Alexandra Tselios

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: April 25th 2016

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: John Kasich is being bullied by Trump and teams up with Ted Cruz, Bernie realizes he could lose because poor people don’t vote, while a voting fiasco is causing a major headache for the Democrats. And Bill is not helpful at all.


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Alexandra Tselios

We often talk about how scarily conservative Ted Cruz is, how idealistic Bernie Sanders is, how politicized Hillary Clinton is, and how offensive Donald Trump is. But we rarely, if ever, discuss how bizarre John Kasich is. For those unaware, yes, John Kasich is still in the race for the Republican nomination and, yes, he has said some strange things himself. First there was the response to Senator Nina Turner of “we don’t need your people” when the discussion around a racially diverse cabinet came up, then there was victim blaming in the form of advice such as don’t go to parties “where there is a lot of alcohol” in response to the issue of safety for women on campus. I mention this in case you ever questioned consistency for the less bombastic candidate. Although, Kasich has started to become the quieter kid in the playground that the bully has finally noticed, with Trump deciding to mock his surname even asking if they can “change his surname because it’s ridiculous.”

Poor Kasich, although he hasn’t had his confidence beat considering he still believes he has a chance to win the Republican nominee to the point of already going through the process of vetting Vice-Presidential nominees. Awkward. But not as awkward as recent reports that Kasich and Cruz have devised a strategy to divide the remaining primary states between them both in an attempt to block Trump from winning the nomination. If this is part of the 100-day strategy to block Trump that was recently “leaked,” it’s kind of a lackluster move. Trump, who is still feeling mighty victorious after his New York win, responded to this alignment via Twitter, “Both Ted Cruz and John Kasich have no path to victory. They should both drop out of the race so that the Republican Party can unify!”

Meanwhile, conservative Charles Koch has come out in support of Hillary Clinton, most likely due to the lack of viable options in the Republican party. Clinton still has a significant lead against Sanders with the current delegate results sitting at 1,941 to 1,191. Although, reports have now come out about an election board disaster seeing 126,000 democratic voters vanishing from the system and suggestions that the Chicago Election Board lack transparency and auditing and are receiving an increase in complaints. While Bernie Sanders is apparently losing votes, he is determined to fight all the way to California despite his recent New York loss. Bernie has also given an explanation as to his recent loss across 16 primaries, pointing out income equality and suggesting that “poor people don’t vote.” Is that his target demographic?

Honorable mention this week goes to Bill Clinton who is not helpful whatsoever to his wife’s campaign, saying that Millennials are to blame for anger and dissatisfaction among voters, plus it’s their fault that America has seen a loss of income. If that was not enough to cause a major disconnect for Hillary and the voters she is trying desperately to court, Bill then “joked” that supporters of Bernie Sanders would shoot every third person on Wall Street. When called out on his little joke, Bill said we all need to “lighten up.”

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, Bill.


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Roger Pugh

Heard at Cruz’s Campaign HQ
“Do you think Ted’s Cuban heritage could be an advantage with Hispanics?”
“Possibly, but we’d better check first whether he’s related to the Castros.”

Heard in a Wisconsin Diner
“Do you think it’s still possible that Kasich could become President?”
“Only if Trump has a bad hair day, Hillary loses the debate with the FBI, God gives up on Cruz, and Bernie passes his use-by date.”

Heard at a Beverly Hills Hairdresser
“Have you made a contribution to any candidate in the primaries?”
“No, but I’m willing to support any smuggler who promises to make them all go away.”

Heard in Congress
“Do you think Cruz is more representative of the Republican establishment than Trump?”
“I think Hillary is more representative of the Republican establishment than Trump.”

Heard at Sanders campaign HQ
“Do you think we could promote Bernie as a sex symbol among older people?”
“We’d need an endorsement from Viagra to give it any credibility.”




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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