"All politics is local."
Thomas "Tip" O'Neill
Lets assume that old Tip was right. People votes reflect what's happening in their local lives.
So . . . I've got to ask . . . How are things where you are? What are local conditions like?
I am curious. I want to know. You see, there's this theory going around that in weird times, we elected some goofy politicians. Dmitri Orlov has often talked about that sort of thing happening when the old Soviet Union fell.
Now if the majority of us are experiencing weird times, we can certainly expect some wacky elections.
Having grown up in a dying mill town, I got to see collapse on a small scale. As the local economy went into a death spiral, politics became odd indeed. Lots of crazy ideas were put forward to save the town. In my opinion, most of the solutions were worst than the problem.
Politicians promised stuff that didn't even pretend to make sense. It's a good thing that small town mayors only have so much power. There's only so much damage a pocket Hitler can do.
Of course, that was during a time when most of the country was doing well. The nation could absorb a few nut cases at the local level. What happens when a goodly number of the local politicians are nut jobs. Add them all up, and the country is run by nut jobs.
Take a look around at your local politics. Getting crazy? If it is, just so you'd know, that might be the way the nation's going.