What a glorious mess the US presidential election is turning into. Trump dominates and mouths off all over the place, not seeming to care what he says, who he offends, or even to give much thought to what he says as the words tumble out apparently unscripted and spontaneous. This is the side of him I find appealing, though he's a most unappealing kind of guy overall. He's confident enough to say whatever comes into his head, though much of it is old fashioned crap. No stifling repetitve cliches like Hillary's trapped in. Trump comes across like a frustrated but moneyed member of the lumpen proletariat and holds all their simple minded and obnoxious views, which he trumps and farts all over the place, uninhibited, like some great fascist pig dug up out of some long forgotten cess pit but proud of himself and his triumphant vulgarity. He knows that money is all that counts and he's up to his eye balls in it. So what does he care? He doesn't. He's going to make America great again and that's it. (When guys like him refer to making America great again, what exactly does the "again" refer back to, and what do they mean by "great"? Nobody knows, nobody asks and nobody cares! His followers just adore him for being brave enough to shout it out aloud. They are immersed in the stench of the nationalist and imperialist ideology he emanates and can't see further than the end of their guns,)
What a contrast with poor old Bernie Sanders who really does look old but has his enthusiastic mass of youthful followers who think he's the new messiah. He's actually more like McGovern. Remember him! McGovern's ghost has come back to haunt the electoral stage again. Bernie's also going to restore America's greatness, but through strictly democratic procedures which will benefit all, like welfare reform (where did we hear that one before) and probably other stuff too, though it's difficult to work out from the tv news alone precisely what exactly his new measures will be. But it doesn't really matter all that much. The point is he isn't a Hilary and certainly isn't a Donald. And the Enthusiastic Young - last seen in the US circa 1969 - have pinned their hopes for a better life under decomposing capitalism on an old man on the verge of decomposition himself. I suppose there's a certain logic in that! In fact it's the only glimmer of rationality about the whole obsession.
And then there's Hilary. Hilary's been around a long time. Sometimes it seems like Hilary has already been US President twice so historically persistent and all-pervasive is her image and pursuit of the Office. She became presidential first time round when she took on the menace of Monica who played around with her husband. But Hilary stoically survived all that with a domineering and stony silence which set her up well for a second presidential-style term of office as Senator, and then as Obama's Secretary of State. So what more can she do for her country? She doesn't even threaten to restore its greatness. She talks the talk but says very little, and has really become one of those people who is just famous for being famous. Is she not a failed machiavellian? In fact, in comparison to domineering Donald and decaying Bernie with his chorus of youthful followers, she pales into insignificance. But perhaps that's what's needed for the Presidential job at this present awkward time as capitalism flails about hopelessly like a stranded octopus, and nothing can be done to save it.