Sunday, November 6, 2016

Dumpster Fire

In case you haven't noticed, I have barely mentioned the election here on this blog. For those who have read this blog in the past, you know this has been quite unusual--I've usually written a half dozen posts about the election at this point, and this year I haven't done a thing since the conventions. There's a specific reason for that, and that is because this election is a dumpster fire of an abomination.

And it sucks. Elections are my bread and butter, and even in those years where I vastly prefer one candidate over the other, it's still fun to sit down and figure out the math and the demographics, because at the end of the day I know that while my preferred candidate may not win everything would be okay. But this year, Trump in particular but both candidates in their own way have sucked all the enjoyment out of that.

I think some of the things that people have claimed about this election are a little too hyperbolic, but I think it's also unmistakable that the tenor of this campaign has been the absolute worst in modern times--I'll concede that many of our 19th century contests were particularly nasty (what with people actually dying over a civil war and all that). And this is almost entirely the fault of Donald Trump.*

So, anyway, I don't think I can't not write about it (or use triple negatives, apparently). So I will write up a as-neutral-as-possible electoral analysis tomorrow and then possibly a postmortem after the election, but my lack of enjoyment over this entire horrifying ordeal will probably confine my writing to those few posts.

*As an aside, I'll post what will probably be the only substantive opinion about the race I'll post: I'm a supporter of politicians being more outspoken. Politicians have a reputation for saying a lot of words but not saying anything, because if a politician actually says something of note, it can be cut up, spliced out of context, and used against them, regardless of truth or relation to other ideas. We've had candidates have to drop out because of one specific word or sentence before--see George Romney, Ed Muskie, or Ted Kennedy. And that's not good for democracy--politicians should be able to say things and not have the media burn down the entire house.  Unfortunately, Trump has taken this to its horrifying logical conclusion, which means that if he loses, in the future, politicians will be even more meaningless in their speeches. This is infuriating to me.

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