Trump versus Hillary would be fun

Any well-mannered candidate, say a Mitt Romney or a John McCain, would never have the gall to point out that Clinton’s words do not accord with her past practices. Or to bring up the seamy conduct of her famous mate, Bill Clinton, from his sexual escapades in Arkansas to the White House, from Jennifer Flowers to Juanita Broderick to Paul Jones and Monica Lewinsky. So familiar was this pattern, to Hillary and to those who supported her and Bill, that their campaigns had a whole team to deal with the big dog’s meanderings from the marital couch…

Well, should the contest of 2016 feature Clinton against Trump, of this I am certain: it will be a fight, and a real one. If Bill Clinton, as has been signalled already, enters the campaign, his conduct, together with Hillary’s artful defences of it, and the dismissal of the myriad of woman who over the years have brought forth their stories, will be “old news” no more. For every time Hillary plays the woman card, Trump will ace it with the Bill card.

Trump has the reckless audacity to play the political game on the same hard terms as the Clintons have always played it. And that’s as hard and vicious as it may be played. Put it this way: should it be Trump v. Clinton in 2016, it will be great fun, because the Clintons will finally be up against someone as shameless and ambitious as they are.