After a big feast, the bones of whatever animal was consumed can be gathered and boiled down for soup. Elections are a feast of sorts, if you prefer blather to meat, and it’s customary to make some kind of broth from the whole experience.
Why bother? Those of us who are “into it” love to analyze trends and learn whatever we can along the way. The next election will be shaped by these lessons more than anything else. And if we’ve learned one thing in this deeply divided America, it’s that election season is pretty much forever.