A couple of observations:
- 2018 will be interesting in a lot of ways, but I’m particularly focusing on the local-interests vs. national political scene race. We’ve already seen some folks here who are running as either pro- or anti-Trump, even in local races. So far in the primaries those who focused on local and state issues have won their primaries. The general election may prove differently, of course.
- Perhaps the adage that the most ideological wins the primary but loses the general election will be reversed this year.
- In my mind this dichotomy also will show the influence of social media. After all the cautionary tales that have emerged since the 2016 election I think that we will see if those who run nationally (who, I think, will go for big, splashy, chaos-driven social media presences) will defeat those whose social media presences are bland and corporate (and are probably focused locally).
- I also wonder if this is the year that the drown government in a bathtub folks rethink their approach. With the shortages faced by firefighters and teachers (and other public servants), will those who favor eliminating nearly the entire government question their own effectiveness?
- Perhaps their approach was more intentional than I think – by constantly questioning the effectiveness of government in all it does they have set the stage so that I think the public doesn’t believe government is capable of doing a damned thing. That approach might work for regulations that a group doesn’t like, but in other areas it seems to damage institutions that we all rely on, especially schools.
- It’s all fun and games until machine shops can’t find young people who can learn new machines and basic algorithms. The libertarians might want to rethink the importance of public education at that point.