With less than a week to go for Election Day, it seems that Donald Trump has sort of reined himself in. From being a total twit, he has become relatively sober; largely achieved by keeping his mouth shut and stomping the Democrat hunting grounds, or the so-called blue states, in Colorado, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Michigan, to name a few.
But Trump's sobering act has gained the most attention in Wisconsin, a state that has voted Democrat since 1988. Trump’s people are aware that the Republican strongholds alone will not add up to 270 electoral votes – needed to secure presidency – and that they would need to break into the Democratic territory.
After being clearly told to zip it by his campaign managers, it seems that Trump is going for that backslapping bonhomie, which rings false but does not make headlines. A recent chat show, featuring him and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, went by without a single brick being dropped.
But, all this has come a bit too late as even at a time when Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is desperately trying to blow some wind into her dead sails, she might have enough inertia left from her previous successes to cross the finish line, when a disenchanted electorate goes to vote on 8 November.
Speaking to NowThisNews in an interview on Wednesday, President Barrack Obama attempted to take a stand in support of Hillary, but in the end it was weak and lacked panache. Even his castigation of the FBI was more generic than specific.
Meanwhile, Bill Clinton is missing from the frontlines. Traditionally, when men have stood in the Presidential elections, they have brought their wives to the battle – Jackie, Pat, Nancy, Barbara, Michelle, and even Hillary herself. His absence does raise a point to ponder upon.
Reversing the roles should not mean that Bill goes MIA (missing in action), especially since he is a regular on the speech circuit. Not unless she is holding him back as a silver bullet for the final push, which should be anytime now since there are only five days left.
It is inexplicable that Hillary's lead over Trump is now whittling and that they, the two most unpopular candidates ever to contest the race to the White House, are now in for a photo finish.
All this, sans the usual excitement of a race, because no one really cares.
But there has been a mild tectonic shift in favour of Trump. No survey or political pundit is able to exactly put his finger on it, but both Florida and Nevada, that were supposedly ‘in the bag’ for Hillary, are showing a marked shift.
Also, Hillary seems to be unable to inject any enthusiasm amongst the African-American vote bank. And the fact that the Latinos will back her has already been factored into the equation, when Trump decided to build a wall on the Mexican border, so that cannot be counted on to add to her lead.
If it is not charm, grace under fire or any great aspiration for leadership, what then can explain how Trump is still kicking and alive?
Hillary’s frumpiness cannot be the only fuel. The most generous reason one can offer is that the silent flock are ready to try an anti-vote. Maybe they are anti-women, anti-minorities (just had a black president), pro-misogyny, pro-that deep west machismo, pro-want a white male figure to head their government, feel a clean slate is necessary and a liar is worse than a philanderer.
Americans will accept anything except being caught in a web of deceit, the operative word being ‘caught'.
Current status: Trump 48 percent | Clinton 47.5 percent
States experiencing a momentum shift: Nevada, Florida, Wisconsin.
States hanging in there: Michigan and Colorado.
First Published On : Nov 3, 2016 20:44 IST