As much as I can’t stand all the crazies of electioneering, it’s been hard to miss the good, the bad and the ugly of candidates making their push to be our next president.
Donald Trump’s star is fading as I write this, something that’s long overdue. His smirks and unprofessional facial expressions during the debates have been irritating–but not as irritating as the fact that he actually has a base of nut-jobs –I mean the fringe populace–who think he could actually run the country. I’m so happy to say, “Donald, buh-bye!”
But it IS a shame that he’s lost his Apprentice gig; as an entertainer, Trump shines. Arnold simply doesn’t have the chops to make an interesting show. Scratch that program off my usual watch list. And scratch Donald Trump off the list of presidential candidates. Thankfully. Oh, and it hasn’t eluded me that the line between entertainment and politics is way blurry now. These two opportunists prove it.
I can never listen to Carly Fiorina’s stern debating technique without picturing her in leather wielding a whip. Seriously. Snap! Crack! Fiorina’s a hometown girl out here in Silicon Valley, where her experience as a CEO is looked upon with arched brows. Seriously arched brows. Ok, let’s get serious. She’s almost universally disliked out here. But also seriously, she is completely unqualified. She doesn’t know the first thing about how to be president of the United States. If you’d like to learn more about her failures as a CEO, check out Salon’s piece, here.
Wait, you want something on her related to the campaign? Try this. Which shows she is one confused muchacha. Oh? She’s not Latina? (I knew that.) But you know, she’s pretty confused. Not so presidential, after all.
Oh, and one thing does tick me off bigtime: newscasters call her by her first name, while the male candidates are never called by their first name. Just saying. I can see it with Hillary Clinton, as Bill was the original “Clinton” pol. But not with Fiorina.
Hard come, easy go
As a longtime Hillary Clinton supporter I believed she should have been president instead of Mr. Obama. Hillary Clinton was far better qualified and in my opinion, President Obama’s two terms bear this out. He has sorely disappointed me. My support for her has waned, though, and I am afraid that her time came, the brass ring went to someone else and her time expired. Despite the many talented political consultants who have always been affiliated with Clinton campaigns, hers failed to handle the email server issue sharply and decisively at the front end. It was a shocking failure and it cost her my support, for one, but more importantly, it cost her the trust of many Americans. It appears now that other secretaries of state had the same email set-up, including the esteemed Colin Powell, so my question is “Why didn’t we learn that up front from her people?” Oh, you don’t believe me about Powell? Check this out.
So, as a proud progressive, what am I to do for a candidate?
Enter Joe Biden.
He’s treated as kind of a joke because, frankly, he doesn’t come across as a politician at all, just a nice guy. But not so fast: he is a career politician who is ethical, honest, sincere and what you see is what you get. He would make a different kind of president, I think. The kind we were meant to have. Now, it’s true that Joe is sometimes loose-lipped in a naive kind of way. But I really like him and would love to learn more about him on campaign. His interview on Colbert’s new show was impressive. Here it is in two parts:
Part 1: Biden on Colbert’s show
Part 2: Biden on Colbert’s show, final segment
I can’t blame good men and women for their reluctance to run for President; the media take no prisoners and don’t seem all that concerned with facts. Which is why it’s so refreshing to have Colbert on the scene, now that Jon Stewart is gone.
It’s a strange race and the Republican debates have been kind of a shi t-show. Here’s hoping the Dems are watching. And smarter.