I hate to keep harping on old Donald, but let’s face it, this is one of the biggest political stories in my lifetime.
Super Tuesday came and went, and if it wasn’t a forgone conclusion that the 2016 November election was going to pit Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton, it is now. In this blogger’s opinion, it is a crying shame that many voters will going to the polls on election day and will have to make strategic decisions to vote against someone as opposed to for someone.
The last few days has proved what Mr. Trump is: a guy who will say anything depending on what gets him the most favorable of opinions. For the life of me, I can’t understand why he wouldn’t disavow David Duke on CNN Sunday morning as he did several times before, later blaming the incident or a faulty earpiece. What’s more amazing thing about the Trump “phenomenon” is that every time he steps into some figurative manure, he only seems to do better in the polls.
I also think it’s possible that Trump is mentally ill, and if so, and what makes him mentally ill is the very thing that makes him so popular among those voting for him. I’m surprised the other candidates have used that line of attack as of yet. Don’t be surprised if that happens before the GOP race ends in Cleveland in July.
However, I blame the GOP for Trump, and the two-party system that refuses to let any third party get a foothold in the political process. Ever notice how it is that whenever there are Presidential debates that Libertarian and other candidates don’t get to share the stage with Republican and Democratic candidates?
The Republican Party has had this coming to them since they blamed 9/11 on Saddam Hussein in Iraq. While Saddam was no angel, the evidence that they had anything to do with those attacks 15 years ago simply wasn’t credible. Once you tell something that isn’t true and refuse to apologize for it after all of this time, the American people will eventually see through it. Hence the presence of Trump, hence a candidate that will tell you whatever s*** you want to hear, paraphrasing Peter Finch in Network.
The polls that ask voters about a hypothetical (for the time being) match up between Clinton and Trump suggest presently that Clinton would win easily, 52-44 according to one CNN poll I saw yesterday. (Other polls I’ve seen have it closer.) A couple of problems with the CNN poll: one, the election is eight months away, and a lot can happen in that time. Secondly, as we learned in 2000, the popular vote does not determine who becomes president as a whole. It is not one single election, but a series of 51 state elections, weighted by the populations of each state in what’s known as the Electoral College.
It’s the kind of election year where the impossible seems possible, and the possible seems impossible. If you don’t vote for Trump, you vote for Hillary. If you don’t vote for Hillary, you vote for Trump. Not much of a choice, is it?
I get this feeling in my gut Trump will wind up being our next POTUS, mainly because nothing bad seem to stick to him, and there’s eight more months where things can stick to Clinton. Really hope I’m wrong on this front, though.