Poll numbers are showing that many voters are not interested in supporting Presidential candidates next year who are considered to be “Washington insiders” or who “promote the status quo,” says a former political advisor to President Bill Clinton, who is also suggesting there is a bipartisan revolt going on.
Dick Morris lays out his thoughts on what is transpiring in America recently in a column for theHill. “The rank and file of both parties have said a resounding no to dynastic dinosaurs Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, the quintessential Washington insiders who promote the status quo and don’t get the revolution that is happening right in front of them. The trend for Clinton and Bush is straight down, because the voters are sick and tired of the insiders who play by their own rules and benefit from them,” Morris states.
Describing voters this year as “desperate,” Morris believes that only Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are giving “any hope that this country can be turned around.” Furthermore, Morris believes that people are drawn to the two men because of discontent.
‘Populist anger’ in both parties
“While Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump likely disagree about almost everything,” Morris states, “they are tapping into the same font of populist anger swelling in both parties.” People are concerned that “America is changing” and that “2016 may be the last chance to rescue it.”
Current economic issues are causing misery for many, states Morris. He points to “… a seemingly endless economic malaise, huge deficits, major job losses, glaring and rising income inequality, and a federal government whose growth knows no bounds…” and believes that “… the dynastic remedies fell short — and we looked elsewhere.”
What Morris sees as Sanders and Trump having in common, however, are that “[t]hey tell the truth, a contrast with Hillary. And they take strong positions on issues, a contrast with Bush.”
It may be why people give Trump a pass for being “in the no-man’s land between what is politically correct and what we all know is true.,” Morris states. And as for Sanders, Morris believes people see a man who “insists on going beyond the leftovers and table droppings of the Great Society and wants to move beyond into a new realm of liberal action. He not only wants to reform taxes, he wants to raise them. He refuses to cut Social Security and wants to expand it to cover those under 65 who are losing their jobs.”
Although candidate Sanders rejects comparisons to Trump in a Politico article, his statement quoted by Nick Gass that “[w]hat we are trying to do is talk about the reality facing the American people,” seems to underscore Morris’ point about discontent and populist anger being contained inside American voters this election cycle.
And Morris adds that Trump, being a New Yorker, “… is at home with racial, gender and ethnic diversity. He knows the line between the unconventional and the bigoted and won’t cross it,” while Sanders is much more than “the un-Clinton” this time around. “He is creating a populist liberalism that in turn is creating a new constituency for his candidacy,” states Morris.
Anyone hoping that Trump will “self-destruct,” says Morris “might be in for a shock,” while those looking to be rid of Sanders are not seeing the truth of the situation. “Bernie Sanders will not go away, because his constituency won’t either.”
Political gravity and ‘allure’
Iowa resident Josh Vorhees, who writes an recently in an article for Slate about the huge lead Trump has in that state’s poll results, also tells of what he calls the evidence of Trump’s “allure.” Vorhees also writes that while “… the Donald’s allure is all about his personality and not about his actual policies,” Trump does appear to possess “… an uncanny ability to ignore the laws of political gravity.”
But Morris says he thinks that both Presidential candidates, Trump and Sanders, should not be so easily dismissed. “They are in the process now to stay,” Morris insists.