Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Interesting piece on PBS last night about whether political consultants are worth the expense and whether money matters, pointing out that Jeb Bush spent $130 million to end up with 4 convention delegates   

Donald has given us a clear example of how populism "trumps" politics-as-usual and makes standard political action (hence consultants) irrelevant. No one in living memory has garnered the massive imbalance in media coverage: at least 4 to 1 in his favour compared to any opponent, both in articles and in airtime or column inches.
How did he achieve this favourite-son treatment? By being outrageous: by saying sensational things, promising wild schemes that anyone with any common sense (himself included) knows are impossible, and by deliberately stirring up hatred.
The question political consultants now have to answer is: will the news media fall for the same tactic twice? Alas, the answer is yes: the media thrive on negativity and sensationalism. Mr Trump has shown us that candidates who feed that bias will get all of the coverage they require without spending much money or developing much of a "ground game."
What would happen if many, or all, of the candidates were as outrageous and deliberately sensational as Mr Trump?  Sadly, I expect we may find out in coming elections.

GOP Senator No Longer Wants The People To Decide On Supreme Court Justices
What happens when the election is over?
Will the American people come together and say: we now have a new president, let's support him or her.?
       Or, if Hillary wins, will the Republicans spend the next four years disrespecting the President of the United States and blocking all proposals from that office? Will they spend time and money on investigations and attempts to get the President of the United States criminally indicted?
       Conversely, if Donald wins, should the Democrats spend the next four years disrespecting the President of the United States and blocking all proposals from that office? Should they spend time and money on investigations and attempts to get the President of the United States criminally indicted?
        I can't see how these actions will benefit America (whether republicans or democrats) in any way, but I can see how useful this strategy will be in generating campaign donations.
        Seems I have answered my own question then.

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