Tag: primaries

Keep Calm, Carry On, & Pray

Well, now we can put those states behind us. You know, those northeastern states that everyone knew Trump was going to win last night, and which he did. Those are states where the majority of Republicans believe more like moderate Democrats than real Republicans, and regardless of who the nominee is for the Republicans, none of those states will go for that nominee in the general election anyway. We have two kinds of Republicans nationwide; last night was one type,… Read more »

Trump’s Difficult Path Unchanged by NY

Donald Trump and his media allies (Fox, because they are blinded by the Trump persona, and the others, because they know he will lose in a landslide to Hillary) are attempting to turn his New York primary win into some kind of final judgment on the Republican nomination. If you, like me, believe in a Ted Cruz nomination, let me offer some down-to-earth reassurance: New York didn’t change the difficult path Trump faces toward getting 1,237 delegates. First of all,… Read more »

Republican Primaries Going Forward

Ted Cruz’s victory in Wisconsin last night was by 13% over Donald Trump, a gap no poll predicted would be so wide. Cruz has a tendency to outperform the polls, and it showed again in this primary. John Kasich was an also-ran—again. Cruz won 36 of the state’s 42 delegates. This was a state that many had called “perfect” for Trump. That was a premature call. Over the past couple of weeks, Cruz has won Utah with 69% of the… Read more »

Why I Am NeverTrump: An Apologetic

Increasingly, I’ve had people ask me, both in person and in writing (via Facebook, primarily), what I will do if faced with a decision between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the general election. That question deserves a sober answer, and I will do my best today to achieve that. What I say won’t convince everyone, but it will be an honest response. In the manner of good writing, as I teach my students, I begin with my thesis: I… Read more »

About That Crowded Republican Presidential Field

Have you checked the Republican presidential field lately? The announcements are coming at a regular pace now. Rick Santorum and George Pataki made it official this week. There are still a good number of potential candidates who have yet to make their announcements, but it’s obvious they are in the running as well—Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and John Kasich, for example. Is it a good thing to have a field this crowded? Opinions differ. There are pluses and… Read more »

An Exercise in Bracketing

It’s the time of year for everyone to fill out their brackets for the NCAA basketball tournament. I used to follow this closely; now, hardly at all. I freely admit I don’t even know which are the best teams anymore. I even more freely admit that I don’t really care all that much. Now, I know in some circles that may sound heretical—I mean, I’m even from Indiana, the basketball center of gravity. But I don’t begrudge people wasting devoting… Read more »

Media-Ignored Stories

I wouldn’t blame you if you’ve missed a couple of really big stories lately. The reason you may have missed them is that they have rarely been mentioned in the mainstream media. The first is a potential constitutional earthquake. Reporters who say they are devoted to the First Amendment for its free-speech protections are strangely silent when it comes to religious freedom, particularly when their beloved Obamacare and “right-to-choose-abortion” beliefs may be smacked down. Forty-three Catholic agencies have initiated lawsuits… Read more »