Third Party & Independents

A Polished Speech That Cruz Would Rather not Have Given

Posted by AllardK on May 4, 2016 at 7:42 PM

It was a silly little joke by Fox's Neil Cavuto, but it actually had some bite. While showing video of Leicester (as in England as in soccer) fans in screaming, bouncing, beery ecstasy over their franchise finally winning the league after 100 and who-knows-how-many years of existence, Cavuto joked it was footage of voters being told the primary season was over. Ha. Ha.

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Come on Governor McAuliffe Double Down!

Posted by AllardK on April 29, 2016 at 5:39 PM

Don't misunderstand or underestimate Terry McAuliffe, the very forgiving governor of Virginia. Allowing hundreds of thousands of convicted felons to vote and doing it in one big blanket amnesty-like executive action, is merely fighting the good fight to defend the First Amendment.

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Carly's Brilliant; but She's No Coal Miner's Daughter

Posted by AllardK on April 28, 2016 at 9:15 PM

The singing was a little unsettling, but Carly's mind is a force to be reckoned with. And she returned to center stage with a raging thirst for the opportunity to unleash the incendiary but enlightened rhetoric she is capable of. Will Fiorina make a difference to Ted Cruz's campaign in Indiana, where it is a matter of political life and death?

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Tit-for-Tat for Ted and John

Posted by AllardK on April 25, 2016 at 10:16 PM

Will the Kasich-Cruz axis - or the JT Team if you wish - last long enough to fulfill it's function? That means all of a week - or a week and a day seeing it was announced late Sunday evening. Can they hold it together through more than 7 grueling days and countless probing questions from evil journalists who snidely will wish to know: is this for real? And it has to last until May 3. That's a long time given the way this nomination race has played out so far.

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The Joy of GOP Convention Rules

Posted by AllardK on April 21, 2016 at 8:57 PM

When trust is at a low point, process becomes viewed with suspicion, nay, even paranoia. So what normally is an arcane meeting of Republican activists and party members - this time in Hollywood Florida - instead became the focal point of yet another controversy in the GOP's once-in-a-lifetime circus of a nomination process.

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Can Ted Go a-Thwarting in Brooklyn (and Berkeley)?

Posted by AllardK on April 19, 2016 at 7:57 PM

If you want to change parties, go west young woman - yes young men too. Anyone, in fact, who becomes convinced they're backing the wrong candidate in the wrong party will find that voter registration deadlines - crucial in closed primaries - are earliest down (and north) east and much later out west. Fivethirtyeight has a great little chart summing it up.

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Hillary and Bernie Will Have to Bare Their Fangs

Posted by AllardK on April 15, 2016 at 1:22 AM

At the Thursday Democrat debate in New York City, Sanders will try to claw back Hillary's lead. Will he be able to? NYC is all about identity politics and big money. So Bernie will rail against the Wall Street Banks and hopefully show a little more depth of understanding, without seeming to be bowing before the complexities of high finance. And both Bernie and Hillary will scuffle and scrape over identity politics. Like giving illegals - mostly Latinos - driver's licenses and who voted for what on similar micro-issues.

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Trump Had Better Start Wonking; Now

Posted by AllardK on April 13, 2016 at 9:49 PM

Of course Trump is angry at the political party system in America. The political parties - especially the GOP - are angry at the political party system. Angry that the Grand Old Party is not working as it's established leaders feel, think, and apparently know it should. Or angry that the Grand Old Party is not opening up to popular discontent and allowing new blood in if you happen to be more Tea Party/Conservative.

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The Establishment Has A Real Bad Case Of Fleas

Posted by Roy Ellis on April 9, 2016 at 8:23 AM

I've gone along here for months trying to get a handle on Cruz and Rubio as to their 'reason for being' and who are their powerful friends. Cruz claims to be outside the establishment (corpocracy), has stood alone in filibustering congress and seems to have only a couple of legislators who befriend him. Rubio is quite the opposite, clinging to the corpocracy and being proud of it.

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The Devil and Hillary According to Bernie

Posted by AllardK on April 8, 2016 at 1:58 PM

Bernie and Hillary are finally getting a little muddy. You see, Hillary is fed up with Sanders and all those screaming, enthusiastic, young supporters. Fed up with the guy who didn't even have the decency to go after her on the email scandal last fall. How can he still be in the race? Winning primary after primary lately. Yes, she has a clear majority of votes. And should Bernie catch up a little to her in terms of unbound delegates, then the DNC establishment super delegates will take care of her nomination for her.

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17 Minutes in Wisconsin

Posted by AllardK on April 6, 2016 at 3:05 PM

Does the term Wisconsin-nice truly apply to Mark Belling? The conservative talk-radio host from the Badger state's WISN, recently described Trump's team of advisors as "probably just a bunch of butt kissers." And he's been doing this for months now, along with the head Trump-hater Charlie Sykes, who considers Trump to have missed out on Wisconsin's "tradition of civility and decency." Along with a few other fellow talk-radio hosts mostly located in the Greater Milwaukee area.

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Putting the Nomination Rules Into a Woodchipper in Fargo

Posted by AllardK on April 4, 2016 at 7:35 PM

Oh to be wined and dined and squeezed in Fargo with nary a wood-chipper in sight. Candidates were in Fargo for the actual process of selecting delegates for North Dakota. That is, candidates for delegates. With a real candidate or two like Ted Cruz showing up. While an ex-candidate like Ben Carson held one-on-one's to try and convince them to stand with Trump.

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Kasich not Fade Away

Posted by AllardK on March 31, 2016 at 7:58 PM

Trump may meet his Madison in Wisconsin. Not the Father of the Bill of Rights, but more indirectly, the city in Wisconsin that bears the founding father's name, and where Kasich perhaps ends up being useful. To Ted Cruz that is. Because in Madison, unlike the rest of Wisconsin, it's Kasich not Cruz who is - as fivethirtyeight say - competitive. In other words, Wisconsin could become an illustration of how Kasich and Cruz can work together to deny Trump the 1,237 delegates he needs to avoid a messy convention battle.

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Is Glenn Beck Anointing False Idols?

Posted by AllardK on March 29, 2016 at 2:33 PM

Camille Paglia in Salon let loose in a broadside against most of the candidates - including Hillary; she's voting for Sanders apparently. And she questioned Ted Cruz's Christianity, saying he reminded her of Swaggart and Bakker. Pride before the fall?

Or a Sanders supporter sneering at heartland values?

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Scott Walker Chokes on the Fog of Civil War

Posted by AllardK on March 24, 2016 at 9:58 PM

Within three weeks of Labor Day, Scott Walker started to clear the field with his own withdrawal from the race. This to enable a positive, conservative message to rise to the top in the GOP nomination race. Oh boy. So the less-than-impressive debater is back again with his home state primary coming up in early April. The great-on-paper candidate who of course is a successful governor, will endorse Ted Cruz. Now is the time


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