Cruz Crushes, Trump Whines, And The Clueless Sanders *Open Thread*

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As many of us expected, and hoped, Sen. Ted Cruz absolutely crushed it in Wisconsin on Tuesday winning almost HALF the votes (Kasich – seriously – get the hell out of the race already!!!).

This win doesn’t just make it near impossible for Trump to outright win the nomination on delegate counts, but it also may mean something more for the Republican Party. John Daniel Davidson writing for The Federalist makes that point:

[…]  Wisconsin is a “winner take most” state, which means eighteen of its delegates are awarded to whichever candidate wins a plurality of the statewide vote, and three delegates go to the winner (again by plurality) in each of the state’s eight congressional districts. As of Tuesday morning, FiveThirtyEight was projecting Cruz has a 89 percent chance of winning Wisconsin, a slight drop from the 95 percent rating he had on Sunday.

Whatever the margin, though, it seems clear that Cruz will come out of Wisconsin with a win that will at least energize his campaign ahead of tough primary contests in the northeast later this month, and at most deny Trump the ability to win enough delegates to secure the GOP nomination at the convention in July.

And that means battled-hardened Wisconsin voters might well be deciding the future of the Republican Party. (Click here to read the rest.)

From Davidson’s keyboard to the Powers-That-Be, I hope that is true. And I would like to thank those of you from Wisconsin for giving Sen. Cruz such a resounding win.

Naturally, Trump just cannot stand that he lost in Wisconsin, by a lot, and threw his usual temper tantrum. Fox News has the upshot:

[…] “Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet – he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump,” the email read.

[…] “Not only was he propelled by the anti-Trump Super PAC’s spending countless millions of dollars on false advertising against Mr. Trump, but he was coordinating with his own Super PAC’s [sic] (which is illegal) who totally control him.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Wow, Donald – poor sport much?? Such a child. Such a spoiled, petulant, temper tantrum throwing child. Oh, I so, so hope this is the big turning point, and that Cruz does better in New York than they are currently projecting (then again, some polls had Cruz only 5% ahead of Trump in Wisconsin, so we KNOW they can be wrong with their polling). We have a couple more weeks to know for sure, but that is a lot of time for Cruz to make some headway.

Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, as expected, Sen. Sanders beat Sec. Clinton in Wisconsin. Clinton didn’t win Wisconsin the last time either, so there is that. Sanders, of course, is on Cloud Nine with this win, pushing his Revolution farther along (though he is still WAY shy of Clinton).

But here’s the thing. A recent Daily News interview shows how absolutely CLUELESS Sen. Sanders is on a HOST of issues. The first question this raises is: what the HELL took so long to actually vet this guy?? It is FOUR MONTHS into the Primary season, and the media are JUST NOW starting to ask him questions about his policies??  From all accounts, his responses were a “disaster,” as this CNN report highlights:

[…] Several times during the interview, Sanders expressed uncertainty over facts, said he couldn’t give a proper answer to a question because he didn’t have all the relevant information, or simply stated, “I don’t know.”

In one exchange, Sanders acknowledged that he wasn’t sure exactly how he intended to break up the big banks, a proposal that has been a centerpiece of his Wall Street reform agenda.
For some political observers, the senator’s difficulty in providing direct answers to some questions reinforced their belief that he lacks a concrete plan to implement his domestic agenda and is ill-prepared to handle the global challenges he would face as president.
“If Hillary [Clinton] gave answers like this to [an editorial] board, she would be crucified,” tweeted Mark Halperin, the Bloomberg television host and co-author of “Game Change.”
Sanders’ remarks drew an onslaught of criticism from the press: “Bernie Sanders Admits He Isn’t Sure How to Break Up Big Banks,” Vanity Fair’s headline read. “How Much Does Bernie Sanders Know About Policy?” asked The Atlantic. “This New York Daily News interview was pretty close to a disaster for Bernie Sanders,” The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza wrote. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Uh, yeah – no doubt about it. ANY other Presidential candidate (well, maybe not Trump. Ahem.)  would be eviscerated for the clear lack of coherent thought on very important issues of the day, like Gitmo, or Israel, or a host of other issues.

I can just IMAGINE if Sen. Cruz had responded to a question like the one below in the manner Sen. Sanders did, especially about our only Democratic ally in the Middle East, people would be talking. From the Daily News:

[…] Daily News: I was talking about something different, though. Expanding settlements is one thing; coming into office as a President who said as a baseline that you want Israel to pull back settlements, that changes the dynamic in the negotiations, and I’m wondering how far and what you want Israel to do in terms of pulling back.

Sanders: Well, again, you’re asking me a very fair question, and if I had some paper in front of me, I would give you a better answer. But I think if the expansion was illegal, moving into territory that was not their territory, I think withdrawal from those territories is appropriate.

Daily News: And who makes the call about illegality, in your mind?

Sanders: Well, I think that’s based on previous treaties and ideas. I happen to think that those expansions were illegal. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

And that was one of his better answers. Hey, if HE thinks it is illegal, that is all that matters. Laws? Treaties? Meh. Oh, and he is Jewish, so his stance against Israel’s settlements is already mind-boggling. The rest of the interview, if you can take it, reveals just how incompetent, unsuited, and ill-prepared Sanders is for the Presidency. This interview also highlights how gullible are the youth of America and many others who simply do not bother to vet the candidates they support. WOW.

But I am not going to leave you on a downer note since there is much to celebrate today. Nope, not at all. We can bask in the win by Sen. Cruz for sure, but I also wanted to share a photo of the visitor out in the yard this morning, a Pileated Woodpecker. Usually, they are farther off in the woods, but this one was RIGHT THERE on a tree just right into our neighbors’ yard:

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Isn’t that red crown something? These birds are just HUGE, too. What a welcome sight this morning!

That’s it for me. What’s on your minds today? This is an Open Thread.

 

 

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47 Responses to “Cruz Crushes, Trump Whines, And The Clueless Sanders *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Trump lashes out after Wisconsin loss

    Trump did not congratulate Cruz on his win in Wisconsin, something customary on primary nights. He also did not appear in public, a departure for the GOP front-runner who has usually held press events the nights of primaries and caucuses.

    Neither Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski nor spokeswoman Hope Hicks would return calls, emails, or messages on Tuesday night. Nor would they provide the statement tweeted by Costa.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/275304-trump-cruz-worse-than-a-puppet

    Once again we see the ugliness and pettiness of the Billionaire Boor. How decent people can vote for him is more that I can understand. Perhaps they aren’t so decent after all. All I know is that I want nothing to do, now or ever, with a Trump supporter.
    Their reaction after the Trump loss was as bad or in many cases much worse than their idol. I have come to loathe them as much as I loathe him.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It is really amazing, isn’t it? That a frontrunner is acting in such a despicable, childish, idiotic manner?? This says so very much abt Trump AND his supporters that they think this man, and this kind of behavior, is acceptable. Just imagine what he would be like as President. YIKES.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        The Trumpanzees and their witless master are accusing Cruz of breaking a Federal law by showing up at Super Pac events, he wasn’t and calling Scott Walker, of all people an establishment critter.

        I read Legal Insurrection every day. But I’ve stopped reading the comments. Just too juvenile as name calling is the order of the day. No conversation, no discussion just anger.

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    John Kasich: The Candidate Who Wouldn’t Leave

    By Jonah Goldberg

    The man is famously irascible, pugnacious and sanctimonious. He’s prone to defending his policies, such as his expansion of Medicaid under ObamaCare in Ohio, by insinuating that he cares more about his eternal soul than his critics. A lot of people talk about how unlikeable Cruz is. Well, I’ve met both men, and I’d much rather have a beer with Cruz.

    Maybe Kasich’s denial stems from the fact that he’s never lost a race and can’t contemplate failing this time. I really have no idea. All I know is that it’s time for him to go.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/jonahgoldberg/2016/04/06/john-kasich-the-candidate-who-wouldnt-leave-n2144028/page/full

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I LOVE Jonah Goldberg!!! I totally remember that SNL skit. And yes, that is PRECISELY how Kasich is acting. It is just absurd that he WILL NOT GET OUT ALREADY. There is no way in HELL he will get the nomination. No way. He needs to get over himself already…

    • piper Says:

      Mixed feelings about Kasich staying in the race – could he be the foil against Donald winning big in the northeastern state?

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Good question, piper. I think if Cruz plays his cards right, he could get a LOT of support in the areas outside of NYC. But Kasich could spoil that for Cruz. That is a guess, though!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I think he could take some votes and therefore delegates away from Trump in NY. Elsewhere? Probably not so much. After all in NY we are talking Trumps home state so any votes he loses would be a very good thing.

        Did you see the clip where Kasich said a contested convention would be “cool”? What is he a case of arrested development?

        And a contested convention should not even consider anyone but Trump or Cruz. They are the choice of the voters. Slipping in someone that the voters did not choose would, IMO, destroy the Republican Party.

        I have heard talk that a “Federalist” Party being formed would be a good idea. Perhaps it’s an idea whose time has come.

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Katie Pavlitch has this excellent piece in Townhall today abt Bernie Sanders and his insane support for bread lines: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2016/04/06/oh-my-bernie-sanders-thinks-bread-lines-are-a-good-representation-of-economic-stability-n2144137

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I love Katie Pavlich! And is Sanders senile or has he always been nuts?

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I think he is nuts, and has been for a while. I mean, really – his whole “bread lines shows a great economy” lunacy is something he said YEARS ago.

        When he first said he was going to run, I thought he would not last a second since he is a WHACKADOODLE. I mean, really – when there were people like Sec. Jim Webb in the mix, how the HELL does some cranky old Socialist make it to the Final Two and Webb barely made it into the debates in the beginning?? Just SMH…

  5. piper Says:

    Delighted that Ted won big last night – 13.6 margin. Glad to see that Greta and Hannity favorable and excessive coverage of Donald didn’t increase his numbers here. Have to wonder how many early voters who fell for his con message of immigration, jobs, the wall, etc. wanted to rescind their support/votes after hearing his flip flopping in the last week.
    Visited NQ today and read the comments – a certain kin is basically poo poohing the win and continuing her tirade against Cruz.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      But of course, the Trumpanzees will find a way to ignore the actual numbers for Cruz. Good grief.

      And good point abt the early voters. I bet a lot of them voted before the recent idiotic, offensive, statements by Trump over the last week or so…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I also visited just to see what was going on. Nosy me. Notice that Deapster dropped in and only said “Yo Marge”. I up arrowed her but refuse to comment over there.

      Relatively quiet and civil except for the vile Kin cretin. I see her latest idea is to refer to Ted Cruz as Raphael. How that hurts him or helps her I’m not sure. Just glad I got out of there before I became as crazy as she is.

      When I’m not here I go to Right Scoop and talk to mostly like-mined people. Some as are silly and juvenile as a mild-mannered Trumpkin – sad to see people act like what they say they hate.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I had to go take a look just to make sure the “kin” to whom y’all are referring is the same one I thought it was. Indeed, yes, it is. Uh, yeah – she went to the Trump side from the get-go, so no hope there, I’m afraid.

        Though I did see Deapster was there – isn’t that someone you like, Marge?There were a couple of others who seemed sane (!), like Elizabethhrc (whom I remember from my days there).

        In any event, I can understand spending time at the Right Scoop. The articles they produce are good indeed, like Townhall (Pavlitch and Goldberg alone are enough to make me go there!). Especially these days with the rampant craziness, from Trump to Sanders, places of respite are critical!

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Elizabeth, Diana, and jrterrier are great ! Deap and I were pals and fought the Trumpanzees but finally gave up because LJ would swoop in and either make fun of what we said or question our facts or in some way put his thumb on the scale. All while claiming he wasn’t a Trump fan. But he never bothered to correct the Trump idiots no matter what lies they told. And kin is still telling them. One of the lies Kin likes to tell is that she was a Cruz supporter til she found out he was a Canadian. But nothing is too foul for her to repeat. The glee with which she and several others, the Buzz -ard for one, went on and on the day after the NE story was disgusting.
          LJ in his hatred of Ted Cruz turned his blog into a tabloid. I for one will never trust or believe him again.

          I really miss Deap. She is exceedingly smart, very well traveled, highly educated and fun too. The intellect of the comment section declined by half when she left.

          • piper Says:

            Marge and Amy,
            I hear you and agree with your comment. I’ve always enjoyed an open discussion bec. you can learn a lot and educate someone on your viewpoint but the out and out name calling and vile comments is a complete turn off. There are now 2 sites that I’ve removed due to the incivility and vicious attacks coming from other commenters with the blog owners implied consent even though they say they’re neutral and do not support any candidate.
            Right – tell me another lie, rode on this merry-go-round in 2008.

            • kenoshamarge Says:

              We sure did. What a shame that some in the GOP are proving that they can be just as vile and dishonest as the Dems.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Oh, boy. That is not good, Marge. I am sorry to hear abt the “thumb on the scale,” as well as the refusal to set the record straight. It isn’t hard to do – the facts are out there, and the fact is, Trump is the biggest liar there is out there, despite his moniker for Cruz. There is a reason why Trump was listed as the Big Lie for 2015 by Politifact.

            And I agree, piper – when people can refrain from name calling and be respectful in their differences, there is much to be learned – abt being civil if nothing else. But we are WAY past that now, unfortunately. I think this is at LEAST as bad as 2008 in terms of the vitriol. It was BAD from the Obama people, no doubt abt it, and Obama also preached violence to the unbelievers. And it is BAD with Trump and his inciting of his followers.

            Truly sad what the political scene has devolved into now…

  6. piper Says:

    Wonder how many of Bernie’s groupies believe like this kid.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Ahaha – that sounds abt right for all those 18 – 29 yr olds who support him in such big numbers!

  7. piper Says:

    “Wisconsin’s turnout rate in Tuesday’s presidential primary dramatically exceeded the state’s own bullish forecast, topped any Wisconsin Primary since 1972, and easily bested that of any state that has voted this year except for New Hampshire.

    Nearly 2.1 million Wisconsinites voted, based on unofficial returns gathered by the Associated Press.

    Essentially, half the people that could vote did vote: roughly 47% of the state’s voting-age population and an estimated 49% of all eligible voting-age citizens.

    That was seven points higher than what state election officials predicted, which was 40% of voting-age adults.

    It was the highest turnout for the Wisconsin presidential primary since 1972, when 47.7% of the voting-age population voted.”

    “Just over a million votes were cast on the Democratic side and almost 1.1 million on the Republican side here, based on the preliminary count.

    The Republican turnout, as percentage of the voting-age population, was the highest in a Wisconsin primary since 1980. The Democratic turnout was lower than in 2008, but the second highest since 1988.

    But because it is so unusual in Wisconsin to have high-interest presidential primaries in both parties, the combined Republican and Democratic turnout was the biggest in 40 years.”

    Link: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/374737091.html

  8. piper Says:

    The last one before errands and chores.

    https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/04/9-observations-and-outcomes-from-the-wisconsin-waterloo

  9. helenk3 Says:

    http://time.com/4283407/megyn-kelly-fox-news/?xid=IFT-Trending

    Megan Kelly may leave Fox

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      She should. CNN could use her.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I just read the interview in Variety a few minutes ago. She was very effusive in her appreciation for her boss (Ailes), and how much he has stuck by her. She said he always works very hard to accommodate her and her needs (she has 3 kids, after all). But yeah – she isn’t sure if she is renewing her contract or not. She has been there for 12 yrs after all. Might be time for a change.

        And yes, Marge – she would lend some credibility to CNN. HEY!! Maybe she can take Blitzer’s place! Wouldn’t that be AWESOME?! 😀

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          If CNN wants to get it’s credibility back it needs to do some serious house cleaning. They don’t need to be a conservative channel or a liberal channel, how about just a “news” channel with some “opinion”. But opinion should be, always, labeled as such. No more of the O’Reilly crap where he speaks as if he has the only opinion that has any validity. If CNN did that they would get the people that actually want facts not fantasy. Are there enough people like that anymore to make such a channel a success? I think there are.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Amen to that, Marge! Just a good, decent news channel is what we need. Sure, have hosts who discuss the news fthe day, but I agree – that is not what people like O’Reilly and Hannity do, or even some of the CNN people. I don’t care abt their OPINIONS – I want facts and context (historical, cultural, etc.). Just a thought…

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    This latest bit of creepiness from Trump will turn your stomach. He can’t help himself, it’s who he is.

    Talking about his 1 year old daughter: “She’s got Marla’s legs, we’re not sure if she’ll have this part yet (gestures his hands on his chest, suggesting breasts), but time will tell”

    Have you ever heard a father talk about his toddler daughter like that? The more you learn about Donald Trump, and out of his own mouth, the more repulsive he shows himself. Women, even little tiny girls, are just objects and only valuable for how they look. Sick, sick sick!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh. My. GOD. This made me want to throw up, Marge. That is just DISGUSTING!!! And it makes abundantly clear that his obscene comments abt his own daughter were the NORM, not the exception.

      I am thoroughly, THOROUGHLY, disgusted.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        He keeps showing everyone who he is and the Trumpanzees, and the media, refuse to believe it. Like you, I wanted to throw up.

    • piper Says:

      This man has no soul and regards people especially women/girls as mere chattel to be used for his pleasure. if he wasn’t wealthy many people would refer to him as creepy wanting to have as little contact as possible.
      Interesting how he wants to Muslims out of this country but many of these people also regard women/girls as second class citizens/chattel.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        You got that right, piper. It is astonishing the way he talks abt women, especially HIS OWN DAUGHTERS, but what astonishes me are the WOMEN who defend him!!! Just boggles the mind…

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Lou sent me this puzzle a short time ago. It is indeed puzzling. See what you think. A nice change from politics for a few minutes.

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    Here’s Ted!

  13. helenk3 Says:

    Just Because

    http://canadafreepress.com/article/stork-flies-to-the-same-rooftop-in-croatia-every-year-for-14-years-to-be-re

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      What a sweet story – thank you!

      We have wood storks in our neck of the woods. They are such beautiful birds – and HUGE, too!

  14. helenk3 Says:

    a break from politics

  15. helenk3 Says:

    i need to vent

    trump is on tv now in NYC.
    maybe I have a BS detector that is a little strong. I have listened
    to guys give me every excuse under the sun on why they can not work when I call or try to con my into giving them a better job on any given day.
    How anyone could believe this guy is beyond me. Putin would have him for lunch.
    I cry for my country when the best we can do in either party is a clinton, sanders or a trump. we are so screwed

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You feel free to vent ANY time, Helen! You are in good, safe company here!

      And yes, Trump is a big time con man. I cannot imagine why people not only believe him, but are SO sure he will do something even when he completely contradicts himself on whatever position they are sure he will take. It is just sheer insanity.

      Btw, speaking of Sanders, he just made yet another disastrous comment, this time abt our ally, Israel: http://unitedwithisrael.org/bernie-sanders-accuses-idf-of-killing-10000-palestinian-civilians/

      Seriously. Why are people supporting him?!?!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      You vent the same way I feel. I just cannot believe that anyone could see anything positive about this boorish vulgarian. And sadly, many of his supporters are as vulgar and boorish as he is. I’m glad not to be a part of that. I would need to shower 20 times a day.

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