Donald Trump won the Nevada caucus last night in impressive style. His total vote is expected to be 46%. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are still battling for second, something of a motif.
One interesting data point is that among caucus attendees whose most important issue is future Supreme Court nominees, Trump received 47%. The sneering conventional commentary is that his voters are wholly ignorant or indifferent to this consequential
I’ve told readers of Blazing Cat Fur that if Trump won South Carolina that he’d be hard to stop and the likely republican nominee. With his Nevada win this is still the case, only more so.
The republican establishment, mocked on Twitter as GOPe, is in full panic mode over what has been coming their way for months. When Trump says American leaders are stupid, he must mean republican establishment leaders first and foremost.
I spend far too much time on Twitter (follow me @shabbosgoy) where I have seen all sorts of reactions and behavior from those whose livelihoods depend on the good graces of donors.
Their favored scenario is where some remaining candidates drop out and every single supporter goes to Rubio, the establishment’s choice for continuing to advance the donor class interests while ignoring average Americans.
Next Tuesday, March 1, is a series of primaries & caucuses that Trump will likely dominate. He may even win my liberal state of Minnesota (where he has significant crossover appeal) which usually goes with the lamest republican running. Ted Cruz may win his home state of Texas and yet it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Trump won. Momentum will be added to momentum.
Another round of states vote March 15th with Trump expected to win all of them, including Marco Rubio’s home state of Florida where Trump has led for months.
I could go on but why? Trump will be the nominee, as will Hillary Clinton for the democrats.
The general election will be about the state of the country (bad bordering on catastrophic), the economy (does anyone think Hillary knows how to create a single job?), foreign affairs (who voted for the war, who is responsible for the world being on fire?) and who has a genuine vision for the future of America?
One thing I’ve noticed lately is that commentators go from Trump winning the nomination to analyzing how
Trump would be as president. It’s simply assumed, sotto voce, that if he runs in the general he beats Hillary Clinton. In keeping with this most unusual of election cycles, pundits don’t know both how right and how wrong they are at the same time. Trump is poised to win a landslide general election because he’s been running a general election campaign since the moment he announced last June.
That fact is only now dawning on the Smart Set.
Reality check: One can certainly see the difference the internet has made when we see that the Smart Set and the legacy media are actually so far out of it that they simply don’t understand what’s been going on via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. All this time. That includes much conservative media.
Jonah Goldberg actually thinks Cruz-Rubio ticket might beat Trump. Why would two installments of the GOP donor class’ faves be more attractive than one? It amounts to saying, “We don’t get the fact that you want control of the borders and the economy again. We just don’t get it. We will change the subject to Trump’s neckties. You, of course, will go along, like always (until very recently)”
The GOP donor class benefits from exporting jobs overseas and bringing in low-wage migrants—until they automate their jobs and then make them a public concern. If it succeeds in stopping Trump just by tricking the voters into believing it is serious about ceasing to do what is in its own interests, the social upheavals will be worse later.
See also: After South Carolina, Trump now sure to be GOP nominee?
Our American friend on the South Carolina debate
How US conservatives failed Trump supporters
Our American friend on last night in New Hampshire
American friend: After New Hampshire, nomination is still Trump’s to lose
The Political Animal: Trump in Iowa – the forest vs. the trees
Political Animal on US Conservatives going nuts hating Trump
My American friend on why the GOP must die For the United States to get on its feet again.
US middle class ready for a 3rd party? But why does it matter if they are? The reasons the middle class is declining are historical and structural. Today, the power and money will come from marketing the newly needy, often to struggle against each other in identity group conflicts.
The Political Animal assesses conservatives freaked re Trump
My American friend: More on why Trump will be prez
American political junkie friend explains why Trump will win
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