Well, ya, sure, you betcha! I just gotta say that I couldn’t be more pleased that my state, good old Minnesota, is the first one to show some good old-fashioned common sense! We’re the first one to say No! to the strange political circus that has everyone in thrall.
In his speech last night, Trump bragged that he’d won a bunch (it was just incredible; tremendous; America’s gonna be great again) and done no worse than second place otherwise.
Not so fast there, Donnie Boy! Feel the Bern from Minnesota!
For the record, I don’t align with either major party — I tend to fall more in the Libertarian-Independent zone (and definitely in the Librarian zone, especially the independent ones).
I usually (but not always) end up voting Democrat in order to make my vote count and to vote against a candidate I think is worse.
Most election cycles I have to choose between worse and less-worse.
But since I won’t sign the Party Platform Pledge, I can’t participate in the Minnesota Caucuses. We do have an open caucus, but you have to sign a pledge that you agree — overall — with the party platform.
I don’t agree with either party’s platform enough, and both parties piss me off so much I refuse to align with either (it took years for me to get the Democratic party to stop calling me).
When it comes to small government, gun rights, law enforcement, or fiscal conservatism, I tend to lean towards the right.
When it comes to civil and gender rights, I tend to lean towards the left.
When it comes to personal liberty (and responsibility), I’m strongly Libertarian.
When it comes to books, I’m totally Librarian.
Overall, I’m Independent.
As I’ve said many times, that Frost poem (and a few others) deeply informs my choices in life.
Now that at least one state has handed The Donald a third-place slot, will others come along?
Will the pending onslaught of a GOP establishment last-ditch effort to unseat their apparent nominee make any dent in his armor at all?
And speaking of apparent nominees, how long will Bernie Sanders stay in the race? The odds of him winning are minuscule. Not impossible, but about as improbable as the chances of him accomplishing his platform should he win.
Democratic turn-out has been lower than hoped during the primary. I suspect it’s due to others like me who see issues with both candidates but also would be fine with either. I don’t have strong feelings either way.
But come November when it’s Donald Trump versus Hillary Sanders or Bernie Clinton, then the same fervor driving Trump will likely also infect those who will vote against him.
I suspect there is no current GOP candidate that won’t get killed in the general election. The Republican party has gotten itself in deep trouble, which is what happens when you cut your nose off to spite your face.
Whatever else, this is the most interesting Presidential Election I’ve seen in my lifetime. (But remember the ancient curse about living in interesting times.)
And I still can’t decide if Trump actually would make a decent President (because he’d turn into his real businessman self and be good and dismay the crap out of all those who voted for him).
Or if this — as it feels — is the beginning of Idiocracy coming to life.