No Matter Who Wins, This Much I Know Is True
(1) The criminal murder and abuse of minorities by the police is way, way worse than anyone, especially white people, could have imagined.
(2) Cell phone cameras and social media have changed the game.
(3) Social media has created personalized echo chambers where everyone gets the news they want, and no one gets the truth.
(4) Obama derangement syndrome is real. Hillary derangement syndrome is real. They got beat by the black guy, and are now challenged by a woman. It’s white guys v. the “others” (women, minorities) and they will not go quietly into the night.
(5) There is a very real, very sexist double standard for women in leadership roles. This has turned out to be a substantial obstacle for the first female candidate for President. She might lose a job for which she is eminently qualified because of her resting bitchy face.
(6) Republicans say the system is broken. It is. They broke it.
(7) Young people behave like young people. They are idealistic. They rebel. And they’ve gotten our attention. They’ve influenced the conversation and Secretary Clinton herself. All their power resides in remaining tantalizingly out of reach.
(8) As in Rome, the French Revolution, Weimar Germany, Latin America, and post-cold war Russia, into crisis a demagogue comes. People want to believe the strong, plain speaking “father” will provide simplicity and security.
(9) Republicans choose party over country. They see governing as ruling. And to the victor go the spoils. The results, the hot wars, the trade wars, the deficit, the wealth gap, will all be the fault of the broken system.
None of these things should have surprised us in 2016, but they did.