Democrats are hitting each other, Trump is winning
WHAT MATTERS MOST - Atty. Josephus B. Jimenez (The Freeman) - January 25, 2020 - 12:00am

Mark my words; President Donald Trump is going to be reelected in November. He will also be acquitted by the US Senate, sitting as an impeachment court. He may be the most hated among the US presidents, but in politics, good guys don’t always win. I don't like him either, but he is simply too lucky. I challenge anyone to prove me wrong.

Trump is winning the US polls. Not because he is the best, not because he is a good president, not even because he is well-liked. Trump may even be one of the worst of the 45 US presidents so far. But he will be acquitted in the impeachment case and win in November because of the seeming weakness of the Democrats. He will be acquitted, not because he’s innocent but because he has the numbers. Impeachment is not a judicial proceedings, it’s a political process, a numbers game. The Democrats don’t have 67 senators to vote for conviction. Like presidents Andrew Jackson and Bill Clinton, Trump will come out of impeachment court laughing.

Of course, Trump will be maligned, stained and besmirched during the impeachment process. His “quid pro quo” proposal to the Ukrainian president would be exposed. American voters will hate him more. He will lose in the popular elections just like in 2016, but the Electoral College will crown him. That’s the flaw in the US electoral system. A candidate as popular as Hillary Clinton who won very convincingly against Trump lost in the Electoral College. It’s like a small minority of politicians overruling the resounding mandate given by the sovereign American people. The USA, from whom the Philippines learned the fundamentals of democracy, has the most undemocratic system of electing their head of government.

The reason why Trump will win in November is because Democrats don’t have a strong presidential bet. They are either too old or too young. Four of the five leading candidates are in their late seventies. Bernie Sanders is 78, Joe Biden is 77. Mike Bloomberg is 77. Elizabeth Warren is 70. The only young one is also too inexperienced, whose name is too difficult to pronounce and spell, Pete Buttigieg, 38, incumbent mayor of the small, remote town of South Bend, Indiana. Trump is just giggling at the caliber, or lack of it, among his probable opponents. He only takes Bloomberg seriously because the former three-term mayor of New York City may have billions like Trump.

Biden's name will also be tainted in the impeachment hearings. His role and that of his son's participation in Ukraine and Russia will be discussed, thus further weakening his chances. Sanders is too old and currently faces a serious problem among women voters because Warren accused him of saying something that sounded like women presidential bets have no chance to win. Warren is also too liberal for comfort. A former Harvard Law professor with no experience in public office, she threatened to break up farming monopolies, and to write off millions in unpaid student loans. Bloomberg is a latecomer and also a habitual turncoat. He was a Republican who shifted to Democrat, then became independent, and now Democrat again.

In his first fund-raising, Trump got more than a million per hour. In 24 hours, he totaled more than $25 million in one day alone. He may be the guy you'd love to hate, and pray that he’d lose. But all the evidence so far indicates he’s winning. That's how the cookie crumbles in politics and in other contests. We just have to grin and bear it.

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