Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Which Democrat may win from Pence (replacing Trump) with Haley as running mate?

Trump’s political future is dead as a dodo. Worse for him, the rich want to get rid of him for two reasons. They don’t like losing and he has been the useful idiot delivering big bucks to the wealthy and he can go now.

Dozens of Democratic candidates are competing who can defeat Trump. But Trump is political history. Only compared to Giuliani, he still looks slightly alive. Who’s good enough to take on the new power couple?

The strongest Republican ticket might be Pence with Haley. What are their winning points?

* In comparison to Trump, they (any ticket) look(s) great.

* Any opponent trashing Trump they will accuse of living in the past while they focus on the future.

* They are calm and confident. That comes across better than upset.

* They sound conservative which for many people in panic mode is easier to stomach than those who demand change and upheaval.

* They will project ‘reasonableness’ which seems more reassuring than candidates who (can be made to) sound like extremists.

All candidates will lose who would show any anger or indignation about any injustice or discuss any worry about any pending doom.

A Democratic candidate can only win when s/he is humble¬† and reassuring — projecting: ‘You may be worried but I have it all under control; trust in me and I will take care of you, and all will be fine.’

The hyper-activism of Warren and Sanders is a nice proof that they’re not senile but cannot substitute for self-confidence and protectiveness.

O’Rourke and Booker are too angry, the rest is too nice and cute.

Many have a frame that looks too fragile next to Pence’s. That’s not their fault but you can’t be petite and win here. Many of them look babyish next to Pence. That’s nice when we need fresh ideas but not when you want to project calmness and stability. None of them has a booming voice. Their only hope is someone who can pass as super-macho. “Daddy will take care of everything.” (You don’t have to be a man to be a daddy.)

Reagan did it. Obama did it. Anyone with any amount of acting talent can learn this. The candidates have their work cut-out in front of them.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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