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Mon Jan 4, 2016, 09:46 PM

 

From Trump to Clinton, the race for the White House is powered by delusion / Richard Wolffe

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/04/race-white-house-delusion-donald-trump-hillary-clinton?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Version+A&utm_term=147543&subid=9068680&CMP=ema_565a

With the presidential primaries only weeks away, both political factions have their head in the clouds...We have reached the point of the long presidential primaries where some clarity has normally been reached. After several months of overproduced TV debates, over-hyped candidate interviews and over-examined polls, the first votes are just one month away. Several candidates have already dropped out of the race; several more donors and hacks have either jumped or been pushed out the window. As George W Bush liked to say, it’s voting time.

But instead of clarity, the invisible primaries of this cycle – the phoney war phase – have brought us to a state of delusion. The chief culprit is Trumpmania: a chronic ailment that has engulfed everyone from the voters lining up to attend his freewheeling rallies to the august pundits who lined up to dismiss the supposed fad last year; from the horrified Republican establishment to the transfixed news media and, of course, the braggadocious candidate himself. Delusion lies at the very heart of Trump’s appeal. His crowds want to believe that their country hasn’t and isn’t changing. They want to believe that the United States isn’t on a fast track to becoming a majority of minorities, and that same-sex marriage isn’t widely supported or even constitutional. They want to believe that the old economy can be pieced back together, and that technology can be turned back like Syrian refugees. That Barack Obama was nothing more than an illegitimate corruption of the American way of life. Most of all, they want to believe that a property developer-turned-TV star – who spells out his name in gold-painted letters on properties that he does not in fact own – can indeed “Make America Great Again!”

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But delusion also fogs the Democratic view of the landscape. Many Democrats watch smugly as Hillary Clinton holds the centre ground of American politics. After all, her unlikely challenge from the Senate’s sole socialist, Bernie Sanders, is now dying in Iowa and struggling in New Hampshire...Many of those Democrats mistake the weakness of the rest of the field as proof of the strength of the former secretary of state. Like Trump, Clinton seeks to attract the “squeezed” middle class, but it isn’t yet clear whether she can truly deliver that middle-class message. She has a 25-point economic plan to help them. But can she feel their pain, as Bill Clinton did? The evidence is not promising. Clinton has styled herself as a compassionate grandmother, but the reaction has not been warm and cuddly. Her media team targeted Latino voters last month with a listicle about the seven ways the no-nonsense former diplomat was just like your abuela...The result was multiple postings from real Latinos about how she was nothing like their grandmother, along with the hashtag #NotMyAbuela.

Turnout will be key for Clinton, and apathy – or downright disbelief – remains her greatest opponent. She will need the Democratic abuelas and the party’s African-American base to show up in numbers sufficient to swamp what is now overwhelmingly the Republican support base: of white voters without a college education. This is why Clinton’s best political friends are Trump and Obama: for both, in different ways, can drive minority voters to the polls – and towards a Democrat ticket – much more effectively than she can.

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My commentary: a quick look at the author's bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wolffe will convince you that he's anything but non-partisan. He's a Third Way all the way, in the bag for the corporate side of the Democratic Party, if in fact he's eligible to vote at all...

His cavalier dismissal of Bernie Sanders continues the MSM blackout. No surprise there.

I hope that he never gets the egg off his face come Super Tuesday...

Proserpina

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Response to Proserpina (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2016, 09:52 PM

1. The delusional Agent is MSM , Bernie speaks the truth and it's 2 minutes to the Donald's Hours. Clue

 

Facts are boring but accusations and platitudes are brain candy, too bad we're not Grown up in this country .

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Response to orpupilofnature57 (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 4, 2016, 09:55 PM

2. Maybe it's Second Childhood--senility?

 

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Response to Proserpina (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 4, 2016, 10:00 PM

3. It's being sucked into the vacuum of fear, hate and ignorance .

 

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Response to orpupilofnature57 (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 5, 2016, 12:48 AM

5. dying and struggling. Projection. A lot of people will be looking like

jackasses after the caucuses

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Response to Proserpina (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2016, 10:05 PM

4. Yes he's third way....

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Tue Jan 5, 2016, 08:42 AM

6. Posted to for later. eom.

 

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