Another sunshine conservative, this time the foreign editor at The Australian, another Murdoch rag which pretends to be slightly to the right except when its support might actually be worth something in the midst of a brawl. The story is US election: gruesome and ghoulish debate crystallises tragic choice. Although it makes me queasy to read such stuff, let me find a representative passage near the beginning if I can.
The second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was gruesome, ghoulish and tragic.
It was tragic for the American people because it revealed the appalling choice they have next month between the two most deservedly unpopular presidential candidates in modern political history. It was tragic also for the Republican Party because the debate showed Clinton’s tremendous weakness against any remotely upright, mainstream Republican candidate.
Unfortunately, in Donald Trump the Republicans did not produce a remotely upright, mainstream candidate.
The fact that in wanting to keep his job in a Murdoch paper he was prepared to sell his soul is how it is. With Paul Kelly and Caroline Overington, they are anyways always shallow and never insightful, so it doesn’t surprise me that they write the rot they do. But with Sheridan, there is at least the possibility he understands what he’s doing and might somewhere feel remorse for how he must earn his living. There is no doubt that those who have commented get the point. Top ten best comments on his article in order from the top with nothing left out.
1) On the contrary Mr Sheridan. The current US Presidential election is the most honest, most amusing and most interesting election campaign ever. In my half century of experience anyway. It certainly puts our pitiful vanilla versus beige elections in perspective.
2) “Unfortunately, in Donald Trump the Republicans did not produce a remotely upright, mainstream candidate.” says Mr Sheridan. The Republican party threw up 16 other candidates. All upstanding stuffed suits. Some suits had an impeccable pedigree, like Jeb Bush. I’m sure Mr Sheridan would have been thrilled with him! But the Donald, the New York brash street brawler, knocked them all out, one by one – flat on the mat! Stars still spinning around their heads. He did it fair and square. He’s still standing and has to go through just one old feeble grand mother to win the mantle! I stand with Donald and believe against all odds – he’ll win!
3) Journo’s need to get it. As eccentric as Trump is, he is saying, what the average punter is saying on immigration, debt, China, jobs,and the disappointment that was Obama. As for his comments on women, there are few punters that have not made the same comments or laughed at others who have made such comments, when in company of other males, after a few beers. The hypocrisy and lip pursing is laughable. It’s a awful choice, the shrill woman with a past few would be proud of, and a eccentric man who could be either great or appalling. We didn’t have much either to vote for, ourselves, so most went for the one they thought the least dangerous, and that is what the Americans will do.
4) Clinton as president would be hopelessly unequipped to heal the nation. She wreaks of identity politics and arguably her constituency is more deplorable than Trumps. The democrats are now a catch-all party for unreasonable minority grievances and have abandoned the working class. She refuses to defend Americans interests and values. Wikileaks revealed her saying it’s necessary to lie to the public about her true policy positions because Americans are rightly scared of her Left agenda like “open borders”. She is one of those annoying Left daleks that never sleeps in their zeal for ill-conceived social engineering purity. She uses the public system to get rich whilst advocating trade and immigration that makes most people poorer. She tells black Americans pretty lies instead of the importance of personal responsibility. Cannot be trusted, too stuck in 60’s student activism to change. Represents a continuation of American decline.
5) Trump brags about having sex with adult women; Clinton brags about getting an alleged child rapist off on a technicality – the Kate Shelton case.
In what moral universe is the first deserving of moral condemnation but the second not even mentioned? How can you possibly fail to mention Kate Shelton Greg? Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame.
6) So Greg, the current slime in office whose only good feature is that he can read well from a teleprompter is your standard bearer? The same guy who has overseen trillions of dollars added in unplayable debt?
Are you suggesting the idiot before him was any better?
Trump has hideous faults, no question. And he should be brought front and center for them.
But he can build business. He can make deals. As opposed to a twisted elitist socialist who has built what exactly?
7) Any upright Republican would have no chance of beating Clinton. Her political machine is so deceitful so well oiled, powerful and cunning, that it takes a street fighter like Trump to put a mere dent in it. She and her defenders would wipe the floor with any respectable opposition.
8) Grow a pair Greg. Toughen up. Stop being so precious. Trump is unfit to be president blah blah blah. Why? None of the GOP quislings could withstand the onslaught from the media and political elites. Trump showed he is just the strong leader the US needs to get the country moving. It was about time the Clintons got their noses rubbed in the dirt.
9) I’ve watched this race for the White House on Fox over the past year. The Republican Party was not interested in defeating the Democrats. They’ve been conned by ‘actors’, people standing for nothing, much like our own Malcolm Turnbull.
No ‘sensible’ Republican showed the intestinal fortitude to disregard political correctness and go after Clinton. Everyone knew, I suspect, that with the Clintons it was bound to get as dirty as it gets, and they have not disappointed.
Donald Trump, warts and all was the only person to say the Emperor has no clothes. Trump would not be there if someone else had stood up and showed some courage to take on the Clintons, because that is what it is, the Clinton Machine. No genteel, tea party.
No Ivy league, gentleman or lady tip toeing amongst political correctness, wanting to appear pure as the driven snow could take on this pair. It needed someone with prodigious amounts of courage. Someone like this often has baggage and Trump certainly does. But that is not important. The courage is.
Hillary, so called champion of women would not be there without Bill and his history as President. So much for a woman breaking that glass ceiling by her own merits. Ha! What a joke.
10) Me Sheridan, I read the parts of your article I could stand and later saw you on the Bolt Report. Having just returned from the USA, after living their for three years, it is clear to me that you don’t really understand the current situation in the USA. You words are just not realistic, as if you are the arbiter of conservative politics in the USA – you are not.
You obviously abhor Donald Trump, but given the current progressive climate in the USA, he might be one of the few men with the hide and courage to take on the relentless establishment and bring about real change.
If this keeps up, The Oz is going to have to stop allowing comments.