Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Monday, October 12, 2020

Three years ago today,

a honeybee favoured the cosmos























Four years ago,

it was Trump and Mrs. Clinton, slugging it out.

The general feeling over here was that Mrs. Clinton was a shoo-in. Indeed, her supporters called her "the only qualified candidate." But while she was certainly the most experienced candidate, I wondered at the time whether her experience would disqualify her, in the minds of a lot of the voters. Would they not feel that her two terms in the East Wing meant that her standing for president went against the spirit of the Constitution (amendment 22)?

To see why, suppose it had been Mr. Clinton in the East Wing for eight years, and that he had later stood for president. And further suppose that he had won two terms, in the second of which he had divorced Hilary. If he had remarried, and the new Mrs. Clinton had become president, he would certainly have looked like President (for ever) Putin.

As it is, of course, Trump won. "Will the same thing happen again this time?" the liberal elite wonder. Now, I don't see how it could. Neither Mr. nor Mrs. Biden have been president before. Nevertheless, if the liberal elite of America do not even know how America thinks about the unity of married couples, then how qualified could any of them be, to embody America, as its (necessarily short-term) president?