Our American friend (the Political Animal) has called it right all along. Before we get to the comments the beaver got from him (the beaver’s teeth gripped the handheld ever so gently… ), let’s stop and offer our friend a rousing tribute:
He charged nothing, yet called it right. Lots of consultants charged millions and got it all wrong. So if we still think calling it right matters more than being approved by the right people, we should keep listening.
Last time out, Friend told us he was sure Trump would be the GOP nominee for President. Now:
Donald Trump won all 57 Indiana primary delegates last night and with it the republican nomination. Ted Cruz came to his senses and dropped out of the race altogether. John Kasich remains in the race for no apparent reason and matters not in the slightest.
The world will watch an American election unlike any other in modern times. For me, of course, this will consist of people who have been stunningly wrong about everything Trump and will continue to be so only worse. The same stale, shopworn templates with which they sought to divine the vagaries of the primary season, and what they felt was a fickle electorate, will be of as little use going forward as they have been previously.
The dumber pundits, of which there are legions, are already handicapping Hillary Clinton’s win in the fall. Oh, she lost to Bernie Sanders last night in Indiana but rest assured the nation is clamoring for her.
In the meantime I look for Trump to begin a general election campaign, defining and deriding the corrupt, venal and mendacious woman of yesterday, Hillary Clinton. At the same time he’ll appeal to an end of divisions amongst Americans, something people are starved for after eight years of Obama’s poisonous, intentional governing by dividing.
Of course it isn’t but that’s the quality of the chatter immediately after it became clear that in early May republicans had picked their nominee. I don’t expect it to improve much going forward but, to be fair, there a few on the left who worry that Clinton has no idea how to campaign against such an unconventional candidate as Trump.
Things will become more normal and regular in the political process because the fight is over.
Some reports said tonight Trump had already begun the vetting process of two people as possible vice presidents. The donor class will set about to see how much, if any, of Trump, is now for sale. I suspect very little. Convention details will be attended to and the like.
In the meantime I look for Trump to begin a general election campaign, defining and deriding the corrupt, venal and mendacious woman of yesterday, Hillary Clinton. At the same time, he’ll appeal to an end of divisions amongst Americans, something people are starved for after eight years of Obama’s poisonous, intentional governing by dividing.
I think Trump will be the next American president. I could be wrong, of course. But in my defense, as readers of this space have seen in real time, I’ve been right so far. Thank you to Blazing Cat Fur for allowing me to share my thoughts with its readers to this point.
Reality check: No, hey, we’re delighted. A cottage industry here in Canada creates smoke and noise to prevent us getting a clear picture. They do it for a living. The smog clearance crews are mostly volunteers.
Re governing by dividing: It is an essential progressive strategy. Progressivism is vastly lucrative for governments but produces nothing but oppression and division for the public. To distract the public from the oppression, the progressive fosters division.
What about Russia, China, and Iran?
The Animal added: Trump has thoroughly disrupted the republican party and is now about to do the same with the democrats. If the recent past is any indication, they won’t know what has hit them until it’s too late.
To listen to all the wailing and dark rumours from now cut-price pundits, this is going to be a summer of three-bag nights.
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Botworld: Where the citizen is no longer an asset Botworld bears very directly on the Trump campaign because the GOP cannot afford to acknowledge or deal with its significance. Too compromised