Update: John Kasich supporter Ken Langone in a must see explosion against the political establishment, Big Media-Big Parties-Big Donors-Big Institutions, in the entire country:
Analysis of SuperTuesday is fairly easy. As we promised we’ll provide analysis but we’ll do it all very quickly in a few quick sentences with links. After that, we have two articles that should be read. One article written before SuperTuesday; the other article written after SuperTuesday.
First, Saint Bernard. Bernie Sanders had a psychological battle on his hands. Sanders had to be able to survive the likely big wins by Hillary2016. Done. Sanders got more than enough wins to keep his coddled cows in the pen. Hillary2016 has a problem because even if Obama is not able to get rid of Hillary and impose his secret candidate at the convention, Bernie Sanders supporters will have a tough, maybe impossible, leap to make if they are ever to go to Hillary Clinton. For many it is “Bernie or Bust”.
On the GOP side, the machinations are overt, not hidden by tapestries with killers behind them.
Quick notes on the GOP side:
Ted Cruz got clobbered last night. Cruz got some victories in his Alamo state of Texas and in Oklahoma and Alaska. But SuperTuesday was supposed to be Ted Cruz’s great day. Cruz was supposed to win South Carolina and SuperTuesday states because the majority of voters there are evangelicals. In South Carolina 74%, and in SuperTuesday southern states majorities in the 60 percent range were evangelicals, and still Cruz lost. The remaining contests do not feature evangelical majorities so Cruz is on a road to nowhere.
Ben Carson is out. No path either. Carson knows he is out. Carson will not attend tomorrow night’s debate on Fox News.
Rubio is, as CNBC noted, Baghdad Bob with delusions of victory in a landscape of rubble. Rubio is Baghdad Bob with a Don Rickles shtick. Rubio’s poll numbers fell as he embarked on his comedy tour after the last debate. Rubio’s entire game now is to face joblessness by becoming the lapdog and recipient of the Chamber of Commerce and big money donors for his future endeavors. That’s all Rubio is up to now – become the sweet pet of his masters and hope for their largesse to him. Rubio knows he is on a road to nowhere.
The repugnant Mitt Romney prepares his entry into the race with a speech tomorrow. Romney proved himself a contemptible loser in 2012 who called Obama “nice” as Obama’s campaign called Romney every name in the book including murderer. Romney failed to attack Obama but viciously attacks Trump. Now Romney wants to be the tough guy and literally is saying “We’re just mad as hell and won’t take it anymore.” Romney is on a road to nowhere but he wants to at least stay on the road.
Donald J. Trump.
The fever swamps still think of weird contraptions and unlikely scenarios to beat Trump. The unlikely scenarios to beat Trump are “rosy scenarios” that will not materialize. How unlikely is it for the GOP establishment to stop Trump? The bookmakers are already paying out on bets that Trump will win the nomination. “Since 1988, the candidate to clean up on Super Tuesday has always gone onto win their party’s nomination.”
It’s not just the GOP establishment that has to fear Trump. After SuperTuesday many of the smartest Democrats have finally joined us in saying that Trump is not to be laughed at. These slow learners are not as quick as we are. But they have finally stopped laughing. We believe if Trump is the nominee Trump becomes president.
That’s the large part of our analysis of SuperTuesday. We’ve been pretty much on target with everything this election. We were the first to write, long ago, that Trump would destroy the GOP because Obama destroyed the once great Democratic Party. Recently the smart Pat Buchanan joined us in that assessment.
We could quote extensively from the Buchanan article but we wrote that story long ago. Today we present two articles that track the future. The first article is from before SuperTuesday. It is a dispatch from the emergency room as the GOP establishment committed suicide:
These Republicans do not support the Gang of Eight bill. They do not support Obama’s trade deals. They do not want to spend huge amounts of blood and treasure again in the Middle East. And they most certainly do not want the economy to look like it did in the fall of 2008.
These voters have tried, through every means available, to make their opposition felt. They are the reason that Eric Cantor is no longer in the House. They are the reason that the Gang of Eight bill didn’t pass. They are the reason that John Boehner is no longer speaker. And they are the reason that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have dominated the polls for months.
Many people have urged the Rubio donor network, think-tank fellows and media supporters to back off on their policy demands — to do more than simply acknowledge “the voters are right to be angry.” In fact, Gov. Chris Christie advocated for compromise during a speech at St. Anselm’s College earlier this year. People such as former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan wrote recently that the GOP must be more sensitive to the concerns of working-class voters, whom she dubbed the “unprotected.” [snip]
They will not even discuss changing our trade policy. They make some noises about immigration enforcement, but this is not done in a spirit of compromise, but with the arrogance of those who know that no one really expects them to change their views if they win. For all the complaints about Trump’s policy generalities, Establishment GOP types have not even pretended to engage in a serious debate. Their offer is simple: You do as we say, or we will throw the election to Hillary.
Ironically, last summer these same people were obsessing about nailing Trump down with that debate pledge to support whomever the GOP nominated.
Haven’t we seen this over and over and over? Didn’t they do the same thing in 2008, when they shot down Mike Huckabee? Didn’t they do it in 2012, when they shot down Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum? Didn’t we see it last year, when they gave over $100 million to Jeb before the race had even begun?
It is this fanaticism — this complete unwillingness to change their policy or even to debate the possibility of serious change — that has put us in the position we are today.
This is the reason old Reaganites like Pat Buchanan and Phyllis Schlafly understand and are looking kindly on Trump’s campaign, because they know you must utterly rout the Establishment in order to change policy.
This is the reason people like Senator Jeff Sessions and Sarah Palin are supporting Trump — because they understand that compromise is impossible with an entrenched oligarchy. [snip]
As a committed conservative for more than three decades, I am not happy about the potential break-up of the GOP. I have supported the Republican Party for almost 40 years, and I fully intended to support it for the rest of my life. [snip]
But I do not see how things can go on as they are now. I do not see how you can ask the working-class people of this country to support a collection of policies that have failed them over and over and over. [snip]
Even today, with the fate of the party at stake, their only argument is to attack Trump and his supporters, to call them stupid, and racist, nativist, and isolationist and every other epithet they can lift from the editorial pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post.
In the end, they have left the opponents of the status quo no choice — they must either defeat Rubio, and radically change the power structure of the GOP, or they must watch Obama’s immigration policy, Obama’s trade policy, Bush’s foreign policy, and Bush’s economic policy, be implemented.
On Tuesday, we’ll know how the voters react to those alternatives.
That call for insurrection was written as an attack on Marco Rubio. But little Marco Rubio is undeserving of attention and the point is a bigger one. The GOP establishment must be overthrown as the first step to the overthrow of the entire political establishment that has repeatedly betrayed the country to feather their own nests. On SuperTuesday, the first step was taken. Ed Rollins declares, after SuperTuesday, that Trump is the nominee of the Republican Party:
Trump is now unstoppable. It’s game over for Cruz, Rubio, Kasich and Carson
Game over! This was a rout, America. Winning seven states and the vast majority of delegates is a landslide. Donald Trump and the millions of his supporters have changed American politics and the Republican Party for the foreseeable future.
The nomination is within his grasp and if he does what he said he would do Tuesday night: “[I will] be a unifier!” he may be a very viable candidate against Hillary Clinton in the fall.
After his victories Tuesday night in multiple states and his second place finish in others, Trump is in an unstoppable position. Whether the junior senators from Texas and Florida choose to pursue him, it doesn’t matter, the end is near.
Trump, who is an unconventional candidate, to say the least, has tapped into the anger and frustration across America and has mobilized voters to turn out in record numbers.
Love him or hate him, be inspired by him or be appalled by him, Trump has totally dominated a political cycle like no other politician I’ve seen in decades.
I admit I was a total skeptic, like many others. [snip]
Trump is getting stronger by the day and his supporters are locked in and not going away. And no one has mastered the media like this since Teddy Roosevelt and his rough riders.
What’s ahead is a Republican Party that either becomes part of his movement or splinters into many pieces. No matter what Trump does or says, the nomination is his for the taking.
The GOP establishment now, as the entire political establishment later, will not surrender without further fights. But the revolutionary moment is upon us.
Trump will win the Republican Party nomination and then the big donor class and political functionaries/wannabees will either collaborate with the new order in charge of the entire Republican Party apparatus or they will try a rump reactionary revanchist counter-revolutionary ploy. We bet that once Trump performs his hostile takeover of the GOP most will acquiesce and Trump will be able to consolidate his victory and bury the Romney remnant.
In South Carolina the political establishment saw the beginning of the end. On SuperTuesday we all witnessed the beginning of the end. Soon the future arrives. The future is with Trump.