Now, listen to me, you hicks. Yeah, you’re hicks too, and they fooled you a thousand times, just like they fooled me. But this time, I’m gonna fool somebody. I’m gonna stay in this race. I’m on my own and I’m out for blood. Now listen to me, you hicks! Listen to me, and lift up your eyes and look at God’s blessed and unfly-blown truth. And this is the truth. You’re a hick, and nobody ever helped a hick but a hick himself!
Willie Stark, All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
I was talking yesterday with a client about the election. We both agreed that it was a poor choice. I told him that I think it essentially came down to either a third term for Obama, since I doubt if Clinton would do much differently, or voting for someone who might be half crazy, but who would roll the dice and probably bring change. He told me that was the way he saw it and why he was voting for Trump.
Rumors are rife that a top aide to Speaker of the House Ryan, Dan Senor, leaked the audio tape of Trump’s conversation with Billy Bush. Go here to read all about it. If this is true, and if Ryan knew, two big ifs, then it illustrates the fact that plenty of elite Republicans in Washington and around the country would prefer Hillary Clinton to win rather than Donald Trump. This would also explain why Ryan decided to go to war with Trump after the second debate, a decision which otherwise strikes me as bizarre. Trump tends to be a fan of conspiracy theories, but this time I could not blame him for assuming that this is precisely what happened.
Trump is now in effect running as an independent against the corrupt powers that be in Washington. Trump of course is the ultimate insider. However, the old maxim that it takes a thief to catch a thief, or in this case thieves, comes to mind. I promised you a wild campaign. Buckle your seat belts. The conclusion of this campaign promises to be a roller coaster ride like nothing seen before in American political history.