Super Tuesday, And A Secret Hearing *Open Thread*

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Yes, it is Super Tuesday, a day when primaries are being held in a number of states. A lot of delegates are at stake today on both sides of the aisle, though it looks like Clinton is going to clean up. Things are not as clear on the Republicans/Trump side, but hey, that just makes it more exciting, right? Uh, yeah, right. At this point, though, Trump seems to have an edge in a number of states.

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent article on just what “Super Tuesday” is, the states, and the stakes. From WSJ:

[…]

How many states are participating in Super Tuesday and why are there conflicting numbers? 

Not all of the states in which voting takes place March 1 award delegates on March 1. This year, 11 states award delegates for both parties. (Thirteen states and one U.S. territory hold contests.)

Which states hold contests in which delegates are awarded?

The 11 states awarding delegates to Republican candidates are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia.

The 11 states awarding delegates to Democratic candidates are Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia.

Alaska, Colorado and Minnesota hold caucuses, while the other states hold primaries. Alaska holds caucuses for only the Republican Party on March 1. Colorado holds caucuses for both parties but the Republican Party doesn’t award delegates until later.

How are delegates awarded?

Delegates are awarded proportionally — not winner-take-all — in the Democratic and Republican primaries on Super Tuesday. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

As you have likely heard, Texas is going to be a big time state because it has a HUGE number of delegates to award for both the Republicans (155) and the Democrats (222). But, one has to reach at least 20% of votes, and if one gets over 50% of the votes, that person takes ALL the delegates. In theory, Cruz could take them all.

Kasich and Carson continue to play spoilers in the GOP campaign, and they both claim they have no plans to drop out. They both need to get over themselves. As I have said, and many of you, neither one of them is every going to get the nomination, so they need to put their egos aside and get out already.

Who knows, though – we could end up with these two running against each other with this result, as Branco from Legal Insurrection highlights so well:

 

Ugh.

Meanwhile, this week is also bringing some new witnesses to testify before the Benghazi Committee. Today ‘s hearing will be behind closed doors to protect the eyewitness giving testimony. I don’t know when we will learn the results of this testimony, but the Committee is definitely still working. Here is their schedule just for this week (h/t Townhall):

[…]

The following witnesses will be questioned in private and bring the total number of witnesses interviewed to 79, including 62 who had never before been interviewed by a congressional committee (these are denoted with asterisks). This schedule is not comprehensive and is subject to change.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Witness:  Gentry Smith, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Countermeasures within the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security*

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Witness: An eyewitness to the attacks from the national security community

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Witness: James “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr., former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff*

Friday, March 4, 2016

Witness: Susan Curley, Managing Director of the State Department’s Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing and Innovation* […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Why am I emphasizing these hearings? Well, because a whole bunch of Clinton emails related to Benghazi have just been released and this kind of thing seems to be taking a backseat to the Campaigns. From WFB via  Townhall:

[…] The State Department turned over 1,600 pages of previously undisclosed documents related to Hillary Clinton and Libya to the House Benghazi committee on Friday, a month after it revealed the existence of the documents in an unrelated court case.

The House Select Committee on Benghazi announced it received the records on Friday, adding that the State Department has yet to fully comply with document requests the committee made nearly a year ago.

“Today the State Department turned over more than 1,600 pages of new documents related to former Secretary Clinton and Libya,” the committee said. “The State [Department] claimed in a January 8th court filing that it only recently discovered these new documents from the Office of the Secretary.”

In January, the State Department disclosed in a court filing that it had recently discovered “thousands” of new documents related to Clinton’s tenure and the Benghazi attack. The filing was in response to a lawsuit by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, which has been seeking records from Clinton’s time at the State Department. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Ruh roh. That doesn’t sound so good for Sec. Clinton, but it doesn’t seem to be affecting voters continuing to choose Clinton. I guess that compared to a Socialist, who else are they going to choose besides someone who exposed this nation to a boatload of hurt by sending classified and Top Secret emails on an open server?

Then again, the young people are all too happy about Socialism and even Communism. Yep. That is our Educational system at work int his country. Then against, when the Association of Teacher Educators have the likes of Bill Ayers as their Keynote Speaker, what can one expect? And if either Trump of one of the Democrats make it into the White House, we will be stuck with Common Core*, so there is very little hope this will change. Before we know it, we will be Venezuela. Hey, it could happen.  (*Trump claims he will get rid of Common Core, but has also let slip that he will keep Common Core. It is a coin flip which one he actually means.)

I do so worry about this country. Unless people wake up and fast, we are going to be changed in a big way.

Feel free to talk about any of the above, or to report the outcome of the voting in the Super Tuesday States. This is an Open Thread.

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31 Responses to “Super Tuesday, And A Secret Hearing *Open Thread*”

  1. piper Says:

    Back to my conspiracy theories – could it be possible that Trump is paying Kasich and Carson to remain in the race, pulling votes away from Cruz?
    Interesting weather we’re having here in Downtown Wisconsin, weekend temps in the high 50’s – enjoyed 2 days of biking on clean trails, today temps in the 20’s with 2-3 inches of snow – bike back in garage and snow shoveling for fun and exercise.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I would not be one bit surprised to learn that there is some collusion going on there, piper. No doubt, it is helping Trump to have those two pulling away 10 – 11% of the votes. So yeah – I’d believe it. Wonder what he promised THEM??

      And maybe they should ask Chris Christie how that worked out for HIM when Donald told him to go get on the plane and go home. You’d think people would learn – we saw this repeatedly with Obama – but everyone always thinks it couldn’t happen to THEM. Uh, yeah, it WILL.

      Wow, that is quite the swing in weather, piper!! You be careful out there in that snow!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Paying as in wiggling the VP spot at them? SOP in sleazy politics. And acceptable to the people that want to be VP more than they care about honestly, integrity and character.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Oh and by the way, the snow is up to about 41/2 inches down here in Kenosha and it’s still snowing.;(

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Bless your heart!! I will spare you what the weather is doing where I am…

          And if you have to go out, Marge, please do be careful!

  2. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This take on Donald Trump by John Oliver is making the rounds (h/t friends for this). It is hilarious, and TRUE:

    “I know words, I have the best words,” has got to be one of the more hilarious statements by Trump.

    Feel free to share this around! 🙂

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I am not a John Oliver fan but that was hilarious and brilliant and true. Will it change what passes for a mind in a Trumpkin? Not a chance.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        A friend commented that she finally gets it abt Trump now after watching this – it is all abt the BRAND, not the person, or the facts of who the person is. It is all abt brand…

        And yeah. I know Oliver is definitely on the liberal side, but in this case, he was discussing actual concrete facts that he demonstrated, and in a pretty humorous fashion, I have to say. I doubt Trumpkins will watch it – facts seems low on their list, unfortunately. But maybe, just maybe, a fence-sitter will see this and realize what a charlatan Trump is and vote for Cruz or Rubio…

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          No, Trumpkins are all about tearing up the GOP because they’re angry. Thinking people know that if you are going to tear something down you should have a plan to replace what you destroy.

          Trumpkins are a mob – set on smashing and destroying without a clue what comes next. Other than “Making America Great Again”. Hope and slogans wasn’t plan in 2008 and it still isn’t in 2016. Trumpkins, like Obots can’t see that.

          Evidently they think that because they are angry, as if the rest of us aren’t, they can throw their school yard temper tantrum with a disgusting man like Trump and somehow all will be well. It looks as if the “rainbow and unicorn brigade” is present in both parties.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            So, so, SO true, Marge. You really hit the nail on the head. I just had a Trumpkin tell me I was making too much of an issue of the KKK thing, as if this is NEW to Trump. It is NOT, which I was quick to point out to her. I figure if it is a big enough issue for Speaker Ryan to bring up, and for my Senator, Tim Scott, to bring up (http://www.weeklystandard.com/tim-scott-only-black-gop-senator-blasts-trump-over-kkk/article/2001313), it’s a pretty big issue. The GOP does NOT need to be tied to the KKK, no matter how tenuous that connection may be. And I told her that despite Trump EVENTUALLY disavowing, his lying abt not knowing who David Duke is, or acting like he had NO idea what “white supremacy” is was just ludicrous and I do take issue with that.

            There really is NOTHING he can do that they will take a step back and go, “hmm. You know, that is really kinda nuts.” Nope. Because as you pointed out, they are ANGRY, as if ANGRY is a policy.

            And as you noted, we are angry, too, but we are adults who know anger is just not enough…

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    My theory with the young people supporting Bernie is that they are tired of seeing the dishonesty in politics. Like him or not, Bernie is what he is. And that authenticity is appealing to people on so many levels. Then he’s promising all that free stuff.

    If you talk to a lot of young people, their ignorance about how the way government works is abysmal. It’s not their fault they are the reciprocates of a liberal education. It is their fault if when confronted with their ignorance they don’t at least try to do something about it.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

    • piper Says:

      Marge,
      I like Bernie too but I want him to stay in the Senate where Hillary should have remained.
      Still voting for my bichon in the general election.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I don’t like Bernie. I just understand where his authenticity is seen positively among the young. His politics on the other hand stink IMO. And he’s too damn old. And I thought the left didn’t like old white men.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          LOL, I thought they didn’t either, but for some reason, they like crotchety old Socilaists who want to transform the country into Venezuela…

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I can understand that, except that they, for reasons that escape me, are CONVINCED he is new to politics and outside the Establishment, despite having been paid by the taxpayers his ENTIRE WORKING LIFE.

      And I agree abt the liberal education. I do think our Educational system is at fault for pushing Socialism, particularly at the university level, but also in public schools by claiming everyone is the same, everyone is special, and no longer valuing effort and grades lest they hurt someone’s feelings. So, yeah, they are dumbing down students in a way, minimizing achievements, removing valedictorians and all of that lest someone feel less than. Is that not setting kids up for accepting Socialism?

      But I hear ya, and LOVE the cartoon!

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Good for Rep. Ryan for standing up against this. He needs to, as evidenced in the John Oliver piece above. Having a frontrunner for the GOP who takes FOREVER to disavow the KKK and David Duke does TREMENDOUS damage to the GOP: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/271267-ryan-denounces-trump-over-kkk-controversy-there-can-be-no-evasion-and-no-games

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Ah but to the Trumpkin fools Paul Ryan is a member of the “establishment” and thus not worthy of their support. Of course that same establishment they claim to hate would far rather see Trump than Cruz but they aren’t smart enough to wonder why.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Sigh. I know. And yes, Trump has now disavowed Duke an the KKK, but it was the GAMES to which Ryan referred that are important. As evidenced in the video, Trump knew full well back in 2000 who Duke was, but to act like he didn’t, then act like he had NO idea what “white supremacy” meant is just idiotic. WOW.

        It is frustrating as hell, isn’t it? Just infuriating…

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Just Wondering…

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A Facebook friend had the following from the NH Union Leader. They regret having endorsed Christie, particularly because he said this: “Despite specifically telling us that he would never endorse him, Christie is backing Trump,” McQuaid wrote. “If nothing else, that might wake up some Trump fans.”

    “We will look for that, just as soon as we get the egg off our face,” he wrote.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/01/politics/new-hampshire-union-leader-chris-christie/index.html

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Methinks that in the long run Christie’s political opportunism may do him more harm that good. Lying to a newspaper that endorses you is no a wise move.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Oh, no doubt. That was just stupid. So much for HIM being a “straight talker,” huh? Wow. I am impressed that they were willing to eat crow, though…

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I’ve been reading Dana Perino’s book, and I have to say, I have a whole new appreciation for President Bush as a result. The stories she tells abt him, how much he paid attention to the lives of his staff, really getting to know them is certainly telling, but he also really cared for them.

    One story she told was abt Scott McClellan’s book and how he stabbed Bush in the back. He was let go quietly, with the WH never telling people he was fired (for good reason – he was the Press Secretary, but was not good at messaging and other important aspects of the job). The WH staff really liked him, which was why they didn’t tell people he was let go, but made it seem like he left of his own volition.

    Well, Dana was pretty upset abt it, and was preparing to meet the press after the book came out. First Hadley came to see her, and told her that the WH and the President would be okay – in a very kind manner. Then, the Oval Office beckoned (apparently Hadley had gone to the President to let him know how upset Dana was abt it). It wasn’t even 7 in the morning yet, but the President was at work, writing letters to the families who lost loved ones in the war. Bottom line is, he told Dana that what she really needed to do was just forgive Scott, and let it go. She asked if she could throw him under the bus first, to which the President said, no. Just forgive him.

    He added as she was abt to walk out that he knew she would never do that to him. She needed to hear that, too.

    Anyway, it paints a much fuller picture of who he was/is as a man, his loyalties, what mattered to him, and all of that. Powerful stuff…

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Trump Admits Times Report, Says Status Of Illegals Is “Negotiable”

    For months now, Donald Trump has spouted the same line on immigration, promising to build a border wall and deport people here illegally. Last night, he admitted he would not deport the 11 million people in the United States illegally. It was posturing.

    This should be causing Trump supporters cognitive dissonance. After all, he shot to prominence early in the race by taking the most aggressive possible stance on immigration. Now he is backpedaling to the exact same position as his reviled Gang of Eight competitor, Marco Rubio.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2016/03/trump-admits-times-report-says-status-of-illegals-is-negotiable/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      But of course he lied. He lied abt one of the MAIN things his supporters claim is why they are supporting him. Of course, he admits this too late for those of us who have already voted, and for all those who voted early in Super Tuesday states, not that the media really covered this all that much either, especially since it just happened last night. But yeah – he has now copped to lying abt one of the BIGGEST aspects of what he claims to stand for in this campaign.

      WOW.

      And of course, this won’t change the mind of his Minions one bit…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        But what will it do if he wins the nomination and then it is used against him in a general? There are large numbers of Independents and Republicans who have said they absolutely will NOT vote for Trump. This information could possibly get through to some of the Trumpkins that still have some ability to think. It should disgust them with themselves that they sold their support for a mess of red pottage.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh hell YES, it should disgust them – if they allow it to get through. They have shown tremendous resilience to facts abt Trump getting through their allegiance to him, just like Obots. But yes, it will absolutely be used in the General, though I hope Marco and Ted start running ads TOMORROW abt it, and hammer him relentlessly Thurs. night in the debate – RELENTLESSLY!

          But yeah – it is telling indeed, isn’t it? His position is EXACTLY the same as Rubio’s. And there ya have it…

          Can I just tell you how sick and tired I am of the pundits declaring that Trump can be the nominee at the end of the night? As I keep saying, why not just go ahead and have the media determine our nominees from the outset. It would sure save a lot of time, money, and aggravation, wouldn’t it? I mean, really – if only a few states in this country matter, what’s the point?!

          UGH.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Gpod lord – reading the comments at this article is disturbing. Seriously, these cult members will not be swayed no matter WHAT Trump says. They always attempt to justify or explain how what he has said is actually a GOOD thing and not a complete and utter 180 from what he has said for MONTHS.

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