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American people the losers in this election



The presidential election is now just one week from today. Who will win? The answer to that is still unclear. But we do know who will lose. The American people. Actually, we have already lost, no matter who wins next Tuesday. After the votes are tallied, about half of the country will be unhappy with the results. We are as polarized, politically, as a nation than we have ever been. But the woes run deeper. Our two choices for president are among the most unpopular ever at the top of the ticket. Many Republicans don’t like Donald Trump and many Democrats don’t like Hillary Clinton. Both political parties will likely come out of this race licking their wounds. The Republican party is splintered, and Hillary is still feeling the Bern from young voters. And whoever wins will enter the official office faced with trying to get their policies through our do-nothing Congress. They could again play the role of obstructionist, shooting down any legislation the new President offers, even if only to prop up their own political party. We will likely all be glad when this rather putrid campaign is over, but don’t expect things to automatically get better after next Tuesday.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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