What’s interesting about the 2016 Presidential election is that you have two candidates: One an earthly, social Jew and the other a parliamentary New Yorker with a French twist. Yes, I’m talking about Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. The interesting thing is that neither of them truly identify with the party sponsoring them.
In fact, they had declared themselves as independent of the party. Both have bulwarked the political landscape and are putting up a fight we’d never believe. Yes, Hillary Clinton is pulling off the race. But pulling it off is really all she’s doing. Most voters are connecting with her, yet everybody’s "feeling the Bern."
Even though he’s not the practical solution, you have to admit that Bernie's the uncle you’d love to support for president. Ted Cruz is a failure who hasn’t realized it and Marco Rubio should’ve been accepted his place as a moderate Democrat and ran for VP.
Trump’s ownership of Jeb Bush will go down in political history, but still the Republicans are off balance and it's showing. I wonder what it says about America that Trump is a serious contender. Will politics continue to go through these dramatic misalignments or will a third party emerge? Will America be bold enough to challenge Washington and do something radical like bring back the Whig Party (not really… just saying something radical)?
Maybe it's time.
What we’re experiencing is either a new attitude toward politics or the concession of our party system to accept whoever is popular. I believe it's a new attitude. The youngest group of voters 18-25 love Bernie because they believe in the hopes and dreams of their parents. Call them gullible, but in real life, Hillary is nervous about every college town from NYU to Stanford. It's where she might lose the political charms of Obama.
Judging by the solid performance of Rubio, everybody is willing to accept a more diverse America. Chris Christy didn’t realize he had to change to become president and Jeb was the “Only Child Left Behind."
As the political landscape of the country changes, voters are really having to decide if conventional concepts of government are still relevant. You might be fiscally conservative, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be serious about reforming social programs.
Being a Republican does not have to mean that you don’t believe in progress. It might simply mean that you believe in principled growth. And being a Democratic doesn’t mean that you don’t hold people accountable for results. The aisle is going to have to widen. We’ll see how wide come November.