61 long, dark nights for America: Aleppo

by awindram

Sixty-one long, dark nights to go.

Trump’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “The documentary of me that just aired is a total waste of time. I don’t even know many of the people who spoke about me. A joke!”

Clinton’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “The most important quality in a president and Commander-in-Chief is steadiness—an absolute, rock solid steadiness.”

Daily election article of interest: Hillary Clinton opens up about sexism in new Humans of New York post

As both RC Cola and Gary Johnson can attest, there is no benefit in being third choice in a duopoly. Johnson unusually, however,  managed to generate some media hits for himself today; although one of the problems with being a third party candidate in the States is that, outside of wonk* circles, people only really discuss you when you say something particularly interesting … and by interesting, I mean, disastrous, embarrassing, cringe-worthy, etc.

Johnson had for him a fairly big moment. He was appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe; presumably just the sort of booking his team would want as it’s a nationally syndicated show and just the sort of platform you’d want as you seek to present yourself as a legitimate alternative to the uninspiring and unpopular choices that the two main parties have presented to the electorate. It’s such a strange and eccentric election that even the fact that Johnson resembles a silver mopped vole doesn’t seem that off-putting when placed next to Donald Trump’s unique aesthetics.

All Johnson had to do was remember all those hours upon hours of media training he’s had with expensive consultants and not make a terrible, viral-generating gaffe.

On the question of what would he do with Aleppo, the center of the Syrian refugee crisis, his candor was almost admirable.

“What is Aleppo?” he asked.

In fairness to Gary Johnson he did say “what.” It could have been worse – he could have said “who she is?” Also, he could have pointed out that he is the Libertarian Candidate and so unless he is able to do a free trade deal he really doesn’t care about this sort of stuff. Instead, he had to appear on The View – harsh punishment indeed – and admit that he’d ballsed it up.

Aleppo – that will be the cause of many a nightmare for Johnson as the sixty-one long, dark night stretch before us. Obviously that pales in comparison to the Aleppo nightmare that is life at present for thousand of refugees.





*Wonk will always remain one of the weirdest Americanisms to me, it never seems quite right as a word, to use a Britishism, it’s just … well, a bit wonky. That’s right, wonk is wonky.