Tag: Ted Cruz

Trump’s Still Rolling

Once again, Donald Trump trounced everybody else in the South Carolina Republican primary on Saturday. His lead remains substantial compared to everyone else, and his followers don’t seem to be bothered by one faux pas after another as Trump manages to insult every living being on the face of the earth. Strong opinions in sensitive areas can lead to strong defeats in general elections.

And then, along came Marco Rubio. Marco managed to come in second place to Trump, out-distancing Ted Cruz by a mere 0.2% of the Republican primary vote. This is not a big lose for Cruz, but I think it underlines the possibility that people are starting to see Cruz for the sleaze bag he really is. First, he and his campaign lied about Ben Carson abandoning the campaign for President while Iowans were caucusing. Second, there have been some pretty shoddy tricks the Cruz campaign has tried in South Carolina. I think Ted Cruz senses he is on the downhill of his run for the Presidency, and he is trying to eliminate at least some of the competition.

We can talk about winning all we want, but there is only one true winner in South Carolina, and that’s the candidate that has walked away with all fifty of the state’s Republican delegates, Donald Trump. I don’t see any change in this movement if Cruz, Rubio, Kasich, and Carson remain in the race.

If Rubio or Cruz can get lucky with the other candidates backing out, then there is a chance for someone other than Trump to win the nomination. However, come March 1, somebody other than Trump needs to win all those delegate votes in the Super Tuesday block of state primaries. If an alternate candidate does not win any states, the game will start to look like it’s over.

Personally, I like Marco Rubio because he is intelligent, articulate, and has his goals set in the right direction. Ted Cruz has some positions that I don’t favor. Donald Trump needs to get out of his “deport them all” position on illegal aliens. We need immigrant labor, and it is a lead-pipe cinch that we will wind up with some sort of amnesty. The proper Republican position is to make sure the borders are secured.

This election season is going to be long and drawn out, and I have yet to comment on the Democrats in the race for their own nomination. True, they area a couple of old white people who have no clue except for outmoded, nineteenth century models of economic and social constructs. Even at that, one of those lack-luster aged politicos could win the election.

 

 

They Was Robbed!

Donald Trump was robbed!
Donald Trump was robbed!

This kind of stuff can only happen in the movies, or with Donald Trump. Reality TV shows be damned, the real thing is much more entertaining.

There were some irregularities going on at the Iowa Republican caucuses. Well, the Democrat caucuses was a little irregular, too. The whole exercise is a commentary on American politics and how we elect our leaders.

Sometime during the evening of the Iowa caucuses a CNN reporter tweeted that Ben Carson would be headed home to Florida to get a fresh set of clothes before going on to New Hampshire. I remember this coming over cable news that evening. Apparently, the Ted Cruz campaign read the same tweet and took advantage of an easy misinterpretation of the context.

The Cruz people began telling Iowans that Ben Carson was withdrawing from the campaign and going back to Florida that night. This had the effect of many evangelic Carson supporters throwing their support to Cruz, another evangelical favorite. The number of votes that resulted in Cruz’s column is not known, but the total result of votes were enough put  Cruz in first place in the Republican caucuses.

Enter Ben Carson. Ben is extremely angry at what happened, and is convinced (along with the rest of us) that Cruz’s staff twisted the truth, knowing full-well what they were doing. I have never seen Dr Carson as animated as he was last night on TV. If he could get his hackles up that much, he would be polling better, and would not have the legend of being from Sleepy Hollow.

Donald Trump, not known for missing an opportunity to dominate the news cycle, has glommed onto this incident to demand a re-run of the whole Iowa Republican caucus. His insistence is that without Cruz’s shenanigans, Trump would have won the Iowa Republican caucuses outright, just as the polls predicted.

I believe Trump is right. He was robbed!

Bernie Sanders got robbed.
Bernie Sanders got robbed.

Bernie Sanders got robbed, too. This part of the story is classic Clinton. If there is anything famous about the Clinton’s it is their ability to lie, cheat, steal, smear their opponents, or possibly erase them. Hillary has always been a vindictive person, a well known character trait of the former Secretary of State and First Lady.

The voting in the Iowa Democrat caucuses was VERY close, forcing the determination of the winner into the next afternoon. The differences in the totals were oscillating in values much less than one percent, and the final total was that Clinton won by a scant 0.3%. If this were a government mandated election, there would be a recount. Instead, the rules were enforced by a Clinton weighted group of administrators.

The Democrats discovered that there were nine precincts that had not reported, and the chase was on to get to the precinct captains to get the totals in. People were rousted out of bed, and numbers were produced, whether or not they were correct. The fun comes in when we learn that there were six precincts where the precinct captains reported ties.

Now, it may not have been unusual for six precincts out of several hundred to have ended in tie absolute ties. The truth of the matter is that those precincts did not send in their results before people started leaving their caucuses, thereby making it impossible to get accurate counts. This is like being caught relieving yourself on Main Street. It is embarrassing and you will find any way out of your predicament.

The Democrat resolution was to flip coins to determine the winner. FLIPPING COINS! Why go to the trouble of having elections if in the end you are going to determine the outcome by flipping a coin? This is insanity.

Is it surprising to learn that Hillary Clinton was the winner in six out of six coin flips? How does that happen? Only a Clinton would see nothing wrong with this process. Statistically, it is possible for this to happen, although the probabilities get remote.

What’s the result? Bernie got robbed! The fool actually agreed with the outcome.

Here’s the situation. Politics in the United States of America is alive and well. They was robbed!

 

Senator Ted Cruz, (R) Texas

You gotta love it. The freshman Senator from the marvelous State of Texas has made a big splash in the normally moldy, boring, and sometimes irrelevant halls of the US Senate. We are used to hearing empty suits like Majority Leader Harry Reid, or the cold oatmeal-like speeches of the Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

What we heard from Cruz was passion. Say, what? Passion in the Senate?

Senator Cruz may be passionate about killing Obama Care, which is praiseworthy in itself. Or, Cruz may be passionate about his ascent in the Republican Party without having paid his dues. That’s OK, too. The old structure needs shaking up, and right now, any shaking can be a good thing.

Everybody knows that Obama Care is not a good thing. Everybody will pay more for healthcare, get less and at lower quality. The people gaining the most will be illegal aliens if Obama gets his way with immigration reform.

Cruz has chosen a holy cause that will not hurt him in any way.

The Obama Care fight has to be fought, now. Whether we win or lose makes little difference in the short run. To save lives, jobs and our standard of living, the system has to be changed. The American public will not forget this battle, nor why it is being fought.

This is all about the future. Ted Cruz is hitching his reputation with the Obama Care fight and that is perfectly acceptable.

The man and the cause make good fellow-travelers, no matter what you think of either.