The Spectacle Blog

Nancy Reagan, R.I.P.

By on 3.6.16 | 2:03PM

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan has passed away of congestive heart failure. She was 94.

Born Anne Francis Robbins, her mother would later re-marry neurosurgeon (and prominent Republican) Loyal Davis and be known as Nancy Davis. She aspired to be an actress and signed a contract with MGM in 1949. However, her career was nearly derailed before it began when her name appeared on the Hollywood blacklist. Davis turned to the Screen Actors Guild for help and sought out the counsel of its President. That man was Ronald Reagan.

Trump Wins Kentucky & Louisiana; Calls on Rubio to Drop Out of Race

By on 3.5.16 | 11:41PM

Although Ted Cruz triumphed in Kansas and Maine, Donald Trump took two more wins in the Kentucky Caucus and the Louisiana Primary this evening.

During his speech/press conference this evening, Trump called upon Marco Rubio to drop out of the race. 

Of course, this will not happen. Rubio isn't going to give up on Florida nor will he roll over and play dead for Trump.

Nevertheless, Florida is a must win for Rubio. It won't be easier with Cruz's announcement that his campaign will open 10 offices in the Sunshine state. While this strategy could be costly to Rubio it could be equally costly to Cruz. If Cruz ends up helping Trump triumph a winner-take-all state like Florida, he will have effectively cut off his note to spite his face.

As of this writing, Trump has 378 delegates compared to 295 for Cruz. Rubio and John Kasich have 123 and 34, respectively. If Trump wins Florida and Ohio, it will be difficult to see how Cruz or anyone else can catch Trump.

Cruz Beats Trump in Kansas By 2:1 Margin; Also Wins Maine Caucuses

By on 3.5.16 | 9:10PM

Ted Cruz is having a good Saturday so far. He has decisively won the Kansas Caucus by greater than a 2:1 margin (48% to 23%) and has also won the caucuses in Maine despite the fact Maine Governor Paul Le Page's strong support for Trump. 

As of this writing, Cruz has now won six states. In addition to Kansas and Maine, Cruz has also won in Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska. 

While it is possible that anti-Trump forces could coalesce around Cruz (even Lindsey Graham has come around), It remains to be seen if Cruz can win any more states tonight and beyond. There are fewer closed caucuses and fewer Evangelical voters from here on out as well as Marco Rubio and John Kasich not going anywhere for at least the next 10 days.


A Waughful Mistake

By on 3.5.16 | 2:54PM

I was surprised to be reminded that Time still exists, but not at all surprised at the knee-slapper of a mistake its ill-read writers and editors committed recently on Time’s website.

One is entitled to wonder if the world benefits in any way from a list of “the 100 most popular female authors on college campuses.” But Time has served one up anyway. And at least it has given us a laugh, at the expense of Time’s expensively educated editorial staff.

#CPAC2016: Ted Cruz Wants a Path to Victory, Not a Brokered Convention

By and on 3.5.16 | 2:12PM

Ted Cruz wasted no time in hitting Donald Trump in his CPAC speech, a fitting beginning to a speech that would focus, primarily, on attaching the Republican frontrunner.

“Welcome to CPAC. So Donald Trump is skipping CPAC. I think someone told him Megyn Kelly was gonna be here. Or even worse, he was told conservatives were gonna be here. Or even worse, he was told that libertarians were gonna be here. Or even worse, they were told that there were gonna be young people who were gonna be here. None of you have a degree from Trump University?”

Cruz is, unquestionably, CPAC's favorite candidate. Trump provided little infrastructure in the way of bussed-in supporters, so while Cruz handled the errant cry of "Trump! Trump!" (with the help of loud "boos" from audience members) he was left free to dicuss his pie-in-the-sky, three-point plan to save America: "Jobs, Liberty, and Security." 

Come Back Jerry — All Is Forgiven

By on 3.5.16 | 10:52AM

If you liked the Jerry Springer Show, you loved Thursday night’s Republican insult rodeo and masa-cree: Tonight’s guest explains how she loves her boyfriend, in spite of his short fingers.

I’ve long said that the folks who disparage the fifties didn’t live through them. If, setting aside the real blight of Jim Crow, you believe we’ve made progress since then, try to picture candidate Dwight Eisenhower assuring the nation about the dimensions of his marriage tackle.

If there are any Republican “debates” left — and Gawd I hope there aren’t — Jerry should conduct them. Perhaps with help from Don Rickles.

#CPAC2016: Goodbye, Dr. Ben Carson

By on 3.5.16 | 9:55AM

In a move that surprised very few people, but still left the crowd at Friday’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) moaning with dismay, Ben Carson announced his withdrawal from the 2016 race for President.

“I am leaving the campaign trail,” Carson said, before promising to stay involved, primarily in order to encourage religious voters to turn out.

“God also acts through us,” Carson said. “I know President Obama said we’re not a Judeo-Christian nation. But he doesn’t get to decide; we get to decide what kind of a nation we are.”

Carson declined to give an endorsement, but laid out a series of fairly ambiguous criteria as to who should earn the audience’s vote for President.”

So About Last Night

By on 3.4.16 | 11:44AM

I've been at CPAC since Wednesday night. It has not been pretty. Trump is not beloved among the grassroots or the Establishment. Ben Carson still has a booth with a presence here. eople are wearing skirts that cannot be adequately described as "appropriate."  Al Jazeera tried to talk me out of joining the NRA, and then this morning, I asked a man dressed as a Minuteman whether he was voting for Trump. He wasn't, got suuuuuper offended, informed me that he was Thomas Jefferson and huffed away. So, basically, I offended a Founding Father. 

But instead of talking about what's happening here, and the collective gray cloud that has decended on a conservative movement suddenly coming to grips with the idea that everything they've worked their entire lives for will be blown away in an instant by a man whose most emphatic statement during last night's debate had to do not with his policy, but with his penis size, let's briefly discuss the moment our political discourse turned into a debate about tiny fingers.

Trump’s “They’ll Do As I Tell Them” is Like Saying “When The President Does It That Means It’s Not Illegal.”

By on 3.3.16 | 11:45PM

Just one more thing about the debate I wanted to single out.

When Trump was questioned about ordering the military to torture or to engage in otherwise illegal conduct, he said on more than one occasion, "They'll do as I tell them."

From where I sit that's basically like saying, "When the President does it that means it's not illegal."

As much as Ben Stein might admire Nixon, we all know how well that turned out.