post mortem thoughts on the election



Some post mortem thoughts of mine on the election, based on an email exchange with a friend over the past few days.




I am fundamentally apolitical, although I follow politics pretty closely. Let’s put it this way: I would have voted for Bernie Sanders without a second thought.

My younger son was wildly enthusiastic about Bernie. Then, once Bernie lost the nomination, he lost interest in the election.

I believe that if Bernie had gotten the nomination, he would have defeated Trump.

My wife quoted to me a remark she read or heard somewhere about Hillary: she ran on her resume. Also, “it’s my turn.”

Not an inspiring message.

If Bernie had run, I believe he could have counted on solid Democratic support, including from the Hillary haters. I believe the college students and persons in their twenties would have come out in droves for him; there would have been a groundswell of support.

The PARTY closed ranks around Hillary. Democratic VOTERS would have elected Bernie.

The reservations and ambivalence which many voters felt for Hillary worked to Trump’s advantage.

I suspect that Bernie would have won. They trotted out Hillary because she was the next in line. She didn’t inspire people. A policy wonk with no charisma. Highly competent but uninspiring. Programmed to the nth degree.

I never could forgive her for voting for W’s war.



— Roger W. Smith

     February 2017


About Roger W. Smith

Roger W. Smith is a writer and independent scholar based in New York City. His experience includes freelance writing and editing, business writing, book reviewing, and the teaching of writing and literature as an adjunct professor. Mr. Smith's interests include personal essays and opinion pieces; American and world literature; culture, especially books and reading; classical music; current issues that involve social, moral, and philosophical views; and experiences of daily living from a ground level perspective. Besides (1), a personal site, he also hosts websites devoted to (2) the author Theodore Dreiser and (3) to the sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin.
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