It’s been a long, long night. Here are some final Super Tuesday observations.
Donald Trump had a big night winning seven states. He is still the frontrunner, but not the nominee. What happens if Trump loses both Ohio and Florida in a fortnight? As the late Yogi Berra says, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”
Yet a reasonable argument can be made that as long as Trump’s opposition is fractured, he is on easy street. Ted Cruz had a respectable night getting a win in Oklahoma in addition to his stomping grounds in Texas, but Marco Rubio finally got into the win column with a triumph in the Minnesota Caucuses. Even John Kasich came within an eyelash of beating Trump in Vermont.
As I pondered a little while ago, I don’t see Ben Carson’s rationale for staying in the race.
With regard to the Democrats, it’s hard to see a scenario where Hillary Clinton isn’t the nominee and I’m operating under the assumption that she will not be indicted. But Bernie Sanders did win three states outside of Vermont (Colorado, Minnesota and even Oklahoma) and accrued delegates. He and his movement will have a say in the future of the Democratic Party and they will move it even further to the Left of where it already is.
Chris Christie looked goofy standing behind Donald Trump. But goofiness breeds goofiness.
Yet a lot can happen in the next fortnight. If a week in politics is a lifetime then two weeks is an eternity.