Could today be the first of many final crushing steps by Donald Trump?
Or will Cruz’s Alamo holdout, or a surprise by Rubio put things on hold until the REAL Über Tuesday of March 15th?
FWIW, friends of mine in the D.C. suburbs of Northern Virginia note very light turnout at the polling places this morning. (The latest polls there have Trump 40, Rubio 27, Cruz 22.)
Sasse v. Scarborough
And Senator Ben Sasse’s #AnyoneButTrump meme gathers some steam, but will it chug anywhere?
Sasse was on Morning Joe talking about his stance, and hammering the hosts, lefthandedly, as well saying:
“Over the course of the last five or six months. A whole lot of people have had a lot of fun playing with Donald Trump’s reality TV show about our kids’ future.
If Donald Trump becomes the likely Republican nominee in the next 60 days, all of a sudden, the media is going to wake up and take the guy apart in little pieces, because he’s not a serious adult.”
Joe Scarborough was having none of it however, and took a very rigid stance against Sasse’s media bashing, to note that he had asked the tough questions to Trump (“why would you support dictator Putin”) months ago.
See the exchange here:
And things got just a bit…snippy.
Scarborough didn’t like Sasse lecturing him on how the media is treating Trump, saying:
“Senator you were playing tee-ball while I was fighting for those principles of conservatism, for the Republican party and for this country.”
But Sasse bats back that Scarborough was using Trump-style attacks against him.
Calmer heads seemed to prevail as they seemed to agree to agree about Trump, conservatives and the state of the Republican party.
And one note they give at the end:
IF a third party candidate wanted to get on the ballot in all 50 states, they have about 2 weeks to do it, UNLESS they hook onto an existing party that is already on the ballots (like the Green Party, or another).
The consensus right now seems to be that tonight will be a big identifier of Trump’s strength, but the March 15th primaries include many Winner-Take-All delegate states, and THAT will be the date Trump could cement the nomination.
At least he didn’t say “Sass-eee”
And then Chris Matthews, who once upon a time was an interesting commentator, and in successive years has become a jackass, still can’t pronounce “Sasse” (he says, “sass-uh”).
And since Matthews doesn’t know the name of this freshman, he decides that Sasse isn’t a “major Senator”. But then goes on to quote his Facebook post.
And you wonder why FOXNews is the #1 news channel?
A “Nebraska” plan…
So here was one theory floated by an insider politico…
“If we are potentially headed to a contested convention, Heineman or Fischer could run as a favorite son (or daughter) candidate from Nebraska. The idea being, in a contested convention, not being committed on the first open ballot gives Nebraska huge influence. It only takes 300 signatures before March 7 to get on…”
I ran this past a few connected folks and while they thought it was an interesting idea, probably not one that had any legs. (Least of matters being that March 7th cutoff.)
The concept for it would be that first, it would cut off Trump from winning Nebraska — with the idea that the Favorite Son (or daughter) would take the Rubio-Cruz votes for a majority win.
Then at the “open” convention (where no candidate got a majority of delegates in the primary), after the committed ballots were done and the open voting starts, the Nebraska delegates would be sought after, since they were never committed to any of the actual candidates.
Interesting I suppose, if your goal is for the Nebraska delegates to get “attention”.
Well, file it under an idea, anyway.
A follow up on the story about the youth political group “Turning Point USA” getting turned down as an official student group at Creighton University.
The Public Relations Director at C.U. got back to me and responded:
While the application and materials submitted provided a good foundation of the purpose and mission of this organization, during the interview process the interviewers did not have a clear sense of why the students wanted to start this organization on campus, how it would be different from College Republicans, and the interest level from other students.
This club was one of three that were declined.The office has reached out to provide additional feedback to the student, organizers in the hopes that more details can be provided about the purpose of the organization, sustainability, and events/activities the group hopes to support. Mr. Carrizales had not replied to the office’s attempts to contact him. Mr. Carrizales was told he can reapply for consideration.
My response was that I did not understand, frankly the purpose of an “official” student organization. And further that this group seemingly would be quite different from the CRs, but maybe not that different from the “Young Americans for Liberty” — but she didn’t make that point.
If the purpose of being “official” is giving them school resources — money, office space, etc. — then I get the point of having to be restrictive. But if it is much less than that, then frankly, who cares how many groups you have? Make sure they’re not breaking any laws or decency, then let them be. Or put them on double secret probation for a year and see how they do.
In any case, there seems to be a bit of a communication issue with C.U. and the groups, and they can probably work it out.
Happy 149th Birthday Nebraska!
In your honor, a video was made!
Have a cold one on me.
I hope you know where to go
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