The hard numbers from last night:
And the predictions from last night…
I was relatively close, saying
But neither I, nor anyone else in the Leavenworth St. comment section had Trump over 30% (“Media Chump” had him at 30% — but then had Kasich at 7%).
And, arguably more importantly, no one else had Cruz beating Rubio, which, beyond Trump winning, was probably the biggest surprise of the night.
Many are now counting Rubio out. But if he does well in South Carolina, he will be right back in the hunt with Trump and Cruz for Super Tuesday.
But it was interesting that Rubio got pegged down so far, arguably all because of his debate performance — which I’d be willing to bet that most people didn’t even see last Saturday night. Many said that Rubio had a very good debate second half — but the only media story was about Chris Christie’s takedown.
So here is an interesting tidbit passed on by a reader…
Christie may be able to put in his diary that he twice helped get a Democrat elected.
In 2012, Romney had just a nose out in front of Obama in the RCP’s poll of polls, but then came Super Storm Sandy and Christie saying “it’s time to put politics aside” and giving Obama plenty of photo ops with grieving families.
Now he’s done a lot to cripple the most electable of the GOP contenders, which is Rubio.
Hmm. Though I’m not sure you can completely blame Christie for going after Rubio when he smelled blood. He certainly thought he had a chance in NH at that point. Question is, will Christie now step up and endorse Rubio? Or at least say he was just kidding about the robot stuff, or whatever.
Here is my early prediction for South Carolina:
It will effectively get rid of all except Trump, Cruz and Rubio.
And Rubio will do well enough to have a strong Super Tuesday campaign.
And the pressure will be on for Jeb, Kasich, Carson, and Fiorina to quit.
Especially Jeb, from those who want Rubio.
“So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time…”
In the mean time, former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel talked at the Omaha Chamber of Commerce yesterday. And he told them how awful he thinks the Presidential candidates are.
So to contrast, Hagel brought up the GOP candidates from…1980.
“Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, John Connally, Jack Kemp and Howard Baker.
They were decent, civil men. You just don’t see that today.”
OK, first of all…WTF?
If you want to call out Trump, fine. And it’s not hard to find people who don’t LIKE Ted Cruz. But I’ve never heard him called “indecent” or “uncivil”.
And Rubio, Bush, Christie, Fiorina, Kasich, Carson and Paul? Hagel is saying that they’re not up to snuff on his decency and civility scale? Really?
Hagel has probably ALWAYS been an angry old man, but this sort of caps it.
Because he wants you to look at the election from THIRTY-SIX YEARS AGO.
How about this. How about if back in 1980, you said…
“You know when we REALLY had good candidates? 1944! THOSE were some candidates! Now we just have a washed-up Hollywood actor who wants to get us into WWIII, the privileged son of a Connecticut Senator and a mop-topped old NFL quarterback who has only been elected to the House!
“Now get off my lawn!”
Oh, Lincoln Journal Star…
I get that you need to make money. I get it.
But the new online layout for the paper?
This is what I got when I clicked on JournalStar.com:
And then once the screaming ads moved a bit, I still got this:
This is the “paper” that gets stuck at the bottom of my shopping cart that I never look at.
In the mean time, the hot news in the Lincoln Metro section is that Mayor Beutler has retired his campaign debt! Wow!
Now THERE’s some headline news.
A LOT of Budweiser
By the way, funniest post-New Hampshire Tweet:
— dannymoe (@danmoser1961) February 10, 2016
(dannymoe regularly kills it…)
If you were following @LeavenworthSt on the Twitter, you would have already seen that.
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