My fellow Hoosiers have voted and they gave the tree quite a shake. Senator Ted "Let Me At 'Im" Cruz* has retired his campaign in favor of Donald Trump -- the same guy he was decrying as an amoral Danger To The Republic a day or two earlier. On the other team, Senator Sanders, having squeaked past Secretary Clinton on a 52/48 percent split, is calling his a "great victory."
Looks like we want to see Hugo Chavez vs. Mussolini in Indiana, no? Pundits are pointing in awe and wonder at the "deep divide" in American politics.
As usual, they're full of it. Here's how it works: Secretary Clinton and Senator Cruz are seen as Washington Insiders, part of The Establishment. (This is a bit unfair to Ted Cruz, but the perception is there). Mr. Trump and Senator Sanders are seen as outsiders, mavericks, men who'll take The System by the scruff of the neck and give it a good shaking. (This view, too, is a bit askew from reality but nevertheless real.) The ends of the bell curve won in Indiana based on something the voters have in common.
Take my state as a rough microcosm for the nation (we're a bit to the right of center, but we're that way on the map, too.) Americans are tired of "business as usual," of "same old same old." King Stork looks way more interesting the King Log.
...There's that old saw about "interesting times," but here we are. And the times certainly are becoming interesting.
* I will note that "scary weirdos in the washrooms" did not appear to be nearly as effective an election ploy as "scary border-sneaks." This may be in part because, panic aside, most people understand that criminal deviant conduct is as illegal in California's la-la land as it is in North Carolina; this was the case before NC decided to police the bathrooms exactly as much as it is afterwards. On the other hand, ill-intentioned foreigners who want to kill U.S. citizens and blow stuff up is a much more evening-news-featured story, with plenty of examples from 2001 to present. You know what the actual danger hiding behind theses drastically oversimplified and over-inflated issue have in common? Armed citizens serve as at least something of a deterrent. Pervs and jihadis fear citizen response.
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