Sunday, April 10, 2016

On Wisconsin?

It appears that Wisconsin voters are tired of the bluster.  Wisconsin Democratic voters turned on Hillary Clinton and voted for Bernie Sanders and the state's Republican voters solidly rejected Donald Trump for Ted Cruz.
It's easy to see why voters in each party did what they did.  Wisconsin Democrats, a shell-shocked lot if there ever was one, are still reeling from their spectacularly ignominious electoral defeats of the past five years, and they've had enough of anti-worker, anti-minority policies as a result of living in der Führer Scott Walker's dictatorship.  Bernie represents the change they really can believe in.
Cruz?  Well, he's for Republicans who like the way der Wiskonseinsches Reich is being run, and as fate would have it, Walker is still hugely popular among the Badger State's Grand Old Partisans.  Donald Trump used the same attack line on Walker that he used on him in the summer of 2015 in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses - namely, that he's a failure as governor of his state.  That Walker is, but that's not how the Wisconsin GOP sees it. Also, Walker endorsed Cruz, which gave the Canadian senator something resembling credibility among rank-and-file Republicans - and not coincidentally gave Walker the ability to get payback against Trump after the Donald dashed Walker's own presidential ambitions. 
Cruz's momentum likely won't last, as he has already proven to be unpopular in the more moderate Northeastern states of Pennsylvania and Connecticut, which hold there primaries on April 26, and New Jersey, which holds its primary on June 7 in tandem with the primary of another state Cruz can't win - California.  In New York, which voted on April 19, he's toast; after he bashed New York City's values and all but calling them un-American, Trump lashed out at him for demonizing the Big Apple. Cruz realized (or should have realized) what a gaffe that was when he visited the Bronx and the locals gave him one of their famous cheers.   
Oh, yeah, Cruz is running third in the polls - behind John Kasich - in the Republican presidential primary in Maryland (April 26).   
Sanders is also going into some strong headwinds, as he moves from overwhelmingly white Wisconsin to more diverse states like Pennsylvania, California and New Jersey, where Hillary Clinton does better among minority voters, and even his native New York might not be friendly to Sanders, though he's closing the gap in some polls.  It seems that Hillary's support among minorities may be waning, though, as an angry black protester demonstrated in shouting match with Bill Clinton over their criminal-justice policies at a campaign event in Erie, Pennsylvania.  The media want to keep making Hillary's nomination seem inevitable.  But the truth about her is out there.  

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