Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Another big Tuesday

In a somewhat surprising result, Donald Trump beat Sen. Marco Rubio in Rubio's home state of Florida, winning all 99 delegates in the winner-take-all primary. Because of this, Rubio has pulled out of the presidential contest.

This, along with his decision to forego running for reelection this year means, like Nixon, we won't have Marco Rubio to kick around any more.

Not that we kicked Rubio around all that much, anyway. We love to kick around Donald Trump, and we'll likely have the opportunity to keep kicking him around all summer long! And Ted Cruz, with his ridiculously intolerant religious agenda, well, we'll get some kicks in too. Kasich, I mean, really, who cares?

After yesterday's primaries, it looks like Donald Trump is well over halfway towards winning the nomination.

The Tea Party-wrought destruction of the Republican party is nearly complete!

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton claimed victories in all the five states, although Illinois and especially Missouri were especially close. Clinton increased her delegate lead and unless Bernie Sanders can put together a late surge in the remaining states, we'll probably have a first-ballot convention win for Hillary.

Not that anyone truly thinks Clinton's eventual win is in serious doubt. Even if the delegate count was tied or Sanders in a small lead, the pledged super delegates (largely made up of long time party insiders) are roughly 90% in Hillary's camp.

But we still need Sanders in the race, up to the convention, because he acts as the conscience of the Democratic party, and his supporters will have some say in the Democratic platform and may effect some positive changes. Even Hillary's most ardent supporters have some reservations about her ties with big finance and some of her social stances, like her defense of the death penalty.

If Bernie has a voice at the convention, and we all know he will, then we may see some good things come of his campaign even if he falls short of the nomination.

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