From Winds of Change:
So we have a new election-winning model before us, being demonstrated to its best advantage under ideal conditions by - I think it has to be said - a political genius, a man who has seized and used a decisive advantage in the money race, exactly where his side of (left, relatively radical) politics has been so disadvantaged till now that it's been denied a chance to show its worth in government. Key elements of the new model are:
- Overwhelming mainstream media support (including lack of interest in his illegal activities)
- A vast money advantage intentionally boosted to an unknowable but likely large extent by foreign and other illegal donations
- Government funded mass partisan support
- Intimidation and suppression of criticism.
The first two elements are key. The second two elements, despite being perhaps more inflammatory, are peripheral. They merely leverage a great advantage in what one candidate can get away with.