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Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire, but Hillary Clinton Gets All the Delegates

By on 2.10.16 | 2:19PM

Last night seemed like a runaway success for "outsider" candidate Bernie Sanders. He beat Hillary Clinton by a solid twenty points, in every single demographic. He made it next to impossible for Hillary Clinton to say that she's won the "hearts" or "minds" of New Englanders, and while he's definitely had home court advantage, he performed better than even he could have reasonably expected.

But while Bernie may have earned all the accolades, Hillary Clinton - not Bernie Sanders - will come away with most of New Hampshire's delegates

And you thought politics was fair? Shame on you.

Though Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire primary in a landslide over Hillary Clinton, he will likely receive fewer delegates than she will.

Sanders won 60 percent of the vote, but thanks to the Democratic Party’s nominating system, he leaves the Granite State with at least 13 delegates while she leaves with at least 15 delegates.

Christie Expected to Drop Out of GOP Race

By on 2.10.16 | 1:05PM

Chris Christie might have landed the knockout blow to Marco Rubio's presidential aspirations. But he will not have his hand raised in victory.

After a sixth place finish in New Hampshire behind Rubio and no spot on the debate stage on Saturday in South Carolina, Christie has cancelled all scheduled campaign events in the Palmetto state and has returned to New Jersey where he is widely expected to formally end his presidential campaign today.

Christie sealed his fate with Republicans the moment he embraced President Obama during Hurricane Sandy. His attacks on Obama during the debate made Republican voters doubt he was so blunt with the President in the days leading up the 2012 election.

I don't think Bridgegate was as much of a factor. There is no evidence to suggest that Christie had any involvement there. But he did hire the staff people involved and that does reflect on his judgment thereby giving Republican voters at least a reasonable doubt.

Bernie Received Nearly 50,000 More Votes Than Trump in NH

By on 2.10.16 | 10:24AM

There's no question that Donald Trump won big last night in New Hampshire besting John Kasich by greater than a 2:1 margin. New Hampshire could very well be the first domino in Trump winning the GOP nomination.

Yet it must also be noted that Bernie Sanders had a even more triumphant night. Not only did he beat Hillary Clinton by more than 20 points, but he also received nearly 50,000 more votes than Trump. If you combine Trump and Kasich's numbers, Bernie still beats both of them by nearly 5,000 votes.

Yes, Sanders is their next door neighbor. Fair enough. Let's remember that Democrats and Republicans can vote in either primary. I wonder how many Republicans in New Hampshire voted for Bernie Sanders yesterday.

Now all of this could very well be but a footnote if Bernie is unable to triumph in Nevada and South Carolina. But let us say for argument's sake it ends up being Bernie vs. The Donald this November. I believe Bernie would trounce Trump convincingly in New Hampshire and also beat him in the states Obama won in 2012. In which case, say hello to President Sanders.

Bernie & The Donald Win Decisively in NH

By on 2.9.16 | 10:16PM

Bernie Sanders & Donald Trump won in New Hampshire big, very big tonight.

With just over 40% of the vote, the socialist Sanders beat Hillary Clinton by 20 points while Trump won the GOP primary by greater than a 2:1 margin over John Kasich (34% to 16%). Jeff Lord is no doubt ecstatic. Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are fighting for third place. Chris Christie will finish 6th with 8% of the vote and won't be invited to the debate in South Carolina on Saturday, but he did plenty of damage to Rubio. Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson finished with 4% and 2%, respectively.

Is this the beginning of Trump running the table? Maybe so. Especially if Cruz, Rubio, Kasich and Bush are all bunched up. But I think Yoko Ono is going to put a stop to Trump using "Revolution" at his campaign rallies. I And what about Bernie? Tomorrow, he kisses Al Sharpton's ring. Will it be enough to take the black vote in South Carolina?

Hillary Clinton, Old Person, Required Staffer to Create Printouts of Classified Emails

By on 2.9.16 | 5:03PM

Apparently, Hillary Clinton's troubles with technology extend even further than her famous tussle with the fax machine, revealed in the first set of FOIA'ed emails the State Department released several months ago. She also has a lot of difficulty with printers.

According to a batch of email released to Judicial Watch, Hillary Clinton not only received classified information on her Chappaqua bathroom server, she often asked for said emails to be printed out so that she could review them without all of the distractions attendant to technology. Or, of course, she's just old and needed things in their paper versions. Bifocals and pixels don't mix, you see.

Hillary Clinton forwarded two emails that included “foreign government” information to a top State Department aide and asked for the messages to be printed out, according to correspondence obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

A Thought for Daniel Bryan

By on 2.9.16 | 4:58PM

When Daniel Bryan sent out a tweet yesterday afternoon indicating he was going to retire from professional wrestling, I thought it might be a work. Over the years, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) have had other "retirement announcements" only for there to be a swerve to set up a match. In fact, I retweeted Bryan's tweet with the message, "I sincerely hope there is a swerve & Daniel Bryan wrestles in ONE MORE MATCH @ WrestleMania 32."

But it was not to be. Daniel Bryan announced his retirement during the closing segment of WWE RAW which took place in Seattle (he is native of Aberdeen, Washington).

Will New Hampshire #SettleforHillary?

By on 2.9.16 | 4:37PM

We are just hours away from the end of America's first-in-the-nation primary and you can feel the excitment in the air as we all ponder the pressing questions: will voters rescue Marco Rubio from his media narrative? Can Jeb Bush pave his way through to next Tuesday with Chris Christie fat jokes? Are there enough out-of-touch-with-reality New Englanders willing to put yet another nail into the Clinton campaign's coffin? 

So many questions, so few people who care about the answers. But at least as far as the last question is concerned, well, maybe things are looking better for ol' Hillary than can reasonbly be expected. Thanks to an enterprising Hillary supporter pictured on the Jumbotron at her final New Hampshire rally, the Clinton campaign - which is rumored to be "restructuring" in response to her devastating loss in Iowa - may have a very workable new slogan: #SettleforHillary.

MoveOn.org Wants MSNBC to Suspend Chris Matthews…And They Might Have a Point

By on 2.9.16 | 4:01PM

Recently, MoveOn.org issued a petition demanding that MSNBC suspend Chris Matthews "because of his constant shilling for Hillary Clinton."

MoveOn.org, which supports Bernie Sanders, might have a legitimate beef. Matthews wife, Kathleen, is running for Congress in Maryland and as The Daily Caller revealed this morning, many of her top donors are Hillary Clinton's top donors.

It is worth remembering that MSNBC suspended Keith Olbermann for donations he made to three Democratic candidates in the 2010 mid-term elections

Matthews has a blatant conflict of interest. Surely, he has a vested interest in the outcome of Hillary vs. Bernie.

David Brooks Misses A Lot More Than The Crease in Obama’s Pants

By on 2.9.16 | 2:43PM

President Obama will be in office for another 346 days. But David Brooks misses him already:

Obama radiates an ethos of integrity, humanity, good manners and elegance that I’m beginning to miss, and that I suspect we will all miss a bit, regardless of who replaces him.

I wonder why the Obama White House didn't see fit to hire Brooks. Perhaps he is more useful to them as a New York Times conservative.

As much as I loathe Donald Trump, I loathe Barack Obama even more and would not miss him for a nanosecond. After all, if it weren't for Obama's deference to our enemies and disdain for America and her Allies, there would be no chance that Trump would be a viable presidential candidate.

Bill Clinton Says Bernie Sanders’ Supporters Are “Sexist” & “Profane” (In Other News, Pot Calls Kettle Black)

By on 2.8.16 | 12:50PM

You know Hillary Clinton's campaign is in trouble when Bill Clinton says Bernie Sanders' supporters are being "sexist" and "profane".

Under normal circumstances, Bill Clinton could be called upon as an expert witness on sexist and profane behavior. But these are not normal circumstances. When it comes to Hillary, nothing is normal.

If the Clintons have their way not only are Bernie's supporters a bunch of sexist hounds, but they would also have us believe that Bernie is not only a tool of the NRA, but a reincarnation of Charlton Heston.

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