While national politics is not my normal wheelhouse, the adversity of this particular election does fascinate me. I do not ever recall a more polarized electorate than in this cycle. Supporters of each candidate truly hate the opponent. While Hillary has taken the long road to be her party's nominee, Trump shot to the top because of an unusually crowded field. Only on a stage with sixteen other candidates could someone succeed with one liners, and not even memorable ones at that. Who could have imagined that Jeb Bush would disintegrate as he did, with a $150 million dollar campaign fund. Factor in Trump's background on television, in this age of reality shows.
Readers of this blog may have noticed the Libertarian banner on the sidebar. As a former independent candidate I often heard that another option was needed, but people didn't want to waste their vote. Independents are often viewed as spoilers. In reality there can only ever be a third option when voters start pushing that alternative button.
My Democratic friends think that Hillary will win in a landslide. They talk about the math. I think that they are underestimating the discontent festering in this country. Regardless of the outcome in November, my concern remains with local decisions.