Poll-vaulting dreams

It appears as though the Olympics needs a new sport — poll vaulting is gaining popularity not just here in North America, but in Europe too.

Not too long ago the “bookies” and “pollsters” used to make a living from telling us what we are thinking  — interesting concept to start with perhaps. 

Now, not unlike the mentality of forum trolls where we quickly fall behind anonymity and confuse the pollsters. Such was the case with Christy Clarke’s last re-election campaign, Brexit and now Trump.

If there were an Olympic record for poll vaulting however, I think Trump raised the bar a little higher last night.

  • Was it spin doctoring in the media that went so wrong? 
  • Was the silent majority really looking to see a radical change in the approach to government? 
  • Was America so desperate that they saw no option than to choose between a liar or a self-confessed philanderer who recommends his supporters “beat ‘em up” or “punch them in the face?"

Whatever it was, it ruined my night.

Not because of the outcome, but simply because I expressly told my wife I was not interested in the play-by-play politics during the evening. 

Only what would happen once someone was elected. How wrong I was.

Driving back from the Kootenays, my wife and I were taking turns to commentate on a sea of red taking over the U.S. and in shock at how wrong almost every single media outlets predictions were.

I heard a leading Republican describe the conflict in simple terms, a battle of intelligence against stupidity, and stupidity won.

Whatever it was, the passion for Reality TV has created a star of sorts who with no political experience, no statesmanship and a checkered history in business has now gained arguably the most powerful office in the world.

I can only think that the U.S., in a Twinkie-induced coma, fell in to a trap after binge watching the latest episode Tuesday night.

Perhaps we will see the clapper board in a few days time to remind us it was just a practical joke, Trump’s next TV series is complete — he did it, he fooled us all. He is off to make his next billion.

He did after all say all.


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