Tuesday, June 16, 2015

With Donald Trump in the race, Presidential politics just got better

If you like politics, if you love politics, especially Presidential politics (and who doesn’t, hah!), then you’ll love the build up to the next election for President of the United States. With today’s announcement by billionaire Donald Trump (his net work worth is more than $8.75 billion) that he’s running for the Republican nomination, there are a dozen GOP candidates and three or four Democrats. The odds-on-favorite remains former First Lady Hillary Clinton whose best qualification is that she is the former First Lady. But she has a long way to go and will not make it to the finish line ahead of the others. (Prediction here.)

When Mr. Trump announced today in New York City, before the ink was dry, as they say, before Mr. Trump had completed his address to his audience of followers, well-wishers and the cynical media, Holly Shulman, National Press Secretary for the Democratic National Committee, was quick to make fun of the candidate with a back-handed statement. “Today, Donald Trump became the second major Republican candidate to announce for president in two days. He adds some much-needed seriousness that has previously been lacking from the GOP field, and we look forward to hearing more about his ideas for the nation,” she said through a written statement. (His ideas and accomplishments would completely overshadow anything Ms. Shulman has ever brought forth.)

Ms. Shulman is one of those disparagers who think politics, especially Presidential politics, is only open to veteran Democratic party politicians who have served in some elected capacity. She’s a longtime Democratic operative who has no regard whatsoever for Republicans of any breed. She worked for President Obama’s campaign in 2012; from there, she was appointed to a cushy job as a spokesperson for international affairs at the Department of the Treasury, though probably not qualified. Her comments about Mr. Trump specifically and the GOP field in general were meant to be disrespectful at best. She would serve her office and party better by keeping quiet while the Democratic field slugs it out to pick a candidate or to concentrate on that side of the field. There also are some nuts running for the Democratic nomination.

Hillary, the former First Lady, is the Democratic front-runner. The primary qualification she has is that she is the wife of former President Bill Clinton, the man she stood by when the going got tough just so she could try to gain an office has high as her husband. Her approval ratings among Democratic voters have been dropping lately, and her delivery on the campaign trail is miserable. She needs a speech-giving coach and a lot of practice to get the crowd to its feet. Surely, every time she opens her mouth, Bill must cringe, hoping her message is not hidden behind her dull voice. The prediction here is that she will not be the next elected President of the United States. It probably will not be Mr. Trump, either, who is as qualified as many candidates running for that office.
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technophobia (noun) [tek-nuh-foh-bee-uh] abnormal feer of or anxiety about the effects of advanced technology

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