Days like today, the days after Election Days, always take me back mentally to Valparaiso University and one of my favorite teachers, Dr. Richard Balkema. He taught political science. After an introductory course, I went back to him for one on state and local government. I had only lived in the suburbs then, but I was familiar enough with Chicago politics to enjoy trading stories beyond lectures.
Dr. Balkema liked to connect a lot of points to his favorite movie, “The Candidate” (starring Robert Redford and Peter Boyle, written by Jeremy Larner, 1972, as imdb.com reminds me). He said often that the most important question in politics is the one that Larner has Redford asking as the last line in the film:
“What do we do now?”
Dr. Balkema would apply it to all sorts of different situations, but it rings in my ears on days like this. The most important question happens, in Larner’s story, after Redford’s finished with the election. (No spoilers here, I hope.)
So on we go.
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