“This is an election, not a coronation!,” said one of my learned friends cynically after being lectured to about which people would staff the coming Clinton Administration. It surprises me how so many Democrat supporters believe this election is a done deal.
The pervading view is that Trump is completely clueless, certainly what the mass media would have us believe. An article written in March 2016 in the Australian said the following,
“What an indictment of the mainstream media the Donald Trump phenomenon is. How is it possible to so misunderstand the mood of the American people? How could they miss the obvious? Perhaps when your opinions are formed in an echo chamber and you allow blind prejudice to substitute for serious reflection, it’s not really surprising…”
Let’s put it this way, if Trump pulls off a half decent performance at the first debate that shows he can handle numbers and sound informed on issues that matter (watch his Roanoke, Virginia speech from 1.25.00) rather than just rant slogans (as he is often accused of) Clinton is in for an election drubbing.
I don’t know if I speak for many but when watching political debates I look to see the authenticity in the candidates. The eyes are always a give away. If candidates don’t project ‘warmth’ it is very hard to believe whatever comes out of their mouths. This is the difference between Trump and Clinton. His hair ruffling moment on Jimmy Fallon showed the bully had ‘humility’ (8mn views). If you watched Clinton on “Between two ferns” (9mn views) in what was supposed to be a comedy sketch designed to show her humorous side it actually revealed her to be the cold and angry landlady yelling at you for letting your kids leave their bicycles in the front entrance.
Once again, this is an election, not a coronation. The only way I see Trump losing this is through a total meltdown at the debate or ‘something’ happens to him. Outside of that this election will be a true reflection of the realities of the state of the nation. On that count I think Hillary Clinton hasn’t got a hope.
The irony of this election is that it is a vote for Trump or a vote against Trump which does not automatically equate to an endorsement of Clinton. All the while I smell all of the same hubris that was prevalent at the time before Brexit. The constant moral and intellectual superiority arguments that demeaned rather than educated. The people are sick of being lectured to by the establishment. Prepare to be shocked. Perhaps this isn’t an election but a referendum.