Tuesday, March 15, 2016

So what now and other thoughts

So with all the states Donald Trump won today, according to what pundits were predicting before the results came in, it looks like Trump needs to pick up about 63% of the remaining delegates to avoid a brokered convention later this year.

That may not be an unreasonable expectation. Though some of the races were close today, if you use Florida as a template -- combining Rubio and Cruz' vote totals would not have overtaken Trump's vote totals. So Rubio dropping out may not swing things toward Cruz who now stands as the primary competition to Trump. Kasich is an arrogant fool and he won't drop out even though he doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of overtaking Trump. So he'll just f*ck things up for Cruz in the long run.

Like I said in the post below, I won't vote Trump in the general election, so it's looking more likely I'll be sitting this Presidential election out. First one since 1976.


Brit Hume was on FOX saying that Trump was the only one who read the electorate correctly this election cycle. That may be true, but not in the way Hume thinks in my opinion.

I've always considered Democratic voters to be flock-like -- they'd vote for the Devil himself if that was the candidate presented to them by the party and media. They seem to simply vote for whomever is anointed "The One" in any particular election cycle.

Dem pundits and commentators like to mock the diversity in the Republican party as a source of weakness, but I've always thought that was our strength -- we are not monolithic in our thinking. We have strident conservatives, compassionate conservatives, conservative/libertarian blends and full-on libertarians and so on within the party. I've always felt that showed that we were thinkers about policy and leadership and not simply lemmings who pulled whatever lever we were told to pull.

Apparently I was wrong. If the voting results thus far are any indication -- nearly 40% of voting Republicans are little more than bumper-sticker voters. They don't think beyond the shallowest sound bite or talking point when making a decision on whom to vote for. As we've seen these last months, the case against Trump is so damning and voluminous that it defies explanation why any rational thinking voter would waste a moment's energy considering this fool for the Presidency. And yet he wins state after state by solid margins.

I can understand foolish and ignorant millennials voting for Bernie Sanders. But a state full of seniors who should know better voting for Trump? Or a state full of military personnel doing the same after he called a former President a war criminal? WTF?!

We republicans screamed as Obama filled his administration with unvetted czars. And yet 40% of the voters are perfectly willing to allow Trump, who isn't even a conservative, to do the same. Where is the rationale in that thinking?

Are you old enough to remember the days of The Ugly American? An image of 1950/60's Americans as arrogant, entitled asses who felt that they were superior to the rest of the world because of their wealth and country of origin? Boorish, vulgar cretins who disdained people of other countries as lesser beings? You really want to put someone in the White House to represent us to the rest of the world that is the 21st century embodiment of that atrocious image?

Put on a trucker cap, spout childish slogans, threaten anyone who disagrees with you . . . and 40% of republican voters are jumping to cast a vote for you.

Disgusting. Rubio is right. There's going to be a reckoning coming for those who've abandoned conservative principles to back Trump. I hope it comes in time to save our country from disaster.

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