‘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…

Politically Speaking – 3/29/16

Just wanted to hit some political highlights and lowlights this week. 1. Random Donald Trump Quotes I Found After 10 Minutes of Googling “Nobody has more respect for women than me.” “Nobody reads the Bible more than me.” “Nobody knows the system better than me.” “Nobody’s done more for equality than me.” “On trade, there’s nobody more conservative than me.” On ISIS: “Nobody would be tougher than me.” “There’s nobody better to beat Hillary Clinton than me.” “Nobody builds walls better than me.” “There’s no one more pro-Israel than me.”…

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…

Why I’m on board the Marco Rubio train

There’s a few things about me that are very well-known. One, I’m a big Ron Paul fan and enthusiastically supported him in 2008 and 2012. Two, I have no problems voting outside of partisan affiliation, even going so far as to pick none of the above if I don’t feel that any candidate deserves my vote. (Jason Williams has gone so far as to call me a “true independent” on more than one occasion.) I will gladly and sometimes too gleefully rake the Republican Party (with which I am affiliated)…

67 things I learned from watching the Fox News #GOPDebate

For the first time this cycle, I skipped the undercard debate. Jim Gilmore is there out of charity, and the crass last-second decision by Huckabee and Santorum to join Trump at his anti-Fox News rally just solidifies that they’re going to bomb on caucus night. So I’ll say Carly Fiorina won the debate by default, right? Doesn’t matter. None of these four should still be in the race this time next week. So on to primetime. What did I learn? 1. Rand Paul gets a loud pop. Libertarians in da…

This Week in GOP Polls – 12/7/15

We’re eight days away from the next Republican debate, and so much has happened in the news since then. The self-radicalized terrorist attack in San Bernardino, the climate change meeting in Paris after its own terrorist attack, and the Senate vote to defund ObamaCare will give the candidates a lot to talk about. There will again be an afternoon and a primetime debate. To make the afternoon one, the candidate needs to 1% in four separate national, Iowa, or New Hampshire polls. To make to primetime, the candidate must average…

This Week in GOP Polls – 11/24/15

CNN has released the criteria for its December Republican Primary presidential debate. They will look at GOP polls for the six weeks leading up to the debate, and to be in primetime, the candidate must either average 3.5% or better in the national polls, 4% in the Iowa polls, or 4% in the New Hampshire polls. Currently there are only six candidates who doing 3.5% or better in the national polls. That would be Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina. John Kasich, Chris…

Fox Business #GOPDebate, and This Week in Polls

Fox Business Channel went into this day with a mission: to show CNBC how to actually moderate a Republican primary debate. They got #GOPDebate trending and early reports are that the ratings were about on par, maybe a little less, than what CNBC delivered. Which is to say, it was the most watched day in the history of Fox Business Channel. THE AFTERNOON DEBATE Ranking them in order of how I think they did, not just to me, but how I think it played to the millions of likely Republican…

This Week in GOP Polls – 11/3/15

We’re starting to get some post-debate polls after CNBC’s John Harwood & Co. embarrassed themselves, and we’re already only a week away from the next GOP debate. Fox Business Channel will host on Tuesday, November 10, and I imagine Neil Cavuto and the other moderators will have a much different game plan than “let’s have six moderators and make us the story.” Now the criteria for the afternoon and primetime debates are as such. If you gets at least 1% in any of the four most recent national GOP polls…