On January 9th, 2016, I found myself sitting in a class titled the exact same name as this series: Professionalizing History. The professor started the very first class with a shocking statement: “What’s wrong with all of you?” followed up with “Why on earth would you all decide to waste your lives on a subject
If you would have told me this time last year that Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders were going to debate over the topic of Obamacare, I would have leaped for joy. I was a very strong supporter for Bernie Sanders and a very strong mocker of Ted Cruz during the 2016
Americans don’t want a robot, a candidate that has a soothing voice and a fake smile with a million dollar suit and “American-made” tie. We’re not looking for a corporate idealist that is of the bankers, by the bankers, for the bankers. We’ve been stuck in this kind of mindset for fifty-something years, and we’re finally starting to crawl out of it as a society. The establishment has managed to continuously win elections (if we ignore the Carter bubble, which was a direct result of people not trusting the establishment after Nixon’s decline) on both the Democratic front and the Republican front through a simple checklist…
Once a commanding figure in the Republican party, the so-called Elephant in the Room had problems attracting support for his presidential campaign since day one. He found himself in a lot of arguments — against Rand Paul in the very beginning and against Marco Rubio at the very end. It gave him a sense of a bully, a bit of a corrupt one at that. He attacked Marco Rubio blatantly, and in short it caused both of them lost a lot of support because of it.
To put it simply, O’Malley just can’t drum up any attention. He has no buzz, no real foundation in public opinion, and no real business running in a race dominated by two incredibly charismatic performers. On one hand, there’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — whether you like her or not, you have to admit she’s capable of swaying voters with her style of campaigning. People cheer her name, and all she ever has to say is “women”. On the other hand, there’s Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the grassroots underdog that’s managed to bring massive crowds to become a bit of an Internet sensation.
The date is 8:30 in the evening on Monday, September 26th, 1960. The world, or at least America, watches as Republican Vice President Richard Milhous Nixon and Democratic Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy (the two leading and strongest candidates for the position of the 35th President of the United States) participated in the first ever televised presidential debate. The city is Chicago, the Windy City.