weakened, s/he can’t win. That’s not a good strategy, as one can see in, say, Kentucky. I don’t think it’s too soon to raise the alarm, to be honest.