Trump and Carson are exploiting a very American flavor of disgruntlement -- the obsessed, conspiratorial mindset of a pocket of the population besieged by paranoia and a fear of the hidden hand. Whereas the billionaire property tycoon is peddling empty optimism, Carson's campaign has the hue of an Internet comment board.
The real story of this next election cycle will be that of a "generational war" and the passing of the torch to the next generation... Although they have not been as reliable a voting block as the seniors or boomers, their involvement in the electoral process was part of the reason that Barack Obama won in 2008.
Even Romney can spot that inequality is the current cause célèbre. However shoehorning a man who once said "corporations are people" into Russell Brand's "doyen of the downtrodden" plimsolls will be a Sisyphean task. It would be easier for Donald Trump to run as an African-American, or Hillary as a man.
The scrappy old duo of Truman and Barkley outworked and out-punched their younger, meeker Republican opponents across the country, toiling right up until Election Day, even as their opponents rested up. The results? Truman stayed in the White House and the Democrats kicked out the "do nothing" Congress. So maybe the VP choice isn't (always) just an afterthought, at least not when they're made of iron. 2016 election hopefuls take note.
Will Warren dare to run against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for the presidency? She repeatedly tells reporters that she is "not running" for president, but hasn't ruled it out. She is 64. If Clinton runs, wins and serves two terms, there won't be a White House vacancy until 2024, when the Massachusetts senator will be 75. It's 2016 or never.
Did anyone ever think that Bill Clinton, perhaps the greatest politician of our time, even rivaling LBJ, would ever go "gently into that good night"? WJC now seems to be in his element, relishing the fact that GOP hitman-in-chief Karl Rove has thrown down his chain-mailed gauntlet and gone after his beloved Hillary, questioning her health and ability to serve as president.