The rumor is that Ivanka Trump was the one who, during election night, came in and told her father that he was pulling ahead in the presidential race. His response, “What do you mean I’m ahead?” is something I made up, but it has a strong ring of truth to it. At the outset of the evening the polls and the TV commentators were ready to crown Hillary Clinton, but as the night dragged on something else happened.
Donald J. Trump will be the 45th President of the United States of America and one-half of the country are ecstatic and one-half are fearful of it.
This election season was one of the worst in modern times as our top aspirants to the presidency abandoned facts, reason, common sense, and collegiality. This isn’t just about Trump: both candidates are guilty. It has given birth to a new Right-Left populism based on economic and social myths.
Donald J. Trump gave the most startling acceptance speech I have ever heard coming from a presidential candidate. The thing that made his speech startling was his belief, or audacity, that he, Donald J. Trump, would solve almost every problem that we have. He brazenly told us, “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.” (more…)
“Hello Mr. Johnson, this is a survey for ABC/Washington Post on Republican Presidential candidates. May we ask you a few brief questions?”
“Umm, yeah, I guess.”
“Thank you. Now first, if the election were held tomorrow, which of the following candidates would you vote for? In alphabetical order they are: Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, or Scott Walker?”
“Umm, that Trump guy. Don’t know the others.”
“Thank you. Now, which of the following are the most important issues to you as a voter? Terrorism, the economy, immigration, or the federal deficit?” (more…)