Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty
By Marc Platt
A funny thing happened at the third Democratic Debate in South Carolina Sunday night. Hillary Clinton was able to define Bernie Sanders and herself. She found her sea legs over her position on Universal Health Care.
Sanders exposed himself to ridicule when he released HIS Single-Payer Health Plan just two hours before the debate in that Americans would have their taxes raised to pay for it. This was on the heals of the Vermont senator promising only a $1.61 hike at the last debate to cover "Paid Family Leave." His new plan he insisted would include a lowering of health care premiums by several thousand dollars for middle class Americans.
That was it. Hillary Clinton was off to the races and probably ensured herself an overall victory in the primary process. Clinton jumped all over Sanders forcing Americans to relaize that the country would have to re-litigate The Affordable Care Act all over again with the Republicans if Sanders were elected.
Sanders looked weakened on that South Carolina stage several times during the night. Hillary Clintons sharpened fangs came out several times for the kill on issues like guns and foreign poplicy, but it was health care that provided the opening.
It is apparent now that Mrs. Clinton's message is about embracing President Obama and an EVOLUTION of HIS policies and presidency and that Bernie Sanders message was, as he stated was about a "Revolution.
Hillary Clinton wants to help America EVOLVE and Sanders wants to tear down and start over the American economic system we now live in. Those are stark contrasts.
In my opinion, the Democratic Nomination was settled on that stage in South Carolina January 17th, but we have to let the electoral process play itself out. Clinton spoke to HER base which is considerably larger than Sander's.
It is still fun to watch.
By Marc Platt
They haven't cast any ballots in the primaries, yet there is a pall that has been cast over the country by Donald J. Trump. The pundits and establishment do not have a clue how to handle the mess Trump has made of the entire impending presidential race.
I still believe this man wants no part of this job. Being U.S. President is not like being a movie or reality television star. It is a grueling and rather thankless job if you think about it.
Some of our more recent "Greatest" presidents like Truman. JFK and Reagan suffered very low poll numbers at points in their presidency. Obama has had a remarkable run of success in a lot of ways that are completely ignored as his poll numbers sink because of obstruction and world events.
Along comes Donald J. Trump on the stage. He is a man who is expert at reading the news climate and manipulating press outlets to his every desired result. He has tapped into the lowest common denominator by scraping the bottom of the white supremacy barrel with fearful rhetoric.
Trump is just as adept at the social media game as Obama was in 2008 when he got elected by utilizing FaceBook and other available social media outlets and the census information. Trump is smart enough to utilize what works much more so than any of his GOP competitors.
The result could be something worse than a Trump presidency...
What if The Donald went back to being a media celebrity and popped up every election cycle to wreak havoc on the election process. Kind of like a Ross Perot-Ralph Nader-Ron Paul-on-steroids character. Think of Sarah Palin completely gone nuts.
I truly believe Donald J. Trump will long outlive this campaign as a "Havoc-Wreaker-in-Chief" for the next decade.
This man will likely do a lot more damage to senate and house seats for the next 10 years because he can. He doesn't give a rats ass about the Republican Party. He cares about his own celebrity too much to care what damage he inflicts to the GOP.
A Trump presidency would be a lot better prospect for the future of the GOP than a loss in my opinion.
By Marc Platt
I am dead serious. Paul Ryan may be the nominee for the Republican Party in 2016 when all is said and done.
There is a scenario that could play out.
Please follow along.
The GOP class is terrible. These candidates do not really represent the best the Republicans can offer.
Donald Trump has NOT really put an infrastructure together necessary to win the election. I truly don't believe he wants the job. His reasons for running have been covered by me and others for months now.
Jeb Bush is incompetetnt as a messenger.
Ted Cruz is riculous and radically different.
Marco Rubio has become a politically expedient flip flopper.
Rand Paul has no juice for his Libertarian views.
Fiorina lies left and right and has lost her base of support.
Christie could be under indictment due to the Bridge scandal and many of his former staff will be on trial during the primaries.
Lindsay Graham is all bluster for war. Not really playing with the voters.
Hucabee is on life support. Satorun, life support.
John Kasich. Hold that thought.
I truly believe no one will get enough delegates to win the nomination.
Paul Ryan is starting to gain respect in his party and throughout the nation.
What if all the delegates are released next summer at the Republican Convention and they draft Paul Ryan as their nominee? It can happen. He is as close to middle of the road as the GOP will get. He is the one figure who can coalesce support in a way necessary to give Hillary Clinton a real threat in a general election.
If Ryan were to choose Ohio Governor John Kasich as his running mate, Ohio and Pennsylvania are in play in the general election.
Ryan-Kasich could beat Hillary Clinton in a general election. IT is a very scary scenario for the Democrats.
Let's see how this plays out.
By Marc Platt
The MOST important figure in the GOP Presidential race is Ohio Governor John Kasich. He will likely NOT be the nominee, but I contend the GOP has zero chance without taking Ohio and possibly Pennsylvania. If Kasich were to be the running mate for Trump, Cruz or Rubio, he could put those states in play.
He will stick around for awhile and build up his stock in the party.
If I were running for that party, Kasich would be my ONLY choice as a running mate.
Do the math.
John Kasich gives them a chance.
Trump has to pick someone...If he really is serious about being U.S. President..I still think he doesn't want that job.
Marco Rubio (Florida) and John Kasich (Ohio) gives the GOP a chance.