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Also of note is that the entire Republican field was pretty awful.  Every one of them was an obvious grifter (Cruz, Carson), a lobotomized Manchurian candidate (Jeb!), or a slimy empty suit (Rubio, Walker, Kasich), and with no substance or charisma of their own none of them could beat the charlatan and showman on TV.
by Zwackus on Wed May 11th, 2016 at 06:41:28 PM EST
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Ah, the "Deep Bench" the GOP and their flunkies were touting this time a year ago.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed May 11th, 2016 at 07:18:28 PM EST
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On the Democratic side, we do not see a younger generation of leaders at all.
by das monde on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 06:32:49 AM EST
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The DLC has been crushing youth movements for 30 years.  At least any youth movements that weren't wholly subjugated to its neolib agenda.
by rifek on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 06:11:59 PM EST
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The crushed or sidetracked would definitely not be the leaders. The whole generation knows more or less nothing of leading. Not just at DLC.
by das monde on Fri May 13th, 2016 at 03:05:00 PM EST
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Turned out to be a deep doo doo bench.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat May 14th, 2016 at 09:32:01 PM EST
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Ah yes, but were Romney and McCain (and for that matter Bush . Reagan or Dole) any better? What I find amazing is that, for all their money and media advantages, the GOP has so little talent at its disposal.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 04:42:27 AM EST
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That money isn't fostering talent; it's fostering tools, talking heads.
by rifek on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 06:14:37 PM EST
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Romney and McCain - not by much, and they both lost.

Bush Jr. - Yes, he was.  He had some charisma to him, and somehow managed to turn his idiocy into charming idiocy.  It didn't work so well on serious Dems, but it was inarguably there.

Dole?  No, and he lost.  He did have gravitas, though, and could be taken seriously, being of the Old Generation.

Bush Sr.?  See Dole.

Reagan - Well ...

by Zwackus on Fri May 13th, 2016 at 03:09:14 AM EST
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I'd say all of those candidates were better than the crop this year, yes.

Reagan and Dubya both had a certain charisma and humor about them that people in the middle -- who largely have no ideology and don't pay much attention to policy -- could relate to.  Both had a certain talent on the stump and had people around them savvy enough to cultivate relatable images.

I'd say McCain was the weakest of that group, although it's a close race with Dole.  McCain's kind of an airhead, and nobody outside of the press in DC really likes him.  Nevertheless, both were infinitely more qualified and nowhere near as ideologically rigid as the yahoos who ran this year.

Bush Sr could be quite funny and wasn't completely stupid.  Of the post-Nixon Republicans, he's probably the least offensive.  But he was obviously an old Yankee patrician type and obviously wasn't the talent that Bill Clinton was (back before Obama drove Clinton insane).

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun May 22nd, 2016 at 08:58:15 AM EST
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It was an amazing freakshow: more candidates than ever, but all of them obviously unfit and competing in how mean and reality-removed they can be.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 05:14:41 AM EST
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This the "beauty" of the two-party system. You can have complete nuts among candidates of one party, but someone will look respectable among them - especially with the media taking both sides most seriously (or even generating more hype for the nuts). Only when the parties select their nominees, their policies come into a direct competition - with the media controlling the focus and questionable criteria. A nice way to control the will of people.

This is reminiscent to the persitent strength disparity in the Eastern and Western NBA conferences, often leading to dramatic cutthroat competition in the stronger West, while Eastern favorites often have a much easier way to the NBA finals. (The last 2 years Golden State Warriors with Stephen Curry emerged as a superior team, but the biggest hype will presumably remain in the finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers of Lebron James.)

The stretched primary period is favorable to Trump, for building his overwhelming presentation and hype. It will be more difficult for Clinton to gain anything new. The debates might turn mean, and that FBI investigation might turn bona fide.

by das monde on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 06:30:44 AM EST
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but someone will look respectable among them

Well not this time. This was a complete freakshow.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 07:05:11 AM EST
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