As Americans go to the polls this week, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will keep a date with history as she emerges first woman president in America. The odds favour her. All the parameters and political permutations point to an election that is divisively on her side, especially as Americans still believe in the charm and magic of her husband.
The personality and public perception of her challenger makes her chances more likely and clearer. Clinton would have been an underdog in this year’s presidential election if the Republican Party had produced a candidate with refreshing candour, pizzazz and inclusive ideological leaning. But it wasted that opportunity believing in the popularity rating of the real estate mogul and egocentric loudmouth Donald Trump.
Since this decade, American politics has become so unpredictably clouded that it has consistently thrown up unlikely candidates as presidents. In 2008, one lanky fellow, a tall man with a funny name and without any political visibility became president. All he had going for him was the uncanny manner and ability he had to toggle and joggle words to produce empathy and hysteria in the minds of people. He captured the American audience and rode on the back of their votes irrespective of his colour and controversial creed to the White House. His name, as we all know, is Barack Obama.
And this year again, the same history will be made when a woman who should rightly belong to the kitchen and the other room savouring the amorous dalliance with her hubby—apologies to our president—wins the presidential race in America tomorrow, Wednesday 8.
Although, the performance and rating of presidential candidates in the pre-election debate does not necessarily determine who wins the final election, the capability of Donald Trump in the three presidential debates came apart at the seams and exposed the hollowness of the Republican contender in all indices.
His utterances on race, religion, economy, armament and world policy which gave Americans and the Republicans a foretaste of what his policies on these vital threads of life will be all fell below the expectations of the people. His promise to build walls across the Mexico border and erect barriers across the Atlantic Ocean to prevent immigrants from entering America when it is the same people that are building the American economy and making the country “Great Again” antagonised even his party faithfuls and separated rather than endearing him to the voters.
His intemperate and debauched comments on a sensitive issue like gender is among the factors that will rob the self-acclaimed and tax dodging billionaire the White House. But even upon these flaws, a sizable percentage of the voting demographics still favour Trump. Although last week’s release of more details about Mrs. Clinton’s email scandal by the FBI helped to significantly narrow the lead in favour of Trump, the odds still favour Clinton because of the disaffection of many die hard Republicans.
Last week, my friend sent me a report on Trump. The report said that the Executive Board and members of Harvard Republican Club which has since 1888 gathered to review and debate and endorse the Republican candidate released damning views on Trump, and went ahead to urge any Republican politician who had supported him to withdraw. They said:
“Donald Trump is a threat to the survival of the Republic. His authoritarian tendencies and flirtations with fascism are unparalleled in the history of our democracy. He hopes to divide us by race, by class and by religion, instilling enough fear and anxiety to propel himself to the White House. He is looking to pit neighbour against neighbour, friend against friend, American against American. We will not stand for this vitriolic that is poisoning our country and our children.”
All these things that Trump stand for are the opposites of Mrs. Clinton, and it is working in her favour. Her long experience in politics and as among the power brokers in America counts for her. Former First Lady and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is so versed in American politics and international diplomacy that it will be difficult to beat her in this race by a misogynist and a self-indulgent person like Trump. The performance of Barack Obama which many judge as above average will boost the electoral chances of Clinton even when the Republicans control the House.
She is on the cusp of history as she emerges the first female president of America come November 8, 2016.