Alisdair Blackman

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: February 14th 2016

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: Cruz shouts in Spanish at Rubio, more damn emails, and we say bye-bye to Carly Fiorina wondering if her departure is the death of conservative feminism. 


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Alexandra Tselios

This week, we saw New Hampshire made those who mocked Trump’s campaign nervous (with a win more than double of who came in second—Kasich) in New Hampshire. At the same time, we saw the political revolution Bernie prophesied over also come to pass with a brutal win against Hillary Clinton. We then proceeded to see Johnny Depp play Donald Trump in a Funny or Die feature-length biopic alongside Ron Howard, so it truly has been a week of firsts.

The only other woman in this entire race has dropped out with Carly Fiorina finally suspending her campaign after months of no real fluctuation in her poll numbers. I will miss this woman, I loved watching her debate and I cringed with her “parody” videos that lacked humor. She was like that guy in the club who insults you but is “joking.” It’s not funny, it’s not clever, but gosh-darnit I couldn’t look away. A recent op-ed in the Atlantic suggests that Carly dropping out is a defeat for conservative feminism, however I hardly think it is as dramatic as all that—I actually think she has been paving the way for other conservative feminists who will simply navigate the race a bit better and perhaps be more prepared with less sloganism.

The last woman standing, Hillary Clinton, hasn’t had an easy run this week with even more emails released and the retired chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency saying,”If it had been me, I probably would have been out the door and in jail,” referring again to the lack of accountability during her position as Secretary of State. However, with the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Hillary took a swipe against Republicans for suggesting his role should not be filled until 2017 saying this would dishonor our constitution. After the New Hampshire loss, Clinton has been criticized for her public (and sudden) embracing of Obama, while an interesting op-ed in The New York Times looked at the real weaknesses around Bernie’s campaign suggesting that “Sanders is preserving his present popularity at the expense of any possibility of actually knocking off the frontrunner, actually beating her at the polls.”

If the past fortnight of Ted Cruz/Trump and near misses with Clinton/Sanders is anything to go by, the race is only starting to heat up and anything can happen. Honorable mention goes to Cruz and Marco Rubio with their recent sparring resulting in Cruz shouting at Rubio in Spanish. It was all kinds of excellent, let the games continue.


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Roger Pugh

Heard in a Des Moines Bar
“Why on earth did you vote for Trump?”
I’m in the wall-building business.

Heard at the Democratic Party HQ
“How do you see the contest between Hillary and Bernie?”
A choice between the ineluctable and the unelectable.

Heard at Republican Party HQ
“Is Jim Gilmore still on the active roster for the nomination?”
Yes, but he only comes out of the bullpen for a couple of pitches during each primary.

Heard at a Democratic Party Strategy Meeting
“Apart from Cruz, the Republican evangelicals seem to be tanking.”
I expect that for the next Presidential campaign God will give up on the Republicans and transfer to our side.

I Want to Be Absolutely Clear About This
Having paid Hillary $15 million for speaking engagements, perhaps it could prove better value for Wall Street to pay Bernie the same amount to make him go away.

Heard at Trump’s Campaign HQ
“Bush is showing renewed growth according to New Hampshire polling.”
That could be either because he’s had a ticker transplant from Carson or his staff are using a stronger fertilizer.


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