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Hillary Clinton's big night

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 6:58 AM

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At last count, Hillary Clinton seemed to have swept to victory in all five primary states on Tuesday, though a tiny 1,500-vote margin in Missouri opens the possibility of a recount there.

It was a big night for her also because of the departure of Marco Rubio, seen by many as the strongest general election candidate (though for reasons not always entirely clear). Writes Vox:

But his poor performance in the primaries has led to a split in opinions on Rubio. One view is that he was always a weak candidate — it was a mass delusion on behalf of the political establishment to ever pretend otherwise.

The other is that the Republican Party has gone around the bend in ways that made Rubio, the party's strongest general-election candidate by far, unacceptable to the Republican base.
There was Jeb, then Marco. Now John Kasich, with one victory in his home state of Ohio out of 29 states contested, assumes the mantle of the anti-Trump. As many note, however, the delegate process ginned up by Republicans four years ago favor Trump's selection because of winner-take-all delegate selection in many states. It is not only delegate procedures that help Trump. It is the nativism and resentment that the party's agenda has stoked with malice aforethought for decades, particularly in the South. The establishment GOP's cynical exploitation of working class white and evangelicals has, this year at least, produceda bit of karma-laded blowback.

Bernie Sanders? Absent a giant scandal (and Republicans keep suing in hopes of finding one), the math says his path to the Democratic nomination is all but non-existent.

A side note: It was fun to watch Fox News last night as its commentators tried to find a way to get their heads around Donald Trump. It seemed to me that they repeatedly wanted to say something unkind about Trump (opportunities are endless), but curbed their tongues a bit. 

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