Opinion: The similar candidates
Our quadrennial presidential sweepstakes regularly provides textbook studies in contrast. And 2016 raises the bar in disparity. Red and blue. Left and right. Hot and cold. Up and down. Good and bad. Boy and girl. Pro and con. Loud and soft. Rain or shine. Fish and fowl. Dumb and dumber. Perhaps the only fact that supporters of both major party candidates can agree is that differences between the two do exist.
Donald Trump is a Gemini and Hillary Clinton a Scorpio. He’s 70 while she doesn’t turn 69 until October. And that relative youth obviously goes a long way in explaining why millennials overwhelmingly favor her. One is a Democrat and the other a demagogue. But this is America, damn it, where yeah, sure, we acknowledge our differences. But this is a nation that also embraces that which binds us together, and the number of bizarre similarities the Donald and the Hillary share is uncanny.
Well, they’re not quite mirror images, but considering one is a 5-foot-6 career politician and one is a 6-2 reality TV star, there are enough peas-in-a-pod resemblances to call out the doppelganger police. For instance: right-handers with bulletproof hair; total disdain for truth; unfavorable ratings higher than guard geese downwind of a marijuana field on fire; butchers of the English language; and the list goes on.
But finally, each candidate is adamant that if the other is elected Nov. 8 it will be a disaster not just for the nation, but the hemisphere, the planet, the solar system and the universe. And the two have united millions who believe that on this issue they both may be correct.