He threatened the interests of the patricians, who had run the Republic and the Senate for so long. On the Ides of March, 2016: the polls are about to close in the 5 states participating in Super Duper Tuesday. We have never seen anything quite like this in American politics. Historically, the electorate seems to grit its teeth and hope for the best. One explanation from contemporary thinking says he was too powerful and too popular among the citizens. A Democratic Socialist senator is giving Hillary Clinton, awaiting coronation on the Democrat side, a run for her money. Although Bernie Sanders is a long shot, Donald Trump is very close to wrapping up his party's nomination. Trump is not just an outlier; he's like someone from another planet.
They get us into wars, substitute personal aggrandizement for the country's welfare, behave badly in their private lives, and pretend to an exalted status they seldom deserve.
The American people have demonstrated some amount of tolerance and even affection for our highest leaders.
He lies about my brother…and my father…and my mother. Those who want the highest office in the land respect few boundaries on what they will pledge with a straight face, whether this fit of grandiosity has a prayer of success or not. On March 15, 44 BC, Julius Caesar met his brutal end.
I know who built the Pyramids and when I am President we will talk about that. I need more energy like that wealthy candidate who spent all his money. He made me spend $millions for every one of the 11 votes I got before I wised up. Hostile aircraft is flying overhead and shooting at me! And Barack Obama swore to close Guantanamo Bay but has been unable to bring that about in the years he has been in office.
Zanuck, head of 20th Century Fox: “Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after six months.
People will get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” (1946) Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM: I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” (1943) Harry Morris Warner, head of Warner Brothers, believed there was no future in film for “talkies.” In 1927, he declared, “Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?
If you have watched the debates, you can easily identify the speakers. Cayce has so far missed his mark on California crumbling into the ocean but Al Gore edifies more modern doom sayers with similar horrors of a soggy future.
Western Illinois University hasn’t stumbled once since 1975 in predicting POTUS winners and they are going with Sanders (and O’Malley as VP). Of course this is a waste of time since the primaries are still ahead.
Do you remember as a child when old people (often aunts but always elderly) liked to grab your cheeks and squeeze them together? " Well, if you study Chris Christie's mouth and Donald Trump's, they look just like that - sort of squished together like fish. I will inject one small personal note in hexing Cruz, who reminds me of the politician in Stephen King’s “The Dead Zone.” Predictions, right or wrong, political or not, have played a significant role in the history of societies. (“I give it 6 months,” from a family member on the occasion of my 1963 marriage).
As a veteran observer of presidential debates, I am expert in pinpointing useless details like this, and drawing ludicrous connections where none exist. Others are more consequential - the soothsayer who warned Caesar to “Beware the Ides of March.” Some prognosticators achieve fame with their clairvoyance.
Presidential aspirants promise the moon but most fail to deliver. George Bush predicted a human mission to Mars but the only famous "Martian" to date is Matt Damon.