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Election Day Punditry

Jeff Hall

Posted on November 3, 2020 15:41

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While I don't think many are all that inspired by "Sleepy Joe," a little R&R might be what the American people want most right now. We are tired of all the chaos, the anger, the disinformation -- and being divided.

Political punditry is always dangerous.  The mere flip of a coin tells us we'll be right half the time, wrong the other half.

In July of 2016, I didn't quite predict a Trump win -- but I came pretty darned close in my article, "Liberals: Don't Be So Smug and Pay Attention":

https://thelatest.com/tlt/liberals-stop-being-so-smug-pay-attention--1469226787

After Donald Trump was elected, my daughter said, "We are witnessing the last gasps of the white patriarchal system." 

I think she was on to something, but she was clearly a bit early in her prognostication: We now have two very old white guys duking it out.

Surely, post-Trump or post-Biden -- depending on who wins -- we will see a huge generational passing of the baton. I'm all for it.

Early in the primary season, I didn't think Biden would become the nominee, so I was wrong about that.

So why do pundits keep putting themselves out there, for all the world to see? 

There is great satisfaction in calling it right in a public way before the votes are counted; that offers bragging rights.

And when we're wrong, we tend to just not talk about it and look forward to the next race.

But persist we must. So here goes.

I think the American people are tired of the relentless anger, chaos, and division. Trump obviously loves stirring the pot -- with a shovel. It's exhausting trying to keep up with it all.

Trump was quite fascinating at first -- he was surely different -- but the schtick wore thin soon enough. Does anyone really think the next four years will be different if Trump wins? I doubt it. Is that what we really want? I doubt that, too.

I am guessing that, deep down inside, many Republicans who don't really care much for Joe Biden are concerned that America can't handle another four years of Trump. I think enough of these voters will quietly vote for Sleepy Joe, and so I predict Joe Biden will win.

If this happens, I think the next four years must be a time of renewal -- with serious dialogue about where we are headed as a country. 

I hope Democrats -- especially if they win the House, the Senate, and the White House -- don't waste time trying to exact revenge on Trump and his supporters.

If that happens, the next time Republicans return to power, they will, in turn, punish the Democrats. Nobody is solving problems anymore; it's all about scoring points at the other side's expense.

From Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address, discussing America's road ahead, post-Civil War: "With malice toward none; with charity for all."

To continue on the current path of hyper-partisanship and divisiveness is asking for civil war. 

Thanks to Trump, we now clearly understand that much of America feels alienated and angry. We must address the underlying issues that give rise to these feelings.

To quote another president, John F. Kennedy: 'Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Hall

Posted on November 3, 2020 15:41

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