The Weak in Politics: Your #USElections Wrap up Nov 1st

by | Sunday 1 November 2015

The Weak in Politics as seen by Alexandra Tselios

In the past week we saw the third GOP Debate, which I unpacked for DownUnder-Current US and particularly enjoyed some of the unintentional jokes made by some Republican candidates.

After a stellar month for Hillary, we saw a flicker of technology weakness with Clinton requiring assistance when using Emoji’s, specifically, smiley faces.  Maybe Hillary could ‘shadow’ our very own Julie Bishop for a while, she is totally fluent in Emoji talk, and it could be a strategic move too. By assisting Hillary with Emoji’s she too could perhaps feature in ‘Hillary for president’ campaign videos like Julia Gillard has.

It hasn’t been all emoji’s and hearts for Hillary though, with her speech at a University in Atlanta being interruped by ‘Black lives matter’ protestors saying they feel Hillary’s campaign has ‘not  focused on prioritising the lives of Black people’. This adds to another concern for the Clinton campaign suggesting that while older Democratic voters have respect for Hillary younger voters are still unsure, and want her to earn their votes.

Speaking of young voters, an interesting question was posed by Dante Chinni from The Wall Street Journal who wrote an op-ed “If Bernie Sanders loses, what happens to his army of young people?”.   The piece outlines Bernie’s popularity with young people and their engagement with his campaign, while another report discusses Bernie’s at times disinterested engagement with supporters even to the point where he didn’t even kiss babies – who cares? People can seem ‘disinterested’ for a majority reasons and genuine disinterest is not always one of them (Speaking from experience…). Bernie also received attention this week with his promise to a young Muslim student that he would lead the fight against Islamophobia; commenting “I’m Jewish, my father’s family died in concentration camps, I will do everything that I can to rid this country of the ugly stain of racism that has existed for far too many years.”

Dr Ben Carson continues to have his ties with dietary suppliment maker Mannatech scrutinised. Mannatech featured Carson in a number of promotional videos however now Carson says: “I didn’t have an involvement with them. That is total propaganda, and this is what happens in our society. Total propaganda. I did a couple of speeches for them, I do speeches for other people. They were paid speeches. It is absolutely absurd to say that I had any kind of a relationship with them.” Carson’s campaign manager claims he was only hired as a keynote speaker on a number of occasions, so the mystery continues.

Donald Trump was boring during the last GOP debate, but it was interesting this week to see NBC bought him back to host Saturday Night Live on the 7th November, seeing as NBC famously distanced themselves from Trump resulting in a legal dispute between the two parties over the Miss Universe Pageant. Trump of course claims that it is because of ratings because, you know, everywhere he goes ratings fall like glitter at Mardi Gras etc.

The Weak in Politics as seen by Roger Pugh

Heard at Hillary’s campaign HQ
“What is the main threat Hillary faces during the primaries?”

“The FBI”

Heard on Capitol Hill
“I see Trump thinks the world would be a better place if Saddam Hussein and Gaddafi were still in place”

“That’s obviously why Assad is his role model”

Heard at Republican Party HQ
“If Trump becomes President what contribution could Ben Carson make?”

“He could give him a brain transplant”

Heard in a Third Avenue pub
“Why do you think so many candidates intend to stay in the primaries until the end of the year?”

“They still believe in Santa Claus”

Heard at the Democratic Party HQ
“I see Chafee and Webb have dropped out of the primaries”

“I think we’re the only two who have noticed”