All presidential elections are unique, but the one we have playing out now is truly strange.
Republicans seem Hell-bent on electing a non-politician, with no previous experience in government. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I can think of three past presidents who could be described that way: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, and George Washington were generals before they became president. All were at least moderately successful. So, it can work. Two of our three current non-political candidates are or have been chief executives of huge corporations, and the other is a noted brain surgeon. They are all very bright, accomplished speakers, and seem determined to solve problems and reform government. However, none of them have governed.
Democrat choices are stark. Disregarding O’Malley, Webb, and Chafee (and so far Democrats have done just that) we have a crazy old socialist in Bernie Sanders and a dishonest former first lady, senator, and Secretary of State in Hillary Clinton. Add Joe Biden to the mix, maybe. The key candidates are Sanders, Clinton, and possibly Biden. All three are older than most candidates: on election day next year, Sanders will be 75. If Biden runs, he will be 73, while Clinton will be a youthful 69.
On the surface it would seem that Democrats have two or three viable candidates. But, after watching the first debate, run by CNN, some pundits have remarked that Sanders doesn’t seem serious, that he’s really just in there to give Hillary a straw target. I agree.
Biden is seen as only running as a backup, because Hillary, supposedly, could be indicted for her violations of national security law. This is only my opinion, but I doubt that Hillary will be prosecuted by our corrupt Democratic administration, even if she has come out against Obama’s trade pact. There probably is no love lost between the two, but Obama won’t allow her to be prosecuted as a criminal. She could commit several televised murders between now and the primaries, and she will still end up as the candidate. What’s odd is, Democrats don’t care what she does or how few accomplishments she has – they’ll vote for her. They’ll blame Republicans for harassing her.
It won’t matter to Democrat voters that Hillary has no real accomplishments, either as senator from New York or as Secretary of State, that she was at the heart of the Benghazi fiasco, that she used her powers at State to get hugely overpaid speech gigs for Bill and multi-million dollar donations to the Clinton Foundation, or that she deliberately set up her emails on her own private server (never before done by any major government official) so as to keep her communications safe from future Congressional prying. Or that she deleted emails, or lied about what she did. Democrats are without conscience or sense of right and wrong when it comes to their leaders. Ethics don’t matter to them – only power matters, and control of the public treasury.
Some folks accuse me of being a pessimist, but Hillary is likely to win the presidency, Donald Trump notwithstanding. The so-called “Blue States” automatically vote Democrat, and they include California and New York, not to mention Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Vermont, and all the Northeast. The election is practically won already. Add to that the fact that it is quite easy for illegal aliens to vote, and she has the support of quite a few dead people, who always vote Democrat. It will take a huge upset for any Republican to win.
Suppose that Hillary is indicted or has to drop out for health reasons (she is rumored to be unhealthy) and Biden hasn’t entered the race. The Democrats will simply pick someone during their convention. For reasons of diversity, they might even pick a real donkey, and that animal has a great chance to become the next president, and give us eight more years of Obama quality leadership. If the country lasts that long. (think Greece and Venezuela).