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Hmmm…

We might have to wait another year, but other countries are choosing leaders – Guatemala election: Comic Jimmy Morales elected president.

I was drawn to this election because it was a complete neophyte entertainer winning the election handily [70%] against a long-time politician, the former first lady of the country, basically Trump vs. Clinton.

The voters were apparently fed up with politics as usual, and went for a complete outsider.

4 comments

1 Badtux { 10.27.15 at 1:24 am }

At this point it’s looking a lot like Trump vs. Clinton. Sanders looks great but he’s too prone to tell the truth to get a majority of Democratic voters to vote for him, not to mention that the Clintons locked up the black vote (which accounts for around 35% of the Democratic primary vote) long ago and Sanders needed to start a decade ago if he was going to get black voters to trust him (black voters don’t trust *any* white person without a long trial period first, for obvious historical reasons). Obama took the black vote from Hillary last time for obvious reasons and still only barely beat Hillary. Sanders doesn’t have the melanin for that.

I’m not liking the sound of the words “President Trump”, but they’re ones that keep rattling around in my head. What a disaster this upcoming race is looking to be…

2 Bryan { 10.27.15 at 12:20 pm }

This is one of the worst election cycles I’ve had to deal with since my first vote in 1964. Bernie is definitely the pick of the litter, but the media hates him, or treats him like the quirky uncle who only shows up at Thanksgiving.

Political coverage has really dropped into a sub-basement. Most of the writing belongs in a ‘Style’ section, not the news.

3 paintedjaguar { 10.27.15 at 7:20 pm }

It’s beyond me why any black voter who was even minimally informed would prefer Hillary to Sanders. Well, unless you’re talking about the black establishment of course.

4 Badtux { 10.27.15 at 7:45 pm }

Painted, it’s all because blacks are accustomed to white people lying to them, and automatically assume that a white person is lying to them until proven otherwise. The Clintons have spent literally decades reaching out to the black community — showing up at black churches, showing up at NAACP events, so on and so forth — so the black community has now the idea that the Clintons give more than lip service to communicating with the black community. Because the Clintons have put their bodies out there. Bernie hasn’t, because Vermont basically doesn’t have a black community and he hasn’t been a national politician until recently. So the black community assumes he’s just giving lip service to communicating with the black community, because his body hasn’t been out there for the past decade glad-handing people in black churches and community events.

There’s historical reasons for why the black community is so suspicious of white people who they view as giving merely lip service, but I’m not going to go into that too much because frankly I’m afraid I might misquote Brother Kazee, the black preacher who was the source of a lot of my historical information (his family had been the preachers at that one black church for over 100 years). But this is the reality Sanders is facing. And being Jewish doesn’t help, because for some reason the black community is especially suspicious of Jews, who they view as money grubbers who come into their community and rip them off, again something with historical roots that isn’t at all fair but again, this is what is, regardless of what we wish it was.

Bernie’s problem is that he started running for President ten years too late. Hillary has been running for over ten years now and has made those connections in the black community to the point where she’s a known commodity there. Bernie doesn’t have the melanin to bypass that ten year process to get support in the black community. Just how it is, not how I wish it was :(.