On the Beat 2/9/16

And they’re off

By Jim Bucher

It’s official. The 2016 presidential race is in full swing.

But wait—hasn’t it been underway since the day after President Obama’s second inauguration? Pretty much. Seems like we’ve been talking about it for years, but as of this writing, the Iowa Caucuses are wrapping up. It’s gonna be a long road ahead.

What I can’t understand is why anyone in his or her right mind would want the job. I mean, if you’re lucky enough to get the gig, half the country hates you.

So, it’s Ohio’s turn Tuesday, March 15, as our primary will help decide the two candidates who face off in November. But who do my wonderful readers think should occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

Well, I broke one of my dad’s three commandments. Never loan or borrow money from a friend ’cause they will be no longer, never discuss religion and never, ever, talk politics or else pandemonium will ensue.

So with the possibility of losing life and limb, here goes nothing.

Kevin writes, “I really like Bernie Sanders. I think he has some great ideas, but don’t know how he’d ever accomplish them. The Republicans and Democrats don’t see eye to eye with him at all.”

Eye to eye? Some would say an eye for an eye. Washington politics can be quite venomous.

Rebecca says, “I was hoping Rand Paul would do better, but his message isn’t getting across. Plus, he’s really different during the debates than in an informal setting. He was a guest on a late night show and couldn’t be more charming. Why can’t we see that side of him more?”

I saw that show, and he was very funny. It sort of reminded me of when candidate Bill Clinton appeared on the old Arsenio Hall Show and played the sax. Showed a kind of coolness that resonated with younger voters.

OK, next …

Bobby says, “I really like Trump. Now before everyone calls me a fool, let me explain. I like his non-conformist, take no prisoners attitude. Someone who is not a career politician who works the system. It is a breath of fresh air even though I don’t agree with everything he says. Trump’s putting a scare into traditional politics and I love it.”

Cathy agrees: “There’s something about this tough guy who doesn’t take any sh-t. He says what we’re all thinking for the most part. And he’s beholden to no one. He’s using his own money and has no agenda.’

What? No problem with the hair?

Latisha writes, “I really thought Ben Carson was the man, but then he derailed off the cliff. Some of the things he said at the debate were off the chain. Should have been better prepared. I would fire some of my people.”

I know. He should have known all that in his sleep. Oh wait, sorry—he was asleep.

Jose says, “Trump was my guy until the Mexican comments. My grandfather immigrated here and worked his ass off to provide for his family, like millions of Americans before and after. For him to lump us all together was flat out wrong.”

Carly Florina has her fans: “Look I know she ran HP [Hewlett Packard] into the ground, but Trump and his Casino’s filed bankruptcy numerous times. So double standard for women.”

And speaking of the opposite sex …

“Hilary should wrap this up soon,” Judith says. “I mean, come on, the Republicans have an image problem. Do they really think African Americans, Hispanic, gays, lesbians, etc. will vote for a party who doesn’t support them? Dream world. Can’t wait to say ‘congrats President Clinton.’”

Elizabeth writes, “I’m sick of the whole thing. Does one man or woman in the highest office in the land really make a difference? And the negative ads, it’s pathetic. I’m not voting at all.”

OK, Elizabeth, then in my opinion, you can’t complain about the State of the Union. No vote, no complaints!

Now, the comic wannabes chime in …

Fran asks, “Can I vote for Trump’s hair for First Coif?”

“If Hillary gets in, will Bill be first dude?” Willie asks.

And Lisa: “Kasich can’t get in there, no one can pronounce his name correctly. And he has a nervous twitch that would make Samantha Stevens on Bewitched envious.”

Ouch!

Finally, I got a few votes.

Marvin says, “Buch for president! I like the sound of that. Know when all hell is breaking, you would lead us through with comedy and wit.”

Sorry Marvin, but there’s already enough comedy coming out of this race without me.

Cheers and remember to vote in March.

Buch

For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com

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For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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