I go to work for one day and a massive debate breaks out in the comments. That'll teach me.
Great comments, great questions, great debates. I am going to have to take some time to read and think about what people have presented. One quick reply to some general confusion - this post was a straightforward thought experiment, me putting down things that have been coalescing for a while but still aren't quite there. I'm not prescribing anything and, strange as it may seem, I'm not really commenting on the current contest except as an instance of a larger and deeper political situation.
Please note that no one has the authority to say "Buzz off," on this blog except me. You post your thoughts, you take your lumps. That said, Chinaberry, I'm asking that you rein in your enthusiasm. Provide space for alternative views and topics not so interesting to yourself personally, and be gracious to the other guests here, just as Hillary would be.
Off to think some more.