If anybody had told me this time last year that Donald Trump had a chance to be president of the United States, I would have said “there is no way that a man who is totally unqualified, who enjoys insulting folks in public and who appears to have a fear of women could ever be serious candidate for the job.” But was I ever wrong – the man is leading the pack on the GOP side and has most all of the other candidates looking weak and defenseless against his onslaughts. All polls show The Donald with a commanding lead, and the worse his conduct and statements get, the better the polling numbers are for him. I have to consider this man as a most serious candidate at this juncture.
The more that The Donald insults folks, including his opponents, and brags about how rich he is, the better he does. He has even bragged about using the bankruptcy laws to avoid paying his creditors and that bring loud applause from the huge crowds he is attracting. It’s clear that this man has touched a nerve with the people and that’s something that no other GOP candidate has been able to accomplish. I forced myself to watch the entire debate on CNN on September 16. Much of which was more like “Comedy Central” than a real political debate involving candidates for President. I thought Gov. John Kasich, and Jeb Bush, on a few occasions, looked presidential. None of the others, with the exception of Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, even came close. One candidate described the others as acting like “junior high school students,” and his was a pretty good analogy.
When you consider that some of the GOP candidates might actually be elected president, it’s a real scary thought. Jeb Bush is qualified, but he acts like he really doesn’t want to be involved or is just intimidated by Donald Trump. He looked to be shell-shocked during both of the first two debates. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Texas Governor Rick Perry have already thrown in the towel. I was not at all surprised at their getting out of the race. I suspect others who are not doing well will follow them and withdraw. The American people are fed up with politics as usual in this country and as a result the campaigns of the more recognized politicians haven’t gotten off the ground.
On the Democratic side, Sen. Bernie Sanders is clearly having a great deal of success. Even those who don’t like his political beliefs will have to admit that at least the man has a message. Joe Biden is still looking, but some experts believe he may have waited too late. I am not so sure that’s true. The Vice President is both likeable and capable, which is a rare trait these days, and he may be “drafted” by the party of the American people. We are just in October and the election is more than 13 months away, so maybe there is time for the Vice President, who appears to be very popular, to jump in the race.
In any event, I still have to believe that Hillary, even though she has slipped badly in the polls, will most likely wind up being the Democratic nominee. It’s been sort of interesting to see Bill Clinton being so quiet lately. That is totally out of character for him, but at this stage, most likely is a good campaign strategy. I consider Bill Clinton to be the best candidate who has run for president in recent history. He definitely has “it,” whatever “it” is in politics, and I am convinced that this man could be elected president again if the U.S. Constitution allowed him to run.
In any event, it’s as clear as a bell that the American people – with the exception of the “super rich” – don’t like any of the “politicians” who are in the presidential race. A sobering thought to consider is that we may have a race in November of next year featuring The Donald and Sen. Sanders. As they say back in my hometown of Clayton, “who would a thunk it?” I will confess that I never thought either of these two men, and especially The Donald, would be taken seriously by the people in this country – but was I ever wrong!
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