Race for the White House a race for the bottom


As is just about every political contest these days.  Barry Soper shares his thoughts

There’s nothing like the wacky hoopla of American politics, although no one’s ever seen anything quite like the battle going on there at the moment.

It’s a race to the bottom for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, which will come to a climax on November the 8th when the least unpopular of the two will get the key to the White House door. It’s not a contest of popularity because neither of them are.

Not matter how both the Republican and the Democrat conventions tried to soften their image, which turned into family outings, they didn’t succeed.

And it’s baffling why Hillary Clinton believes she can make America safer and create more jobs when for four years she was a central figure in the Obama Administration that she’s applauded for doing exactly that.At least Donald Trump can’t make that claim – but then that’s the least of America’s nightmare.

It’s unheard of that an aspirant for the presidency suggests that America’s arch enemy Russia involve itself in espionage by hacking into his rival’s email account, even if he did say a few days later he was just joking.

Of course he was joking.  Trump doesn’t do diplomacy.  He does campaign very very well though.

It’s no joke that he now seems to have the backing of a man who’d rival him in the haircut stakes, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

And it’s hard to see the funny side of his description of women as pigs, his mocking and mimicry of the disabled and his doubts about John McCain as a war hero, saying he was that because he was captured and he likes people who weren’t captured. Fact is he remained captured in Vietnam because he wouldn’t leave his men.

And a man who advocates “a hell of a lot” worse torture than water boarding is surely beyond a joker. They’re just a fraction of the boofhead’s bungles.

Barry forgets that the race to the White House has different stages, and different audiences.  As international observers we are aghast at the crassness, the contradictions and the total bedlam of the American election system, but it pays to remember that as they move from state to state, trying to knock over certain opponents on specific issues to that state, candidates can be for abortion one week, and against it the next.  It works because the audience that is against it is listening one week, and the audience that is for it listens the next.

Trump has been fantastic at morphing the message, and by the time people need to vote for him as President of the United States of America, he’ll consolidate whatever position he thinks will get him the best result.

What people like Bazza haven’t worked out is that Trump says whatever is needed to win the next stage.  This is different from saying  what you believe in and hoping for the best.   The public at large have very short memories, and will remember the most recent position they heard.


– Barry Soper, NZ Herald

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