There’s an American saying: “Anyone can become president.” And in the 2016 election we’ve been trying to prove it. ….
The US presidential field has begun to narrow at last. Although, to judge by who’s left, this is not because of quality control. ….
[Mr O’Rourke has bad words for each candidate still in the race, with the exception of] John Kasich [who] is the very popular conservative governor of Ohio, a not-very-conservative state.
Ohio is a microcosm of American conflicts – labour v management, nativists v immigrants, blacks v whites, Occupy Cincinnati v the 1%. They all hate each other, but they don’t hate John.
Kasich beat an incumbent Democratic governor and was re-elected by a landslide. Before that he served nine terms shovelling important manure in the Augean stables of the House of Representatives – 18 years on the House Armed Services Committee and six years as chairman of the House Budget Committee.
No wonder he’s so far behind. Republicans are in no damn mood for competent, experienced politicians with broad popular appeal.
PJ O’Rourke, “Viewpoint: Are Donald Trump and his rivals a big joke?“, BBC News Magazine, 9 February 2016.
For O’Rourke’s satirical roast of the other candidates, from Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, down to Ben Carson, click on the link above.
American political satirist and journalist PJ O’Rourke (born 1947) is a Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and author of 20 books. His latest publication is Thrown Under the Omnibus (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2015).