I think, at the election, they will canvass people to indicate their opinion, and at the end count up the preferences for the options on offer.

This may come as a surprise to you, Tyler, but I have heard that there are other American voters whose opinion differs from yours.

My experience in Australian elections (which admittedly contain a whole lot more democracy than yours) is that when one candidate “steals the election”, by winning on a technicality, or winning a close election and then acting as if they had a huge mandate, the annoyed voters respond at the next election by making good and sure that they boot the bastard out.

Don Trump has never enjoyed a majority approval rating. I’m not a close watcher of American elections, but my feeling is that later this year, those who voted for Trump last time round won’t be as numerous. Some think he is the chosen of god and will vote for him over (say) Jesus Christ. Others may compare his promises against his performance, and stay home rother than vote for a Democrat. Others may accept that they were conned and vote with revenge in their hearts.

On the other side, I’m not seeing a real lot of those who didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 being remorseful over their choice. I’m also hearing a willingness from those who support Bernie over Biden to vote for Biden if their man doesn’t win the primaries. I got the feeling that last time around the Bernie brigade weren’t so keen on supporting Hillary, who they felt had been less than straightforward in her tactics.

Biden, at least to my Australian eyes, looks to be a safe pair of hands. He won’t drop the ball in a crisis.

I think that the mid-term result, where the GOP got the arse in the House, also indicates a certain dissatisfaction with Trump.

But hey, it’s up to you Americans in November. Those who survive.


Britni Pepper has always enjoyed telling stories. About people, places and pleasures.

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