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Monday, August 15, 2016

No Crystal Ball

At present I am trying to digest and amalgamate the various articles available on the Presidential election.  Two old (trite) sayings come to mind:  1)  Don't count your chickens until they're hatched;  and 2)  It isn't over til it's over.  Please forgive the tired sayings but I am presented with the need to be complete in my thinking and analysis.

Something tells me it is not wise to call this election over.  However, I must say up front there is good reason to believe in the soundness of the average American voter's ultimate sanity when presented with a character as dangerous as D. Trump.  It goes without saying on this blog that he should never have been nominated.  There is truth in the assertion that the Internet as a political force snuck up on the pundits.  Thus, a candidate wielding a Twitter account could lambast and even drive a news cycle -- at least during the Republican primaries.

Tweeting, or "twittering" as I sometimes prefer, isn't working so well for D. Trump anymore.  He is clearly at sea when it comes to a general election with its various constituencies and rapidly swirling contingencies.

So how seriously should we take this Trump candidacy?  I contend it should be taken very seriously.  It should be taken seriously enough that very vital efforts should be made to defeat him.  At the same time, nodding to the Bernie Sanders supporters -- who had a point, we must look at our whole system and figure out how a person of this ilk could have made it so far.

This is, then, a rather circular post trying to assess accurately the Trump challenge.  I plan to have more to say on this in future days.  

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