The 2016 Presidential election

Of course, the media over here are full of comment and analysis following Rick Santorum’s wins in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri and what these might portend for the November contest. But my eye was caught by a thought-provoking article in last Sunday’s New York Times entitled ‘The 2016 Election, Already Upon Us.’ It carried the startling subtitle ‘After November, Obama will no longer be the future of his party.’ And, of course, that must be right. If Obama wins, it will be his last term, and if he loses, he surely won’t get another chance. So whilst most attention is on the Republican primaries at the moment, a quieter, but just as significant, campaign is getting under way in the Democratic Party, and bets are already being staked, with the potential future candidates fashioning soundbites in anticipation of the win and the lose scenarios. Hillary Clinton has declared that she will be retiring after November but if the polls start going pear-shaped for Obama attention will inevitably start to focus on her. And if they don’t, the media will focus on the next generation. What a fascinating country!

1 Comment

  1. Hugo Kijne

    09/02/2012 at 17:20

    I’m glad you like US politics. It’s a full contact sport and following it every day is one of the pleasures of my life.

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