We pulled the plug on Twitter so that our American friend (the Political Animal) could weigh in for us on Saturday’s GOP primaries:
The republican establishment last night drank itself to sleep.
Donor annointed Sen. Marco Rubio won not a single contest out of four. Trump won the two most important races, Louisiana and Kentucky, while Sen. Ted Cruz won Kansas and Maine.
The story of the night was the vanquishing of Rubio, of the establishment.
I noticed no neocons on Twitter last night. In gambling, that’s called a tell.
The primaries next Tuesday and those on the 15th favor Trump and strongly disfavor Cruz.
Rubio was absent wholly from the political landscape.
Trump called for Rubio to leave the race, saying it was impossible for him to prevail. This had to gall particularly the Rubio consultants, who were fond of saying Trump was afraid of the field getting smaller.
Trump challenged the Republican Party to challenge him via a third party campaign. In that instance, he wondered aloud if he’d even bother to campaign.
That’s a refreshingly straightforward threat delivered on a fairly high order.
I’ve said for some time that I thought Trump would be the nominee. That didn’t change last night. What changed was: The last plausible belief that Rubio would be the one to take out Trump died all night long.
A two man race between Trump & Cruz is one Trump wins. The establishment knows this most of all.
Consequently, the death of Rubio in these races signaled they must resign themselves to a Trump nomination.
Political realignment seems to be an earthquake in controlled slow motion.
Reality check from Denyse: A book I’d recommend to readers – to help us understand all this – is Charles Murray’s Coming Apart, a magisterial study of the decline of the working class in the United States (but the decline is evident in Canada too):
The American working class isn’t clinging bitterly to guns and religion; it is letting go of everything that once distinguished it. That’s what American sociologist and recent wave-maker Charles Murray says in Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, along with his essay “The New American Divide.” Despite the considerable evidence Murray offers to back up his thesis that the United States is dividing starkly into an upper and a lower class, it remains controversial (for obvious reasons).
I wrote that in 2012. Maybe it’s not so controversial now as then, in the light of the so-far-unstopped Trump candidacy. Speaking personally, I had resigned myself to watching the North American working class slide uneasily but surely into underclass status (Murray’s “Fishtown,” ruled body and soul by smug “Belmont.”) Like Britain’s has.
But it seems, being Americans, they have decided to fight. How long can this last?
Certainly, when dealing with nervous nellies (or nervous ninnies), I find myself pointing out: It’s not about Trump. It’s about whether the American aristocracy really owns the United States, whose inhabitants are serfs. Whether that aristocracy can prance around on the global stage, enriching itself off third world labour and then do-gooding abroad or “saving the planet” as it pleases, like Mother Angela Merkel–safely indifferent to the local outcome.
If this continues, legacy major media of all political stripes, ever obedient servants to the aristocracy in recent decades, are finished. They will have shown their weakness in the face of the constant, feedback-friendly commentariat of Facebook, Twitter, and private e-mail accounts. And as PR for the old way of doing things, they will try much harder to do something about the internet.
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