November, like Winter, is coming.  It seems like the world is dominated by the impending presidential election. Especially for us young, politically active-people, it is hard to find a world outside of politics or a person untouched by the ongoing campaigns. It is especially difficult this year, a presidential election year.  We are electing so many people from the school board to the House of Representatives to the White House. What exactly have we gotten ourselves into? Is there a light at the end of this long tunnel? Here is 5 things you should expect when electing: 

1)  Branding and Re-Branding

Many of these expectations will pop up on every single campaign trail, from city council races to races for the White House. “Branding” and “re-branding” is seen most prominently on the national stage. We’ve already seen both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton rebrand themselves – whether it is to make themselves more Left or more Right or more moderate or more “cool” or more “law and order.” Is there ever going to be a final version of either candidate? Only time will tell. The clock is ticking down towards November, and I think we are all expecting at least one more re-branding from each candidate.

2)  Endorsements

Every politician on every level of the stage seeks those coveted endorsements. We all laugh when former candidates endorse current ones and tease people, like Bernie Sanders, about selling their soul with their endorsement. It happens, and we better get used to it. Whether it is the Governor supporting a Senate candidate in a closely contested race or a big time business leader throwing his backing behind the city council underdog, endorsements are watched closely. While they may not seem to play a big role in influencing how voters cast their ballots, they can play a part in backers and other political donors and who they support in the election. You thought endorsements were over? Oh, just you wait. We are only getting started.

3)  Big Ole Empty Promises

No candidate carried the expectation of more empty promises than socialist, Bernie Sanders. With every campaign comes the inevitable empty promises.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a candidate on the Left or the Right. You do what you need to do to get elected. It’s like that middle school election where you promised to get rid of homework and have pizza for lunch every day. We all knew that wasn’t going to happen, but we liked the sentiment behind it. That’s the way some people feel about whatever the free treat of the day is. We all know that’s not going to happen. You just learn to expect these things when its election season.

4)  Smear Campaigns

It’s not a modern election if there isn’t any mudslinging. It’s a tradition nearly as old as our country, and how could we leave it behind? Whether it is calling into question the sanity of one candidate, or the health of another, or accusing a candidate of accepting bribes, smear campaigns are bound to happen. They make politics interesting, and also sad to watch. No one wants to watch anyone else be dragged through the mud, even if you really dislike them. We all wish they would just stick to the issues, but the odds of that happening are slim to none.

5)  Get out the Vote Efforts

If it’s an election season, don’t answer your phone, especially your landline. You’re on a list, and they are coming for you. We all have a duty to vote, especially since for so long so many of us couldn’t vote, especially the ladies, and the Get Out the Vote campaign is designed to remind you about voting. However, if you’re super politically involved already, countless phone calls full of polls and voting reminds can get a little out of hand. I know when the election is! I don’t want to tell you my education level and political party affiliation over the phone! The Get Out the Vote Effort WILL invade your life, and it is just something we politicos have to deal with so that the non-politically minded individuals in our world don’t ruin it for the rest of us.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member