For some April in Paris is grand. This April, the fun is all in New York, until the parade moves on.
The parade will soon move on. But for now the noise of the parade is in New York, New York:
NEW YORK (AP) — As Democrats readied for their first debate-stage clash in a month, Florida officials declared Thursday they would not prosecute Donald Trump’s campaign manager for misdemeanor battery, the latest extraordinary development in a turbulent presidential primary season now focused on New York.
Trump joined other presidential contenders from both parties who hustled into New York City ahead of the state’s Tuesday presidential primaries, a critical test as both parties’ front-runners fight to beat back surging challengers. New conflicts flared between Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders hours before the evening debate in Brooklyn as protesters clogged the Manhattan sidewalk outside a state GOP dinner where all three Republican White House hopefuls were scheduled to appear. [snip]
The Democratic race has become increasingly heated in New York — including Sanders first questioning Clinton’s qualifications to be president and then reversing himself — and the tensions were likely to spill onto the debate stage.
Early Thursday, Sanders distanced himself from comments made by a surrogate the day before that voters shouldn’t “continue to elect corporate Democratic whores.” Sanders said on Twitter that the comment “was inappropriate and insensitive.” ”There’s no room for language like that in our political discourse,” he wrote. [snip]
Sanders broadened his attack on his party’s front-runner in a new ad unveiled Thursday.
“Nothing will change until we elect candidates who reject Wall Street money,” the narrator says.
Trump, meanwhile, hopes New York marks an end to the worst period of his candidacy, a stretch that raised new questions about his policy abilities and revealed his campaign’s lack of preparedness for a delegate fight if the GOP race heads to a contested convention. A big victory in New York could increase his chances of clinching the nomination before the convention.
He dispatched aides to Capitol Hill Thursday in the first of what the campaign says will be a series of regular gatherings with lawmakers.
Trump adviser Ed Brookover said after the meeting that the billionaire businessman was on a “glide path” to reaching the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination.
That’s a long winded way to write that “nothing has changed”. Trump will be the GOP nominee. Sanders will not be the nominee unless Mars invades and installs a Kook Kingdom here on planet Earth. Hillary? She won’t be the nominee either.
Like New York City, there is a lot of noise, some buildings going up, some going down, people moving to and fro, but not much happening.