The dust has settled after Super Tuesday, but the battle for nominations to the US presidential contest has just begun. Donald Trump has done well for himself, prompting a spike — reportedly of 1,150 per cent — in Google US searches on how to move to Canada. With seven states in the bag, Hillary Clinton is neck and neck with the real estate billionaire. But the spotlight is on the reality TV star who would bend reality itself to his will. The New York Times, which has built a sort of web computer with fiddly little sliders to figure out the contenders’ chances for nomination, predicts that Trump stands a very good chance if he continues to win, even if it is by unimpressive margins.
This factor would be decisive after March 15, when the rules of the game allow states to fix delegates on the principle of winner takes all. Some analysts have suggested that Trump could be nominated even with a third of the vote. However, the same logic would allow his Republican contenders to recoup their losses in the weeks ahead.
The likeliest outcome — Clinton versus Trump for the White House — is also the most wished for, if only because of its entertainment potential. How will the sophisticated and politically correct Clinton face off against her opposite number, a gold-plated bling-size redneck who would build great walls to keep out Muslims and immigrants, proposes to wrest back jobs from India and China, and does not deny the endorsement of the Ku Klux Klan? Opinion is divided on whether she will brush him off like a bloated bug, or just curl up in a foetal position. After witnessing Trump’s prowess in recent weeks, the two possibilities are equally real. While it is the perfect form of government, democracy is not without its terrors.