I’d like to see Elizabeth Warren sweep into the White House on an upwelling of populist anti-oligarch outrage. I’d like to see the two-party system completely dismantled in one election cycle. I’d like a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United, another rationalizing the way congressional districts are drawn, and another mandating public funding of all elections. I’d like all those amendments ratified within the year by state houses full of actual public servants, instead of petty bickering children playacting the same battles fought by their grandfathers. Basically, I’d like all the most terrible things about the way we run this country to disappear overnight.
What will actually happen is definitely not that. Hillary or some other safely centrist lifer will get the nomination, go up against a stuffed shirt who will receive an alarming percentage of the popular vote solely by virtue of being a white man, and whoever wins will abandon each and every plank of their campaign platform the second they become inconvenient to fundraising.
I’m still going to vote though. I mean, what else can you do?