- Say what you will about Donald Trump but he knows
how to market himself. Staging a feud with Fox News
abstaining from tonight's Republican candidate
debate gives him more media coverage than taking
part. He is already the front runner of the
Republican candidates. More debating could only
endanger that position. Staying away and making a
fuzz about it gives him a bigger lead.
That Trump knows marketing well gives me some
doubt about his real positions. Who owns him? Who
pays his campaign? Answers to these questions are
likely more revealing than the fascist dog-whistle
politics he publicly emphasizes. He seems to favor
neither neoconservative nor liberal interventionist
foreign policy. That would be welcome change.
On the democratic side I do not see a chance for
Clinton to win. I believe that the American people
have had enough of the Clintons. If she would win
the nomination she would lose in the presidential
election as many voters would abstain. Her policy
record is abysmal. Yes she has experience - of
misjudgement and not learning from it. In interior
policies she is clearly in the hands of Wall Street
and the big banks. Her "liberal" image is all fake.
In foreign policy she
is "the vessel into which many interventionists
are pouring their hopes":
“If she pursues a policy which we think she will
pursue,” [top neocon Robert Kagan] added, “it’s
something that might have been called neocon,
but clearly her supporters are not going to call
it that; they are going to call it something
Sanders is hard to see as president. His domestic
policies are somewhat comparable to
middle-of-the-road European social-democrats. His
foreign policy stand isn't clear. While not an
interventionist he supports the colonists in
Palestine. The people obviously favor him over
Clinton but he will need big money for the big
campaign should he get the nomination. To whom would
he sell out?
The Republican party is coming around in favor of
Trump. The party big-wigs believe he has no real
positions, that they can manipulate him. That is
probably wrong. The Democratic party machine is
clearly in favor of Clinton. Would it try to
sabotage Sanders if he wins primary after primary?
Could they throw in another plausible candidate?
My gut instinct say it will be Sanders against
Trump with a voter turnout advantage for Sanders.
What is your take?
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