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As readers in Beaconland may or may not know, we three reporters in The Brunswick Beacon newsroom — Brian Slattery, Lindsay Kriz and yours truly — rotate on weekly assignment and publication of our columns for this here opinion page.
As lady luck and the divine 2016 calendar rigged it, I drew this week’s short straw, having to write on deadline that just preceded the outcome of Election Day this past Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Thus, at the writing of this little commentary, I was in as much suspense as anyone about the results that hopefully were determined and published without too much trouble and backlash with the dawning of Nov. 9.
Earlier this week, the United States — not so united on the voting front — was still bearing shades of definite dark and probable pale reds and blues, plus a spotty array of other up-in-the-air hues on the national voting map.
The Donald and the Hillary and their teams were still out en masse and all hours stumping and drumming up voters, especially in Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Florida, and about 40 other states, including good ol’ North Carolina.
The talking heads were still talking and analyzing and pontificating at every opportunity as voters twitched and quaked and cringed, lit candles, fasted and prayed for miracles at the polls. It’s been stressful.
Regardless how it went, latest poll numbers indicate nearly half the voters who turned out this week will probably not be very happy these mornings after, though we can all be thrilled, at least for a day, this treacherous election is finally over. Now we can revert to getting focused on a true Thanksgiving in just two more weeks, maybe.
In light of this year’s intensity, scandals, finger-pointing, he-saiding and she-saiding, firestorming and barnstorming and plethora of alleged corruption, something tells me post-election there will still be plenty of political things up for debate and discourse.
The pundits are already declaring this year’s presidential election definitely shaking out as one for the history and record books. On that I think American voters can agree.
In case there hasn’t already been enough dished out for our November plates, here are some ideas and suggestions for future thought and consideration:
• Reformation of the electoral college
• Term limits, term limits, term limits, term limits (how about four years per politician?)
• 2020, the next presidential election year when all Americans should be able to see and vote particularly clearly, is just four years away. Hindsight is already banking on it.
Laura Lewis is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.