As predicted here a few weeks after Donald J. Trump announced his run for president, Donald Trump is now the Republican nominee for president in 2016 and that fact will become official at the Cleveland convention. For Donald J. Trump the importance of the victory is in the timing. For Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton the Donald Trump triumph has massive impact on their respective campaigns.
The timing of Donald J. Trump’s victory is that now Trump can achieve the aims we set out in our previous post about the total seizure of that clumsy artifact, the Republican Party. Donald J. Trump can now set about to recreate the party he destroyed into an effective, modern, clear-talking, fighting, machine that wins.
Of additional importance the timing of Trump’s victory means that Trump now has the luxury of sufficient time to (1) unite the Republican Party under his total control; (2) reorganize the fundraising operations for all elections, including his own, of the national government; and, (3) prepare a unified savage campaign against the opposition party.
Further, we suspect that any talk from Trump about vice presidential picks or cabinet picks will be feints as he sets about to achieve the three goals outlined above. Trump can now dangle prospective appointments like glittering balls to those he wants to bend to his will. With the nomination now beyond dispute his, especially as Governor John Kasich finally faced reality and quit the race, Trump has lot of time to do what needs to be done for every future twist and turn.
But Donald J. Trump is not necessarily the big big big winner of the May 3 Indiana primary. We suggest that Donald Trump’s victory in Indiana is a really big victory for Senator Bernie Sanders and a frightening blow against Hillary2016.
Consider the impact of Trump’s big victory in Indiana on Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign. One of the similarities of the Trump and Sanders’ campaigns has been their strong support by political independent voters. With Trump no longer in need of votes, political independents (not to mention Republican mischief makers who want to hurt Hillary2016) might flock to Bernie Sanders. Winner? Bernie Sanders.
More importantly for Bernie Sanders is what Trump will now do. As Trump campaigns unopposed in the upcoming primaries will Trump aim all his fire against Hillary Clinton? Bernie Sanders has run a tepid opposition campaign thus far. If Trump attacks Hillary2016 and Sanders attacks Hillary2016 as well, the big immediate winner will be Bernie Sanders although Trump will be the long-term winner.
At his victory speech Donald Trump mentioned what we believe will be the death blow if Hillary Clinton ever becomes the nominee (which we doubt). Trump briefly discussed Hillary’s incredibly ugly promise to destroy the jobs of coal miners. Hillary subsequently said she “misspoke” but the massive damage to her has been done. If Hillary ever becomes the nominee (which we doubt) we believe the Hillary attack on coal miners will be the central advertisement by the Trump campaign against her. Those ads will air nonstop in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and New Jersey. In coal country and any county in the country with high unemployment the ad will also air. The damage to Hillary will be that she would willfully and deliberately destroy the livelihood of workers for her political ambition to court ideological crackpots.
A continued Trump attack on Hillary2016 for her purposeful unemployment of coal miners – alongside a Bernie Sanders demand that Hillary stick with environmentalist kooks against coal mining – will place Hillary2016 in an indefensible position especially in states like California. Winner? Bernie Sanders.
Bernie Sanders won Indiana and in the following contests a Trump and Sanders assault will make Hillary2016 a bloody mess.
Then there is the world and thought process of the kook left to consider. Here, there are two schools of thought regarding Donald Trump which leads to the same conclusion which is a Hate Hillary world. On the one hand, some leftist kooks believe Trump will be easy to beat. On the other hand, some leftist kooks believe Trump will be hard to beat. What both these leftist kook camps agree on is that in both cases Bernie Sanders is the solution.
Bear with us as we explore the leftist kook mind. For the “Trump is easy to beat” leftist kooks the proposal is “Trump will be easy to beat so let’s nominate the best candidate Bernie Sanders because now Bernie can win because Trump is so weak.” For the “Trump will be hard to beat” leftist kooks the proposal is “Bernie is the only one that poll after poll shows is the strongest candidate against Trump so let’s bring in Bernie.”
Hillary2016 tries to combat the Bernie Sanders crowd with a focus against nominee Trump but the problem is that then Sanders is free to attack. Hillary2016 will be caught in a crossfire. That’s always an ugly position to be in because it is an indefensible dugout with grenades falling in all the time.
The grenades against Hillary2016 will continue to drop:
Bernstein: There Will Be ‘Very Damaging’ Leaks From Hillary Email Investigation, Her Actions Reckless and Entitled
On Wednesday’s “CNN Tonight,” Journalist and author Carl Bernstein stated that there would be “very damaging” leaks from the investigation into Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email, and described her conduct as “what she did was an act of recklessness, and entitlement, that there’s no excuse for.”
Bernstein began by stating that in the general election “all bets are off,” including the usual GOP-Dem breakdown as an important factor, celebrity might be more important than ideology, and “TMZ, Drudge, new media, [are] going to have a huge role in this, much more than the usual, fact-based media.”
He further said that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign had expanded from a “nativist, almost neo-fascist campaign” to when where “there might be a kind of screw you vote, about Washington, about the process, that he could be the beneficiary of.” And that “a lot of Democrats around Hillary Clinton” that he had talked to were “very worried” about running against Trump, and that some “Republican regulars” who were part of the Stop Trump movement he talked to pegged Trump’s chances against Hillary at at least 25%.
Bernstein then said, “[T]he folks around Hillary, who are not the usual Clinton Kool Aid drinkers…they’re worried, they know that their candidate has performed awfully, and that [Democratic presidential candidate Senator] Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has drubbed her.”
He added, that while he doesn’t believe there will be an indictment, “I think there are going to be some leaks that are going to be very damaging to Hillary Clinton. Look, what she did was an act of recklessness, and entitlement, that there’s no excuse for. And she’s going to have to go up to the FBI, under oath, and explain why she did this. And it’ll be the first time that she’ll have to give a really straight explanation, and it’s not going to be pretty.”
The potential deposition of Hillary Clinton by Judicial Watch just before the Philadelphia convention must send shivers across Brooklyn headquarters. Bernie Sanders has refused to attack Hillary2016 on issues such as the emails. Donald Trump will not be so reticent. Now that Trump is the nominee Trump might decide to attack Hillary2016 nonstop even as Hillary struggles go get delegates for her nomination. Winner? Bernie Sanders.
Our long time readers know that we are sure that Bernie Sanders will never be the nominee. But we also repeat that we doubt Hillary Clinton will be the nominee. Barack Obama will not allow that to happen. Towards that end, Bernie Sanders is the cats paw of both Donald Trump and Barack Obama. The big loser in this behind-the-tapestry game, is Hillary Clinton.