Wednesday 20 September 2017

Republicans have chosen a candidate who has crossed line from simplicity to utter stupidity

Women pose next to a life-size poster of the US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton outside New York's IFC Theatre before the debut of Michael Moore's documentary 'TrumpLand' Photo: KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images
Women pose next to a life-size poster of the US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton outside New York's IFC Theatre before the debut of Michael Moore's documentary 'TrumpLand' Photo: KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images

David Millward

Last night America staged its third and final presidential TV debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It seems like an eternity since the scramble for the Republican nomination started, when there were around 20 "next presidents of the USA" squeezing the flesh in New Hampshire. The hopes of these next presidents bit the dust pretty quickly. Rick Perry's campaign never got off the ground. Bobby Jindal's didn't last very long. And whatever did happen to Rick Santorum?

But one name did stand out, even though he wasn't running: Ronald Reagan. Any self-respecting Republican candidate would make a claim to be the next Ronnie - the true conservative and great communicator who restored America's rightful status in the world.

I have to confess that, at the time, I personally bought into the narrative that he was a B-movie actor, best remembered for 'Bedtime for Bonzo' and, in short, not the sharpest tool in the box. My view has been changed on reading the excellent new biography by Iwan Morgan.

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