Op-Ed: You have to feel for American citizens as they are bombarded with political news in the run up to the 2016 Presidential election.
With a President having four years in office the country seems in perpetual campaign mode; mid-terms and the election of the candidates running for President fill in any gaps.
Monday night selection begins for real but the process of electing a leader for the Democrats and another for the Republicans is complicated and lengthy.
Tonight it is Iowa that gets the selection ball rolling in what could be a bumpy ride; bad weather could affect voting numbers.
Donald Trump chickened out of the final pre-selection TV debate last week perhaps taking a leaf out of UK PM David Cameron's book. Here in the UK in 2015 Cameron ducked and dived instead of joining other party leaders in a series of televised debates but came out the big winner.
If you still admire his wealth consider the numerous times he has been bankrupt and used cheap migrant labour to build his towers and make his goods. Cameron was helped along by Tory spin doctors allowed in post-debate press rooms even though he had not participated.
Trump may not be so lucky.
He is popular with a section of US voters but has no political credibility or experience and simply lurches from one ambitious claim to another.
Voters who admire the man for his money and business interests need to remember he was given a head start by his wealthy family. They also should remember his Mum was of Scottish origin and his Dad a German immigrant. Given Trump's abusive migrant comments surely the irony will not be lost on voters?
Pre-election polls though are often flawed. This could mean that Trump's popularity may not translate into hard votes on the day.
Newt Gingrich was another popular Republican candidate last time around but his GOP leadership campaign was not successful.
While Trump supporters in the USA dream of their man being the next occupant of the White House the rest of us can only offer a silent plea that he fails.
Check back later for the result
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