Last night Hillary Clinton sewed up the Democratic nomination for President. Donald Trump has been the presumptive nominee for a little time, but sewed up the required number of delegates last night, too. That means we are looking at a Presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Of course, to be fair, Bernie Sanders has not officially conceded the nomination to Clinton just yet. Washington, D.C. holds its primary next week, and he vows to stay in the race at least through then. His campaign staff say it isn’t over yet because Hillary’s numbers won’t be official until the super delegates vote at the convention.
Bernie has yet to convince any super delegates supporting Clinton to switch their vote so this last gambit is sure to fail Bernie as well. Which means we will be watching the weirdest Presidential race in quite some time.
However, Trump seems to be in a bit of a quandary. While he continues to attack the Judge that is hearing his Trump U case, other Republicans are backtracking from their endorsements. That is a real problem, but more for the Republican Party than for Trump. How can a party nominate a Presidential Candidate and then run away from him during the elections? That is what the party faces.
Everyone is beginning to see just how bad of an idea Trump is for this country. And, the Republicans are trying to work around the problem. For example, Paul Ryan said the other day that what Trump said about the Judge is pure racism, but he thinks Trump is still better than Clinton. Which prompted the New York News to put out a headline this morning that reads:
“I’m with racist” with a picture of Ryan pointing at Trump.
Senator Kirk from Illinois who is in a fight for his political life said he “cannot and will not support our party’s nominee.” Of course Jeff Sessions who is known for his own bigoted and racist comments fully supports Trump and his fight against a Judge. Can you say “pick me for your VP candidate”?
The attacks on Judge Curiel are not singular either. Trump has said he doesn’t believe any Muslim Judge could judge him fairly either. His surrogates have even suggested that a woman Judge wouldn’t be any better either. So, Trump isn’t against just “Mexican” judges. He seems to be against almost the entire Judicial system. It seems no judge alive on the planet can fairly judge Donald Trump!
On the Democratic side we have Hillary Clinton. Clinton broke that “glass ceiling” to become the first female ever to win the nomination from a major political party to run for President. However, she has some baggage of her own to deal with.
Ever since her husband, Bill, was President, the Republicans have had a real “hate fest” about her. They blame her for everything that has gone wrong in the country since she was born. The two biggest items they are going to pound away at are the Benghazi issue and the email issue.
Despite the fact that several Congressional and independent investigations into the Benghazi affair have come up with absolute nothing, there is still one more to be heard from. The House Select Committee on Benghazi. This farce has been ongoing for over two years. They plan to release their “report” sometime this summer, probably this month.
You can bet it will be a doozy. Even if they can’t directly point the finger at Clinton for “murdering” our Ambassador to Libya, you can be sure there will be plenty of innuendoes and “questions” they will include to muddy the waters. The last word from the Committee even indicates that the “minority” side, namely the Democrats will not even see the report before it is released. That alone shows just how “political” this whole fiasco has been.
The other issue is the email “scandal”. In this wayward scandal, Clinton is supposed to be sent to jail because she used a private email server instead of the State Department’s email server. What a scandalous act.
See, when you work for the government, you are supposed to use particular servers in order to make it easier for people to use FOIA to get at what you are saying in emails. Clinton said that she thought that since she was sending emails and receiving emails to and from the State Department’s server, it was all recorded. Apparently not. But, that isn’t the real problem. Clinton made a bad decision and the Republicans can’t get over themselves by bringing it up time and again.
According to our conservative brethren, this email “scandal” is akin to Watergate. Everyone is involved in the investigation, including the Justice Department. However, even if the FBI decides that the evidence does not show knowingly wrongful conduct on her part, the Republicans will trot out the “cover up” theme they are famous for bringing up. Against Democrats that is.
They will keep harping on the emails that are supposedly classified. That doesn’t mean a whole lot to me. I know from experience that information is often “classified” after it has been sent out. Someone else decided that the information should have been classified and decided to classify it after the fact. That is not as uncommon as you may think.
What we are really looking at in this Presidential election is the direction and the mood of our country. We are basically facing two people who are very different. We are facing two political parties who have very different views of the world and our country.
On one hand, we have a Presidential candidate who is sitting just left of center on the political scale. She has a record of trying to do what is best for the working class, the middle-class, and the poor. And, yes, she isn’t as pure about the fight against the 1 percenters as progressives would like.
On the other side we have a candidate who has run his mouth about everything without any “plan” or “policy” that we can actually see. All we get from him is soundbites of bigotry, hatred, and nauseous ramblings of nothingness. About the only people so far who really love Donald Trump right now are the racists and white supremacists.
He has gotten so bad, the party is in a real dilemma. Quite frankly, they don’t if they don’t know if they should shit or get off the pot. Their problem is, unless they change their rules and steal the nomination from him, they are stuck with him.
However, before you start to feel bad for the Republican Party and the rest of their candidates, remember they have been fostering this “mood” of the angry white voter ever since Richard Nixon and his “southern strategy.” In other words, they made this bed, and the now have to sleep in it.
This election is going to be a real circus. The Republicans will offer no new ideas or any new policies. They will continue to cling to the hate filled policies of the past. They will try to convince us that backing an open racist like Donald Trump is much better than voting for Hillary Clinton because, well, she is Hillary Clinton.
In the meantime, many of their “down ticket” candidates will do their best to run away from their candidate. That is going to make this election real weird at best. But, as Republicans would say, there really isn’t anything to worry about. They will keep Trump in line. Just like the German business leaders “kept Hitler” in line as well.
This election will have dramatic effects on everything in our lives. Our environment, science, education, taxes, jobs, privacy, race, immigration, personal liberties and a host of other things. This election will set the stages to determine if we remain truly free or fall in line with dictatorial leadership.
As you ponder the upcoming circus from the Presidential race all the way down ticket to local elections, please remember there is nothing really at stake this year. Only our democracy, our future, and our country.
Any vote for Donald Trump and his Republican backers will only mean the “shirts” will keep marching along!