No doubt about it – Americans are angry at the national political establishment that is so polarized it cannot get anything done!
Insiders are out, leaving those in the middle wondering if only the most loud, shrill and most outrageous/extreme voices will prevail.
Will momentum build to motivate and empower younger people to become engaged in national politics and actually vote? Will a populist voice for the many actually be able to rise to power and prevail over big money?
Ezra Klein writes “the rise of Donald Trump is a terrifying moment in American politics.” He goes on: “Trump is the most dangerous major candidate for president in memory. He pairs terrible ideas with an alarming temperament; he’s a racist, a sexist, and a demagogue, but he’s also a narcissist, a bully, and a dilettante. He lies so constantly and so fluently that it’s hard to know if he even realizes he’s lying. He delights in schoolyard taunts and luxuriates in backlash.”
The race for President is far from over, but Hillary Clinton currently has a perceived honesty problem, which gave Bernie Sanders a 60% to 38% victory in the New Hampshire primary. But could Bernie Sanders actually be successful if elected as President to get anything done with a Republican dominated Congress?
Media loves the drama, but will voters tire of the rhetoric? Will a moderate voice emerge to be heard and embraced? Will “otherwise intelligent people bother to vote” in November 2016?
Right now it looks like a long, noisy battle between a demagogue and a populist is ahead.