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Campaign 2016 (Crunch Time)
Six there are ahead.
I wish that they'd be winners
Four will be losers.
We can vote. Will we vote? Votes count....sometimes.
Labor Day = Crunch Time Starts
Labor Day in the USA is a day of stores' "Sales", reunions, picnics, barbecues, ball games, and last swims at the public pool.
It is also "Crunch Time" for Democrats and Republicans, Libertarians, and the Green Party, among others vying for election to public offices in November.
Labor Days are traditional, and tradition is that a lot of eligible voters will be staying home in November while those voters who have a choice of leaders and lawmakers will make their wishes known.
In the 2016 presidential election, as of September 1st, the two leading candidates are an "insider" and an "outsider," a career politician and a business man. Both are personally wealthy. Their promises to potential voters describe one as a globalist, and the other as a nationalist. Both promise "change."
The Republican field, knowing they would be running against a widely unpopular democrat, was crowded with wannabes. One by one they dwindled after exacting each's promise to support the ultimate winner from among them.
Meanwhile the democrats realized that, barring something "revolutionary," the winner was likely to be their somewhat compromised lifetime politician. Their field also dwindled down to the last two and the reluctant loser, citing how the cards were stacked against him, did what the Republican contenders had sworn to do. He endorsed the party's choice and quickly returned to being a declared Independent.
Crunch Time is here.
One thing has been made crystal clear in 2016: the political pundits, pollsters, and opinionizers are no better at predicting what happens next than you or I are. They have been wrong so often already, that they are down to backing whichever candidate they think will restore their reputations.
With just over 60 days before we common folks cast our ballots and prove them right or wrong, they are busy crunching numbers and doing their usual fortune telling.
So-and-so "has the best ground game." "The other so-and-so keeps alienating voters." "The democrat is spending lots of time preparing for the first presidential debate this month." "Sp-and-so looked presidential."
The word game goes on and on.
Meanwhile the voters want assurances to go with the promised jobs, law and order, immigration reform, and world peace....no small order for either candidate and either political party.
The "outsider" offers self-evident change after nearly eight years of stagnation and worse.
The "insider" offers the continuity of "been there, done that."
The outcome will be set in stone in those next 60+ days. The new occupant of America's White House will be wealthy, controversial, and white. Stagnation in Washington, DC could easily continue for another four years, or so.
The only numbers that will have counted after 12 months of campaigning will be the 1 + 1 of the Americans, you and I..
And what is next?
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