Three weeks from today it will all be over. The robocalls will end. The ads will leave prime time television. The candidates’ volunteers will have 30 days to remove the lawn signs. Best of all, the thrice-daily emails asking for contributions will end. How will we pass the time without an email every couple of hours saying, “Can you spare just $7.00?”
But we’re willing to try.
The Presidential campaign is entering the home stretch. The debates are over (we will get to that in a minute), and everything that can be said about the opposition has been said.
We literally mean that. Every word that can have been said has been said. The hot air is contributing to climate change.
We don’t mean to sound testy. The thing is, Gildshire Magazines likes politics. We like the campaign slogans, the bands, and even the stump speeches. But this campaign has been particularly…what word am I seeking. Oh, yeah
If you are anything like us the Clinton-Trump contest makes you want to take more showers than usual. Of course, this doesn’t apply to Flint, Michigan. They have been dusting one another off for months now.
What have our loyal readers been asking? What bon mots of wisdom can we contribute to the national dialogue? For the penultimate time, here we go.
Is Hillary Clinton’s lead still intact? It is, and as early voting is already underway, the opportunity for Mr. Trump to come from behind becomes more remote.
How much is the lead? As always, that depends on who you ask. Most conservative estimates make it Clinton by 3-4. More liberal polls give her a 7-10 point lead. Rasmussen, always a GOP outlier, says the race is tied.
Last time you mentioned foreign press coverage. Has that gotten any kinder? Europeans, not known for particularly amicable elections themselves, continue to be amazed. Check out the coverage in Rome. The BBC isn’t complimenting our process either.
Not to be unkind but who cares what they think? The new President is going to have to hit the ground running when it comes to foreign policy. We need the help of our allies to fight ISIS. We’re all in the same boat when it comes to climate change. The United States is the most powerful and influential nation in the world. But we can’t go it alone. Respect around the world is important. The tone of this campaign isn’t doing anything for our reputation
Did the debates in general, or the third one in particular, turn out to matter? Not much, but Mr. Trump dropped a minor bombshell during the last one.
And that was??? When asked if he would accept the election results and graciously concede if he loses, he said, “I’ll decide then.” That was unprecedented in the history of American politics. It also isn’t likely to make friends, even in his own party.
Why would he say such a thing? We’re journalists and observers of the human condition. That’s a question for a psychologist.
So you’re saying it’s over. You’re sure that Hillary Clinton will be the 45th President of the United States. Nope. We’re saying if the vote was held today, Mrs. Clinton would win.
Will you guys be willing to make a prediction when you come back in ten days?
We’ll decide then.