"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman
One problem with the discussion there is that you can't really say anything negative about Clinton without hurting lots and lots of precious feelings. It's hard to have any meaningful analysis of the result in a place where you're effectively not allowed to say anything critical about the candidate who lost 14% of the 2008 vote while the other one stood still.
The result is not purely down to Clinton's own weaknesses, there was some institutional sexism, and some strengths from Trump. But it's too big an element to ignore.--It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
Anecdote == data: my eldest's vocab went from "words Daddy uses and I remember" to "hang on, Daddy doesn't use that word..." within hours of her first watching Peppa pig.
Of course, now that I've been guilted into believing that she's going to be ADHD'd into a sad shell of her former self several years from now, I'll turn the bloody thing off and keep her dutifully stimulated at all hours of the day. I can't wait for the autism correlations to roll in as well.
I mean fuck, all of the private preschools here have child psychologists coming in every fortnight to watch how the kids play... and teachers worry about the rise of mental health diagnosis in young children? You don't say.
 This is something I'd like to know more about. I'm sceptical - thanks to my own psychological issues - and I tend to think they're paid to actively find issues. On the other hand, is it better to deal with potential issues now rather than later?
Oh god, I've just remembered her distress when asked if she wanted a Pooh bear jigsaw puzzle. The location translation doesn't have a hint of "poo" in it, and she took the English name at face value. The look of sheer terror in her eyes.
I suspect that attitude is pretty entrenched. Maryland has yet another Republican (in about as blue a state as you can imagine) governor. By the 2018 election we will have had a Republican Governor more often then a Democratic one. I've heard that Massachusetts (there aren't many states as blue as MD, but Mass should qualify) seems to have plenty of GOP governors as well. The last primary election involved the state establishment shoving down their hand picked candidate (who had one job: implementing Obamacare. And screwed it up worse than states actively trying to screw it up).
This is my "lizard rant"
the only way to avoid that is democracy. I think Sid Meir might have been on to something. A real democracy (note civ also had republics) would remove the corruption of politicians (axiom: a citizen voting for his own benefit isn't being corrupt. No idea how to balance that against the "tyranny of the majority"). We (well, those populations with a workable internet system, although I suspect the US one doesn't cover enough people yet) could easily set up a system to divide issues down to subsets of people (similar to congressional committees) to hash out the details and push it up to larger and larger groups for approval. A quick study of US politics as more and more people obtained power does not imply that rookies have a clue when it comes to politics (best examples: alien and sedition acts, Andrew Jackson, prohibition[, reconstruction is controversial]).
I already posted it before the election, but I suspect this is why it is needed. It isn't just the candidates, the whole party seems to assume that it is a "brand manager" and needs to behave as such (and presumably the whole reason Trump won his nomination was that Republicans feel similarly alienated by their establishment).
Are politicians actually obsolete? Could we replace them if the citizens were willing to bother governing (considering US voter turnout, good luck convincing anyone to govern)? The scariest bit about party establishments is that there simply isn't any news about the local Statehouse. Maybe it is different in other areas, but the only news that seems to come out is how easy they are to bribe, and how crazy the laws are that come out (which the governor is blamed for because nobody knows who their state rep is or how he voted). Don't ask about the school boards (although I did get a hint from a retired teacher about who was the one you didn't want to vote for).