Weekend Open Thread

Over 80% of the jobs added in February – if we can trust BLS stats, at all – were low wage (and there’s a Zero Hedge link for those of you who have been starved for such). But don’t sweat it – I’m sure that our economy is far more valuable with more people tending bar than working in mines…

On Saturday, the GOP has caucuses in Kansas, Kentucky and Maine and a primary in Louisiana – if the Great Wall of Trump is starting to crack, we should see some signs of it in these places.

People are still arguing that Cruz should step aside and allow Rubio to be the Anti-Trump – sorry, folks, but that just isn’t rational. I caucused for Rubio but you just have to admit that stopping Trump requires someone to get more delegates than Trump…and Cruz is best positioned to do that. Cruz is, on balance, probably the guy who can keep most of the GOP Trumpsters on side. Whether or not he can generate the sort of cross-over Dems Trump has been getting is an unknown. Now, if Rubio starts to do well and pulls ahead of Cruz (this would require, at minimum, winning Florida), then perhaps Rubio can be our Anti-Trump…but elections are about votes, not about what one prefers. Right now, Cruz is getting more votes.

Gallup has Obama above 50% approval…that is bad but, also, I think quite wrong. What has happened in Obama-world which would make people think, “wow, he’s doing a good job?”. It could be a reflection of popular disgust with Obama’s prospective replacements which is driving Obama’s numbers up. It’s the first time in two years Gallup has Obama in positive territory, so I suspect it is an outlier. This is is borne out by Gallup showing Obama +7 while no other recent polling shows him in that condition – and his RCP average is 48% approval, if you include this latest Gallup poll. But, we’ll have to see how it goes – keep in mind that the President’s party usually scores within a point or two of the President’s approval rating at election time…so if people are getting happy out the Obama Era, it bodes ill for the GOP…on the other hand, the collapse in Democrat primary turnout (ie, what people are doing rather than saying the pollsters) is a stronger indicator that Obama’s time has gone.

Allahpundit wonders – is it going to be Trump/Kasich or Trump/Cruz after all is said and done?

Topical: Hitler or Stalin – who is worse?

Progressives explained: “There’s no alternative to logic except laziness” – G K Chesterton.

Making sure Trump cannot corner the Insane-American Vote: Hillary will get to the bottom of the UFO business in Area 51.

UPDATE: Well, Cruz crushed it in Kansas and Maine, while Trump narrowly carried Louisiana and Kentucky. What we have here is a political contest which no one can see the end of – Trump still has the advantage, but it is small and shrinking. Meanwhile, Bernie took Kansas and Nebraska while Hillary rolled to victory in Louisiana…I’m starting to suspect that Her Majesty’s coronation might be delayed.

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12 thoughts on “Weekend Open Thread

    • M. Noonan March 5, 2016 / 11:47 pm

      Is he still a thing?

      At any rate – it is a political race for reals, now. Trump has the slight advantage, but Cruz is right behind him…and if Kasich can win MI and OH, then we’ll have a joker in the deck. Meanwhile, Rubio simply must win FL.

      • bardolf2 March 6, 2016 / 12:50 am

        Rubio came in 3,3,3 & 4. If he loses FL as the polls show he should drop out.

        I’m okay with Cruz vs. Trump 1 on 1. But the establishment won’t be. Watch for Rubio to hang around even after losing FL.

    • Amazona March 8, 2016 / 10:05 am

      Herman Cain? Oh, s**t. Might as well hang it up, Ted.

  1. Retired Spook March 6, 2016 / 8:42 am

    There are so many possible scenarios, to how this could play out, and a lot of them revolve around what happens to Hillary. Much of the way it unfolds depends on when whatever is going to happen to her happens, ie. before the convention or after the convention. With the grant of immunity to her IT staffer, a grand jury is almost sure to follow if it hasn’t already. The way I see it, the odds are pretty good that the FBI will issue a criminal referral, and whether or not the Justice Department chooses to indict her is largely irrelevant as far as her candidacy is concerned. The only difference is serious damage vs. catastrophic damage. I think the odds of the Democrat nominee being someone besides Hillary is at least 50/50. I don’t believe the Democrat power brokers will allow Bernie to be the nominee even if he winds up at the convention as the ONLY unincarcerated candidate with enough delegates to secure the nomination. If a criminal referral or indictment of Hillary comes down after she’s the nominee, I seriously look for Obama to figure out a way to delay the election until the Dems can figure out what to do. And, if that were to happen, it’s anybody’s guess as to how it would play out. A Biden/Warren ticket is not out of the realm of possibility. Man, if there was ever a time to have a functional crystal ball, it’s now.

    On the GOP side, I think it would be over rather quickly if Rubio and Kasich would drop out, with a poll last week showing Cruz beating Trump by double digits in a two man race. But I’m going to be pleasantly surprised if that happens, even though neither Rubio nor Kasich saw even a glimmer of hope from yesterday’s results. At the end of the day, we’re going to end up with whatever we’re going to end up with, and none of us has much of a say in the matter. We largely have an ignorant and uninformed electorate that is driven much more by roses and lollipops rhetoric than ideology. The “free stuff” meme still works with a huge block of voters, and now this cycle we have a “get-even-with-the-man mentality as well, something, BTW, that I think was inevitable at some point.

  2. Cluster March 6, 2016 / 5:08 pm

    As much as I like Rubio, I think it’s time he leaves the race with dignity, throw his support to Cruz and live to campaign another day. Actually a Cruz/Rubio ticket could be formidable.

    RIP Nancy Reagan. She was a class act, as was Ronald. I miss those days.

    • Retired Spook March 6, 2016 / 7:36 pm

      There are two periods in my life that I would live over in a heartbeat – the decade from the early 50 to the early 60’s and the 8 years that Reagan was President.

      Agree on the Cruz/Rubio ticket.

      • Amazona March 8, 2016 / 10:08 am

        I don’t agree on a Cruz/Rubio ticket. Two young Senators, both Cubans, with such similar political experience, would provide an unbalanced, if attractive, ticket. I would lean more toward Cruz/Fiorina or Cruz and a governor (but not Kasich). I got pretty ticked off at Haley after her pandering to racists, going along with the sick fantasy that the Confederate flag had anything to do with those murders.

    • M. Noonan March 6, 2016 / 11:55 pm

      There isn’t much a chance left for Rubio – but, he’s young. Even if he doesn’t get a VP slot, there’s a race for governor in Florida in just two years and he’d have a good shot at winning it. Plenty of future left for him.

    • Shawny Lee March 7, 2016 / 3:05 pm

      Whoa, Correction. My apologies for posting the article without further checking the document. It appears to be the closing filing for the Romney/Ryan campaign, not a new one for Romney.

      • Amazona March 8, 2016 / 10:10 am

        Every now and then I see a tantalizing headline for an article on a blog, only to find out that it is dated several years ago. The Blaze is starting to do this a lot, possibly to just fill up space while appearing to have sensational “news”.

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