We have been thoroughly enjoying the engagement and coverage - of both the leading, and fringe candidates for president - on Showtime and Bloomberg Politics' "The Circus." As a political consulting firm (among many other things) based in Downtown Brooklyn, we are often "behind the curtain" of political campaigns, but it is kind of jaw-dropping to see it on this level, where one of these guys/gals will be the next leader of the free world.
This week's episode (#4) of "The Circus" dealt with the lead up to today's New Hampshire primary and some back-and-forth to South Carolina for all those involved. It seems as though Senator Rubio should be picking up some steam and he is warmly portrayed in this episode (with his wife, kids, as a real person). The Donald goes from being unusually timid and quieted during a media-only press briefing to his usual loud-mouth self during a rally. We see Mr. Cruz on the trail, Bernie celebrating his "victory" in Iowa, and Hillary fighting for New Hampshire, with flashbacks of Bill Clinton's "comeback kid" speech and that being the impetus for making a go of NH.
Overall, the further along the campaign gets and the further we get into "The Circus" we are seeing these candidates develop, shift position, and the show really seems to fill the voids and insights that we lack as voters and as the general public. We are seeing these candidates without all the media b.s. that is constantly shaping our minds and bombarding our T.V. screens and (more and more) our mobile-devices.
It's tough to say who wins tonight in New Hampshire, but our money is on Bernie (duh!) and on the G.O.P. side its hard to say, but we have a feeling that Sen. Rubio makes a move up and gains some "MO" (momentum) as the show focused on this week. We will see what happens tonight, and look forward to watching more candidates close up shop, with the fields being narrowed down on the Republican side.
Will Bloomberg jump in the race? Could he win as a third-party candidate (he is calculated and well-advised so he must know something if he decides to make the move)? That would certainly make things very interesting. He was certainly a great NYC mayor.
At least we have lots to talk about. As the 24/7 news cycle (and social media/online engagement) continues to grow it seems as though candidates will have to run as more of an "open book"* and we will be able to make better choices in both nominating a party candidate and eventually electing our next president.
*obviously the interviews and access on Showtime's "The Circus" is controlled by staffers and media consultants/handlers, but as political operatives and consultants it is nice to see that the public is gaining some ground in terms of access and knowledge of who they are really voting for.