The Spectacle Blog

Confirm Merrick Garland…

By on 3.16.16 | 1:53PM

If you think that Hillary has a better than even chance of victory in November. All the usual suspects on the conservative side are advising the Republicans to hold fast and refuse to hold hearings on Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Then if Hillary wins, they say, confirm him quickly lest Hillary nominate someone further to the Left. But in that case, expect Obama to withdraw the nomination the day after the election. As usual, our pundits are too clever by half.

Garland is an excellent judge, about the best one could expect from Obama. One could do much worse, and certainly would with Hillary.

Trump to Republicans: Vote for Me or There Might Be Violence

By on 3.16.16 | 1:36PM

It isn't enough for Donald Trump to triumph as he did yet again last night.

Trump must be the Republican nominee - or else.

Should he fail to prevail at a contested GOP convention this summer, Trump said this morning on CNN, "I think you'd have riots. I think you'd have riots. I'm representing a tremendous many, many millions of people."

Yet it wasn't even 48 hours ago that Trump told Greta Van Susteren that his supporters were "peaceful people."

If this is true then why is Trump now saying there could be riots if he doesn't win? If Trump's supporters were truly peaceful people then there would be no reason to even entertain the thought.

Let's call this for what it is - a threat of domestic terrorism.

The FBI defines domestic terrorism in part as involving "acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law" & "Appear intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population."

Trump, Kasich to Skip Debate; Trump Warns of Convention Chaos

By on 3.16.16 | 12:41PM

After last night's round of primaries, Donald Trump is openly considering himself the nominee, even though he has to win around two thirds of the remaining delegates in order to clinch the nomination before the RNC in August. John Kasich and Ted Cruz may have no intention of dropping out (though Kasich, at least, is mathematically eliminated from contention, neading more than 80% of the remaining delegates to make a go of it), but Donald Trump is more than ready for his coronation, and he stand ready to demand it.

This morning, Trump called for Cruz to drop out - not happening - as John Boehner suggested a brokered or contested convention could result in a Paul Ryan nomination. And although there's one Fox News debate left to go in the primary cycle, Trump doesn't plan on attending. He'll speak to AIPAC instead.

President Obama Nominates Justice Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court

By on 3.16.16 | 11:35AM

Now that the Presidential race is very likely between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the White House has decided to troll the GOP fully by nominating a Supreme Court justice, just in time for everyone to panic about whether they'd be better off taking a kind-of, sort-of moderate over whatever the two top Presidential contenders would supply to SCOTUS to replace Antonin Scalia.

The President, for his part, has chosen Judge Merrick Garland, who, aside from having a basically perfect Supreme Court justice name, is the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, and - as far as liberal justices go - better than could reasonably be expected from the Obama Administration.

President Barack Obama will nominate federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, challenging Republicans to reject a long-time jurist and former prosecutor known as a consensus builder on what is often dubbed the nation's second-highest court.

It’s Hard To See a Scenario Where Trump Doesn’t Become the GOP Nominee

By on 3.16.16 | 12:10AM

Last month, I appeared on The Edward Woodson Show to discuss the GOP race. Woodson, who is a Trump enthusiast, told me the race would be over by March 15th.

Well, March 15th has come and gone. Trump has won three more states and could soon add Missouri to his conquest. However, the race isn't over. Not for the moment. John Kasich's victory in Ohio made sure of that. But the fat lady is rehearsing her aria. 

It is hard to see a scenario where Trump doesn't win the GOP nomination. As much as Ted Cruz wants a two man race, I suspect he will finish third in a lot of Northeastern states. Although it is possible that Cruz, Kasich and the delegates that were alloted to Marco Rubio could make Trump sweat at the convention, I don't see them unifying behind Cruz or anyone else. And if Republicans did unify behind someone else, Trump and company would leave Cleveland en masse and Republicans would be in full fledged civil war.

I wish I could see anything good coming of this, but I cannot. 

Cruz Says He Beats Trump Again & Again, But Not Tonight

By on 3.15.16 | 11:36PM

During Ted Cruz's speech this evening, he told his audience that he was the only Republican candidate who had beaten Donald Trump "over and over again."

While Cruz has won 9 GOP contests, he might come away empty handed tonight. While it is possible that Cruz could pull out a victory in Missouri, it would be a very narrow one and Trump could leave the Show Me state with nearly as many delegates as Cruz. At the beginning of tonight, Trump was leading Cruz by 100 delegates. As of this writing, Trump has more than doubled his lead.

Now Cruz says it's a two man race, but many of the 20 contests remaining are in the Northeast and I see Cruz trailing Kasich in many of those states. 

Cruz's only chance is at a contested convention and even if that comes to pass the odds are very much against the Texas Senator. And let's say Cruz does somehow win the GOP nomination. Can anyone see Trump backing "Lyin' Ted"? Trump would most certainly run a third party bid if he doesn't win the Republican nomination.

I’m Amazed Kasich Has Come This Far

By on 3.15.16 | 11:04PM

John Kasich comfortably defeated Donald Trump in the Ohio GOP Primary by nearly double digits marking his first win of the primary season. 

Now how many people out there thought that Kasich would finish in the Top 3 in the Republican primary race much less outlast Marco Rubio? I certainly didn't think so

Of course, Kasich has no chance of winning the GOP nomination much less another contest, but he could play a big role if there is a contested Republican Convention in Cleveland. There are 20 races between now and June 7th, I see a lot of states where Kasich will probably do better than Ted Cruz (i.e. Wisconsin, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island). Kasich won't exit the stage just yet.

 

Rubio Departs & With Him Nearly All Semblance of Reason & Sobriety in The Republican Party

By on 3.15.16 | 10:36PM

Marco Rubio has exited the Republican presidential race having lost the Florida Primary to Donald Trump by more than 18 points.

As Rubio leaves the stage so does nearly all semblance of reason and sobriety in the Republican Party. It is remarkable that Republican voters see fit to crucify Rubio for trying to fix our convuluted immigration system, but Trump can have illegal immigrants work on his construction projects and these same people don't bat an eyelash. 

It would appear that a majority of Republicans don't want a candidate who speaks in complete sentences, lives in the real world and puts forward a set of coherent conservative policies. Instead they want a demagogue who is full of easy answers and no way to pay for them. Chances are the people who will pay most dearly are the very people who support Trump the most. In which case, Republican voters will get the candidate they deserve. 

I have a feeling however that this isn't the last we've heard from Marco Rubio. Whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is elected President, it may very well be left to Rubio to clean up their mess.

How Much Longer Can Hillary Continue to Appear at Town Hall Meetings?

By on 3.15.16 | 2:30PM

Hillary Clinton says she isn't a natural politician and is proving it.

Within the space of 24 hours, Hillary has said she will put coal miners out of work and also said no Americans died in Libya (as Emily has discussed here).

Let's keep in mind that these statements were not made during debates with Bernie Sanders. These were made during town hall meetings on friendly networks (CNN & MSNBC).

At this rate, she might have stop doing town hall meetings before she does any further damage to herself. By night's end, her delegate count could be sufficient that Bernie Sanders can't mathematically catch up. In which case, why put herself in those situations?

Ben Carson: I Endorsed Trump Because He Promised Me a Spot in His Administration

By on 3.15.16 | 1:34PM

Let us preface this story with the adminition that offering someone a deal in return for an endorsement is technically a violation of FEC rules. But (1) we don't know exactly what spot, if any, Donald Trump has in mind for Dr. Ben Carson, (2) Donald Trump "makes deals" because that's what he does and (3) at this point, does anyone really feel anything but sorry for Dr. Ben Carson? I mean, seriously. The guy got into the race thinking it would be a great way to build lists and sell books, just like so many before him (*cough* Herman Cain *cough*), only to lose pretty much everything, including his dignity.

But it still remains that, according to an interview conducted yesterday, Dr. Ben Carson says he endorsed Donald Trump because the latter offered him a spot in the inevitable Trump Administration. 

I do believe, and certainly in my discussions with Donald Trump, he does love America and he does want to be successful. He will surround himself with very good people," Carson told "The Steve Malzberg Show."

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