Monday, April 25, 2016

Pennsylvania Looms

For the Democrats the Pennsylvania has much lower stakes than the Republicans. Hillary essentially crushed Bernie hopes when she drubbed him in New York. However, Sander's campaign has struck a defiant tone an is looking to Pennsylvania to stop the bleeding. Bernie very slim hopes rest on strong wins the rest of the way and flipping Clinton super delegates.

On the Republican side, Cruz desperately needs to halt Trumps momentum that was earned in a blow out win in New York. Cruz is essentially mathematically eliminated, so he is pursuing a prevent strategy as he tries to keep Trump from clinching the nomination before the convention. Trump leads by double digits in Pennsylvania. Cruz will need a incredible comeback to blunt Trumps momentum.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Mile High Mad in Colorado

The big controversy in Colorado really began last August when the GOP establishment on Colorado quietly switched to a caucus process. This move away from a straw poll insured that the party elite would determine the state winner, not the voters.

For whatever reason Trump seemed unaware of this rule change and did not send his own operatives in to ensure he would pick up the delegates. Cruz pounced on the opportunity and, without a state wide vote, swept up all thirty four delegates. This sparked cries of outrage for the voters but wry chuckles of amusement from the establishment. Some pundits like Rush Limbaugh seemed to shurg it off as skillfully political gamesmanship. However, other like Michael Savage and the Drudge Report were outraged by the oligarchy actions.

This insider coup does run the risk of antagonizing the Republican base in a swing state. The establishment may rue this day if November rolls around and the Colorado Republicans choose to stay home.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A Few Thoughts

I was looking around for something to try my hand at fisking (as you can tell, Cato and I are still working on the look and feel of both the blog and our respective writing styles) but I couldn't find anything that really jumped out at me. So this post will mostly just ramble a bit on some of what is currently transpiring/Things That Interest Publius.

Sure there are many things going on right now that do lend themselves to fisking. The Verge's idiotic recent article on American fascism comes to mind. Many words expended to expound a mixture of the blindingly obvious and PC finger shaking. One of the many dirty secrets (a very poorly kept one I might add) around the liberal left is their comfort around Totalitarianism (capital T), whether is is Communist or Fascist in nature.

This is ever more clearly shown in the recent spate of articles around North Carolina's recently passed legislation aimed at protecting religious freedom form the Gaystopo, as well as preventing men from using the women's restroom. These are eminently fiskable in their own right, showing a marvelous double standard around just what freedom mean, plus a massive dose of the usual liberal hatred of religion and and people of faith. I especially love how every article on North Carolina starts with some variation of it having just passed an "anti-LGBT" bill.  "Anti-T" bill would at least be closer semantically.

I applaud Governor Pat McCrory's actions, and hope that he and his administration can withstand the surge of hatred and intolerance (we can use these words too) that is coming down on him for his principled stand against allowing a small minority of deeply perverted and twisted individuals to dictate state policy and attack people of faith.

Make no mistake, the culture war is real and the other side is ruthless in their fight against us. Now is not the time for moderation, but for attack. Already the incest lobby is gathering its strength and allies, using the same arguments to justify acceptance that the homosexuals used. It will not stop with gay marriage. Liberals want marriage to be defined so broadly that it means nothing, they rejoice in sick, twisted behaviors, and shattered lives.

The majority of the science-fiction community(being defined as the major publishing houses other than Baen, plus the great circle-jerk of authors exploring sad seals being clubbed by evil capitalists) is currently working hard to avoid confronting the fact that one of its most noted authors was a perverted child abuser. I anticipate this year's Hugo awards being vastly entertaining as the Rabid Puppies and Sad Puppies build on last year's success and continue to punch up against the pathetic liberal message fiction dominating the shelves, that makes it difficult to find anything worth reading at Barnes and Noble. I personally care very little for an author's socio-economic beliefs so long as they can tell an entertaining story. Eric Flint (card carrying Trotskyite) and Larry Correia (probably too libertarian to have a card) have both entertained me immensely over the years.

This election, both in what has been written and what my conversations with people have involved, has shown very clearly just how bereft of logic, common sense, and decency liberals and quite a few alleged conservatives are. Most of all, if anyone needed any further proof that liberals are poorly educated and historically illiterate...I give you Bernie Sanders and His Idiot Supporters. I have a long post coming soon on the historical illiteracy of new ground really but a subject that just keeps on giving.

Monday, April 4, 2016

The Road Through Wisconsin

    Tomorrow in Wisconsin, the wild and crazy 2016 presidential nomination process will gain some clarity.

    On the Republican side, the surging Ted Cruz will attempt to extinguish Donald Trump 's                  momentum. Trump still has the best chance the wrap up the nomination, but without                            Wisconsin the path becomes murky. Cruz must win Wisconsin in order to keep his own frail                hopes of winning the nomination outright alive. Kasich at this point is trying to spoil both                   Trump and Cruz's path to 1,237 delegates.
     In the polls, Trump was winning Wisconsin but has seen his advantage turn into a deficit.                  Trump has suffered through several tough campaign weeks and needs a solid win to shake off             the malaise that threatens to engulf his campaign.

   On the Democrat side, Bernie has quietly put together a winning streak that he needs to extend. Hillary still has a comfortable lead, but a Wisconsin win would put Bernie in position to challenge her in New York.
    Both Hillary and Trump need a victory tomorrow to solidify their leadership status. Both Sanders and Cruz need solid wins in order to have shot at overtaking the front runners.


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Bernie Back From the Brink

   After a drubbing in in the rust belt, Bernie's campaign appeared to be on life support. Hillary seemed to switch her focus towards the general election. Some of the pundit class began to opine about the best way to bring the Democratic part back together.

  However Bernie injected some badly needed life into his campaign  with a sweep of Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington. With these victories he closed the pledged delegate count to within 268. While he still trails heavily with the super delegates, the super delegates typically swing with the wind.

  North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming hold much potential for Bernie especially if he is able to increase the young voter turnout. Bernie still faces an uphill battle but one with more hope.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The Republican establishment is in a real tough spot. With Trump surging to a commanding delegate lead and Ted Cruz  being the runner up, they have no where to turn. Their hand picked candidate Jeb, ran an abysmal campaign wasting over one hundred million dollars of donor funds for no victories. Their next option in Rubio was pummeled in his home state of Florida and dropped out. Their remaining candidate  Governor Kasich only won his home state of Ohio and trails  in the polls everywhere else.

Logically, the GOP establishment should be rallying to Ted Cruz, a verified conservative, in order to stop Trump. Since the establishment hates Cruz as well, they seem to be trying for a contested convention. However, this strategy is risky. If Trump or Cruz goes in with almost enough delegates for the nomination but then the establishment pulls the rug out and inserts their own candidate, the GOP convention would likely descend into open war.

The GOP ruling class is faced with three unpalatable ( to them) options: Trump as the nominee, Cruz as the nominee, or a brokered convention that would likely shatter the party. All of these choices promise trouble to the status quo.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Super Tuesday 2.0

    The wild circus that is the 2016 Presidential primaries rolls on. Tonight Trump  successfully ran Rubio off the road. Thanks to winning Florida, Trump now only needs to get either Missouri or Ohio to stay on track to grab the nomination. The  GOP establishment is in a state of panic and is desperately trying to help Kasich win Ohio.They hope that Kasich's  win will keep Trump from getting the needed delegates to win the nomination outright. The establishment is currently clinging to the hope of a brokered convention in order to stop the two outsiders, Trump and Cruz, from gaining the nomination.  Stay tuned as the results roll in.