I woke up this morning, and when after a while I’d finally remembered who I was and where I was living and which century it was, and my eyes had become accustomed to the light, I eventually got online and found a YouTube video of the third debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and flipped through it with the sound off.
I scored it as marginal win for Trump. Because Hillary stayed standing. She wasn’t wheeled off on a gurney in a state of collapse. And no flies landed on her either. And that’s pretty good going for her. That’s almost the pass mark. If she’d smiled a bit, it could have been a win.
I put Trump ahead on points in the gesture stakes. He’s got a whole range of gestures. And there was even a new jabbing aimed index finger gesture that he used repeatedly. Hillary couldn’t match his gestures, although she tried. And I think those Trump finger jabs slowly wore her down. She probably woke up with a black eye this morning.
The opinion polls may show her still holding a narrow lead over the him, but here’s why I don’t believe them: a late October 1980 poll showing Jimmy Carter streets ahead of Ronald Reagan, just before his landslide win.
I think Trump is going to win. I’ve always thought he was going to win. He was the stand-out candidate of the entire bunch from the moment he entered the race. Why else did he attract such immediate and unrelenting hostility?
I knew who he was before he ran. I had him down as a brash, loud-mouthed New York property developer who trumpeted his name on top of every building he constructed. I can’t say I admired him much. But I wasn’t shocked or offended by the way he talked. He just seemed wonderfully politically incorrect – an ingénu who’d never learned to censor himself into silence like all the other castrati in the race, most likely because hard bargaining over property deals in NYC doesn’t include much political correctness. No wonder everybody wanted to watch him on TV: there was nobody like him. He was a savage who hadn’t learned the rules, and just said whatever he was thinking without first running it through a multiple PC filters to screen out words like “dog”,”rapist”, and “pussy”. How terrible!
US presidents are like Roman emperors, and watching US presidential elections is like watching the spate of infighting and assassinations that preceded each new emperor, like with Claudius after Caligula. Only now the Praetorian Guard are the media and the net and the Secret Service. And Donald Trump is Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus – Pompey the Great (left). He even looks like him, right down to the improbable quiff. And Pompey was another property developer who put his own name on the buildings he erected – like the Theatre of Pompey in Rome (where Julius Caesar was assassinated).
I think Trump is going to win because he’s caught the rising global tide of reaction against big government. People are sick of it everywhere. It’s why us Brits voted to get out of the asphyxiating EU superstate, and why most of Europe are going to be following us soon. Because they’re sick of it too, and they want their countries back. They want to take control back from a global political elite that has become a deranged aristocracy who’ve lost touch with ordinary people and ordinary values and even ordinary reality.
And Hillary Clinton is a fully paid up member of that aristocracy. She regards the presidency as her entitlement after 30 years of service in the DNC (which she now owns). She’s the ultimate political insider. But nobody much likes her. She has zero charisma. Hardly anyone attends any of her speeches or rallies. Why should they when she’s got the grating voice of a Nurse Ratched? Nobody buys her books either. The Democrat grassroots voted for Crazy Bernie, but they got given Hillary Clinton instead, because she had all the superdelegates at the DNC convention. Her only real claim to fame is that she is the wife of one of the more charismatic US presidents of recent decades. But he’s now a shadow of his former self. And she is too. They’re an elderly couple who ought to have quit politics and retired to Florida five years ago.
Who’s going to vote for her? Are all those Bernie supporters really going to switch their loyalties from him to her? Are they going to vote for her with any enthusiasm? If it’s raining in Milwaukee on election day, are they going to walk ten blocks to cast a vote for somebody they don’t really want to vote for, or are they just going to stay in bed?
And what about the anti-war left? Are they really going to vote for a warmonger (Libya, Syria) like Hillary Clinton? A couple of days back, on Michael Savage, Donald Trump said he’d probably start talking to Vladimir Putin before his inauguration. No chance of that happening with a Hillary who has compared Putin to Hitler. And yet here we are, living through a crisis that’s almost as bad as the 1962 Cuba crisis, and it’s Donald Trump who’s the peace candidate.
And what about the rain of Wikileaks emails which are coming down every day on the Democrats? There’s something new every day. And it must be hurting, because otherwise John Kerry wouldn’t have twisted Ecuadorian arms to shut off Julian Assange’s internet access (as well as his telephone) in their London embassy. Not that it has done anything to stop a flow of emails that now exceeds Climategate in its scale.
And then there are the health concerns surrounding Hillary. If Donald Trump had collapsed outside a 9/11 memorial service and been lifted bodily into the back of a car, his presidential ambitions would have ended on the spot. If Hillary’s didn’t end that day, it’s because the US mainstream media swept it under the carpet. It’s really only the life support provided by the mainstream media, and the government of Barack Obama, and her friends inside the Republican party, that is keeping her faltering campaign alive. Who’s going to want to vote for a chronic invalid with blood clots in her brain?
Hillary Clinton has all these negatives, and Trump hasn’t got any of them. The only real negative that Trump has got is that he’s not a bought-and-paid-for member of the political class, and that’s why he’s been under non-stop attack in the mainstream media from the moment he joined the race. Even Thomas Sowell was joining in:
As for the Republicans’ front-runner, what is there left to say about Donald Trump? Almost daily he demonstrates that he lacks the maturity, the depth and the character required to lead a nation facing a complex range of dangers.
But hasn’t Trump demonstrated over the past 18 months that he can stand up to incessant attacks from all quarters, and still keep soldiering onward? Doesn’t that alone demonstrate character? And depth? And maturity? Wouldn’t lesser men have cracked under that kind of pressure? Would Hillary Clinton last a single day if the mainstream media and the Obama administration stopped supporting her, stopped keeping her alive, and she had to stand up for herself on her own? Would anybody else have lasted a single day either?
Over the past 18 months Donald Trump has demonstrated to the world what a remarkable man he is. Far more remarkable than I ever imagined he was. They’ve thrown everything at him, dropped nuclear bombs on him, repeatedly declared him dead, finished, over – but he’s always come out the other side of the storm, still on his feet, still full of fight, and still the same man. And – even more remarkably – he’s done it almost all on his own, without patronage, and without a team of advisers telling him what to do and what to say and how to say it.
If he really is the empty shallow narcissist they say he is, I’d like to buy a bottle of that kind of empty shallow narcissism, and keep in my medicine chest along with the bandages and the creams and the painkillers, as insurance against the day when only empty shallow narcissism can pull me through.