The presidential campaigns of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced late Sunday that they were coordinating their efforts in three upcoming primary states in an extraordinary attempt to prevent Republican front-runner Donald Trump from clinching the GOP nomination before this summer’s convention.
Although it seems logical on paper, the big problem is this looks and sounds exactly like the conspiracy theory Trump supporters have been talking about for a year: Kasich and Cruz will do whatever it takes to force a contested convention at which point the nomination will be handed to the candidate of the party’s choice. The problem here is that is exactly what Kasich and Cruz are doing to keep any chance they have alive.
Kasich has nothing to lose. He’s a lousy candidate. He’s not exciting enough to get people to vote for him. He realistically hasn’t won a single primary outside of his home state. He really has no point of even being in the race at this point. Seriously, he doesn’t. This is his swan song. This is the race he’ll be remembered for. He won’t be a serious candidate for President in the future. Especially by playing games.
Ted Cruz should have been smarter than to release this information to the general public. After Colorado and Wyoming, where all of the delegates went to Cruz even though neither had a primary, it is apparent that Cruz is willing to rely on tricks of hand if popular votes won’t do it. The majority won’t forget that. After this race, my guess is, Ted Cruz is toast on the national level. He’s not going to win this primary by any means, and people won’t forget how he tried to deny the popular vote and rely on establishment practices after running anti-establishment for a year. He has already become what he has campaigned against.
The candidates colluding is not surprising. It’s the only realistic chance they have left. All they can do at this point is prevent Trump from getting 1,237 before the convention. Being so open about it is stupid against a populist candidate like Trump. How long do you think it took for Trump to turn it against them?
Almost as fast as it took to broadcast the headline.
The very fact that Merrick Garland allowed himself to be nominated to replace Justice Scalia makes him unfit for the position.
There is no chance in hell the Republicans will allow him to be confirmed in the US Senate, per Joe Biden and Barack Obama’s previous instructions. Even Loretta Lynch was smart enough to dodge that bus.
This is nothing more than election year politics and petty grandstanding. Garland has no political chance.
I don’t trust Obama. I think he’s morally bankrupt. Just thought I’d get that out of the way to avoid any confusion from this point on.
That being said, the death of Antonin Scalia has thrown a major wrench in the 2016 presidential election. The ramifications I expect, and do understand I’m not a paid commentator or live in north Virginia for the most part.
- Obama will use this to push his agenda, not in an effort to show respect to the Founding Fathers.
I expect Eric Holder will be a major consideration, if not the out-and-out expected nominee. He’s wildly liberal, he’s from Chicago, he’s black, and his religion is questionable at best. And, he has an open contempt of the US Constitution, at one point arguing that international law trumps Constitutional Law, a point Obama has often cited in his support of global warming mandates.
- There will be a bloodbath in the confirmation process unlike anything we’ve ever seen. The problem being that since 1997, the sitting Democrats still in office argued that they had no Constitutional expectation to confirm any Presidential nomination to the Supreme Court. And, as recently as 2007, Chuck Schumer spoke at length that the Democrats should not support any Bush nominee because it was an election year. Which at the time, it wasn’t. Being as this one is, that makes Schumer and the rest look remarkably hypocritical, which I doubt they really care. They know their voters will support them anyway.
- This will change the course of the Republican primary. Donald Trump has enjoyed a political free ride this election cycle. No matter how crazy he acts, people have laughed and voted for him. NOW, it’s serious. NOW, a moderate Supreme Court judge could tilt the balance to the liberals for a while on some issues. NOW, gun control becomes realistic. NOW, those whacky liberal tendencies Trump has mean something. Advantage Cruz and Rubio.
- Trump’s sudden scorched-Earth attacks on Jeb’s brother could NOT come at a worse time. Iraq was litmus for conservative and liberal extremes. There is no in-between. There was no N0-Fly zones for a decade. There was no Bill Clinton shooting million dollar missiles at camels in a desert. There was no Iran/Iraq chemical warfare the United Nations sanctioned both Iran and Iraq over. None of that exists with those two groups. It ALL started when George W. Bush invaded Iraq for no real reason. Either you supported it, or you were lied to. The Republicans for the most part supported it. The Democrats, Hollywood, and left media all were suddenly “lied to”. Nancy Pelosi, who supported it before, suddenly had no clue what she was voting for and had been lied to once the two took sides. Trump has suddenly taken up with the liberals in a huge way in his attacks on George. He’s 100% in the liberal camp on this issue. I don’t think most Republicans want to take the chance that his judicial nominee would have that philosophy. People who take things like this seriously have to be walking away from Trump right now. I know I have. He has no chance with me in the primary now. South Carolina, in five days, will tell us for sure what’s going on. One week before South Carolina, Trump has a 20 point lead. I bet it shrinks.
- Lastly, although the Constitution is clear how this works, look for MOST people to completely disregard the Constitution when arguing how the other guy is ignoring the Constitution. I hope my readers here read a little more than that. The President nominates, which Obama can do at any time he wishes. The Senate confirms, which any Senator can, or can not do, at any time. There is no time limit and just because the President nominates does not guarantee the nominee HAS to be confirmed. Just ask Harriet Miers, Robert Bork, or Douglas Ginsburg.
Quickie update, change that to Loretta Lynch. She’s perfect for Obama. Wildly liberal, openly shows preference to Muslims ( promising to prosecute anyone who disparages Muslims ), female, and socialist Democrat ). Loretta openly opposes MOST of the Constitutional Amendment. Notably gun control, obviously freedom of speech and freedom of religion. As Attorney General, her credentials are impeccable. Perfect. Expect her nomination the first day the Senate convenes in order to maximize conflict in an election year and further polarize this country.