American elections can be described in a variety of ways: nail-biting, scandalous, inspiring, sometimes, downright wacky. But one word that never comes to mind is dull. While our elections have always been surrounded by political rhetoric ranging from the prolific to the insane, the 2016 presidential race is shaping up to be one of the most combative and divisive elections of the 21st century. From celebrity candidates to surprise pinch hitters, the political playground has shown us some of the best and worst of our electoral system.
This election has become one of unexpected twists and turns. Voters have seen the resurgence of America’s culture wars, the rise of Bernie Sanders, the unrepentant controversy of Donald Trump, and a myriad of hopeful contenders from the Republican Party that fade away as quickly as they appear. And what we’ve thought to be true of the democratic system is being turned on its head. The results of the Iowa Caucus very decisively revealed that nothing is ever concrete and no candidate is safe. Ted Cruz pulled out a surprising win that shocked even the most devoted political junkie, while Clinton and Sanders finished the race in a proverbial tie. But this, is simply the beginning. As the primary battle continues, Clinton, Sanders, Cruz, Trump, and Rubio continue to fight tooth and nail to become our country’s next great leader.
As the 2016 election heats up, join gnovis for a panel discussion on the the implications of this season’s candidate on the democratic future of America. We will be joined by CCT professors Dr. Diana Owen and Dr. Kimberly Meltzer as we hash out the good, bad, and bizarre of the presidential season. Through the evening we will discuss the effects of the political discourse on an increasingly partisan environment, why some candidates resonate more than others with voters, and how our priorities have changed as a country since the 2012 election.
More importantly, it’s always important to remember that the electoral system is about you! We want to hear your thoughts, concerns, and questions regarding the campaign. Anything is up for discussion: political partisanship, healthcare and the military, the evangelical vote, Larry David’s awesome Bernie Sanders impersonation, whatever matters to you. Please leave your questions on Facebook or tweet us prior to the discussion using the marker #Politics&Prose and join us as we hash out the answers. The event will take place on February 5, at 5:30 in the CCT Lounge.
We Hope To See You There!