‘Rigged’ system helping Donald Trump

Donald Trump has been whining for weeks that the system is rigged. There’s no reason for him to be upset, for the system is actually unfairly rigged in his favor. Of the 23,172,618 votes cast thus far, Donald Trump has received 8,785,763 of them. That’s 37.9% of the votes. He also has 846 delegates out of 1798 so far. That’s 47% of the delegates. See? The system isn’t fair. He should only have 681 delegates. Likewise, Ted Cruz should have 500 delegates, not 544. If anyone is getting shafted, it’s…

“Hope” and “Change” 2016?

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable.” – George Washington “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams This election year portends a new message of hope and change. This time the Trump, Sanders and Cruz campaigns all bemoan the status quo while promoting their particular panaceas. Hillary Clinton is the sole voice casting a positive version of recent history with simple room for improvement.…

Utah Presidential Caucus: Character and office

“The only difference between a Democrat and a Republican is the type of programs they choose to overspend on.” – Former Utah Senator Bob Bennett, 1993. “The United States of America deserves whichever president is in office. If we are not living godlike lives as a nation, we will not have a godlike president. Men will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.” – Benjamin Franklin; Spirit of Liberty, Spring Creek Book Company, 2013, page 13. The technical machinations of the 2016 election move forward. The contentious debate that…

Observations from the Kasich, Trump and Cruz Utah events

With John Kasich, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump all visiting Utah this weekend, UPH Contributing Editor John English stopped by events featuring each.  First I attended a town hall by John Kasich. There were about 500 of us in the UVU ballroom, set up as a theater-in-the-round. Utah GOP James Evans said a few words, as did Rep. Kraig Powell. They needed to stall for time since Kasich’s plane was a little late. Once he arrived, former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt made the introduction. He spoke about how open conventions…

Post-mortem on the Michigan primary

The calendar matters, the delegate count matters, and the momentum matters. There was a noted lack of decent polling for most of the states in play this week, but Michigan provided a microcosm of information that could serve as a signal for the remainder of this election cycle. Below are the numbers of the poll averages from two weeks ago, right before voting, and actual voting. THE REPUBLICANS Michigan was a prelude for how the #NeverTrump movement is playing out. Marco Rubio abandoned Michigan a while ago to focus on other…

The case for Ted Cruz

Let me state up front that this article is not an endorsement for Ted Cruz, or any other candidate at this point in the primary proceedings. Questions concerning why and how to best Donald Trump are on many conservative’s minds, including most recently our very own Mitt Romney. The epithet “hijacking the Republican Party” is appearing more and more in the media, and the truth may not be that far off from the rhetoric. The case for Ted Cruz is simply the outcome of a logical analysis of what it…

Where I stand on the current candidates

I reserve the right to change my mind on any of these current candidates tomorrow. 1. MARCO RUBIO – Rubio’s been the one I’ve supported because I agree with him on the issues the most of the four remaining men. I think he would be a transformative president. Poll after poll shows he would beat Hillary Clinton in a general election, better than Cruz or Trump would fare. I like most of his tax plan, I like that he supports Congressional term limits and balancing the budget. I don’t like that’s…

74 Things I Learned from the GOP Fox News Debate

That Fox News debate may have been the lowest in American history. But I’m getting ahead of myself. On the morning of March 3, 2016, Mitt Romney gave a speech. He said the Republican nominee should be either Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, or John Kasich. He gave the speech that Jeb Bush should have given at any point over the past six months. He spoke about the problems of the future but also of the bright potential we have as a nation. But really, it boiled down to this: Donald…

Two to tango: But which two?

David Rogers in this space yesterday calls for unity against Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. His article, using an attractive dance floor metaphor, is a demonstration of why it can’t happen. Dave’s prescription is for Marco Rubio (and John Kasich, and Ben Carson – who already has) to drop out, clearing the path for Ted Cruz. My immediate reaction was “why should Rubio drop out? Why not Cruz? (full disclosure: I have contributed to Rubio and signed on with Utahns for Rubio.) The most recent RealClearPolitics polling average…

Super Tuesday: GOP polls vs results

Super Tuesday has come and gone so let’s look at the results, comparing most recent poll/polls average to actual result. Alabama Poll (3): Trump 38, Rubio 20.3, Cruz 14.7 Result: Trump 43.4, Cruz 21.1, Rubio 18.7 Alaska Poll (1): Trump 28, Cruz 24, Rubio 7 Result: Cruz 36.4, Trump 33.5, Rubio 15 Arkansas Poll (1): Cruz 27, Trump 23, Rubio 23 Result: Trump 32.7, Cruz 30.5, Rubio 25 Georgia Poll (4): Trump 37.8, Rubio 22.3, Cruz 22 Result: Trump 38.8, Rubio 24.5, Cruz 23.6 Massachusetts Poll (3): Trump 47, Rubio…