|Voters in Wisconsin|
It is Wednesday and time for the Blogger Candidate Forum and yours truly has much to say this week. First of all, a round of applause to the winners, Senators Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz, for their victories in Wisconsin. The Senators's victories set up the very real possibility that a nominee in the fall campaign will not be chosen on the first ballot. Good, blogger has found the previous party conventions a bit dull because the nominee was more or less determined before the end of primary season. Blogger doubts that the Democratic National Convention, to held in Philadelphia in July, will be as chaotic as the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Be that as it may, let us focus on yesterday's contest and see where we go from here.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
First, Mr. Trump took aim at Sen. Cruz. At every turn, he fired verbal shrapnel at the Gentleman from Texas and his wife, Heidi. Blogger has no problem with the candidates behaving like a pair of schoolboys fighting over the ball but taking shots at the spouses is amateur hour stuff. If that was not enough, Mr. Trump them preceded to aim his verbal cannon fodder at Wisconsin Governor and one-time nominee candidate Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin). Granted that Gov. Walker is only popular with conservatives, the Governor threw his support to Sen. Cruz and stood next to him during Sen. Cruz's victory speech. If that were not enough, Mr. Trump defended his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who was charged with battery for grabbing a female reporter from Breibart News. Throw in Mr. Trump's call for women to be jailed, if abortion were ever made illegal (he later back pedaled the comment) and you get the equivalent of a person shooting off most his toes. Mr. Trump is trying attempting to do damage control by having his current wife, Melania, come out to campaign events. What will save Donald Trump? Perhaps if Donald Trump stops being Donald Trump, then he might have a real chance. Not likely.
|Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio)|
|Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont)|
|Campaign fundraising by party in the third quarter|
|Secretary Hillary Clinton (D-New York)|
New York is both Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton's home territory. The Senator was born and raised in Brooklyn and the Secretary served as a federal Senator for eight years. The Mid-Atlantic states have a far more diverse population, unlike Wisconsin-overwhelmingly Caucasian and, independents are allowed to vote in party primaries. States like Wisconsin have proven to be Sanders-country. To wit, Sen. Sanders pounded Sec. Clinton among voters 18-29 and 30 to 44 by a margin of 82 to 18 percent. Among Caucasian voters, the margin was a tad closer: 59 to 41 percent. This number was reversed among non-Caucasian voters. (Ibid)
|The Mid-Atlantic States|
Perhaps the most telling moment of the interview was when the Senator was asked how he intended to break up the big banks. This is the centerpiece of his Wall Street reform platform and the Gentleman from Vermont admitted that he was not exactly sure how he planned to go about breaking up the big banks. Needless to say, Sec. Clinton was quick to pounce on the Senator, telling CNN's Chris Cuomo,
If you're concerned about income inequality and hold the banks accountable, yo have to know how it works and what you have to do to make it work.
This gives blogger pause to consider whether or not Senator Bernie Sanders is worthy of blogger's vote. Based on this interview, yours truly has to wonder whether or not Sen. Sanders has done his homework on any of the campaign issues, not just Wall Street reform. It is easy to rally your supporters with banners like "the other person is brought to you by Citibank" but harder to say what you will do. This requires serious on the specifics of the issues before formulating a coherent policy.
Meanwhile, the Donald Trump campaign has some time to regroup. The disastrous events of last week, coupled with the thumping in Wisconsin, have taken the energy out of the campaign. What remains to be seen is if Mr. Trump will moderate his message or keep going the way he is going. What also remains to be seen is if Governor John Kasich continues his quixotic campaign for the nomination. Will Senator Ted Cruz steal the nomination away from Donald Trump? Will Secretary Hillary Clinton regain the momentum and effectively put the nomination out of Senator Bernie Sanders's reach? Hang on to your hats and buckle your seat belts this ride is about to get wilder.
Before yours truly signs off, Blogger just wants to remind all the American readers to register to vote. If you are a native born or naturalized citizen, eighteen year-old or over, please go to your state's Secretary of State website-http://www.sos.ca.gov for California voters, and find out how you can register to vote. Once you register to vote, go vote.