@nostrildamus said in US Politics:
@barbarian said in US Politics:
but there's a base level of competence you achieve from working your way through the ranks and engaging in Parliamentary work for a number of years before you assume the top job. And you are deeply connected to the legislative process, so you can't blame Congress if you can't implement your agenda.
Barnaby Joyce says hold my beer (until I learn how to get up again)...
Without getting too in depth about Australian politics, I think Barnaby highlights a difference in the political systems though.
Barnaby is a country bloke whose strength has always been his ability to speak in the language of his base. He's a straight shooter, he occasionally puts his foot in it, but is broadly seen as a regular sort of bloke. That endears him to his constituency (and I've met him a few times, he's a very good retail politician).
But of course he's made mistakes. Unlike certain US politicians though, I'd argue he has paid a price for those mistakes. They haven't been shaken off in a Trumpian way, couched as attacks by those 'out to get him'. He's copped to it and had some pretty high profile sackings, the most recent being when he stood down as Deputy PM after his extramarital affair.
And now he might lose his job over something that would be seen by many as pretty minor.
I'd wager in America he'd use these blunders to entrench himself even further, to demonise his opponents and downplay the extent of his issues. He'd deny, deny, deny and never ever apologise.
But I just don't think that approach flies down here nearly as well as it does over there.