Last week was just a skirmish. The real battle begins now. The candidates are looking for our hearts and minds when it really matters.
If we are lucky, and we probably will not be, there might be a brief lull in the volume of advertising before the general election. And then it will begin, the real battle. The one that really counts.
Actually, we will have some pretty good choices this November. It will not be between a couple of nice-looking but similar folks who want our vote. This time, we are going to have some stark differences between Republicans and Democrats.
I have heard our Democratic candidate called progressive and her party called a progressive party. I don’t know if that is new or old, but it seems to have replaced the liberals with something a bit further left. Meanwhile, we will see the Trump supporters and the other Republicans also vying for the very important independents in the middle.
It is no longer fuzzy. There will be distinct differences between the candidates, and we will find all that out in the next 90 days.
We set a record in the primary, sort of. Almost 30 percent of eligible voters turned out: the highest in a primary in a very long time. We will probably set a record in November as well. Folks are more interested in what is going on, and they do not want to sit on the sidelines anymore.
This election will matter. They all matter, but they seem to be getting more significant every election. And the country is becoming far more polarized than ever in our history. We are becoming more passionate as a nation and far too intolerant.
So the flag has been dropped, and they are off and running. No doubt it will be a muddy track. That too has become the new norm. Tolerance is gone, and we are looking for lots of dirt.
We can concentrate on Michigan. There is no national election to worry about. There will be no red wave or blue wave in Michigan. Just some local elections that will make a lot of difference in the lives of folks who live here.
If you are passionate, then get involved. Otherwise, listen, watch, read and decide. It will be a very important 90 days.