He’s been riding off free press coverage, with no spend on his part of anyone else’s. This is what our mass media selects for.
Machines taking jobs has been an interest of mine, since I read Tyler Cowen’s Average Is Over – and all the blog posts and what not since then.
Seemingly the best rule of thumb is that if you can do your job while a little drunk, then the machines are already on the way! The judgement of algorithms is good enough at this point to make up for what machines cannot determine.
The difference in years between right now and George W Bush’s election is the same as between Reagan and Goldwater. The difference between right now and Clinton’s first term is the difference between Reagan and Eisenhower! Granted, his second term, but still.