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:
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.