In spite of accurate predictions during the last few elections,
Talleyrand is, as usual, reluctant to venture another. One must preserve one’s options. But there is one thing that’s
fairly certain: if the received wisdom is again wrong, and the American incumbent somehow wins, the rapidity with which his
public enemies switch sides will boggle the mind. It is often said that great wealth enables a certain independence. That
is not true. Those who think they have the most to lose are the quickest to turn.