Yes, Lord, there is another GOP Debate Thursday night on CNN following the Democratic one they had Wednesday night. That one went about as well as you might expect given the two Democratic candidates split the states in Tuesday’s Primaries (Clinton – Mississippi, Sanders – Michigan – a shocking outcome).
I think this sums up the Democrats’ debate fairly well after that:
Well, one has to HOPE Red will win in the upcoming election, unless it’s Trump and then, in the infamous words of Sec. Clinton, “What difference at this point does it make?” Ahem.
Huh – come to think of it, this could well relate to the GOP debate Thursday night, too. You feel me?
Anyway, yes, CNN will be hosting the event, beginning at 8:30 pm (EST), with Jake Tapper, Dana Bash, and Hugh Hewitt willing to come back and be another target for Trump’s condescending, insulting attacks. Good luck there, Hugh…
One thing about these events – there are only four people left, and one of them – KASICH – really needs to bow out already. Even if he wins his home state of OH, his pathway to the nomination can be summed up thusly: slim and none. He is doing nothing but aiding and abetting Trump every time. Get out.
Which leads me to the Big States and Stakes coming up on March 15th. This day is seen as a real make it or break it for both Senator Marco Rubio and Governor John Kasich. They NEED to win both of their states, Florida and Ohio, respectively. That still won’t be enough for Kasich, in my humble opinion, but it will sure help Rubio. Unless, heaven forfend, he loses his state to The Donald. At this point, Rubio is moving up in the polls, cutting Trump’s lead to single digits, but Rubio has to work like crazy to make sure he wins his state. And it would help if it was by a lot just for bragging rights since Florida is a “winner take all” for Republicans, with 99 delegates, a pretty big haul. But don’t count out Cruz, either. He may do well there.
Ohio is also a “winner take all” state, which means Kasich absolutely has to win it. He is “optimistic” about it. Though as I have noted above, even with the 66 delegates it provides, I am not sure that will be enough to keep him in anyway.
Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is currently leading the polls in both Florida AND Ohio, which should really put her out of reach of Bernie Sanders. That is, should those numbers hold. She is looking VERY strong in Florida, though, so her chances look very good there.
Of course, these aren’t the only states holding Primaries on March 15th for both Democrats and Republicans. The others are: Illinois, North Carolina, and Missouri. The Republicans have a caucus in the Northern Mariana Islands, too, so be sure to watch out for THOSE results. Ahaha.
One other thing about the upcoming Primaries: Florida is a closed primary, meaning people HAVE to vote in their respective primaries, no crossing over. Ohio, on the other hand, is open. To see more about which states are open or closed, click here. Bottom line, it will be interesting.
And I will not be here to write about it at all. Nope, on March 15,I will be in Puerto Chacabuca, Chile, Day Four of our fourteen day NCL cruise from Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and on our second excursion of our trip.
Our first one will be in Puerto Montt, Chile. We have a number of sea days during this cruise, which is fine by me, two days between Puerto Chacabuco and our next port of call, Punta Arenas, Chile. The next day, Day Eight, we will be in Ushuaia, Argentina. Another sea day, and then we are in Stanley, Falkland Islands. Another sea day takes us to Puerto Madryn in Argentina, then another day at sea. We dock then in Montevideo, Uruguay, then disembark in Buenos Aires the next day. I will take lots of photos, and Suzy will take some videos, too. I will bore you with them after I return, including video by Suzy (hopefully) of the Rockhopper Penguins in the Falklands:
And since we will begin our trip today, flying first to Miami, then an overnight flight to Santiago with a day of sightseeing on Friday, with the cruise beginning on Sat., this is my last post until I return at the end of the month. Once we leave Miami, we will only be checking email once a day on the ship, primarily to make sure all is well with our babies.
Thankfully, Kenoshamarge has accepted being the Administrator of the blog until I return. If you have any questions, or if a comment gets stuck waiting for approval, she will be the one to contact. I am HOPEFUL that Kenoshamarge will also feel like writing a few more of her fantastic posts – but no pressure, Marge!
Until then, consider this your continuing Open Thread. Feel free to discuss whatever is on your minds, from the Primaries to the terror attacks that continue to rock Israel, taking the life of a West Point grad/Army vet/Vanderbilt student, Taylor Force, yesterday. There is much going on in the world despite the focus of the Campaigns here.
Until my return then, all I have to say is, Adios and Hasta la vista (baby). I wish you all a good 2 1/2 weeks, and hope you are all doing well both now and when I return. Thanks again, Marge, for taking over for me. You’re the best!
This is an Open Thread.