Alexandra Tselios

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: April 4th 2016

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: Trump back-pedals and accepts that he mis-tweeted, while Bernie and Hillary go head-to-head over debate dates and subjects. 


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Alexandra Tselios

We all change our views over time. People change their ideas, their beliefs, and even their political parties. So that is not such a big deal to me, I appreciate people change and grow and I wouldn’t use a video from the ’80s of an opinion on political issues as any real shocking evidence to someone’s character. But when someone doesn’t know their position on an issue over the space of a week, well that can be a little confusing for a voting public. Trump has been on air saying he is pro-choice, but then later pro-life (acknowledging he was initially pro-choice). Trump saying that there “has to be some sort of punishment for women” who seek abortions, but then saying doctors should be punished for performing abortions. Trump now says that the CNN interview many media outlets are quoting was actually taken out of context. The fact Trump admits though that he was once pro-choice and is now pro-life shows he acknowledges his changing views (to the public at least and as it suits his political agenda). Trump also this week admitted his retweeting of an unfortunate photo of Ted Cruz’s wife was a mistake and when asked if he would do it again, considering the backlash, Trump said he wouldn’t. Self-awareness? Or self-serving political positioning? You decide.

Things are really heating up between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, with both sides claiming debate negotiations as a real source of contention from both a scheduling and debate topic point of view. The often debate-resistant Clinton finally suggested a schedule of debate dates and subjects which was rejected by the Sanders camp resulting in Hillary’s national press secretary saying “the Sanders campaign needs to stop with the games.” Sanders responded that the scheduling is ridiculous, that they have proposed other times as “The people of New York and America deserve to see and hear a debate on the important issues facing the state and country.” Bernie Sanders has been truly soaring despite the focus of mainstream media being on the Trump versus Cruz circus. Sanders may have lost the Nevada caucus, but has secured the majority of delegates. Currently, it is still unclear who will get the Democratic nomination with Clinton sitting on average at around 50.2 to Bernie’s 42.8 according to the polls on  RealClear Politics.

My favorite thing about the current U.S. Elections is how randomly things can change. One minute, Dr. Ben Carson is a legitimate contender, the next minute he has dropped out and is supporting Trump. One minute, Marco Rubio seems to be more assertive and switched-on than Cruz, and I was expecting Cruz to drop out before Rubio, yet here we are.

Question of the day, when is Marco Rubio going to come out to support a candidate (specifically Cruz?) or does he think this election is a lost cause? Second question of the day, WTF is Kasich doing and when will he drop out?


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Roger Pugh

Heard in Congress
“What do you think will be the next development with Cuba?”
“Raoul Castro will endorse Bernie.”

Heard at the Republican Party HQ
“Do you believe that stuff about Cruz having affairs?”
“No, he’s just not that popular.”

Heard at the FBI
“Do you think there’s any chance that Bernie is a long-term Russian sleeper agent?”
“No, but there does appear to be mounting evidence he’s from another planet.”

Heard at Hillary’s Campaign HQ
“Could Trump’s wife outshine Hillary in a Presidential campaign?”
“Only if things got out of gear.”

Heard among the Republican Party Establishment
“Do you think it would do any good if we persuaded Jeb to endorse Kasich?”
“It would certainly give him the best chance of not picking up the votes that Jeb failed to pick up.”

Heard in Congress
“I yearn for the time when Presidential campaigns were more mature and things happened discretely behind closed doors.”
“You mean like Watergate?”




Alexandra Tselios

Founder and CEO of The Big Smoke, Alexandra oversees the leading opinion site in both Australia and the USA. As a social commentator, she is interviewed most days of the week on radio across the country in Australia as well as working with NFP think-tank, Plus61J, which explores the political and social ties between Australia and Israel.

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