Trump vs Ted. My queasy, uneasy feelings from those constipation/diarrhea Super Bowl drug ads have subsided, but I still feel like I’m watching the 1962 classic “King Kong vs Godzilla” (Kong won, by the way!… and a remake is set for 2020). Which monster to cheer for? This is a great ad, nonetheless, and I’m waiting for Trump to get wildly creative in his response by saying something like “Lazy Ted has to resort to using children in his ads, as Jeb had to resort to using his mommy.”
Meanwhile, like the markdowns retailers must make to move the Christmas merchandise, then the extreme markdowns they must make after the holiday itself, Hillary Clinton has been a public political product for 25 years. You don’t have to dig too far into the the NH exit polls and the internals to acknowledge Hillary is thought of by millennials as an out-of-touch, rich old lady who can’t relate to me, who has a boring, talentless kid who was set up to be rich, is married to some creaky old guy who was president before I was conscious, and sounds like my mom when she’s yelling at me. It’s totally not fair and most of these folks would be 100% behind Hillary Clinton…. the pre-Bill Clinton Presidency version. Her public image, at this point, is so damaged…. with all due respect to the hypocrisy and consistency of outrage acknowledged… and if she has to play catch-up for the next two months to secure the nomination… she’s in big trouble in November. She’s actually younger than both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, but they get a pass with the kids and all demos…. she doesn’t. It’s sexist crap, but it’s real. Bill Clinton’s permitted use (Trump continues to flout the law by using artists who don’t approve of his use of their music…) of Fleetwood Mac’s Don’t Stop (thinking about tomorrow) was perfect for that 1992 moment. But the lyrics now betray Hillary, as her time may have come….. and gone… when she was beaten by Barack Obama in 2008 and seems to be running more as a historical figure, returning on Bill’s bridge back to the 20th century. Again, not particularly fair, since Bernie is political residue of the 60’s too, and Donald Trump has been in the headlines for mostly bad reasons for 15 years longer than Hillary. Britt’s daily Trump Dump is current…. check out this comprehensive compilation of dreck: New York Magazine’s look back on the GOP prince’s days as an NYC clown.
Why not think about times to come
And not about the things that you’ve done
If your life was bad to you
Just think what tomorrow will do
Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here
This Bernie Sanders ad that has been out there for many weeks still seems to capture the moment and the optimistic spirit of thinking about tomorrow better than anything else seen so far in Campaign ’16. Hillary Clinton can’t touch it.