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Irregular commentary on whatever's on my mind -- politics, sports, current events, and life in general. After twenty years of writing business and community newsletters, fifteen years of fantasy baseball newsletters, and two years of email "columns", this is, I suppose, the inevitable result: the awful conceit that someone might actually care to read what I have to say. Posts may be added often, rarely, or never again. As always, my mood and motivation are unpredictable.

Buster Gammons

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Buster's Final Word On The Election. I Hope. At Least Until Tuesday.

Like the rest of the chattering class, I've said way too much about the presidential campaign of 2016.  And I've said it twice.  Maybe ten times.  Forgive me.

It's just been such a long, strange trip, and it's almost at an end.  The two main candidates are as different as night and day.  Call them polarizing if you like, but these days what isn't polarizing?

This election is critically important.  This election could be/should be about issues and policies, but it's not.  The election could be/should be about these two remarkable, historic candidates, but it's not.

This election is really about us -- you, and you, and you, and me.  All of us.  On Tuesday, we will all take a national IQ test.  The test has just one question, and it's Pass-Fail.  Our answers will not soon be forgotten.

Our children and grandchildren will probably never ask us about the election of, say, 1996.  But they will someday ask us about the bizarre election of 2016.  When they ask us if we voted for Hillary or for Trump, how will we answer?  How will you answer?  Will you be proud or ashamed?

P.T. Barnum famously said, "There's a sucker born every minute."  We're about to find out how many suckers we have.

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