Hillary Clinton has had extraordinarily bad luck in her opponents.
She was beaten to the Democrat nomination by a Black man. Given her status as presumptive first woman president, his demographic was the only one that could have defeated her for the nomination.
And now Trump. Another surprising candidate. In a normal year, her opponent would have been a bland white male like Jeb. But he met with a political accident.
Even in Australia, we are exposed to this spectacle. I remember watching some of the debate between McCain and Obama and having the feeling that McCain was pulling his punches. Or senile. And Romney seemed to be holding something back.
The sudden unexpected appearance of “wild” candidates like Obama and Trump makes one feel that there is something to be said for the crucial importance of individual personalities in history. Trump at least could hardly have been predicted.
However I suppose one could argue that Trump is simply the figurehead for a groundswell of resentment and concern. It is strange that when America got its populist revolution, it has come from the Right. It also bears out one of my predictions, that the Internet and the new media would ultimately benefit conservatives.
To return to my original point, Hillary has had bad luck in her opponents. Trump dresses like a gentleman but he isn’t one. He is a nightmare for her.
People will say that he doesn’t respect women. I would disagree and say that he does. In some ways he is a product of feminism. He will treat Hillary as ruthlessly as he would treat a man.
Jeb would have known to let the lady win.