Are you interested in American politics? Well, I’m getting more and more interested as time goes by. It’s not just that there seems to be a cast of characters on the stage worthy of Armando Iannucci’s pen either. The future of the human race is literally at stake*!
The first test for the candidates was this week’s Iowa caucuses – a chance to see for real what people think of each runner, to see who they think should drive the bus. Everyone thought that the Republican nod would go to Donald Trump, a man who seems to have whipped up a storm of epic proportions with his racist, reactionary rhetoric. But it did not. Instead a large chunk of Republican support in Iowa went to Evangelic Ken Doll Ted Cruz, with Trump bumped to the runner up spot. That must have been a bit of a kick in his arrogant bollocks; he had a “Victory In Iowa” party planned.
But it was the Democrats’ result that should be the biggest surprise. When Hilary Clinton announced she was putting herself in the running (again) most people thought it would be a slam dunk for her. But, in the words of Yoda, “there is another!” Who’d have thought, back then, that Socialist Bernie Sanders (a sort of American Jeremy Corbyn, I suppose) would go from being a massive outsider to almost neck and neck?! There was less than half a percentage point between him and Clinton in Iowa, with SIX of Hilary’s backers deciding their allegiance on the flip of a coin. That’s how close it was.
There is every possibility that “America’s Jeremy Corbyn” will “do a Jeremy Corbyn” and take the Democrat candidacy from right under the noses of those who thought he never could. Can you imagine it? I would LOVE a world in which we had Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn and President Bernie Sanders sitting down over a pot of tea, thrashing out the world’s problems. Time will tell how things will turn out, but that’s my dream: Corbyn and Sanders.
*The nightmare scenario would be Trump in office. A man who wouldn’t think twice about using America’s nuclear arsenal against any old nation that he takes a dislike to that day. The fucking idiot would bring about the end of the world.