OPINION — Twenty election lessons from 2016:
- Money can’t buy an election (Hillary outspent Trump by tons).
- The liberal media lost some credibility.
- Political correctness is dying.
- Labeling (deplorables) is not enough.
- Buying Black votes with empty promises is over.
- TV ads are over-valued.
- The electorate is perceptive.
- The “fringe” is not a solid base.
- An unlikeable outsider with no political experience can win.
- Entertainers have no political clout.
- Pollsters are overpaid.
- Voting is the ultimate protest.
- Promises to leave the country are empty and manipulative.
- An opposition party victory is a referendum on failed policy.
- Thoughtful voters overlook character flaws.
- Don’t ignore the productive worker for he funds the government.
- Debates are overrated.
- Choice of a vice presidential running mate matters.
- A career in politics without accomplishment is a liability.
- Smear campaigns make policy issues of paramount concern.
Final thought: I’ll bet, despite the rhetoric, the woman from Arkansas is probably more conservative in social issues than the man from New York City. Trump is not Ted Cruz and Hillary is not Bernie Sanders. Just saying!
Submitted by: Craig Davis of Washington, Utah
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