I rarely use the word ‘delusional’ or similar terms when referring to people. My parents forbade it.
However, after Donald Trump’s five breathtaking victories on Tuesday, April 26, the #NeverTrump brigade are still saying they would prefer Hillary Clinton and that Trump will never win!
They are delusional.
Trump comfortably broke the 50% barrier last Tuesday in three states and won more than 60% of the vote in both Delaware and Rhode Island.
Polls in Indiana — which finally started in earnest last week — show a yuuuge increase for the Donald, well up from the weekend. Tom Bevan from Real Clear Politics said that five out of the six showed Trump leading by anywhere from two to 15 points. We can but see how this turns out as voting takes place today. One can only hope the #NeverTrump people are proven wrong yet again.
I have always been a fan of George Will in many ways. I remember back in the day, I would watch –I was 18 years old– in the early days when David Brinkley was the host of This Week… I remember those early days where Will was on there battling Sam Donaldson. And Cokie Roberts, and at the time was like Reagan’s lone defender. He was stunningly effective, highly intellectual. Left everybody else in the dust…
I don’t know what has happened. George Will hates Donald Trump so much that he has effectively endorsed Hillary Clinton. I am not exaggerating.
Kristol and George Will want the Republicans to lose and are actively working to make that happen…
Why? because they want to stick their finger in your face… They want to punish you for your rebellion…
I thought I understood the establishment. I thought I got them years ago … I thought I understood it, but it is bordering on pathological, the hatred they have for people like Sen. Cruz and Donald Trump.
Yesterday afternoon Kristol said:
There are things Trump could do that would win over some of the doubters…
For me it is more of a matter of character, and I don’t know if you can change your character… The way he demeans other people.
I mean, I guess never say never. On the one hand, I’ll say #NeverTrump, and on the other hand, I’ll say never say never. I’ll leave it ambiguous.
There was a notional confrontation in Marion, Indiana between a few Trump supporters and Cruz. Rush Limbaugh thinks it was real but, then, he’s a Cruz guy:
Ted’s trying to persuade them, he is respectful to them …
I think that scene was staged. I have reached the point where Lyin’ Ted could tell me the sky is blue and I’d wonder what untruth he was peddling. The late GOP strategist and Reagan adviser Lee Atwater was known for arranging convincing false flags, so it would not come as a surprise to find that someone in the Cruz team came up with this.
Monday’s Morning Joe on MSNBC had an excellent panel discussion about Cruz. The day before on NBC’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd asked Cruz if he would support Trump were he the nominee. Cruz couldn’t answer the question with a straight Yes or No, either of which voters would have accepted. Cruz actually said he himself was going to ‘win’! He did not specify if he was talking about Indiana or the nomination. If he meant the latter at this stage in the game, he’s delusional. Trump has nearly twice as many delegates as he has.
Well, Trump says he’s not going to waste any more time on his Texan opponent. Instead, he’s going to start discussing Hillary Clinton now.
As the Morning Joe panel said, Cruz has had a really bad week. Last Tuesday, it looked as if he had a chance in Indiana. I’m not so sure now. His pact with John Kasich, which I think he cooked up, whereby one would back off campaigning in states where the other was stronger, was short-lived. Although he stopped campaigning in Indiana, Kasich said he refused to tell supporters not to vote for him.
Then Cruz chose Carly Fiorina as his running mate. Really? When he’s so far behind the frontrunner? By the way, she lost her footing at one of his Indiana rallies and fell off the stage.
Indiana governor Mike Pence‘s endorsement of Cruz was lukewarm. Most of what Pence said concerned his own journey to conservatism during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Pence mentioned Cruz only briefly, in two or three short sentences. Essentially, he said that Cruz is a principled conservative who will continue Reagan’s policies.
The endorsement was so bad that the Morning Joe team said that Cruz should have made an announcement shortly afterwards saying, ‘Thanks, but no’.
Interestingly, the media are reporting Pence’s fulsome words about Trump, whom he met the day the Donald started his rallies in the state. Pence admires that Trump talked about the loss of jobs in the state, especially at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis. (The air conditioning manufacturer is moving to Mexico.)
Pence will definitely be an ally to Trump. In fact, he would make a great VP. He’s articulate, calm and considered. He was also a congressman for ten years. His term as governor will be ending next year, so there is no reason why he could not be Trump’s running mate.
As for the Cruz endorsement, he probably committed to it months ago and is a man of his word. No doubt he’s regretting it.
Meanwhile, Trump toured the state with basketball coaching legend Bobby ‘The General’ Knight, who, despite his controversies with players at Indiana University which resulted in his dismissal in 2000, is still widely revered in a state where sport is king. Trump picked up three other sporting endorsements: former Purdue University basketball coach Gene Keady, former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz and ex-football star Fred ‘The Hammer’ Williamson.
As Hoosiers head for the polls, Trump’s delegate count varies. A few sites have him at 1,001, but Real Clear Politics shows 996. Cruz has 565 and Kasich 153. It’s time for Kasich to pack his bags, take his ball and go home to Ohio.
After Indiana, the Republican race moves to Nebraska and West Virginia, both of which will vote next week. Oregon votes on May 17 and Washington (state) on May 24. The season ends on June 7, with primaries in Montana, South Dakota, New Mexico, New Jersey and — the one everyone is looking forward to — California.