The ‘weak’ in US Politics: 29th February 2016

by | Monday 29 February 2016

 

The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Alexandra Tselios

Super Tuesday and Super Exciting.

Why is Trump soaring in the polls?” Is a question I am most asked by people in the media and the general public as we watch the US race unfold in real time. Generally, I refer to the public being sick and tired of career politicians, and that Trump, while offensive and often viewed as a joke, is refreshingly non-PC. This is now rubbing off on other politicians as just this weekend Former Mexican President Vincente Fox took out a leaf in the UN-PC book of politics by saying “I’m not going to pay for that fucking wall, he should pay for it. He’s got the money.” Touché.

With ‘Super Tuesday’ just around the corner, where contests are held in 13 states,  it is worth taking a look back at the history to date around the primaries as an indicator of the results we should expect. With Trump winning every single primary so far other than the Iowa Caucus, it is likely he will take out at least 7 out of the 13 based on recent polls.

With Chris Christie now endorsing Trump, and being slammed for it by his former super supporter Meg Whitman, it is fascinating to take a closer look at Trump supporters and what they are really made of. Seeing as they have generally not been Republican voters previously, it is fascinating to watch the responses from the public as to why they believe Trump is the only candidate capable of fixing America.  Ultimately, should Trump find himself receiving the Republican nomination despite fierce opposition from the Republican National Committee, it will be almost irrelevant which party he was aligned with. George Bush’s top advisor also recently saidMr. Trump is precisely the kind of man our system of government was designed to avoid, the type of leader our founders feared — a demagogic figure who does not view himself as part of our constitutional system but rather as an alternative to it…. For this lifelong Republican, at least, he is beyond the pale. Party loyalty has limits.” If nothing else, this period in US politics may end up being the very thing that shatters a previously limping Republican party, fragmenting what was once a powerful and tight unit.

Meanwhile, in the Clinton vs Sanders race, we have seen more victories for Hillary with her 73.5% win in South Carolina. Bernie now has this Super Tuesday thing to look forward to. I love the descriptive terms in the US race – and labelling this milestone in the race as ‘Super’ Tuesday instead of what it is, Stressful Tuesday, is cute and very American.

FYI: Dr Ben Carson is still running for Presidency, showing his faith despite the facts, hoping that ‘voters won’t be dense‘ this Super Tuesday.

The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Roger Pugh

Heard in church
“I see the Pope wants Trump to build bridges rather than the wall”
“That must be because he lacks tunnel vision”

Heard at Republican Party HQ
“George W’s endorsement didn’t take long to finish Jeb off”
“I wonder if we could persuade him to endorse Trump?”

Heard at Bernie’s campaign HQ
“Older women seem to be going for Hillary rather than Bernie”
“I told you the geriatric sex appeal strategy wouldn’t work”

Heard at Ben Carson’s campaign HQ
“Why are you keen for Ben to visit Cape Canaveral?”
“Someone needs to put a rocket up his arse”

Heard in a Beverly Hills coffee shop
“If Trump becomes President I’ll feel like an employee”
“If Bernie becomes President I’ll feel like I’m living in a retirement home”

Heard at Trump’s campaign HQ
“Do you think Donald will be adversely impacted by the Pope’s remarks?”
“If he can survive an endorsement from Sarah Palin he can survive anything”