Political Insights from #ARA2016 Keynote

Kelly Marshall

ara-16-rothenberg Stuart Rothenberg knows the word “nonpartisan” is suspect, but as the Founding Editor of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, that’s what he strives to be. In his recent keynote address to the members of the Agricultural Retailers Association meeting this week in Orlando, Rothenberg talked about the recent Presidential election, and how it was big in more ways than one.

It was big because the outcome was stunning in many respects, Rothenberg said. It’s more than an upset in the polls, but because someone like Trump has never won a major election in this country, or indeed, in any country in the world. He lacked a plan, a political strategy, and basically convention of any sort, but the American people chosen him for those very reasons.

Of course, it was also big because the difference in votes between the 2008 election and this one were pretty tiny, considering the number of overall votes. But while they were small, they were significant. More than one key win was obtained by slight margins on both sides that Tuesday night, but the results were immense.

Here’s an excerpt from the start of his keynote address: ARA Keynote Address, Stuart Rothenberg

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