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Nate Silver has posted an analysis, based on exit polling, of how Cruz would be doing had the field narrowed earlier. Cruz would be winning now in terms of delegates over Trump. Importantly, Silver made this comment: “Overall, I think it’s a close call between Cruz and Kasich having a better shot of stopping Trump […]

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This evening I’ll be voting in the Michigan primary. I’m torn between Cruz and Rubio. I can see good arguments for either man–ideological, prudential, and tactical reasons on both sides–so I keep changing my mind. (Trump and Kasich are not even temptations.) Whom should I vote for? More

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I picked up an extraordinary little book at a library sale a few years back, and recently pulled it off the shelf, at random, to read. Its cover was lost, so no hint of contents. After digging in, I was amazed at the quality of writing. The writer captures with gusto, the political and personal […]

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bullI wanted to share some different thoughts on the Trump frenzy. Watching the left and the right in the media going toe-to-toe in recent days, I was reminded that we got what we asked for. For seven years, we’ve had the kind of hope-and-change that divided the country, thumbed its nose at our most cherished values, greatly increased our national debt, inundated our porous borders with millions of undocumented people, created a national health insurance crisis, approved a disastrous Iran nuclear deal, and reacted with passive impotence to the rise of ISIS.

The rich have been pitted against the poor, black against white; crime, poverty, and lawlessness have increased. We see headlines telling us that it’s no longer a crime to drink and urinate in public in New York and places in California; marijuana is legal in some states and on the way to being legalized elsewhere. Heroin is an epidemic. Disney employees were fired and forced to train their foreign replacements. Major US companies prefer to set up shop in overseas than to pay heavy taxes here and deal with our cumbersome regulations.

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Have you all seen this chart from The Political Compass, proving once and for all that Bernie Sanders is a center-left moderate, more center than left, really, while the Republicans are all authoritarian right-wingers? More

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We have been fooled before. However Super Tuesday was a seismic jolt, has it caused one Dr. Ben Carson to reassess? WASHINGTON (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) — Ben Carson suspended his campaign for the GOP Presidential nomination Wednesday afternoon, bringing his outsider bid for the GOP Presidential nomination to an end…Carson’s team says he will not […]

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CNN/ORC just released a detailed election poll today, of 1,001 Americans including 920 registered voters. With the usual caveats about the reliability of polls, especially head-to-head general election polls this early in the campaign, it provides strong support for the argument that Rubio has the best chance of winning the general, and that Trump, if […]

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I should, perhaps, clarify that what I mean by this is not that you have a good chance to save the republic, but then again it’s not a lot of effort, either. The odds of being decisive as a volunteer in a primary are small, and each primary has only a chance of being decisive. I should clarify […]

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I don’t care much whether the Republican candidate is Cruz or Rubio. Either would be preferable to Clinton/Sanders or Trump, and I don’t expect either to shake the foundations if elected. That said, the pre-election polling that indicates voters in general prefer Rubio to Cruz is not significant. Why? Because current polls are asking people […]

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It might be too early to say the nominating process is over, but it also might not be. So, what have we learned over the past few months? 1. The Republican Party Is More Democratic Than the Democratic Party — The Democratic Party is purposefully structured to prevent a Donald Trump-like insurgent candidate from emerging. […]

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A brilliant and hilarious ad by the Cruz campaign, found via Twitter. More

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Four years ago I wrote a post exposing the true character of the presidential candidates via their anagrams. (Because anagrams never lie.) It’s time to run the exercise again: The GOP candidates: More

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Rush did the unspeakable on his show today. His offense? Defending Rubio for his conservative principles. While he mentioned the “baggage” of the Gang of 8 bill as an issue, he lauded him as an otherwise solid right-winger, despite his “RINO” proclivities, of you know, being more conservative than Reagan. More

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Rubio-CruzI have not been blogging much recently — in part as a consequences of exhaustion (I have been and still am ushering books into print), and in part because I know only one thing about this presidential race: my expectations have repeatedly been proven wrong.

I did write a post on Jeb, expressing my admiration for his accomplishments as Governor of Florida, and indicating wariness, and I did describe the Democratic Party as The Party of the Living Dead. I think that I was right on both counts.

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A fairly liberal friend of mine said that the Clinton campaign fundraising message he received today was the nail in the coffin for any chance that he would support Hillary. Naturally, this turn of events piqued my interest. More

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I don’t want to vote for Trump. Cruz and Rubio are my preferred candidates. But, as I’ve said since the beginning of this hysteria many months ago, a Trump presidency probably wouldn’t be as terrible as many pundits fear. Here’s why.  More

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Leading Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has not only become somewhat a phenomenon here in the US during the 2016 election, but across the pond he has stirred over a half a million people to sign an online petition banning him from their country.

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Obama-TrumpThe gist of the pro-Trump movement is one of extreme anger and “sending a message.” Those involved like what he’s saying about immigration and his violation of other political taboos, and/or they want to show the Establishment™ that a large segment of their constituency is fed up and not going to take it anymore.

Let’s imagine they succeed in getting Trump over the finish line. What kind of response from non-Trump supporters — both on the Left and the Right — should we expect to a Trump Presidency? One of his supporters’ favorite aspects of Trump’s candidacy is that he promises to do as much as possible by executive order. One assumes he won’t just undo Obama’s overreach, but will also attempt to give Democrats a taste of their own medicine. This is where a Trump presidency gets interesting.

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