I’ve thought of this past election often. I’m sure you have too, what with our current president dominating the media. I have my own theories of why D.C. and the press got it so wrong. The Press and our dear politicians have talked to each other so much, the same opinions went around in circles.
D.C. Democrats loved Hillary. A certain kind of woman, loved Hillary. And, the two groups couldn’t see outside themselves to those who would vote for ANYONE other than Ms. Clinton. In 2008, I caucused for the first time. While I went in supporting a different candidate, in our caucus, ultimately people’s vote for Obama was a vote against Hillary.
Republicans have been fractured since the Tea Party rose up to divide ultra conservative Republicans from the moderates.
The progression of feelings in the Midwest went from frustration, vindication, through disillusionment. Frustration during the election. Vindication when Hillary failed. Disillusionment after Trump took office and made cabinet appointments along with decisions based on what could benefit him and his cronies the most.
For years, the Midwest’s straight-forward, brevity, and practicality attitudes had yielded a desire for a business man to run for President of the United States. Get rid of the politicians who connive and lie their way through their lives. This was the answer. No wonder they threw a vote in the direction of the first businessman they could, during an election with no good choice.
Today, the troubling point is the Press and D.C. are still getting it wrong. We are watching here in the middle. There are well respected newspapers getting down to Trumps level, instead of reporting on the declining democracy worldwide. The wars we are fighting. The underemployment of millions. Our poverty. North Korea. Let’s stop talking about tweets and the constant lies falling from D.C. Let’s start exploring the steps we as a Nation can be making to move the needle.