Is it true that there are 16 Republican presidential candidates, and only one Democratic candidate: Hillary Clinton? Camille Paglia in Salon:
“…when we look at the abundance of candidates who have put themselves forward on the GOP side, compared to the complete paralysis of the Democratic party by the Clinton machine, I think you have to be worried about the future of the Democratic party…
Hillary has accomplished nothing substantial in her life. She’s been pushed along, coasting on her husband’s coattails, and every job she’s been given fizzled out into time-serving or overt disaster. Hillary constantly strikes attitudes and claims she’s “passionate” about this or that, but there’s never any sustained follow-through. She’s just a classic, corporate exec or bureaucrat type who would prefer to be at her desk behind closed doors, imposing her power schemes on the proletariat. She has no discernible political skills of any kind, which is why she needs a big, shifting army of consultants, advisors, and toadies to whisper in her ear and write her policy statements. There’s this ridiculous new theme in the media about people needing to learn who the “real” Hillary Clinton is. What? Everything they’re saying about what a wonderful person Hillary is in private tells us that she’s not competent or credible as a public figure! A politician, particularly a president, must have a distinct skill or expertise in communicating with the masses. It’s the absolutely basic requirement for any career in politics.
If you don’t have an effective public persona, if you’re not a good speaker, if you don’t like to press the flesh, if you’re not nimble enough to deal with anything that comes along, then you are not a natural politician! And you sure aren’t going to learn it in your late 60s! Get off the stage, and let someone else truly electable on!…
I don’t see Hillary as even getting as far as the debates! If things continue to trend downward for her, in terms of her favorability and the increasing scandals, then the Democratic establishment will have to take action to avoid a sure GOP win. Hillary has way too much baggage for a general election–that should have been obvious from the start. If Vice-President Biden jumps in, that would change everything. I don’t think Hillary wants to be defeated, so what I’ve been predicting all along is that there will be a “health crisis,” and she will withdraw. Right now, her campaign is trying to change the headlines by releasing some new policy statement every day, but it’s not going to change the looming investigations into her conduct as Secretary of State. And of course the GOP is holding back its real anti-Hillary ammunition until she’s the nominee. Then we’ll all be plunged backward into the endless nightmare of the Clinton years–it will be pure hell!”
And Trump is a comedian:
“So far this year, I’m happy with what Trump has done, because he’s totally blown up the media! All of a sudden, “BOOM!” That lack of caution and shooting from the hip. He’s not a president, of course. He’s not remotely a president. He has no political skills of any kind. He’s simply an American citizen who is creating his own bully pulpit. He speaks in the great populist way, in the slangy vernacular. He takes hits like a comedian–and to me he’s more of a comedian than Jon Stewart is! Like claiming John McCain isn’t a war hero, because his kind of war hero doesn’t get captured–that’s hilarious! That’s like something crass that Lenny Bruce might have said! It’s so startling and entertaining…
So what I’m saying is that the authentic 1960s were about street theater–chaos, spontaneity, caustic humor. And Trump actually has it! He does better comedy than most professional comedians right now, because we’re in this terrible period where the comedians do their tours with canned jokes. They go from place to place, saying the same list of jokes in the same way. But the old vaudevillians had 5,000 jokes stored in their heads. They went out there and responded to that particular audience on that particular night. They had to read the crowd and try out what worked or didn’t work.
Our politicians, like our comedians, have been boring us with their canned formulas for way too long. So that’s why Donald Trump has suddenly leapt in the polls. He’s a great stand-up comedian. He’s anti-PC–he’s not afraid to say things that are rude and mean. I think he’s doing a great service for comedy as well as for politics!”
Meanwhile, back in the UK, Dan Hodges:
The Labour party is a joke. We should stop taking it seriously
Blairites for Corbyn are having a big week. Yesterday it was announced that Unison, one of the more moderate unions, was backing the great white bearded hope. Then the bookmaker Paddy Power officially installed him as favourite to win the contest.
“STORMIN’ CORBYN NOW FAVOURITE FOR NEXT LABOUR LEADER”, exclaimed the press release.
Though not everyone was as excited as me. My announcement that I had rejoined Labour enraged some of my new comrades on the Left. Apparently, you can only join up and vote for Jeremy Corbyn if your really, really are Left wing. You have to be pure of mind and spirit to vote for their man. Sorry, our man. Which to me seems a touch factional. But then factionalism is what the Left does. So I forgive you, brothers and sisters.
Some people on the Right were a bit enraged as well. “This isn’t a game,” I was informed haughtily.
No. That’s precisely the point. It is a game….
Labour is preparing to elect Jeremy Corbyn as its leader. And in the entire history of the Labour party, no one has ever played a bigger, or more stupid, or more self-destructive game than that.
As both Labour and Lib Dems implode, David Cameron is, not unreasonably, predicting many more Conservative governments to come. If so, isn’t that a golden opportunity for the party to return to its conservative principles, and dispense with environmentalism and nanny statism and all the other trendy causes to which it has felt necessary to pay lip service over the past decade and more? Or have I asked that question before?