Our View | This election year sure Trumps all

By Brian Soergel | Mar 07, 2016

Will you move to Canada if Donald Trump is elected president in November? If Hillary Clinton is elected?

This is the weirdest presidential election in my lifetime.

When Donald Trump ran for president in 2000, he didn’t get very far. When he announced plans to run again, most people I know thought he’d bow out early in the primaries when no one voted for him.

One news site said it would file Trump stories in its entertainment section, as it didn’t deem him a viable candidate.

Now, many pundits predict he’s the presumptive Republican nominee, although Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio might have something to say about that.

Anything can happen in politics, and this week, top Republicans are speaking out against Trump, led by former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Christie Todd Whitman, Glenn Beck (wow), Bill Kristol, Karl Rove (gulp) and Brent Bozell.

There’s a Twitter page: #NeverTrump.

Many outspoken Republicans say they won’t vote for Trump – he’s not a true Republican, he’s racist. They wouldn’t vote for Clinton, either, many also say.

Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is faring well, so far, but challenger Bernie Sanders and his supporters are still feeling the Bern.

I’ve watched Sanders on news channels throughout the years. He makes some good points, but he’s a socialist, right?

America wouldn’t make a socialist president, right?

Of course, we in Washington can only either cheer in silence and raise our fists in triumph at what’s happening. Like the majority of the country, we have to be content to sit on the sidelines.

Our primary arrives May 24. A lot can happen between now and then.

There was a move to switch it to this month, but something called the Presidential Primary Committee voted it down last year, over the objections of Secretary of State Kim Wyman.

So if it comes down to Clinton and Trump in May – they might be the only ones left – maybe we can take some satisfaction in narrowing down the field for America’s next executive in chief.

Then again, I’ve spoken to some people who truly believe Trump’s run is all a publicity stunt to make him more famous and rich than he already is, and that he’ll eventually drop out.

As the Earl of Grantham said recently on “Downton Abbey”: Golly gumdrops!

Weird enough for you?

 

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