Hard to believe that eight years ago, Europe was enjoying the race to the White House. We all favoured Obama. On the night of Obama’s election, I wrote a piece “Two Cheers for President Obama”…one cheer for being a History maker, one cheer for being a Democrat. I could not offer the third cheer because most of my fellow Europeans failed to realise that Obama would be President of the the United States of America and would act in American interests rather than mine….and rightly so. But in 2008, I saw no reason to give him a blank cheque. I dont buy into the American rhetoric that the Man/Woman in the White House is the “Leader of the Free World”.
For the record, a lot of praise is due to President Bush and Laura Bush…their finest moment seemed to be getting caught up in the History of it all. Shamefully the Republican Party and Fux News has not treated President Obama with due respect for the office he holds or his (economic) achievements.
Yet since 2008, American Politics has been on a downward spiral. I hold no brief for journalist Melanie Phillips but last night on SKY News she summed up the 2016 Presidential Election as a contest between Mussolini and Lucretia Borgia.
Mussolini is of course Donald Trump. His rise is entirely due to the incompetence of the Republican Party establishment. They attached their legitimate Conservative agenda to a raft of issues…angry white men with guns, anti-modernism, the Christian extreme, racism, anti-intellectualism.
They thought that they could lead that agenda…but that agenda has led them.
Genuine thoughtful Republicans will not support Trump. They will hope for a Trump defeat and the opportunity to re-group for 2020.
It seems in the last decade that an entire industry has sprung up…the Fact-Checking of claims made by politicians. Trump’s response is to spew out lies and his supporters love it.
We are now in a new age of Politics….Post-Fact.
“Facts” are now less important than an agenda.
For years all politicians have abused Statistics to the extent that nobody actually believes a word they say. It is not just Donald Trump. I dont believe a single “fact” spewed out by the LEAVE side in the EU Referendum Campaign but I will cheerfully vote LEAVE anyway. They tell bigger and better lies than the REMAIN campaign.
As you might expect, I am a big fan of Bernie Sanders.
As Hillary Clinton stands on a platform …wearing a $12,000 Armani jacket and talking about the concerns of struggling Americans, I detect bullshit. All that “for every little girl who dared to dream” is hypocritical nonsense.
Hillary is nothing more than a “machine Democrat” saying all the right things to get into the White House. With Bill Clinton as the “First Gentleman”. You have to laugh.
Hillary will of course play the History card. It is the only card she has.
The problem is that Barak Obama was authentic. Black people identified with him as authentic and aspirational.
In contrast, Hillary Clinton has no connexion to women …except Meryl Streep and the type of woman who wears a jacket costing $12,000.
Still …she is a Democrat and therefore better than Donald Trump. But she is lucky not to be facing a decent Republican like John Kasich or Jeb Bush.
Social Media and Fux News have gone after her…unfairly ….on Benghazi. But there is something uncomfortable about the “emails” affair but ultimately nothing criminal.
Genuine liberals and social democrats and opponents of the way campaigns are funded will hold their noses and vote for her. She is the best Democrat that money can buy.
But really this has been a depressing campaign. Sanders deserves credit for raising real issues and bringing a new agenda which will maybe come to the fore in 2020. Most Democrats will content themselves that Hillary will be 69years old when she takes the Oath of Office in January 2017. And the search for a more credible Democrat will begin immediately.
Best case scenario is that Clinton defeats Trump but only serves one term as President.
Lucretia Borgia or Benito Mussolini….most Americans will go with Lucretia.