Money can buy elections. Former Governor of Florida and prominent member of the Bush political dynasty Jeb Bush spent $130 million on his campaign for the nomination and had to drop out of the race after coming close to last in most of the primary contests. Reportedly, the right-wing billionaire Koch brothers spent $86 million in vain to defeat Barack Obama in 2012.
Image counts. Texas Governor Rick Perry, who was deservedly considered dumb as a box of hair, got himself of pair of horn rimmed glasses in an attempt to look intelligent; it didn’t work. Jeb Bush, who looked as if he was doing a Mr. Rogers impersonation, got rid of his glasses in a completely failed attempt to look less soporific. Donald Trump, who has an utterly ridiculous looking hair style and often appears to be imitating Benito Mussolini, is the odds on favorite to get the Republican nomination.
Eventually voters want to hear specifics about policy. This is apparently not true for Donald Trump’s supporters, who have remained loyal to Trump even though he has not given a single plausible detail for his policy pronouncements, such as how he will deport 11 million undocumented immigrants or put a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. After being asked repeatedly about what experts he would consult on foreign policy and military matters, Trump said, “I’m speaking with myself. I have a very good brain.”
Anybody can be elected president. As Clarence Darrow once said, I’m beginning to believe it.