A week has passed since the election, and I think Ron Fournier (National Journal) has provided a decent interpretation of the results:
The winners were disgust, apathy, and a gnawing desire for a better choice – an alternative to what the two major parties currently are offering.
Rather than a mandate for anything, the results suggest a continuation of a pattern of voters casting a no confidence vote for the status quo. As Fournier concludes, the future could hold one of two possibilities:
The first is depressing, and potentially crippling: Voters continue to cast protest votes, extending the era of boom-and-bust cycles, with power shifting between two unpopular, dysfunctional parties.
The second is disruptive and uncertain, but renewing: Old political structures and habits give way to new systems that are transparent, authentic, competent and empowering in a way that appeals to the rising generation of so-called millennials.
Anyone want to place a bet on which of these outcomes is more likely?