By: Pat Austin
SHREVEPORT – It is almost over. The voting part of this, anyway. The divisiveness and hostility we have developed for each other will probably linger, sadly. Some observations going into Election Day 2016:
In Louisiana over half a million voters turned out for early voting which surpasses the record set in 2012 which was 350,000 voters. Make of it what you will. Are the large numbers because of the presidential election or just because people want to go vote against David Duke? No idea.
As we close in on election day the media still holds tremendous sway over public perception. I wonder how much attention people pay to all of these polls and then say, “Oh well, Candidate A is ahead three or four points in the polls so why should I go vote?” I believe there are a great many people not being quite truthful with pollsters, but that’s just my opinion. I don’t pay much attention to polls; I favor those that support my own point of view, which is, of course a completely useless practice.
Julian Assange says that “Trump would not be permitted to win” this election. Take that with a grain of salt.
And Hillary says any Wikileaks bombshell coming out in the days before the election is likely to be false. Does that mean that the other leaks were not false?
With Hillary Clinton still so highly favored (IF you believe polls), that indicates that the general American voting population does not care that she left men to die in Benghazi, that she was cavalier with classified material to the point that she let her maid print classified documents for her, and that she takes money from governments that fund ISIS. They discount all the other baggage as well. If Bill was impeached over Monica Lewinsky, Hillary’s future impeachment will at least give them a matching set. We will have the first impeached husband and wife presidential team in the history of the world. How proud we must be.
Oh and we also have new warnings for potential terror attacks.
Stay strong, America. Whichever candidate you favor, whichever way this election goes, we are almost through with this part of it.
Then we will have to live with our choice.
Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.