This Wednesday Aussie time will be the day we find out who will be the next President of the United States. This has been an election season where life has imitated art, as any ‘House of Cards’ or ‘West Wing’ fan would know.
Consider this, since February when the Republican and Democrat Primaries kicked off we’ve had debate bickering, fighting with moderators, wall building, lewd remarks, collapsing candidates, email scandals, Russian coziness, FBI investigations, Secret Service nervousness, Wikileaks, Mexican Judges, etc. I could fill this blog with day-to-day revelations and scandals about both candidates, it’s been a cable TV paradise and by the time I’ve finished writing this there will probably be a new scandal.
The mudslinging and vitriol going back and forth on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and the rest of the alphabets between pundits, surrogates and show anchors has driven home that America is divided, now more than ever. Imagine being an undecided voter in this cesspool of demigod behavior, lying, deceit, and corruption. Voter turnout should be low, it’s like deciding between snow peas and cabbage, neither is appealing.
Watching the debates were cringe-worthy as both Hillary and Trump got down in the mud, not literally although it wouldn’t have surprised me. I’ve seen statements made and actions taken on both sides that are way below the office of the President. At some point it reached the absurd and turned into a free for all. I’m sure many Americans tuned out, switched off their TV and are counting the days till it’s over, which now thankfully is one.
Some pundits are predicting an early night on Tuesday, a swift Clinton victory. In the Electoral College system, the candidate has to reach 270 votes to move into the White House. The Real Clear Politics average of the main Polls as of 2 days ago has Hillary at 216, Trump at 164 and 158 toss-ups. Trump needs a huge night to win and Florida and Ohio are vital. In the head to head poll nationally Trump was down by 8 in early August, 2 days ago he was down by 2.
FBI Director Comeys’ flip-flops on the Hillary email investigation initially helped Trump, as of this morning when the FBI announced its not recommending charges against Hillary (which it also did in July); this could give Hillary a further bump. Just on drama alone on election night I’d like to see a cliffhanger, you can bet the networks will race to be the first to call it.
Whoever wins is going to have a heck of a time trying to govern. You can bet the Republicans will be screaming for more investigations of Hillary’s emails and the Clinton Foundation and the Democrats will block Trump at every one of his proposals ie. The Wall, Supreme Court judges and rolling back Obamacare. This election has done nothing to bring America together; it’s only further divided it. Trump will be more entertaining as President, like a clown on a mini-cycle, but corrupt Hillary will win this by forcing just enough voters to eat their cabbage.