Not ready yet to say anything very coherent about either the election or our future. So this will consist of tidbits I've run across since the vote.
- The labor historian Erik Loomis writing at Lawyers, Guns and Money had a couple of insights I found cogent.
Without going deeply into it, he's concurring with an observation I might also make: unlike under Reagan or even Bush II, there's quite a lot leftish agitation that is alive and well. Fight for $15, for example. And by and large, after decades of internecine bullshit, a lot of forces have finally figured out what old Ben Franklin intoned: "If we don't hang together, we'll all hang separately."
Loomis also opines, I think accurately, that
Insofar as we have a democracy, it exists within a consumer culture that demands sizzle. Loomis points out that this weighs against many women politicians who have crashed the arena by effort and smarts. Political charisma is currently gendered male. When some woman does crash through the ultimate glass ceiling, we'll learn what charisma in a woman pol looks like.
- There are hints in the electoral map of a new and different pattern to our regional splits. Benjamin Wallace-Wells offers glimpse of this.
I know, that seems crazy on this awful day when Clinton could not win North Carolina or Florida -- or even make meaningful inroads in Georgia or Arizona. But, as a veteran of California's electoral wars through a racial transition, I remain convinced that demographic change can help. The coastal South and the Southwest may be more fruitful territory for progressive change at present than that wintry white Midwestern dead zone from which I migrated. We just got "schlonged" in President Trump's colorful phrase. It's time for some loose-brained reflections.
- John Cassidy points out that journalistic conventions mean we have no idea who is really a member of our "working class."
Our "professional" media seem incapable of accurately naming who the workers are -- nowadays, the working class consists of the people of color who serve their meals, clean their houses and care for their elderly relatives.
- I'll give the last word here to Jamelle Bouie whose commentary has been searingly clear throughout this long election: