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Nobody Gets It…the nom.

With Donald Trump, in some polls, now trailing Ted Cruz by 10% in next weeks Wisconsin primary and Gov. John Kasich surging as well, it is becoming more likely nobody will have the needed 1,237 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination.   Plus, Hillary Clinton, as weak a candidate as she is, and acknowledges to some degree, she is flailing about trying to beat a 73 year unaccomplished Senator who is an acknowledged socialist who honeymooned in Communist Russia.  Two front runners that the American public trusts neither.   It appears more and more likely neither will get their Party’s nomination.  Hillary’s scandal/ FBI probe closing in and Trump making mistake after mistake, who would want either as President of the United States?  A buffoon business man and a congenital liar facing charges…what we have here is either hilarious or tragic.   Take your pick.  And, no way Bernie Sanders will get the Democrat nomination regardless of how many more States he may win.

Very well informed insiders are strongly suggesting that nobody presently campaigning will get either Party’s nomination.  Which is truly better for the USA.   Although, no charisma Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, easily would be the best choice on the current scene.  He’s done it all in his State of Ohio and in Congress.  70% approval rating in his State garnering heavy Afro American and Hispanic voters support.

So what happens now?   We wait as it plays out.  It appears the GOP convention in July will be an open convention.  Meaning anybody could come out of no where and get the nomination.  House Speaker Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio and even Mitt Romney could enter the picture.  The Democrat’s have as big a mess.   A lousy candidate facing exposure to serious felony charges.  It still seems likely VP Joe Biden keeps warming up in the bullpen.  This is all unprecedented in modern Presidential politics.  Semi no nothings and no nothings would vote for Hillary simply because she is a woman.  And more of the same for the man of a thousand contradictions (Trump) supported largely by people who would vote for the fictionalized “Mad prophet of the airwaves Howard Beal.”   “Mad as hell and won’t take it anymore.” supporters.

Lost in all this is substance of what is the best choices for new American leadership forthcoming in seven months.  Our Country is broke, twenty trillion in debt, wages stagnant or down, business still hesitant because of Obama’ s anti business sentiment (“The man ‘businessmen’ have kept the people down he believes) our military is at its lowest ebb in morale and readiness, nobody earning interest at banks because of the Feds low interest policy’s because the of their fears of a still stagnant economy, ISIS running and growing threatening the world while our President watch’s baseball and tango’s in Communist Cuba, the middle east in flames of confusion and no leadership,  Iran and North Korea can’t wait to use nuclear weapons upon whoever…USA included.   And, heaven only knows what else I’m missing.  Absurd Presidential campaigns of stupid bickering issues over nonsense.  Ex defense secretaries such as Bob Gates, openly stating he kept military plans away from Obama for fear of his incompetence messing things up.

Obama’s original wish was to “remake America” as he has tried.  He has managed to divide us as never before following Saul Alinsky’s book 12 Rules for Radicals.  Essentially divide and conquer us.  Bernie Sanders adds fuel to the fire of Obama dividing us.  Tear down the haves for the have not’s.  Millions now believe our Country and system is in need of change to you know what.

Does anyone have even the slightest memory of the “Hope and Change” this amateur President promised?  We’ve had change with no hope.

Here’s a closing thought we may all consider.  Why not pick a name out of the phone book and run him or her for President.  Or if we an find Presidential candidate Pat Paulson, if he’s still around, let’s put him in the White House.   At least we’d have some laughs while trying to undue the mess our Country now faces.  Bet Paulson would get a ton of write in votes.

Stay with for commentary and the latest in political developments.


The sight of President Obama sitting in communist Cuba, who have offered the USA nothing in return from his efforts, next to a communist leader,  watching a baseball game while Belgium explodes is simply detestable.  It all offers credence to many who believe Obama, raised in the Islam faith, has sympathy or compassionate understanding for Islamic terrorism.  He did not convert to Christianity until he joined the Black Theology Pastor Jerimiah Wright’s church well into his mid 20’s.  Of note, as well as many other hidden details of his past, Obama refuses to release details of any student loans he said he received while attending three college’s.  All this brings me back to questions I have long held.  Who shot JFK and who is Barack Obama?   In 2008 Obama hysteria, he was never vetted as a traditional candidate.  Always keep in mind, Obama still refuses to call it Islamic terrorism.  Why?

Nothing is going to happen to destruct ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) until the U.S. leads.  It’s a sorry state of affairs that no country in Europe will put together a coalition to fight back.  America should not have to lead, but the fact remains, unless we do nothing is going to happen.  The sole hope is a Republican President, to replace this national disgrace, will lay the ground work for terrorism defeat.  So long as the Islamic terrorists keeping finding success, they feel Allah is behind their efforts.  They cannot be contained.  It is spreading.  They have to be destroyed.  The Arab world and Europe is waiting for American leadership and a change in our Presidency.  Only a coalition led by America will force the issue.

In the primaries last night, nothing much has changed.  Trump won big in Arizona.  Cruz won big in Utah.  Again, very strong voter turn outs for the GOP candidates. Hillary won Arizona while Sen. Bernie Sanders won Utah and Idaho. Expert political pundits Mark Halperin and John McCain’s Presidential assistant Nicolle Wallace agree it is becoming increasingly likely Donald Trump is headed for the Republican nomination.  There are more and more calls for John Kasich to drop out of the race to let Cruz stop Trump in a one on one race.  Jeb Bush just endorsed Ted Cruz.  These same pundits feel Kasich is staying in the race to become Trump’s Vice President pick.

Not so fast I say.  First, the primary season is really going to slow down.  This gives more time for undecided Republican voters to hear why Trump is not the answer.  Keep in mind, for the most part, Trump is only getting 35% of the GOP vote.  On occasion he tops out as high as 40%.  It’s solid, but not enough.  Next, John Kasich’s message is finally being heard after months of being oblivious.  As primaries shift to Wisconsin and more moderate area States come in to play, Kasich’s chances improve.  And no, I don’t believe Kasich is running for the VP slot.  As he sees it, Trump will fall short of the needed 1,237 delegates needed for the nomination.  Then the Party and anti Trump forces take over at the convention after the first delegate vote count.  Think of this scenario.  Trump forces and Cruz forces battle to a stalemate.  After several State by State delegate votes, it may seem a dead lock.  What next?   That’s where other compromise candidates appear on the scene.  That’s where Gov. John Kasich, a sure bet to win the State of Ohio for the Republican’s, could step into the picture. Neither Trump nor Cruz have political managerial experience.  Kasich is overwhelmingly more qualified.  Plus, all polls show Hillary Clinton beating Trump handily in a National Presidential race.  Both their negatives are high.  But Trump’s are higher and he has little to no support from critical groups that support Hillary.  Both are extremely well known.  So a national campaign is unlikely to change minds.  And, Cruz is unelectable due to his extreme views and his pompous nature.  Kasich could be a natural pick by more establishment delegates.  He has always beat Mrs. Clinton by the widest margin in polls.  The GOP Party feels Trump simply can’t win.  Plus his coattails will lose the Senate.  Like it or not.   Believe it or not.  Trump, as all polls indicate, will not beat Hillary Clinton.  Forget the huge crowds Trumps draws.   Those are fervent diehards.  Not indicative on a national level.

So we wait as this endless political year drags on.  Nothing is settled.  Nothing except ISIS will continue to kill as Obama golfs, blows more tax payer dollars on trips with his family…including his mother in law.  She must be one helava negotiator.

Stay with for follow up details on this most difficult and historical time we are living in at present.

Hope Springs Eternal

Says New York Times columnist Michael Barbaro in part ” But Donald Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s resounding triumph’s Tuesday mask a profound historical and unusual reality.  Most Americans still don’t like him or her.”  His statement affords both Parties a glimmer of hope.  Hillary Clinton still awaits a possible indictment.  Democrat’s preparing in case. And the Republican National Committee, along with big donors, are preparing for a contested convention.  Nothing is “carved in stone.”

Sparing you Tuesday details.  Trump won big and Hillary won big Tuesday night.  However, Gov. of Ohio, John Kasich won convincingly in his home State.  His victory makes it better than a 50-50 chance the Republican Convention will be a contested convention.  Likely more contested than  Reagan/Ford in the 70’s.  Trump won next to nothing of minorities and Hillary’s unfavorable percentages are about the same as Trump’s.  Most Republican leaders are convinced, without women, without minorities, without enough less educated white voters, without enough cross over Democrat voters, Trump would lose to Clinton or her replacement should it come to it.

Donald Trump now has 619 delegates of the needed 1,237.  He needs 618 of the remaining 1,149 delegates yet to be decided.  Roughly 54%.  Here are some reasons he may not get there.  1. There is another Republican debate Monday night on the Fox News Channel.  ‘The Donald” say he plans not to attend.  Dumb idea. 2. John Kasich, as he says, has been running in relative obscurity.  After Monday, no more.  Just he and Cruz on the stage. The voters, Democrat’s and Republican’s in Ohio, really like their Governor. He won convincingly Tuesday over Trump.  He won his re election by 70%. A man now no longer in obscurity.  Especially after Monday.   3. There are only five winner take all States remaining.  And those five have much lower delegate availability. 4. Four primaries to be held next Tuesday.  Only Arizona looks good for Trump.  Idaho and Utah will lean towards Cruz. 5. Marco Rubio dropped out of the race after losing Florida.  Most likely his voters will go to Kasich.  6. 30% of Ohio voters said there is no way they would vote for Trump.  Ohio always a key State for Republican’s. They have never won a Presidential race without carrying Ohio.  Kasich is Ohio.

In a contested convention, the rules are normally tossed out.  After the first ballot in a floor vote, even a non running candidate can be voted upon.  Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, is now being talked about as a potential nominee.    Says Ryan…he has “ruled out that possibility.”  Not ruled out accepting the nomination.  The most comforting item that would prevent a near hysterical walk out should Trump be denied having the most votes is if he is not very close to the necessary 1,237 delegates.  Guessing under 1,100.  This could open it up for Kasich, Romney and even Rubio or Ryan for votes.  A compromise candidate.  Rubio, being Hispanic a very good Vice President nominee.   Even Trump is leaving open that possibility. Republican Party Chairman Reince Pribus says “A contested convention is not necessarily a bad thing.”

As for Hillary Clinton, she has all but wrapped up the Democrat nomination in delegates now and to come later.  Only the FBI report can stop her.  That report is needed soon before getting too close when an alternative candidate will need time to get placed on State ballots.

Obama Wednesday is announcing his nominee for the Supreme Court to replace Anton Scalia.  It is Judge Merrick Garland.  Naturally Obama tries to sell him as a conservative.  He is not.  More of a moderate. Of course Obama says the Senate must do their duty.  It’s more likely Garland will be “taking one for the team.”   Republican’s controlling the Senate have made it clear he will not even come up for a vote.  Just die in committee.  Obama would do the same, just as Senator Chuck Schumer had said some years earlier and Vice President Joe Biden. No way would they allow a vote for a new Supreme Court this late in a Presidential term.  Obama, more than most, is all politics all the time trying to make his appointee palatable. This nomination is political for the coming election.  If denied, some fear Obama will justify a recess appointment.  The Senate has to remain open. Question…what if the Republican’s lose the election and the Senate along with it?   Democrat’s, likely Hillary Clinton, would pick a much more liberal justice than judge Merrick.  Answer…after the November election bring up judge Garland and ram him through.

As things are after another “Super Tuesday”  or some calling it super duper Tuesday, I really hate to say it….it’s so trite it’s almost unbearable, but Yogi Berra’s all time quote “It ain’t over until it’s over.” is most appropriate at this time.  And, that quote is true.  A lot more to come.

Stay with for the latest updates on political happenings.


Ohio is the key

There’s massive dilemma facing the USA today.  Ohio is the key to everything because should Gov. Kasich win there he reduces the chances for Trump winning the nomination out right.  Better than a 50-50 chance. Cruz will win enough delegates and a smattering will still go to Rubio and Kasich. Assuming they don’t drop out. Florida and Ohio are the winner take all States. So without the needed 1,237 delegates this then becomes a contested convention in July.  Likely Trump won’t get the nomination.  Big probable looms.   Against Trump?  Sound great.  But, big problem looms.  For what it’s worth, Abraham Lincoln did not win his nomination until a third delegate vote.

Where will all the Trump supporters votes go?  Huge numbers will walk out of the Convention more than likely.  Many won’t vote.  Many will go back to the Democrat side.  And that friends hands the election away regardless of who the Democrat’s nominate.  Major problem if you don’t want another 4-8 years of essentially more Obama policy’s.

Other considerations.  Kasich beats Hillary in Ohio by 20%  Trump loses by 6% as it stands right now in NBC/Marist new poll.   Nationally,  Hillary continues to beat Trump by 6%.  Kasich continues to beat her by 10%.  He has huge appeal to moderates and Independents…and some Democrat’s who dislike Mrs. Clinton.  Should Trump win the nomination, it would be dumb not to have Kasich as his VP choice.

How to handle Trump supporters if Trump is denied the nomination in the July convention?  Without them, it could be catastrophic.   Trump would never take another position without the Presidential nomination.   Nobody has an answer at present.   So it’s a wait and see proposition.  Ask yourself which path is better to defeating the Democrat Nominee this November.  Trump gets the nomination or Trump does not receive the nomination?    Who knows.  Me thinks slightly better chance if Trump the nominee.  Cruz is unelectable.  But, the Party leaders very very likely would deny Trump the nomination and hand it to Kasich if they can.  A Kasich/Rubio ticket likely is their answer.  Kasich can beat Hillary and Rubio garners Hispanic’s that Trump has no chance in getting in any significant numbers.  That’s the likely scenario.  And, they just might be correct.  It’s preferable.  But, how likely?

Stay with for Wednesday election summary and comments.



Stop Trump!

Trump must be stopped because he will lose the general election to Hillary, or whoever, and will take down the Republican Party and possibly the Country for a long long time. Currently Bernie Sanders beats Trump more easily than Hillary Clinton in new polls. The USA could very well become a socialist country.  Labor and business built America the highest stand of living the world has ever known…not government.  Governor John Kasich in Ohio is the key to halting Trump’s rise.  With added Ted Cruz winning of delegates, it appears more than likely Trump will not get the needed 1,237 delegates to automatically get the nomination.  An unlikely win by Marco Rubio in Florida would clinch the stoppage.

The chaos in Chicago Friday, although over dramatized with incidental TV clips while only five were arrested, nevertheless has become a thing of danger with possible dangerous consequences.  True, Trump has the right to free speech which was denied.  That should never happen.  There were elements of extremist financier George Soros financing the Move On .org contingent, black lives matter people were present, the faction of revolutionary William Ayes present, plus Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders people were present.  It was a well planned disruption that succeeded.  To his credit Trump called off his rally.

Said Ohio Governor and candidate, John Kasich “Donald Trump has created a very toxic environment.”  Trump doubling down, not calming down the matter, means more of the same.  He is putting his life and the lives of others in danger.  These protests are not going to stop and likely get worse as Trump was attacked in a Ohio rally Saturday stopped by the Secret Service protection.  Campaign fatigue and his combativeness are making him worse than ever.

Donald Trump’s behavior is losing support from Republican voters.  Before Friday, Trump was only garnering 35% of GOP voters meaning 65% want somebody else.  Trump will lose the general election without their support, having already lost support from other key factions, because there are simply not enough white cross over voters to carry him to November victory.

However, stopping Trump from winning the nomination in a contested convention, not brokered, is a “double edge sword.”  His supporters must be retained to vote Republican or all will be lost.  If the nomination is secured away from Trump, it must be done in a manner that is some how respectful to Trump.  Not an easy chore.  Very unlikely, but if Trump would support another Republican candidate it would critical.  Knowing Donald Trump, he probably would never do it.  The only possibility would be for Party leaders to offer Trump something in return.  Wildly speculative here…perhaps offer him to pick the Vice President and or Dr. Carson the Health and Human Services post.  Probably not enough.  And, no, Trump would never take a position in a new administration.  All or nothing Trump.  Likely Party leaders would come up with something.  They would have to.

This campaign is turning into something not seen since the Chicago protests of 1968 or the segregationist Alabama Gov.George Wallace in prior years.   Wallace was eventually shot and badly crippled for life. The 2016 campaign has turned ugly. Very ugly.  And it won’t stop because Trump won’t give in to calming matters down.

What can one do?   I urge all of my readers living in Tuesday primary States to go vote Republican for anyone but Trump.  Especially John Kasich, he’s the key, and Marco Rubio in Florida.  It has been said several times if Trump does not get the needed 1,237 delegates for the nomination before the convention, he will never walk out of the convention with that nomination.   Here’s “wishin’ and hopin” not just to stop Trump, but to present a Republican candidate who can win the Presidency.   And it won’t be Ted Cruz because his brand of extremism can’t win either.  Vote that way not just for the Republican Party, but for the sake of our Country as we once knew and it was intended to be by our Founders.

Stay with www.jacks for results and commentary following the Tuesday primaries.

Trio of Triumph

The trio of Rubio, Kasich and Cruz made Donald Trump look like he was last in line when the school books were passed out in Thursday nights debate.  Said CNN’s political expert Michael Smerconish, “It looked like Trump was trying to run out the clock.”   Meaning he was OK with just trying to maintain his status quo.  He went on to add “if Trump does not go into the convention with the necessary 1,237 needed for the nomination, he won’t come out with it.”

Rubio was outstanding with his depth of knowledge on foreign affairs, non terrorists Muslims, (needed for a coalition to defeat ISIS)  Muslims dying in our military defending the USA,  Cuba (naturally) and even willing to support no federal legislation with regard to climate change.  His reasoning being with no significant knowledge of how much mankind is causing global warming, it is a massive waste of billions of dollars when India, Russia and China have no commitment to curtail their efforts in that area.   Good point.  The U.S. contribution would be the proverbial “spit in the ocean.”  Huge dollars spent better on America’s more urgent needs the implication.

As always, Trump spoke in generalities.  Repeating the same lines that make him so popular with the largely less educated and less informed.  Again he brought up his standard trade lines of putting a 45% tariff on imports in particular from China.  Only this time back tracking somewhat….”I MAY put a 45% tariff on imports IF necessary.”   Cruz was ready and pounced pointing out how that tariff would increase prices by 45% on many goods American’s buy.  Kasich was vintage Kasich exploiting how well he has done in Ohio using techniques he learned in Congress.  Same stuff, but true.  He is best qualified to lead our Country if elected.

At this point, I see no reason to believe Donald Trump could beat any Democrat he would oppose in the general election.  Here is realistic polling data.  Trump’s support has slipped among women from 37% to 24%.  He would receive next to nothing in support from Hispanic’s.  Why would they support a man who wants to deport so many of them?  Afro American’s, as always, a lost cause.  Here’s how the GOP candidates would match up versus Hillary Clinton:    Rubio beats her 48% to 44%…Cruz beat her barely 47% to 46% and Trump?  Hillary 50% to Trump’s 43%.   Kasich has always done best against her normally by 10%.

The idea, as Trumps tells us, he is going to win so many cross over votes from traditional Democrat’s simply won’t cut it.  He keeps saying, “And I haven’t even started on her.”  It never comes up what the Democrat’s are going to do to him.  They have tons of material he has, essentially, given them.  An excellent Vice President choice seldom moves the needle in Presidential elections.  Perhaps one, hopefully, key State.

So what next?  The polls in Florida, surprisingly, show Rubio narrowing Trump’s lead.  Washington Post poll…36% to 27% for Trump. Suffolk poll…36% to 27% for Trump. It had been as much as Trump by 20%.  Rubio certainly gained from his debate performance Thursday night. Enough?   Probably not.  But, It is very likely Kasich will win his home State of Ohio.  With Cruz gaining support, it appears likely Trump will not have the needed delegates to automatically get the nomination.

Next Tuesday, March 15th, is THEE big day when it is winner take all primary day.  Florida, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina and Missouri all in play.  Trump normally does not do as well in a closed primary.  Closed means only Republican’s can vote for their Party’s candidate and the same for Democrat’s.  Notably, Florida is a closed primary.  Should Trump win Ohio and Florida he is a lock.  Highly unlikely.

As she admitted, Hillary is not a natural politician.  As bad as she is, her lead in Florida again is huge.  Just as it was in Michigan when Sen. Bernie Sanders pulled the mammoth upset.  Bernie  is causing Democrat’s to scramble just in case.  Hillary now knows she is not a lock with all that is facing her.

Dr. Ben Carson gives his endorsement to Donald Trump today.  Likely assured ahead of time a Cabinet post such as head of Health and Human Services. Not a bad choice.  Endorsement means little at this point in swaying any votes.

The huge interest and TV ratings focus on the Republicans.  Front and center is what will happen if Trump does not get the nomination one way or the other.  Keep in mind, the vast majority of delegates are ESTABLISHMENT delegates.  Meaning tougher sledding for Trump without the 1,237 he needs.  And while Cruz seems a natural second choice, the Republican Party knows he is almost as unelectable as Trump.  Plus, his arrogance and contempt for his fellow Republicans  hurts him badly.  Also, the Party knows Cruz wears a fake mask disguising himself from what most know as a nasty guy.  Ever wonder why it is only Cruz’ campaign that has been charged again and again, during this campaign, with dirty campaign tactics?  Speaks for itself.

Much of the aforementioned brings us down to the main question.  What will happen at a contested GOP convention this July in Cleveland, Ohio….as in John Kasich’s Ohio.  The Party dilemma being of what to do should Trump come in with the most delegates, but not enough delegates for the out right winning of the nomination.  Much will depend upon how close Ted Cruz is in delegates.  If it is fairly close, this bodes well for the anti Trump factions keeping in mind the delegates are establishment delegates who mostly want neither of them.  Close means it all opens up into a floor fight that could take many many floor State by State votes. If there is nothing decisive, then it may eventually turn to an alternative candidate.   Who might that be?   Ohio’s own John Kasich.  Kasich knows it.   And, the Party wants it.  If Trump comes in with a huge lead in delegates and is denied, that, my readers, would bring forth a political blood bath the likes of which not seen in a hundred years.  Speculation on this happening is rampant.  But, it could lead to a third Party and even possible, the end of the Republican Party as it is today.  A very scary proposition.

As I see it, that is just not going to happen.  You’ve all heard “God save the Queen (or King)”  Perhaps it should be heard “God save the Republican Party.”  Or some would say good riddance.


Trump trumps Trump

Donald Trump shoots from the lip.  Best that can be said. He won big last night in Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii losing only to Ted Cruz in very conservative Idaho.  It really was no contest.  He bounced back from slippage vote counts last Thursday.

Two main issues now confront Trump.  Getting more unlikely now, but what is the difference between a “brokered convention” and a “contested election.”   And Can Trump win a Presidential election..

A brokered convention occurs is when nobody has the necessary 1,237 delegates to win the nomination out right.  Then, mainly Party bosses, go into the proverbial smoked filled rooms and decide after “horse trading” who the nominee shall be.   A contested convention is when nobody wins the needed 1,237 and than vote after vote is taken State by State until  a Presidential nominee is selected on the floor of the convention..  While the floor votes are going on, there will be delegate battles going on between the States with an attempt, after trades are made for issues like VP choices…Cabinet preferences and even ambassadorships are being passed out….for some States to trade delegate amounts enough to select a winner.  It could go on for hours even until the wee small hours or possibly carry over until another day.  The Republican’s will not leave the Cleveland July convention without their nominee.

Will Trump win the Presidency?  Read on. With Rubio getting big losses again Tuesday night, very very unlikely he will win his home State of Florida where new polls show him behind 15%+.   Trump is the likely winner.   Gov. John Kasich was tied with  Ted Cruz in Michigan showing enough strength to win his home State of Ohio next Tuesday in the winner take all primary. Should Kasich win Ohio and Cruz continues to win enough delegates, then there is a good chance of a CONTESTED convention.  It simply does not make sense that GOP Party leaders would be dumb enough to try to broker the convention.  Coolers heads likely to prevail.

Will Trump be our next President? Timing is the essence of it all.  With planets spinning, so to speak, Trump comes at the right time for him to win.  First, voters are showing extreme anger benefitting Trump.  They want an outsider.   Forget the liberal pundits saying they are angry at the Republicans.  They are just a part.  Wittingly or not, that anger stems from bad policies or no policy’s from Barack Obama.  Obama shows success at virtually nothing except the ability to speak well enough in using the “Bully pulpit” to confuse mostly the uninformed public that it’s not his fault polls show 70% of the public feels our Country is headed in the wrong direction.  Trump, again last night, demonstrated his uncanny ability to ramble, speak off the cuff, promote himself (and his other successful products on display) and minable words to promote Party unity.  With his rambling dialogue upon his winning night, his products on display such as his water, steaks,  wine and magazine, it looked like the Home Shopping Network.  “And I sold my airlines in a very very good deal” said Trump even predicting he will win the class action lawsuit against Trump University and reopen it soon.  (there…take that Mitt Romney.)  The last word is always Trump’s.

It was vintage Trump last night on all the news outlets for forty minutes.  He took questions from reporters and took no prisoners in his answers.  Arrogant, funny, showmanship, a master salesman captivating audiences and pundits nationwide.  He smartly came up with the idea of the rambling dialogue and minor acceptance speech with reporters questions versus the usual celebration trite events.  Just plain smart.  This is what so many of his partisans want.  No rehearsed usual political comments from the likes of a Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio.

Is it enough to win?  Probably.  Why?   Because Hillary is atrociously bad as a candidate.  She wins in the South due to the high Afro American vote.  These are States Republicans typically win.  She actually lost the State of Michigan to Sen. Bernie Sanders in one of the all time biggest upsets with all polls showing her winning big time Tuesday night.  Her unfavorability’s are even higher than Trumps.  “The Donald” has little chance of winning the Hispanic vote and women’s vote.  And there is a limited amount of “blue collar” less educated white males to vote for him.  HOWEVER, Trump has a very good chance of winning “Reagan Democrat’s” in States such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and some northeast area’s that traditionally go for the Democrat’s. Trump even touts he has a chance of winning New York.  Highly doubtful.  But, he could surprise in more typically Democrat States.

If Trump was as politically smart, as he truly is in many area’s, he would swallow his thin skinned pride and put Sen. Marco Rubio on his ticket to win back some of the Hispanic support he is sure to lose at present.   Or, perhaps a woman or a different Hispanic. Let them go out campaigning speaking Spanish.

And, let’s not forget that Hillary Clinton is no sure lock to win the Democrat nomination.  It’s not delegates she will lack, it’s the growing email scandal that the FBI is extremely likely to make public suggesting an indictment even if the Justice Department refuses to pursue the matter.  My thinking being the Democrat’s would have a better chance of winning with a different candidate such as Vice President Joe Biden.  There are others who might jump in as well such as former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown and they could drag out Sec. of State John Kerry or Al gore again.

There are so many variables floating around making it impossible for any pundit or blogger, for that matter, to predict what might happen.  Or, what will be the outcome.  The Republican Party views Trump and Cruz as a pick between poison or a bullet.  With Rubio now out of the picture, there certainly will be a push to somehow, some way nominate a different candidate.  If he wins his home State of Ohio, John Kasich anyone?  He’s always been this bloggers choice and easily the most qualified and would unite the Party.  A can do guy who has proven it.  A split in the contested convention between Cruz and Trump supporters might…I said might…just lead to the best answer.

Don’t forget the final, hopefully, Republican debate is Thursdays night on CNN.  Unpredictable or predictable show nobody knows.   Stay with or my facebook page for Friday round up from Thursday night.



Trump Stumbles/Rubio Tumbles

On the surface it looked like a two-two tie. Only it wasn’t.  In the Republican four Saturday primaries Donald Trump and Ted Cruz each won two States.  However,  Trump picked up 49 delegates while Cruz was gaining 67 delegates.  Here’s what is most interesting. The margin of the victories.  In winning Kansas, Cruz clobbered Trump 48% to 23% with a record turn out of voters.  In the Cruz win in Maine, it was Cruz 46% to Trump’s 32%. with another huge turn out.  While in Louisiana Trump won with 41% while Cruz finished with 38%.  And, in Kentucky Trump won with 36% while Cruz came in with 31.6%.  A lousy Thursday debate and former GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s attack Trump speech with support from another GOP nominee John McCain seemed to show some Trump vulnerability for the first time. One of these days Trump just might study the issues.

Sen. Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton in Nebraska and Kansas while Mrs. Clinton won Louisiana.  It doesn’t mean much except it keep Sander’s continuing with more funds sure to keep on coming.

Marco Rubio was not even close in any of the four Saturday Primaries. For the time being Rubio is “dead in the water.”  Making matters worse for Rubio, Cruz is opening ten offices in Florida in order to keep Rubio from winning his must win home State.  Cruz making the effort to gain a two man race.   Ohio Gov. John Kasich has a better chance of winning his home State than Rubio.  Michigan has their primary Tuesday where one poll has Kasich closing in on Trump.  Other polls don’t agree.  if Kasich wins Ohio and is close in Michigan Tuesday, the greater the chances of a brokered convention.

Let’s get a few things out of the way right now.  Some pundits believe the Republican Party will launch a 3rd Party candidate to oppose Trump if he continues his dominance. Forgetaboutit.  “Pie in the Sky” stuff.   Also, liberal journalists and Democrat’s love to keep repeating the Republican Party is so fractured it may collapse.  Nonsense.  Once they decide on a candidate to oppose Hillary (assuming she is not in court…update on this later in this post) ,trust me, the thought of Hillary Clinton becoming the President is an anathema.  Nothing would put the Party back together faster than that horrendous thought.   Only a denial by the Republican Party establishment of the true deserving winner of the primaries would cause a revolt.  A huge revolt and a major walk out by many delegates. Even though the Party, run by the establishment, can change the rules at anytime.  It is very unlikely knowing the consequences.  If there is no clear winner from the primaries, only then might major change occur.  That’s where Kasich or Rubio could reenter the picture.   Should Trump and Cruz battle it out, Trump has the greater upside.  He’s more likely to beat Hillary.  As primaries continue in more northern States such as New York, Michigan and throw in California, Trump is likely to regain his footing.  But, Cruz and a mammoth onslaught of anti Trump commercials in Florida MIGHT make Florida interesting.  However, Trump has a huge lead in the Sunshine State that, at times, seems like his home State.

As for the Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.  Many believe it will amount to nothing. Perhaps her two aides will take the fall.  However, the Justice Dept. granted immunity to the State Dept. staffer. Bryan Pagliano, who set up the home email server for Hillary. Keep this in mind. Pagliano took the 5th amendment originally.  This indicates he knew he had criminal exposure.  So the cloud over Hillary Clinton remains.  And granting immunity to a low level accomplice is the way to working the case up to higher levels. It is strictly guess work as to what will happen in the final disposition of the matter.

And guess what?   More debates coming up.   Monday night on the Fox News channel, Bret Baier hosts a town hall meeting with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.  Next they debate Wednesday night on CNN.   One more time, yes, the Republican’s will battle it out in a debate Thursday night also on CNN.  The last debate on Fox News drew huge ratings.  Interest in all of this chaotic jockeying is at an all time high.  Turn out for Republican primaries are breaking records.   Democrat’s show little enthusiasm.

Does anyone remember in the film Apocalypse Now with the renegade Colonel (Robert Duvall) leading his helicopter contingency into Viet Nam battle with his hands on hips (besides saying he loved the smell of napalm in the morning) saying, “Some day this war will end…some day this war will end.”  I think of that now as this wacky all time once in a life time Presidential battle continues with more twists and turns to come…..some day this election will end…..some day this election will end.

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CPAC Results/Cruz rolls

Ted Cruz looking good Saturday, but way too early to make sense of it.  At this point Cruz won Kansas and the CPAC conference vote.  But Cruz continues to win Evangelical vote area’s.   CPAC vote…..Cruz 40%…Rubio 30%…Trump 15%…Kasich…8%.  Things are well up in the air on these early votes counts Saturday.  Cruz leads in Maine…Trump early lead in Kentucky.  Cruz won Kansas over Trump 51% to 23.9 for Trump.  Rubio received 15%.   Suddenly Cruz is setting up ten offices in Florida.  Whew!

This triad here reminds me of the old Rush Limbaugh “Operation Chaos.”   Here it is…Cruz is the one that can beat Trump so far.  However, Trump is more electable than Cruz.  And Rubio is the one who most easily beats Hillary Clinton.   Got it?   Way too early to make sense of Saturday results still out.   However, there are now some indications the Republican Party is headed for a brokered convention.  Mere speculation at this point, but a brokered convention would be most influenced by traditional Party delegates.   And, they would want no part of either Cruz or Trump.

How about a compromise including Rubio and Kasich?  “All hell” would break lose if Trump has 1,200 delegates.   Short by 37 delegate votes.  And, he gets the “heave ho.” Speculation running wild with all TV pundits.   But, Saturday is far from over.  At this hour it’s wait and see.

So far, there appears Romney’s speech, Sen. McCain supporting Romney’s speech and a good Cruz debate may make tougher future sledding for Trump.  Rubio’s walking around with a severe cold/flu.  How can all these guys hold up I’ll never know.

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Debate: Tedious

Yes, last nights Republican debate on the Fox News Channel was tedious, vulgar, repetitive, hilarious at times and packed full of exaggerations and lies.  Mostly by Trump who seems to make things up as the debate rolls along.  With the possible exception of John Kasich, the impact of last nights debate is nil.  Having watched all eleven of them, I hope there will be no more.  Although a 12th debate was originally scheduled.  Per normal, the debate centered around Donald Trump and his candidacy.

Trump is endless in his tirades and can recall every slight he hears from other candidates. His face noticeably turns red with anger. Earlier in the day 2012 candidate Mitt Romney made a spectacular critique of Trump.  In part saying Trump had “neither the judgment or temperament to be President.”  His thin skin makes him defend any and everything which led to the vulgarity of all vulgarities in the history of debates anyone has ever known.  On the campaign trail,  Marco Rubio made reference to Trump’s small hands.  Vanity Fair said the same years ago. Rubio went on to say (about small hands) “you know what else that normally means.”  Trump actually showed his hands on stage and said words to the effect that “his member” is by no means small.  MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle said this morning…”Somebody should have asked him to prove it.”  And so it went.  Fox news political pundit Chris Stirewalt called it “an episode of the Jerry Springer show.  A Demolition Derby.”  It was just plain non sensible.  Where were the questions on Trump’s tax returns making news big time last week?   But, otherwise, Fox News hosts Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace are in a league of their own.  They even had tape showing Trump’s contradictions.  Trump’s typical answers were “I changed my mind” or he was being “flexible.” or he misunderstood the question.  CNN’s John King said Trump is simply “hot tempered.”  Romney is spot on.   And yes, Trump University got a D- from the BBB.  Said Ted Cruz on Trump having a class action lawsuit against him “We are going to have a Spring, Summer and Fall of a candidate defending himself in court.”

Here’s political host, Mark Halperin’s,  grades on last night’s debate based upon their performance and if they helped them selves: Kasich B+,  B’s for both Cruz and Trump and B- for Rubio.  There’s not much else worth saying about the debate.  Perhaps it is worth noting again that Gov. of Ohio John Kasich beats Hillary Clinton in polls for months by as much as 10%.  Rubio is next by 6%…Cruz by 1% and much to Trump’s arguing he is, at best, tied with her.  In the end after two hours of mostly blabber against one another, Kasich the exception, they all, (including Trump) agreed to support the Republican nominee against Clinton. This assumes she is not in court defending herself that is becoming more of a real possibility.  The man who set up her email server in Hillary’s home, John Pagliano, has been granted immunity in order to testify in the email scandal.  Of note, this immunity comes from the Justice Department showing some surprising independence by Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  This is notable.

So where do we go from here?   Well, this weekend we have five more State primaries with proportional assignment of delegates.  They are Kentucky, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine and a Nebraska caucus.  Next Tuesday it is Michigan as well.  Now comes nine more days for Rubio to win his home State of Florida where he is far behind Trump.  And Kasich to win Ohio. That is a lot more likely.  If they both win their home States of winner take all delegates, then it is overwhelmingly plausible there will be a brokered Republican convention where Trump should meet his “Waterloo.”  Odds are Kasich would get the compromise nomination…with Romney and Rubio waiting in the wings.   It has even been suggested, after Romney’s superior speech performance, he should enter the race now to further spread the delegate totals by winning some western States thought to be leaning towards Trump.  Too far fetched?  Yes, but in this screwiest of all time race for the White House anything is possible.  Like VP Joe Biden our next President?   Who knows?

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