As a public service, this writer/rider is weighing in on the Presidential race to shed light on the five major party candidates’ strengths and weaknesses. To help readers decide whom to support, however, I remain mindful of my audience, so I’ll present them in light of the respective motorcycles (past or present) that I think best represents each. In alphabetical order…
Clinton, Hillary (D) NY; since the 1980’s, she’s attempted to be all things to all people. When she speaks in Georgia, she sounds like a belle. But when in New York, adds a little staccato to her words. Between her and her husband, there’s never been a time that she was not immersed in scandal, so her reputation is not stellar. She’s a little girthy and her perpetual pantsuit wardrobe is the source of constant derision by her detractors, so she’s hardly considered fashionable. The number of people polled who declare that they would *absolutely* vote for her are precious few, but loyal. Hillary Clinton is a 1988 Suzuki Cavalcade.
Cruz, Ted (R) TX; Ted does not possess magazine cover good looks, nor the cult of personality enjoyed by previous presidents. Senate insiders say that he is difficult to work with, argumentative and unpopular with his peers. Conversely, he was a highly effective Solicitor General in his home state of Texas and has argued nine cases before the US Supreme Court. He is steadfast in his beliefs and strengths, for better or worse. He is moderately popular in his constituency, and those who like him do so precisely because he is blunt and doesn’t change. Ted Cruz is a Yamaha V-Max.
Kasich, John (R) OH; John has presented himself in debates as impatient, sometimes even rude when he deems it necessary. He served 18 years in the House of Representatives and has been Ohio Governor since 2010, having enjoyed a measure of success, suggesting competence. He’s just old enough and just good looking enough to appear presidential and authoritative. Though he’s running a distant third for his party’s nomination, he insists he is best positioned to win the general race. His supporters most commonly refer to his familiarity and lack of negatives. John Kasich is a Honda 750-4 (pick any year).
Sanders, Bernie (I) VT; Bernie is the most unusual candidate in the race, in my opinion. He sounds funny, his mannerisms are uncouth, he is the oldest and he is an avowed Socialist. While he has a devoted core of support, he has underperformed where it *actually* matters in his party, and that is the delegate count. This suggests a lack of power. The essence of his ideas go back to the 1930’s when Socialism first tried to gain a foothold in this country. Bernie Sanders is a Ural. (Yes, with the sidecar to prop him up)
Trump, Donald (R) NY; “The Donald” is loud, bombastic and unapologetic. He shouts over and above everyone in the room. His name is one of the most recognizable trademarks in the world and inextricably linked to the US. He is the current front runner in his party and his supporters are prepared to bare-knuckle brawl on his behalf. But his detractors are equally vociferous and dismiss him as the most un-serious candidate in the race. He is currently portrayed in the media as successful and powerful beyond measure, but some are aware of his multiple failed business ventures and federal bankruptcies. Donald Trump is an unmuffled 1983-87 Harley-Davidson (the tariff years).
So there you have it. Your decision is easy now, right? Me? I’ll ever tell. I will say this, though. I’ll be glad to see the current occupant roll the hell out of the white house. Given his penchant for over-priced green energy efforts and emphasis on expensive, low performing electric vehicles, how fitting it is that Obama is a Zero.