Alisdair Blackman

The ‘Weak’ in Politics: #USElections Wrap-Up November 29th 2015

The ‘Weak’ in Politics as seen by Alexandra Tselios

Oh dear. After my last weak in politics, I made the point to emphasize the importance of looking deeper despite sensationalist headlines about candidates supposed comments. Then I hear all about Trump’s mocking of Serge Kovaleski and, understandably, people are shocked and appalled. It wasn’t even like it could be taken out of context, the video was pretty straightforward, showing mocking of The Washington Post reporter’s disabilities, despite Trump now saying the whole incident was “misread.” Has Trump gone too far this time? Only the polls will be able to tell us and, as of today, Trump was still leading the Republican race at 28% (Dr. Ben Carson trailing behind at 23% and Marco Rubio creeping into third place).

Speaking of Marco Rubio, he courted his own controversy this week with anti-marriage equality statements discussing how he opposes the constitutional amendments by saying, “I continue to believe that marriage law should be between one man and one woman, and that the proper place for that to be decided is at the state level, where marriage has always been regulated, not by the U.S. Supreme Court, and not by the federal government.” Is this an opportunity for Rubio to start being as controversial as his major competitors Carson and Trump, seeing as how the more divisive they are, the higher they soar in the polls?

Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has been earning some serious street cred this past week with Anthrax’s Scott Ian and rapper Killer Mike coming out in support of Bernie. If you remember back in 2012, Barack Obama had a huge list of celebrity supporters from Oprah Winfrey to George Clooney and Gwen Stefani all publicly lending their support and ultimately helping him raise $68 million during the campaign. While many serious commentators may write off such support as a gimmick, never underestimate the influence these artists have over fans and the voting public. Even country singer Kinky Friedman told me that he and Willie Nelson are totally Team Bernie, so it looks like a lot of influencers are currently in #FeeltheBern mode.


The ‘Weak’ in Politics as seen by Roger Pugh

Heard at the UN
“How do you rate Obama’s Middle East policy?”
“Somewhere between the Arab Spring and the Bush Doctrine.”

Heard at Fox News
“I’m thinking we should add some interest to the next presidential debate by persuading the candidates to appear nude.”
“Most of them don’t have the stomach for that, and I’m sure the audience don’t either.”

Heard on the Religious Right
“Who do you think is God’s preferred candidate for president?”
“I think he’s still desperately trying to arrange for a savior or a prodigal son to turn up in time.”

Heard in Congress
“What did you think of Hillary and Donald on Saturday Night Live?”
“They both gave better performances than we should expect from either of them as president.”

Heard in Trump’s Campaign HQ
“What do you think it would take to motivate Obama to take really decisive action in the Middle East?”
“The promise of a second Nobel Peace Prize.”


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