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I don't think "Yes Minister" has something to do with the burocracy being leftist.
If you take the issue of equal opportunity you have Humphrey saying that he's pro-women because his wife is a woman.
Humphrey doesn't care about civil liberties. In the US contexts Humphrey would be on the side of the policy when a policyman shots a black person.

"Yes Minister" works without saying whether the prime minister is left or right because the political questions aren't about left or right.

If we look at the US, it's worth noting that it has a different system then the UK. In the US any minister has no problem with choosing his private secretary. In the US it's much easier to fire people.

That said it's very unclear what Trump even wants to do when elected. He purposefuly doesn't make specific promises. A lot of moves are to create a good negotiating position.
That includes speaking positively of Modi and Putin.
Claiming that the Mexican's will pay for the wall is also about creating a negotiating position.

Unfortunately I fear that one of the biggest legacies of Trump will be that the Republican party doesn't hold itself anymore to what Karl Rove called the 100% truth test.
Having an Anti-Vaxxer as president will result in a lot of unnecessary deaths. You will have an enviroment where people one side of the debate doesn't dare to say that Trump lied about issues like Muslims in the US celebrating 9/11.

Then Trump is going to pick fights and make people inside the administration afraid of him. He wouldn't tolerate the kind of behavior of Humphrey. He will fight, likely producing an administration that is at the beginning even more disfuncitonal than what we have at the moment.

It's also worth noting that there are cases where Trump won't fight the administration. If the US military doesn't want to fight a war, I doubt Trump tries to get them to fight it. Trump won't fight the NSA and maybe even help the NSA with outlawing crypto.







Having an Anti-Vaxxer as president will result in a lot of unnecessary deaths.


You do realize that term (probably intentionally) conflates a ton of different positions, some of them, such as my understanding of Trumps, totally reasonable.
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I don't think "Yes Minister" has something to do with the burocracy being leftist.

In democracies, government employees tend to support the left (though there are exceptions, such as police). In a large part this is just economic self-interest. Whereas for private sector employees more taxes means more money out of their pockets, for government employees more taxes means that government has more money to pay them higher salaries and pensions.
Republican party doesn't hold itself anymore to what Karl Rove called the 100% truth test.

Are there serious candidates (Republican or Democrat) that do pass this test?
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That said it's very unclear what Trump even wants to do when elected.

This is due to Trump's lack of donors. Normally, you'd know what the plan is by looking at who is buying the politician - funding the campaign, being the attack dog, people voting, ect.

Even the voters are confusing. The NYT article says 40% of Trump's Primary supporters are registered democrats. I guess this makes sense if their other options are {hillary,bernie}. Not sure how hard they will be to convert to Republican primary voters. In some states, it is very easy to vote in the alternate party primary.

Looking at the betting sites - they all favor Rubio. I assume this is due to the super-delegates all being GOPe. If there is mixed results by the states - like in 2008 then they will be the deciders.

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