Political experts James Carvilleand Mary Matalin shared their insights on the current politicallandscape and what to expect in 2020 at the recent BenefitsPROBroker Expo in Miami, Florida. (Photo: ThomasPhillips/ALM)

The polarization in the current American political landscape hascrippled any sense of bipartisanship. Unfortunately for the publicwho rely on politicians to get work done in the interest of theAmerican people, this can result in gridlock and empty promises. Asthe 2020 election nears, voters will seek out candidates who can enact change andalter their lives for the better. But this will only occur if bothsides come together and foster a greater sense of bipartisanship.Political experts James Carville and Mary Matalin, who have longembodied this sentiment as husband and wife, shared their insightson the current political landscape and what to expect in 2020 atthe recent BenefitsPRO Broker Expo in Miami, Florida.

Understanding the current political climate requires anexamination of the role of media. In particular, social media hascreated a demand for around-the-clock coverage. “The paradox of theInformation Age is that it affects politics—as it affectseverything, actually—we have exponentially more information and weare arguably no wiser,” Matalin told expo attendees. She believesthe media has been reduced to sound bites and 240-character tweets,which isn't an ideal vehicle to understanding policy.

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Denny Jacob

Denny Jacob is an associate editor for NU PropertyCasualty360. Contact him at [email protected].