I saw Trump absolutely destroy Hillary on October 9th airing out her myriad hypocrisies for all the world to see and dragging her through the mud. But I am just one person. Across the internet I see Hillary supporters all think Hillary won, Trump backers like me all think he demolished her. I can find only scant patches of somewhat neutral ground(all of it slanted one way or the other). Trump supporters like me focused on his dominant presence, the threat to jail her, her visibly rattled and frightened appearance, his unapologetic crushing of her pathetic Lincoln excuses.
But Hillary supporters weren’t seeing the same thing the same way at all. They saw a creepy, sniffling, hulking, stalking orange man trying to intimidate Hillary while she was trying to make intelligent points about policy.
Someone from another planet would never believe that both parties had seen the same event!
Even with the first debate, I can remember Trump supporters readily admitting he went in unprepared and having good-natured discussion with the other side over what he could have done better.
The second debate is the moment that any sense magnanimity and shared purpose between factions is lost. A new age of tribes comes into being.
As of October 9th, the last pretense of cooperation within the American republic has been cast aside. There is now only war. No one will ever admit their candidate lost at anything out of a sense of fair play, they will relentlessly push for whichever functionary pushes their interests best so they get their piece of a steady dwindling pie and the other guy gets left out in the rain. The civic life becomes like those two soldiers in Saving Private Ryan fighting over that combat knife.
It’s easy for everyone to get along in times of plenty, but when the good times dry up, humans play the primal monkey game of musical chairs. Every round someone gets left out and “voted off the island.”
After years of economic stagnation only kept under control by easy money with low interest rates, the established system steadily falls apart nonetheless.
With the polls lately, I no longer know what to think. It’s a cliche for supporters of a losing candidate to suppose polls are rigged but when you see swings of nearly 10 points with the same polls within a few days, I’m inclined to stop paying much attention. At that point it’s just noise. If the overall trend they indicate is true, though, Trump likely loses this election after all. But let’s be clear, at this point nearly every established institution has now burnt its political capital and sacrificed its credibility to try to get Hillary into the oval office. It’s so far gone at this point that it’s not completely out of the question that even the pollsters have done the same. Even with Real Clear Politics average I’ve noticed that with the exception of LA Times tracking poll, they may have ceased including some more favorable results for Trump such as a recent Rasmussen poll. Everyone has a dog in this fight like I’ve never seen before. I no longer know who to believe. The most important thing right now may be whether Trump can assume full control of his party and keep the coalition together in the midst of GOPe defections.
Establishment supporters suppose their golden world will roll on blissfully as it was once they’ve won the election. No, the dynamics in play have irrevocably changed. From this point the divide only grows more wide and more bitter no matter who wins or loses.
Just as supporters of either side now back the party line completely to the hilt unwilling to make any concessions whatsoever, millions of Americans will cease to see the ruling order as legitimate.
There is now a huge demand to provide services for a completely separate new culture. After political purges on social media, there’s now attempts to start a new twitter, a new wikipedia, a new reddit. While geographic secession is difficult in a nation where all groups overlap, cultural secession and fracture is well under way.