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Is today Ted Cruz’s day?

Strange question, eh? But that is what some are saying as Donald Trump looks to be favored in Florida and could win Ohio as well.

If that happens, that could/would knock both Kasich and Rubio out of the race, giving Cruz the coveted mano a mano with Trump.

Just looking at some of the poll info, some are saying Rubio still has a punchers chance in Orange Juice / Alligator Land with all of the absentee votes that have already been cast. Not sure why those would all go to Rubio, but some think that’s his only hope.

As far as the full Cruz scenario goes, take a look at this Politico article for the Cruz battle plan: Inside Cruz’s state-by-state plan to defeat Trump.

By the way, under this plan — from the Cruz campaign — they would not wrap up the nomination until JUNE. (That is AFTER the Nebraska primary, peoples.)

And that is a plan for Cruz to actually WIN the nomination, though likely on the 2nd ballot at the convention — after the 100 or so unbound delegates are free to vote, but before the Wild West would begin on a third ballot.

Oh, and all of this depends on Kasich and Rubio dropping out.

You might want to catch the results tonight.


For you Law-Talkin’-Guys

One interesting thought I saw on the Twitter was a criticism of Cruz’s lawyering background.

Cruz’s main experience is as an appellate lawyer, not a trial lawyer. In other words, he has spent most of his time talking to and writing for and arguing in front of Judges, not juries.

So, as some have put it, he is heavy on the logos, but not as much on the pathos. He is solid on the logical, legal arguments, but not as skilled on the emotional arguments, the ones that sway juries — and voters.

Oh sure voters want to tell you they are weighing all the arguments and policies of Candidate X versus Candidate Y, but we all know that ain’t the case.

If it were, Trump would have been gone a long time ago. Which isn’t to hammer The Donald too hard, but c’mon. His politics and policies have been all over the board for the past decades and even his supporters recognize that. But instead, they will tell you how they feel about Trump and what they think he will do and why.

Cruz on the other hand wants to point out that he has been a rock-ribbed conservative and always has been. And then you get that he has a rat-face, and oh boy, here we go.

It is only reality, and I’m not sure how Cruz works it out.

But even with his gigantic plan above, he will have to watch out for the Trump juggernaut that can take out even the most practiced legal mind.

Again, you might want to watch the results tonight.


Bowl the Tide!

And hey, as you’re watching those results come in, don’t forget about the Bluejays taking on Alabama! Sure it’s the NIT-picker, but it’s not a bad consolation for this year’s hard working team.

(I’d like to hear those of you who aren’t Creighton fans, but my fingers are in my ears and I can’t hear you!)

Chime in here after the results are in, and include me @LeavenworthSt on your Twitter comments!


  1. Sparkles says:

    All eyes are on Kasich tonight in a last ditch attempt to save the Republican party from itself.

    That’s gotta sting.

  2. Gerard Harbison says:

    One other advantage Rubio has in Florida is that it’s a closed primary. A lot of Trumpkins are going to turn up to try to vote, and will not be allowed.

  3. Lil Mac says:

    Stop with the “Trumpkins”. It makes you look sour. You are better than that.

    You are correct that Florida has a GOP “closed primary” and that such may advantage Rubio. But closed GOP caucuses are even worse for Trump. Yet today in the N. Marianas’ GOP’s closed caucus, Trump won big. It is a very small caucus. But those Republican Americans aren’t white like leftist Mitt Romney. Nor are they as white as the Democrat Chicago students waving Mexico and Hammer & Sickle Communist flags and Sanders signs while shutting down a Trump rally.

    I don’t know how Trump will do today. But I know Street Sweeper’s conclusion that Trump’s supporters will “tell you how they feel about Trump and what they think he will do and why” is the sort of grounded grasp of Trump that other GOP candidates’ supporters cannot enjoy as they grudging accede to Romney who invented Obama-care’s precursor, and to Priebus who wants the GOP to remain addicted to hidden Super PAC puppet masters, and to Kasich and Rubio who are welded to this sick GOP Establishment and also Ted Cruz who has lip cheese that he eats in front of millions of people whom he is trying to impress because, as Sweeper lucidly points out, Cruz is accustomed to arguing his case before judges who don’t have to look at Ted’s rat face and thus don’t.

  4. Bluejay says:

    Jays in a cake walk.

    And how many times did the Tide beat the Corn in football.

    Bama is the number one program in college football.

  5. Sparkles says:

    How can one not be saddened for our country when witnessing among the right, the rising coalition of Trump, Palin, Christie, Carson. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, Paul LePage, Kris Kobach, Alex Jones, Ann Coulter, Pat Buchanan, Ted Nugent and Joe Arpaio?
    For the life of me, I’ll never understand how it is possible not to be embarrassed by such an incredible amalgam of malcontents.

    Never in the history has such a revolting coalition arisen, threatening from within the welfare and security of our nation.

    But hey, Deb Fischer will gladly sign on to that carnivalesque ticket before ever voting for Hillary Clinton!

  6. Zenster says:

    There are 146.3M registered voters. You have a better chance of being hit by a meteorite than your vote mattering.

    If that seems depressing, wait until you hear what statistically awaits you at age 82, no matter how much you avoid eating or drinking anything delicious.

    Life only sucks because there is so little of it. So pull that stick out of your ass and enjoy this electoral battle as entertainment. I zipped a lot of teenagers into body bags and I tell you with grim certainty of your folly. For while the sun will rise for many tomorrows, you only have a few tomorrows left. Don’t waste them loving the hired executive help or hating the fact that you donated to Webb or Perry and again wagered your cash on some other nag dragging in the races. Get off the track. Go outside and feel the sunshine. L. I. S.

  7. Bill Kristol on Twitter just speculated about a Sasse independent presidential bid. I personally doubt that will happen, but there you have a real Republican running against Trump. Whom would the party back?

    • Sparkles says:

      Sasse for POTUS.

      Another example of the abject implosion of the Republican party, and the inanity of Bill Kristol.

      A 1/3rd term, media addicted, twitter addled Senator who’s been coddled and shepherded from one position of prominence to the next throughout his entire life – somehow qualified to now assume the role of Commander in Chief.
      His is a suit possibly even emptier than RubiNo.

      A party of appalling desperation.

    • Sparkles says:

      Someone please tell me why Bill Kristol remains a thought leader among the right.

      April 25, 1993, Bill Kristol on the Larry King Show –
      “..I think this is the high water mark of the gay rights movement in the United States….”
      KING: It’s downhill after this?
      KRISTOL: I think so.

      Column, September 18, 2002 –
      [the war in Iraq] “could have terrifically good effects throughout the Middle East”

      Column, March 1, 2003 –
      “Very few wars in American history were prepared better or more thoroughly than this one by this president.”

      Fox News Sunday, December 17, 2006 –
      “Barack Obama is not going to beat Hillary Clinton in a single democratic primary. I’ll predict that right now.”

      April 23, 2012 –
      “I’d bet that Mitt Romney will win an easy victory ”

      Morning Joe, Feb 6, 2014 –
      Palin would be a “formidable” presidential candidate.
      “She’s a huge political talent.”

      Tweet, July 22nd, 2015 –
      “Memo to @realDonaldTrump: We are past PEAK TRUMP! Sell-by date approaching. Plan EXIT STRATEGY before Iowa! ADIOS amigo!”

      Tweet, Jan 29, 2016 –
      “In fact, I’ll risk further and repeated ridicule, and say: We have seen #PeakTrump!”

      Alas, in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King.

  8. bynd says:

    Since Obama made Trump, it only follows that Sparkles and his ilk built the Republican party. A strong foundation is what makes a strong and lasting house. Evidently, as we see here, ex Republicans are like some self righteous ex smokers and certainly not builders of any thing that will last. Negative is not a foundation. It is the mark of a lemming.

    • Sparkles says:

      “Since Obama made Trump,”

      You know, the rest of the world points at you and chuckles when you say $%^& like that.
      And in case you’re wandering.. they’re not laughing with you.

      • Sparkles says:

        Bush made a mess of our country and snuck away with it on the brink of collapse.
        Fred Trump made a doo-doo and named it Donald.

        …and in the act of failing colossally, the Donald will Make America Hate Again.

      • bynd says:

        Just like the conservatives who said America did nothing to deserve 9/11. No Sparkles, as usual, your zealot partisan blinders make you unable to see reality.

        “We didn’t lose one person in Libya.”

        A) HRC
        B) Sparkles
        C) It was Bushes’ fault
        D) All of the above

        The US has been in decline for a long time. Repub or Dem doesn’t matter. Because all any of them care about is themselves.

        Or the quote you must really love, Howard Dean, POWER TO THE PEOPLE. ( Except in the primaries.)

        Or is it Bernie, millionaire and billionaires don’t fund me. What I really mean is I don’t have a super PAC. No not much.

  9. Ricky says:

    This might be off the topic a bit, but did anybody notice what a terrible job Republican Jean Stothert is doing as Omaha mayor?
    The mayor was willing to spend 11 million dollars of taxpayer money to buy three old buildings and GIVE them to Omaha Performing Arts. Why? Nobody knows; it definitely was not needed to get HDR to move downtown. I have a friend who works for OPA and she told me Stothert came to them out of the blue with this offer. Wasn’t their idea. Speculation is Jean just wanted more publicity as she felt she was not getting enough at that point in time.
    The only thing more sophomoric and sad than that was the Omaha City Council was willing, in spite of people being 10 to 1 against the idea, to vote unanimously to spend the money needlessly. Talk about following the orders of the development community and CEO’s of major corporations rather than listening to your constituents. The Omaha City Council deserves no respect whatsoever.
    In addition to this folly, looks like somebody was not telling the truth in the Wendy’s shooting that killed the COPS guy. In filing the lawsuit against Omaha, Attorney Domina disputed the police chiefs claim that one of the three officers that went inside the Wendys was responsible for the shooting of the COPS guy. Domina says he has proof that the bullets that killed Dion was fired from outside the building by a fourth officer arriving late on the scene. Also Domina contradicts the statement that the COPS show came to OPD with the offer to come here; Domina says OPD contacted the COPS show.
    So it looks like Omaha’s Police Chief was telling a couple of lies, at least, at that Wendy’s press conference.
    Somebody’s head is going to roll if the lawsuit comes to trial and the truth comes out and OPD was lying. Hopefully if that is the case it’s one and done for Stothert’s term as Mayor of Omaha.

  10. Gerard Harbison says:

    Just out on Politico; GOP conservatives meeting to plan a third party run against Trump. He’s unelectable, you sub moronic products of incest.

    • Sparkles says:

      As primary voters in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio finish their ballots, NBC News polled Republicans and reported that 71 percent said they will or probably will vote for front-runner Trump if he is the eventual nominee.

  11. Sparkles says:

    Ouch.. a Florida drubbing.

    Poor NoShow Marco.
    Political career go bye-bye. Thank goodness he’s got a personal billionaire to keep the foam parties rolling.
    Ah well, as he just stated in his loser speech, he’ll always have Puerto Rico.

    Who could have guessed?
    Oh yea, that’s right, me.

  12. NE Voter says:

    I don’t understand why all of the pundits are saying that Rubio must drop out of the Republican presidential race after losing his home state of Florida. There is always a chance that the Union will admit eight or nine new states before the GOP convention.

  13. Yes, it sucks to lose. But I can take pride I’m not an intellectual and moral bankrupt like Sparkles, exulting in the likely nomination of the worst presidential candidate in 100 years. And I’m not a Trumpkin; and since I don’t have the Alzheimers gene, I never will be.

    At least we’ll have the first woman president. Too bad it couldn’t have been Carly.

  14. Sparkles says:

    The whole planet has figured out Marco is an empty suit. How is it possible you’re blind to that fact?

    And how’s it feel to have an “intellectual and moral bankrupt” school you?
    I told you back in September how this race was going to turn out. If you’ll recall, my correct prediction was in response to you boasting that RubiNo was going to be the nominee, and you were certain of if because, being the genius that you are, you’ve called every race since the Hoover administration.

    By the way, Kasich wins Ohio and he may pull put a second place finish in Illinois.
    When is it that you people will start to figure out you’ve lost touch with reality?

  15. Rubio was a damn good speaker of the Florida house, and he’s been a good senator.

    School, nothing. You had me beat in a race to the bottom. I overestimated my fellow citizens.

    You’re as intellectually and morally bankrupt as Trump has repeatedly been financially bankrupt.

    Meanwhile the Dem. nomination process is rigged. Feel bad for all those committed, progressive Sanders supporters.

  16. Sparkles says:

    “Rubio was a damn good speaker of the Florida house, and he’s been a good senator.

    Really? Is that why more than 2 out of 3 Floridians just rejected him?

    “I overestimated my fellow citizens.

    No, you overestimated the misinformed, tea-addled Republican base. The party of Limbaugh and Ailes who I specifically pointed out, last September, would gleefully follow a fellow grifter and carnival barker like Trump.

    And like this very same angry base, you’re welcomed to ignore these inconvenient truths if it makes you feel better.

    • NE Voter says:

      The lesson of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is “never summon something you cannot control.’

      Ailes, Limbaugh and the rest must not have finished that classic study of pride and hubris in junior high. Always good to red all the way to the end.

    • No, the reason Froridians rejected him was they opted instead for a liberal lunatic. Florida is after all a purple state.

      The Democrat base is similarly besotted with Sanders, a lifelong socialist who has only very recently joined the party. There are two differences between them; black voters, who vote en masse; and a rigged system. The GOP’s problem is that an electorate that thinks for itself may on occasion come up with some pretty damn stupid ideas.

      See, I’m at least willing to consider voting for Hillary if it keeps a lunatic from the White House. I doubt this will be necessary; Trump will get those who voted in the GOP primary to, and no one else. I’ve written elsewhere I doubt even a Clinton indictment could elect Trump.

      The difference is, you would follow vote for partisan advantage even if to do so imperiled your country. As it happens, nothing in Hillary’s record makes me feel particularly hopeful for my country, but at least we’re not getting a deranged nut with his finger on the nuclear button.

      • NE Voter says:

        I do agree that it is truly frightening that the Republican electorate has just nominated as its standard-bearer, to the highest office in the land, a man who embodies each of the Seven Deadly sins and who has no virtues or principles.

        Speaks volumes.

      • anon says:

        A vote for Hillary should suit you. As with Rubio nothing would have changed so your established status would be the same.

      • It depends whether you regard this as a phenomenon of the Republican electorate. It was noted months ago that Trump’s core support is mostly registered Democrats.

      • just a voter & taxpayer says:

        Not surprised that you would vote for Hillary. Hillary and Rubio are basically the same politician.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Halperin of Bloomberg Politics is impressed that Trump has almost no staff. (He also spends by comparison almost no money.)

    Scarborough reluctantly agreed that Trump’s candidacy is “one of the most remarkable political achievements of our lifetime, what he has done, by himself…” but then Scarborough warned of how “dangerous” it is for Trump to have a tiny staff.

    “Without the gigantic hulking infrastructure” how can there be a “smooth transition from campaign to a presidency” said Scarborough.

    Just suck on that lemon for a moment. Let the full sourness sink in.

    — This is exactly what the GOP and Democrat Establishments believe; business as usual in Wash DC.

    How indeed can we maintain a bloated wasteful inefficient US federal government if we don’t start out with a bloated wasteful inefficient presidential campaign?

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