The US presidential election has just shifted up to Mach 3 with the two main contenders and sworn political foes deciding to go into full attack mode. The battle lines are drawn and from now to November the media will be anxiously trying to operate the journalistic mill into which so much political grist will enter in the hope of generating considerable food for thought. Already, that has happened with enormous results. Donald Trump is portrayed by the ‘liberal’ press as a raving lunatic of a racist who has little concept of how to lead. Outside of making ‘silo’ land deals, that contain little or no risk period. Trump is virtually inexperienced on dealing with the international scene when it comes to making America supposedly great again. His answer to any major foreign problem that gets in the way of his agenda is to hammer the Chinese, take down ISIS, and shut out Latinos and Muslims. It seems that eighty percent of Republicans are getting behind their candidate which, to the pundits, might suggest they either buy what he is saying or they have no alternative. Even Paul Ryan, the last prominent partisan holdout has caved because he needs the base to stay together in order to maintain the Republican majority in both houses. On the Conservative right, the critics line up to skewer Hillary as the worst possible choice for president in the history of the Union: cited is lack of ethics, leftist sympathies, and the fact that she is a Clinton. Now comes the interesting part: as the numbers are starting to show, if the election were held tomorrow, Clinton would likely win by the same margin as Obama won in 2012, but there are still five months to go before the deciding event in this protracted drama, and much grist still to be ground in the old mill of public opinion. On Trump’s side, bad economic figures on the job front can only help strengthen his case for bringing the economy home, while, for Clinton, the more strident and incoherent Trump becomes on world affairs and immigration, the greater chance Independents and minorities will vote for her. In the end, it might come down to how much American voters are willing to buy into Trump’s firebrand call for political change or Clinton’s steady-as-you-go approach. Watch the Democratic pitchmen piling it on with commercials that portray electing Trump as the worst possible nightmare to be visited on the country since 9-11. If I were voting in this election, the moderate in me would, one, want to vote, realizing how much was at stake, and, two, I would likely vote for the less scary scenario. As one who believes that economic nationalism has yet to work except for tyrannies like fascism in Italy and Germany in the 1930s, Trump’s tough man approach is a recipe for great instability leading to another Great Depression. The rapidly changing ethnic demographics in borderline states like Florida may ultimately doom Trump’s vitriolic efforts, with over eighty percent of Latinos expressing a serious opposition to his racist views. As this campaign continues to ramp up, don’t be surprised if a momentum starts to form by July favouring Clinton.