In a country of over 300 Million people I find it absurd that there aren’t qualified candidates for president without a coronation of family dynasties as President, whether Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush. Hillary is effectively running as an incumbent running for the third term of Bill Clinton or third term of Barack Obama – or both – due to her close personal proximity to their respective policies over the past 12 years. She owns that perception. She’s starting out as a vision of old news.
This contrasts with Bernie Sanders: fresh news. While I’m concerned that he doesn’t address the many other issues facing us, he comes off as honest. It’s the Brooklyn street honesty I grew up with. Dissing him shouldn’t be about his age: he’s only 6 years older than Hillary.
Hillary’s current lack of traction, and Bernie’s and Donald Trump’s ascending popularity reflects dissatisfaction with the courses set out by both parties. I wonder if this is the harbinger of a generally a bad year for incumbents.
Michael Bloomberg is the class act in the room. Experienced in running a city under fire, won three mayoral elections in a city of 8.4 million with rainbow of constituencies and interests; a successful entrepreneur; technically savvy; a philanthropist. (He’s also a helicopter pilot: I’d really like a ride with him.)