Trump über alles in New York, marching toward Cleveland

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OK, Republicans. If you really, really want to do this …. if you really do want this man Donald Trump as your party’s nominee to be president of the United States, as some 60 percent of New York Republicans did Tuesday, you clearly have the power to still make that happen.

If you pays your money, you get to take your chances, such as they are.

The goal of the #NeverTrump movement in New York had been to hold him beneath 50 percent. They did not come close to achieving it. To compound the problem, Trump’s top challenger, Ted Cruz, performed abysmally, coming in a weak third with just 14.5 percent of the GOP vote, 45 points behind Trump and 10 behind John Kasich.

Cruz has shined recently in the backrooms, in the nitty-gritty of detail work of politics, but a 45-point loss and third-place finish will leave a scar on his candidacy. It also doesn’t bode well for Cruz in the string of upcoming GOP primaries in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic — Maryland, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Delaware — and it doesn’t say much for his potential as a general-election candidate outside the South, where his white evangelical base is concentrated.

In exit polls, for example, 36 percent of New York Republicans said they would be concerned or frightened about a Trump presidency. A remarkable 60 percent of GOP voters said the same about a Cruz presidency, and 40 percent of New York Republicans said they flat out would not vote for the Texas senator.¹

As a gleeful Trump said afterward, “We don’t have much of a race anymore.” For the moment that’s still more brag than fact, but it’s becoming more true than his opponents would like.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton also enjoyed a strong night. Her easy, 15-point margin against Bernie Sanders makes the delegate math even more daunting for her opponent. She has now built a lead among earned delegates — delegates that she won at the ballot box, not superdelegates — that is almost impossible for Sanders to overcome. The size of her victory also cripples Sanders’ argument to superdelegates that he would be the better general-election choice.

As a result, he may have a week left as a legitimate contender; after that, his campaign devolves into something less positive. Absent a miracle in the five states that will vote April 26 — and polls say a miracle is unlikely — Sanders would no longer have even a long-shot chance at taking the nomination. That will be a profound disappointment to his backers, but one they should prepare themselves to swallow.

They have a lot of reason for pride and satisfaction. Sanders has proved an effective messenger, highlighting issues and stances that may otherwise have been downplayed and forcing Clinton to respond. He has also inspired millions to get involved by donating time and money to his cause, and it’s hard thing to let a crusade die. But the end is approaching.


¹ Among Democrats, 33 percent said they would be frightened or concerned about a Clinton presidency; 38 percent said the same about Sanders. Some 14 percent of Democrats said they would not vote for Clinton if she were the nominee, while 23 percent of Republicans said the same about Trump.

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Jhunt163
Jhunt163

"and it doesn’t say much for his potential as a general-election candidate outside the South, where his white evangelical base is concentrated."

Has Cruz done anything in the south, except for his home state of Texas? I think most of his charm is in the west. Trump owns the south.

Mick11
Mick11

The country is center left...there is no liberal media but there is right wing talk radio hate, their clueless listeners have made them multi millionaires!  Shame on the carnival barkers for their un-american lies that create their wealth...

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@Mick11 

The country is center left

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I reject that. 

From the standpoint of the power holders, the ruling elites, the people are dangerously left, far left. 

It's all perspective. 

gotalife
gotalife

All the rw smears on Hillary failed.


Media has 6 % approval with 0 % credibility.

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@gotalife Nice, but I wonder if there is any way they can use Halle Berry's portrait and say it is Hariett Tubman. I

KUTGF
KUTGF

Oh I do hope td and his RW buddies tell us all again how the Flint MI mess is all the fault of the past Dem city officials and why there are charges against state level officials today. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@InTheMiddle2 @KUTGF Correct.  As I said early on, there were several levels of horror.  But our RWers ignore the post-switch coverup. 

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@KUTGF From what I saw, the charges had nothing to do with the cause or with the decision to change water systems, but rather with covering up the problem.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@foo2u @KUTGF @InTheMiddle2 That has been the basic RW message other than when its Obama's fault.  Somehow that state level is skipped. 

gotalife
gotalife

Criminal charges filed in watergate.


Things are looking good.

gotalife
gotalife

Onto Super Tuesday to end the nominations.


Hillary vs trump.

Bring it.



Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

So, as a completely off topic, general observation, I have to say,  I may be wrong, but I have this sense that the phrase "liberal media", which it seems used to roll from the lips of the right at every turn, has perhaps - perhaps - become just a bit rarer of late. 

Could it be that on this very minor but significant point we've scored a victory?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Donnie_Pinko @RaindroidWillBoy

And as to that silliness about how reporters voting Democrat makes the corporate media "liberal"--you could argue that a given manufacturer is "liberal" because a majority of its factory workers vote Democratic.

Which nobody would do, because nobody is that foolish.

RandroidWillBoy
RandroidWillBoy

@ByteMe @Visual_Cortex


They don't present news or opinions every hour of every day.  What % of population shops there relative to % that watches the news regularly...irrelevant, bogus comparison..

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@RaindroidWillBoy @Visual_Cortex @Donnie_Pinko

And reporters don't have a lot of influence over where they're sent, what kind of topics they're allowed to cover, and God knows they don't have the power to tell a sponsor not to advertise on their show because their product hurts people.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Visual_Cortex  You mean Hobby Lobby isn't conservative because all their workers are damn poor and voting for Democratic freebies?

Soooo confusing.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Donnie_Pinko Yep, you're wrong.

And for the purposes of discussion, Liberal equals Democrats which equals The Left.

Even FOX News has its Liberal leaning staff such as Shepard Smith who I refuse to watch.

NBC and by default MSNBC are completely in the tank for the Left.

ABC runs a close second and surprisingly in my opinion CBS is the least guilty of the big three legacy networks.

If you count magazines and pop-culture shows a part of Media, the number in the tank for the Left overflows the capacity of the tank.

Probably the only pure non-liberal media is Conservative talk radio.

RandroidWillBoy
RandroidWillBoy

@Donnie_Pinko @RaindroidWillBoy @rimsky


If your point is that it is not black and white, of course it isn't.  However much of the polarization can be attributed to the press leaning one way or another. The provide talking points glaringly supporting one party position.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@JohnnyReb @Donnie_Pinko 

And for the purposes of discussion, Liberal equals Democrats which equals The Left.

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For purposes of discussion they equal left? 

Okay, whatever that means.

But for purposes of fact, no.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@RaindroidWillBoy @Donnie_Pinko @rimsky

talking points glaringly supporting one party position.

Which "party position" are you talking about here?

While you consider this, I'll also just ask: when (just to pick an obvious example) has corporate media had kind things to say about organized labor?


Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@RaindroidWillBoy @ByteMe @Visual_Cortex

You may not like the comparison but it's completely valid.

The truth is, this "liberal media" garbage means that reporters go out of their way--probably wayyy too far out of their way--to appear even-handed, to the point of "is the earth flat or round? Let's listen to BOTH SIDES..." happening way too often.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@Visual_Cortex @Donnie_Pinko @RaindroidWillBoy 

And as to that silliness about how reporters voting Democrat makes the corporate media "liberal"--you

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There's that issue, too.

The % of reporters and journos and talking heads who personally identify as 'liberal' could be 100% and that still wouldn't change the fact that what matters is the bosses. More specifically, the bosses' bottom line.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@RaindroidWillBoy @Visual_Cortex @Donnie_Pinko I wonder why Sheldon Adelson would by a NV paper if the reporters have the real power?  Why did Melissa Harris Perry resign at MSNBC?  Why does Alles send an email to Trump offering Fox to help?

ByteMe
ByteMe

@RaindroidWillBoy The ones who show some level of shame are the ones that are more interesting to talk with.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@ByteMe @Visual_Cortex

Here's Kyle's Cruz-diss, today:


I’m starting to wonder how much those poll results simply reflect a) voters’ lack of familiarity with Kasich (whereas they already know they don’t like Donald Trump and, to a lesser extent, Ted Cruz),

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@RaindroidWillBoy @Visual_Cortex

He did say yesterday that if it's Hils v. Cruz he's voting for Cruz. 

He didn't say what kind of noseplugs he'd use, though. It's pretty obvious he doesn't like Cruz a whole lot.