If you are under a rock in the USA at least, I suspect you've taken refuge from the circus we have before us.
First off, there are still so many people running (in the Republican party) that they have to have two tiers of debates. The people with lower popularity poll numbers get to do the evening debates and those whose numbers should really embarrass them into dropping out, debate earlier in the day. When no one's really watching. I was going to say the "better" candidates, but when you have a reality TV host and a former brain surgeon who appears to be losing his marbles, suitability for the job apparently doesn't come into it. In fact, they, together with Carly Fiorina (fired CEO of Hewlett Packard) are basing their entire campaigns on the fact that they have no political experience whatsoever. Can you imagine if Trump or Fiorina had to interview a similarly unqualified candidate at one of their businesses?
Trump/Fiorina - "So, tell me why I should hire you as my Chief Operating Officer".
Brain surgeon - "Well, I performed pediatric neurosurgery for twenty years."
T/F - "Impressive, but not quite related to the job in hand don't you think?"
BS - "On the contrary, I think my position as a total novice in the corporate world will bring new ideas to the table."
T/F - "Really? What kind of ideas?"
BS - "I'm still working on that. I'm going to ask some experts to weigh in"
T/F - "We have 350 million people. How many people are you used to over-seeing?"
BS - "I'm more used to working in smaller teams of half a dozen. I find the communication is better."
Trump/Fiorina heave a huge sigh, thinking "This guy is either wasting my time or clueless about the job. Or both".
Unfortunately, to some of the American public, a total newbie to the political arena is totally what we need. Sigh.
Some of the recent gems from the candidates for your amusement:
- “I ran Hewlitt-Packard!” – Carly Fiorina, forgetting that under her watch the company lost half its value and laid off 28,000 workers
- “Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.” – Marco Rubio
- “I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.” – Donald Trump