I know who should have been the generic ‘person of the year for 2015. It should be “the Outsider”. Score one for the non-politico, non beltway-sized person from the private sector who is fed up with the same mealymouthed politicians we’ve come to expect, especially in our presidential elections.
If there was a huge loser, it would be Jeb Bush for much of the above reasons, and being the poster-child for ruling class elite. But I know, the real poster of the insider should go to Hillary and Obama for being the stereotype of elite politicos, who are only limited by their own political ambitions and greed.
Since outsider was the real person of the year, IMO, then who was the most effective at being an outsider? Was it Carson, Cruz, Trump, Fiorina, or who? I have to say it was Donald Trump. In any future contest DT would be tough to beat as the ultimate outsider. Some people may disagree with that. But even besides Trump, and how you feel about him or don’t, the pure momentum was behind the outsider. That seemed like a history changing thing. But Jeb does fit the estabo qualifiers for losers.
Just for the sake of being a real outsider, one was granted leeway simply for not being connected to the political elites — or for being disconnected. Sort of a real twist from the usual reality. It would not be hard to make a good case for the outsider.
When you think about it, it could have been the year of anything but the outsider reigned supreme at every turn, even in the media. And it was kicked, punched, prodded, ridiculed, and mocked. Still, the unpredictable nature just drove up popular interest and curiosity. Finally, something that broke that conventional model of the politics-media alliance. Something that would break the conventional wisdom of the media and pundit-class.
My prediction for 2016 is a strong push, by estabos, to make it the year of the insider.
Do they win?
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