I have experienced defeat in presidential politics many times. Actually, I expect most Americans have. You win some and you lose some.
I first experienced defeat in 1964 when Barry Goldwater went down, though in that year I was not even old enough to vote. I experienced it in 1968 and again in 1976 when my candidate was Ronald Reagan. It was a particularly bitter pill to swallow in 1976, for Reagan was old and — so I was told — never likely to run again. After 12 years of the Reagan and Bush presidencies fortune was against me again in 1992 when the nicest of the Bushes lost to a hick who obviously had hoked up his resume and brought his left-wing wife into the White House with him. She had worked for a communist lawyer named Robert Treuhaft in San Francisco and labored at Yale on the Yale Review of Law and Social Action when it published cartoons of pigs dressed as police officers. As for the hick, he had dodged the draft and demonstrated against the Vietnam War.
The election of 2000 brought victory, but after eight years of George W., 2008 brought defeat once again. Though, at least America would now be free of the incubus of racism. The victor was a pleasant black man, and there was, for me, some consolation in that. At least the issue of American racism had now been put to rest, had it not?
Then came 2016, and a political newcomer made…Read More