So with Trump's victory a lot of soul searching I'm sure is going on in various political organisations. We've seen talk about how Sanders or any other Democrat nominee would have wiped the floor with Trump, but would they?
It seems that Trumps election is part of a growing trend that sees various electorates turning their backs on what is perceived as political elites and voting for outsiders. In this vein one advantage Trump had over all the Republican and Democrat candidates was the fact he wasn't part of the political tribe. He could play up his 'outsider' status, declare himself free of interest groups seeking to control political parties, as having a broom to sweep away the inefficiencies in the system etc. Now I'm not saying any of this is true but the perception is what's important in this type of discussion.
Here in Australia we've seen our Senate fill up with micro-parties and independents who hold the balance of power, and the most common thing they share is that they are not career politicians. Our most famous 'racist' Pauline Hanson has said today that the election of Trump gives her hope about her political future - another outsider taking on the political establishment, speaking up for the little people who feel like they have been left behind, speaking the truths the establishment is too afraid to talk about.
Now we can wave this away as popularism, but that's too easy. Brand 'Politician' stinks it seems in the minds of voters and there needs to be some work done at fixing this perception. Constantly in Australia we hear about the apathy of young voters, yet a lot of them are very passionate about lots of different causes. It seems that the uninspiring-platitude spewing-stuffed suits the major parties are full of seem to be more of a problem than any voter. Or almost evenly split last federal election would seem to bear this out, voters had a hard time telling the difference between the two sides.
Do politicians need to fix their image with voters? And how? Or this this a minor blip and we'll return to normal very soon?