I thought closing out November with a “sweeping” was as good a way as any, so here we go.
Sometimes knowledge is best gained in reflective moments. Today I want to illustrate that and the core will be how I celebrated this past Thanksgiving. I appreciate it more today than last Thursday.
It’s rather bold of me to make predictions over 11 months out from an election. More than one prime minister has lost a snap election he called because the political climate can change so rapidly. Also, no election turns on a single factor. (Many among us are still debating what happened in America’s 2016 election.) That said I think I have one major factor for 2024 figured out: turnout; and it’s more complicated than normal.
The breaking news reports on Tuesday were that a car exploded in the vicinity of the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls. I had two initial reactions, both of which turned out to be false, but I was smart enough not to share them because I wanted more information. Often, especially when dealing with breaking news, the smartest replies are “I don’t know” and “Insufficient data”.
Since at least the 1964 election (Operation Eagle Eye) the Republican party has been the party of voter suppression. I thought when the decision came down on Monday that the biggest American political story of the week had occurred. With the value of the subsequent history, I wasn’t wrong. It didn’t get a lot of press but the potential is both huge and almost inevitable to be reached!