• Ashok Dhillon

Towards the Later Rounds Of U.S. Elections (#2)

As the race for the Republican and Democratic nomination heads into the final stretch, Trump and Clinton seem to have commanding leads. The national prominent pundits and commentators are of the mind that both Trump and Clinton are practically unbeatable at this point in time. And so it would seem.

And yet one cannot escape the feeling that more drama is still to unfold in this most unusual and rambunctious of U.S. nomination races.

The whole World is fascinated with this uniquely American political theater which is larger and louder than just about anywhere in the democratic world (except India), but a lot more pertinent to the rest; as what happens politically and economically in America effects everybody else in some significant way.

Now Trump is facing some States that may not be as friendly to him as the North Eastern ones were last Tuesday, and it may be improbable, but not inconceivable, that his message may get rejected in some of these.

That set back, if it were to happen, would certainly re-alight the waning fire in Ted Cruz's campaign and re-energize Trump's opposition among the Republican Establishment, who lately have sounded rather defeated by him. But, regardless of what happens this Tuesday, in so many ways Trump has neutralized Ted Cruz's effectiveness and image already. He has disparaged his sincerity, which is common practice in politics, but by calling him, and then branding him, "Lying Ted", so much so that it becomes a slogan at Trump's rallies, Trump has made a very unflattering image stick to Ted Cruz. And then for some of the most powerful Republican's, like John Boehner, to come out and call Cruz "Lucifer in the Flesh", didn't help his image any.

But even with a weak, and weakening, opposition against him, a more vigorously challenged Trump would certainly benefit the Democratic cause by blunting his, and his message's, rising appeal amongst certain segments of the American voting public, and take some of the sheen of off his recent overwhelming victories, and confidence building and 'presumptive nominee' talk, and that will certainly help the Democrats.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton did pick up considerable lead, momentum and confidence with her significant victories last Tuesday. So much so that the pundits considered Bernie Sanders defeated. And Bernie didn't help matters much by announcing shortly after those defeats that he was laying off hundreds of his campaign workers. But just as soon as everyone started feeling that Bernie was basically down and out, he called a press conference this past Sunday, and came out combative and reinvigorated to rejoin the fight to the absolutely last.

One could look at his pledge to fight-on, and his insistence that he feels he still has a shot, as perhaps mere public bravado. But his rationalizing of his convictions sounded almost credible, and convincing enough for one to want to believe him. His conviction was strong and his passion seemed undiminished. Additionally, his message and his platform has that high degree of truth to it that one can see his campaign still pick up momentum among a largely disenfranchised youth, middle and lower middle class and the poor of America. Which is the majority of Americans.

So while the Republican campaign seems to be largely won by a dominating Trump over a damaged and weakened Cruz, Hillary still has a fight on her hands by an invigorated and ever feisty Bernie.

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