Now it's still entirely possible that Hillary will be the nominee. How can I say that after my opening? Well, unlike the Republicans, she has little competition from anyone having the wherewithall to last throughout the race and she is receiving special treatment. After all, the Establishment is pulling out all stops to protect her, limiting debates and keeping the tough questions away from her. And the financing needed by her competitors is limited and they have limited name recognition outside of their home regions. While Bernie Sanders is drawing crowds and loud support, he is from just about the smallest population state in America, Vermont, a state which practically shouts out to the world about its socialist philosophy. The Home of Howard Dean doesn't offer nationwide depth, particularly when the Republicans are likely to swing to the right if the base has its way.
And other candidates or possible candidates include former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, a man who left a trail of tears financially in his home state and, of course, Uncle Joe Biden, the Vice President, doesn't portray a mind of wisdom capable of dealing with the enormous problems America faces. When I think of Joe Biden, I think of a man who routinely got international affairs wrong while in the Senate and a man who has a quick smile, but fails to show very much in the way of brain power. The bench is clearly very weak, but then again, never underestimate the ability of the American voter to fall for hype and fear at crunch time.
But isn't it interesting that despite the differences in the two parties how they both have a problem trying to get their base of voters excited about the choice supported by the Establishment. I truly think it's because America, both Democrats and Republicans alike, have come to the conclusion that Washington lives in a dream world and that the leadership ensconced in that historical city is so out of touch with the country that they really no longer care what the folks back home think. After all, with their perks in a city that is booming while so much of America is cratering, it would be very easy if you were part of the powerful few to come to that position, and that is another reason why term limits are so attractive these days.
It's gonna' be an interesting political year ahead, folks, and we might be truly surprised where the near future takes us, but there is something really good about what is happening. Something is going to change in Washington because the folks back home are definitely catching on to what is happening to them and they aren't happy with any career politician. Maybe, just maybe, an American Howard Beale moment is close at hand.
Stay tuned because I think this is going to be historic. If not, we're in bigger trouble than I thought. So for now, let's just sit back, relax and watch the show. Would you pass the popcorn, please?