I typically shy away from talking about politics in public because, while I normally get almost no comments, I fear that as soon as I say something political all kinds of crazies will come out of the woodwork like cockroaches in the dark. But nothing even remotely like that has happened to me in years and I have a blog and I have opinions so…
Let’s get this one out of the way first: Donald Trump. Trump is a showman. A lot of people like him because they think he “says what he thinks,” and I totally get that. Ask a politician a yes or no question and they will talk for two minutes and never really answer the original question. We are all so tired of that, so when a guy comes along and says things that are generally considered unacceptable gullible people assume he is “saying what he thinks.” He is not. He is doing what every politician does: saying what he thinks people want to hear. We have little or no idea what he really thinks. The disturbing thing is that so many people do want to hear the crap Trump has been saying.
As for what kind of president Trump would be, I think the only thing that is certain is that his policies would strongly favor corporations. The rest is unknown. Maybe he is serious or maybe he is just putting on a show for the lowest sort of voter. But I do hope he wins the Republican nomination because I’m pretty confident that either Clinton or Sanders could beat him. Hopefully I’m not putting too much faith in Independents and moderate Republicans. In the (hopefully) unlikely event that he is elected President, I don’t think he will be very effective at all. Depending on how crazy he really is, I don’t think he will get much cooperation from Congress. I think he will have trouble even with some Republicans. So it would be an interesting four years.
The other Republican candidates – I have to confess that I haven’t been paying very close attention. I’ve heard a few crazy things from some of them and I was surprised to find myself thinking that Jeb Bush sounded like the most sane of the Republicans, after I had at first thought, “No no no no! Not another Bush!” But I guess a lot of other people were also thinking, “Not another Bush,” because he never did well and he’s out now. I have to remind myself that most politicians aren’t quite as crazy as they sound while they’re trying to get elected but the Republicans scare me a little bit.
On the Democrat side, I like both Clinton and Sanders but I also have problems with each of them. I think Hilary could be a very good President. I like that she’s moderate. But she also has baggage and some possible ethical issues. Perhaps more importantly, I’m not sure she could beat Cruz or Rubio if one of them gets the Republican nomination. But then, I’m not sure Bernie could either.
My first thought about Sanders is that he has nice fantasies. I have serious doubts that he could get any of these fantasies past Congress to make them come true. His age is also a concern. 70 is not as old as it used to be. People are remaining active into their 80s and in some cases even 90s but the presidency is a tough job. Age is maybe not a huge concern but it is a concern. What about electability? I think he has an excellent chance of beating Trump and probably a pretty good chance of beating either Cruz or Rubio but less certain. Older voters may be afraid of the “socialist” label but he is owning the label and trying to turn it into something positive and that’s a plus.
So… I don’t know. I want it all to be over. I’m going to miss Obama as president but it is right that no one can be President for more than eight years. His time, sadly, is almost up. When you think about it, it was kind of a miracle that he won – twice – so maybe we will get another miracle and elect the right person again. I’m just not sure which one – Bernie or Hilary – is the right one. But either one will be okay, I think.
Everyone be nice now.