Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton and the 2016 San Joaquin Races

At the risk of infuriating the Sanders supporters, like it or not, Clinton and Trump are the presumptive presidential nominees of their respective party – and never have two presidential nominees been so hated, so distrusted and so reviled by so many at ANYTIME in American history for either party – to which they both say, ”so what!”
On one hand, you have a politician willing to say anything to get a vote; while on the other, you have a personality just willing to say anything for … uh … ratings?
One is willing to change their position on everything to win at any price; the other has no clear, consistent position on anything and doesn’t care because … “did you see how big the crowds I get are?”
One is under investigation by the FBI whose staff is now taking the 5th and refusing to speak with investigators; the other has multiple pending class action law suits against him for fraud and defends himself by calling Federal Judges names.
To this, you can add Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Presidential candidate, who, with his running mate, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld just might – to the consternation and fears of both Democrats and Republicans – peel away up to 20% of the vote come November.  All while the most unlikely candidate, Bernie Sanders, works Super Delegates to cause a coup at the DNC – and secretly hoping Clinton is indicted within the next six weeks.
This might have been part of a story arc for House Of Cards, but no, it is the 2016 Presidential Primary – otherwise known as “the art of the grotesque possible”.
When it comes to pros and cons, Trump and Clinton can be easily summed up:
The Clinton PROS:  she’s a fighter; she knows how to build coalitions; she’s committed to Democratic causes (when it suits her long-game); Bill’s well liked so the Democratic powers-that-be stay close to her; and, she’d be the first female president (is that really a PRO anymore?).
The Clinton CONS (no pun intended): Can she be trusted? (or “she can’t be trusted”) your choice; no matter how transparent she claims to be, she’s always keeping secrets (like Nixon); she has no real vision, nothing that inspires (you’ve got to be more than a woman, but you can’t be Bernie either); she is noticeably uncomfortable campaigning (and hates the press); and, yes, there’s the FBI thing, not to mention the recent State Department report (oops!).
The Trump PROS: He’s a media master (but still needs to learn you don’t want to be on Page One for the same reasons you used to be on Page Six); he doesn’t flip-flop, instead employs a confounding stream of consciousness tactic that his “fans” love – remember he does call them “fans” –  so making sense is irrelevant; he is unflinchingly unafraid to break the preverbal mold even after already having broken it so many times before; he speaks to the alienated voters who believe politicians have been promising and lying for years – so it really doesn’t matter who you vote for; and, he is an outsider who detests the system as much as the voters seem to (plus he’s like an irreverent sit-com character audiences love).  Interestingly, the last two points would also be in Sanders’ PRO column.
The Trump CONS (no pun intended unless it makes for huge ratings):  He is willing to court extremism, flirt with racism, and cozy up to bigotry for – okay, I don’t know why; he is erratically unpredictable and prone to irrational outbursts of anger (what class action suit?); only 25% of the GOP establishment support him – another 25% disown him while the other 50% are trying to figure out how to have a national convention that will ignore their candidate (but people want to see the Wizard after coming such a long way); and, without a doubt, he seems to have no grasp of international issues, policies or (gasp) long-standing treaties (can you say NATO?).
The truth is that these really are the actual (and sometimes absurd) strengths and weaknesses that will drive conversation and commentary of this general election.
In the local and statewide races, one thing is certain, Senator Barbara Boxer’s seat will go to a Democrat (sorry you GOP’ers).  Thirty-four candidates were in the running for Boxer’s seat.  All candidates run in the same primary, regardless of party affiliation, and the top two vote-getters – Kamala Harris (D) with 41% of the vote and Loretta Sanchez (D) with 16% – advance to the general election.
Napa County Assembly member Bill Dodd surged ahead of former Assembly member Mariko Yamada in a 3rd District state Senate showdown between the two well-known Democrats.  While, Republican Greg “Coach” Coppes (a new-comer to politics) closed in on Yamada for the second spot for a November runoff.
In Stockton, the city woke up to the news there would be a November mayoral runoff between Michael Tubbs who carried 34% of the vote and current mayor Anthony Silva who received 26%.  For the available San Joaquin Supervisor seats, in District 1 Miguel Villapudua will be in a November runoff with Gustavo Medina, while in District 3, Moses Zapien will be in a runoff with Elbert Holman, Jr. for the seat to which he was named by Governor Brown just this past December.

Mark Apostolon

Mark Apostolon has been a professional writer for 40 years, beginning his career as a newspaper reporter and columnist. r. Apostolon has received three Emmy’s as well as has the Cine Golden Eagle, multiple regional and national awards plus 22 Emmy nominations.

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