As I ponder the events of November 8 thoughts are forming in my mind that we saw the political system of this country blown to smithereens on that day. I'm amazed that I do not find that alarming.
The work begins now of putting the pieces together that will be the political future of this country. Nothing about government comes without legacy/history so we will not be starting from scratch. Most of the pieces have been used before, and will be used again, but will they be used in the same places, the same parties, etc.?
We've known for some time about the struggles within the Republican Party. Much has been said about the work that lay ahead to bring this party back to health.
Democrats found themselves in shock the morning of November 9. Apathy is always Democrats undoing. There were warning signs but no one was looking. The party was suffering from Clintonitis. The same model used again and again in politics doesn't wear well over time.
While we're at this time of re-evaluation is it time to consider more than a two party system? Independents now number as many as the political parties. They're just swinging whichever way the wind blows and the flowers smell the sweetest, no commitment, no cost to them. They piously wait for the parties to come to court them.
Is it time to look at the Electoral College? Will it work if we ever have more than two parties?
The 2020 election cycle is already in motion for Republicans. For Democrats, not so much. It's not clear who their candidates might be. Since 1992 that slot has been held for a Clinton should they decide to use it. It's been up to the Clintons to decide when they would leave the stage. What happens now?