By Angela Catterns

An American friend of mine reckons most middle-aged women she knows don’t like Hillary Clinton and they’re not going to vote for her. 

Because she didn’t leave Bill.

He behaved atrociously, pretended he didn’t by playing semantics, and humiliated his wife.

Many women are of the opinion she should have kicked him out. 

Instead, she stood by a man who displayed incredibly poor judgement when he fooled around with the White House intern, Monica Lewinsky and then strenuously denied it. (Until he could no longer lie about it because there were stains on the girl’s dress to prove it. Eewww!)

Young women who weren’t around for Monica-gate are not big supporters of Hillary for completely different reasons. To them, the fact she’s a woman – the first women in 227 years to potentially hold the office of POTUS – is not enough. She’s too establishment. Not black, not gay, not poor. She’s just a privileged older white woman who’s been in politics for too long.

Most voters don’t trust her, and she doesn’t represent the change many Democrats want. People will probably vote for her out of a sense of duty, not a sense of passion. 

The young women flock instead to Bernie Sanders and most observers believe if and when Sanders bows out of the nomination race, these ‘millennials’ are likely to just drop back out of politics and not show up to vote in November.

But after Hillary Clinton won a majority of States this week on Super Tuesday, she now finds herself front-runner for the job of US President. At last. Her main opponent, as Republican candidate, looks like being Donald Trump. (Whose family name was originally Strumpf. I kid you not.)

 “Pandemonium in the GOP: Some embrace Trump while others rush to stop him” was yesterday’s headline in The Washington Post. The Republican Party is looking as mad as a box of ferrets right now. Writhing and squirming over one another with no idea how they got in this predicament or how to get out.

As Trump won state after state on Super Tuesday, a curious thing started to happen. Americans started turning to Google for information on how to move to Canada!

Simon Rogers, Google’s data editor tweeted “Searches for ‘how can I move to Canada’ have spiked +350% in the past four hours.” 

Some Canadian lawmakers were quick to jump on the bandwagon. A Toronto City councillor posted a link to a page detailing how to immigrate to America’s oft-ridiculed northern neighbour. The post was retweeted 37,000 times.

The sudden popularity of the notion of leaving the US also hit the newspapers. The New York Daily News published an article titled “The complete guide to fleeing President Donald Trump's America.” It listed a number of different destinations Americans could move to, like Singapore, Ecuador, Mexico and Canada. (Not Australia – it’s far too hard to get in.)

The headline was  “Make America Migrate” - a clever take on Trump’s campaign slogan.

Just like in the US, here in Australia there’s massive disillusionment with politics and politicians. For a while there, Malcolm Turnbull appeared to be the right Prime Minister at the right time. A moderate Liberal and a talented communicator who could explain to the electorate – with honesty and clarity – whatever changes need to be made. But he seems to have lost his mojo, become enmeshed in factional politics and leery of making any big reforms. Once more, we’re cussing and muttering and despairing about politicians all being the same. 

Though surely nothing would cause more despair than waking up after US Election Day on November 8th to the reality of Donald Trump as your country’s new leader. 

It’s a possibility that if he does become President of the United States, he may indeed need to build a wall as he so often promises. But not on the southern border to keep all the Mexicans out. 

He might have to build a wall on the northern border with Canada. 

 

To keep the Americans in