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Ted Cruz Drops out of Republican Race

Ted Cruz Drops out of Republican Race

Vows to “defend the Judeo-Christian values that built America.”

Ted Cruz is dropping out of the GOP primary race after a loss in Indiana.

He just announced.

There was no endorsement of Trump, no pledge to unify the party.

Vows to “defend the Judeo-Christian values that built America.”


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Did Ted Cruz fold his tent because stuff about Daddy is true? Stuff about affairs is true?

Donald Trump just executed one of the amazing nomination victories in American history.

    JimMtnViewCaUSA in reply to PhillyGuy. | May 4, 2016 at 1:30 am

    Yeah, he doesn’t have it yet, technically, but the story is just, well, what you said.
    Sen Cruz came from nowheresville as well, and was second last standing. Will GOPe get the message that base would appreciate a more vigorous opposition? Or will they try to ride it out?

    Obie1 in reply to PhillyGuy. | May 4, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Yup, it was pretty amazing considering where he started. And now all the idiots who voted for him have just made Hillary the president for the next eight years and lost the Supreme Court for a generation. Go ahead and pat yourself on the back. I’ll be hoarding ammo.

      CloseTheFed in reply to Obie1. | May 4, 2016 at 8:55 am

      The night to start hoarding ammo was the night Obama was first elected.

      CloseTheFed in reply to Obie1. | May 4, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Or actually, when Bill Clinton got elected, and decided killing Osama Bin Laden was optional.

      Which led to Bush and the “Religion of Peace,” and the hoardes of illegal aliens he allowed to stay in the country.

      Bush was not a principled conservative by any stretch of the imagination. But he looked like one.

Gary, shut the f#*$ up! Ted Cruz withdrew because he saw he wasn’t going to win enough delegates to force a 2nd ballot at the convention, and for no other reason.

You want Trump to win? You want the party to unify behind them? Then it’s time to start being gracious to the defeated.

    Wisewerds in reply to Wisewerds. | May 3, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    him, not them. obviously.

    fwiffo in reply to Wisewerds. | May 3, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I am going to have to disagree. As general election approaches, there will be some who are tempted to hold nose and vote for Trump. We need Trumpies to be acting like themselves, to remind those people why it is a bad idea.

      Wisewerds in reply to fwiffo. | May 3, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      So, fwiffo, you support Hillary then? Because Trump is now the only other alternative.

        fwiffo in reply to Wisewerds. | May 3, 2016 at 9:28 pm

        Not really. Clinton will be a really bad POTUS. Better than Trump, though.

        And it is not about me. I am very very firm in my desire not to live in a country where someone like Trump could be a president. But other people might need reminders and reinforcement.

        malclave in reply to Wisewerds. | May 3, 2016 at 9:35 pm

        Better the devil you know?

        Milhouse in reply to Wisewerds. | May 3, 2016 at 11:49 pm

        Yes, given the choice between Trump and Clinton it’s not even a contest. I support Clinton. But I still think she’s going to be indicted, and they’ll parachute in someone even worse.

        kenoshamarge in reply to Wisewerds. | May 4, 2016 at 8:17 am

        Garbage or Trash – some choice. I’ll just let the top remain blank or vote for Gary Johnson. When I said #NeverTrump that is exactly what I meant.

    tom swift in reply to Wisewerds. | May 3, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Then it’s time to start being gracious to the defeated.

    You’re not seriously expecting reciprocal graciousness from the TDS crowd, are you? It’s as nasty a bunch as anything I’ve seen this side of DailyKOS.

    amwick in reply to Wisewerds. | May 3, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Gary is gone.

    Arminius in reply to Wisewerds. | May 4, 2016 at 5:43 am

    I lost a battle. But don’t call defeated.

He can still win at the convention. So screw trump!

So sad, but Ted, at least you will have my vote in November.

Will the weekly LI Trump gratuitous hit pieces continue?

    William A. Jacobson in reply to Gary Britt. | May 3, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Probably will become daily, but you won’t get to comment on them.

      snopercod in reply to William A. Jacobson. | May 3, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      It’s about time. Thank you!

      Shame on you, Bill.

        amwick in reply to JasonJay. | May 3, 2016 at 10:27 pm

        Shame? He doesn’t have to be ashamed, this is his place, he can kick out people who tick him off.

        conservative tarheel in reply to JasonJay. | May 4, 2016 at 2:38 am

        don’t like it
        start your own blog
        pay the bills .. ads
        this is the Proffessors
        house .. he can toss people
        he wants … you can always check out
        FV ….

      Very sad. New here and this is disappointing..

        UK Transplant in reply to Walter. | May 4, 2016 at 8:34 am

        I’m sad too Walter. I have really enjoyed reading this blog whether or not I agree with the comments. Just wondering why Gary Britt gets banned but commentors wishing for him to litterally drop dead or engaging in vile name calling do not? It’s the Prof right of course to ban anyone he wants but is it really because Gary’s comment went too far or is it that he just doesn’t agree?

          Immolate in reply to UK Transplant. | May 4, 2016 at 10:11 am

          You don’t spike the ball when your primary opponent steps out. Not only is it poor sportsmanship, it’s massively destructive to unity, which due to the extreme nastiness of the primary will be already be a difficult obstacle to overcome.

          Gary lacked the empathy required to understand the precariousness of his position, and therefore blindly assumed that the license he was granted in advancing his vitriol for Cruz would remain in place when Cruz was no longer an opponent. He transformed from an overzealous advocate into a anti-conservative troll in an instant. There is no use on any conservative blog for one of those.

          A word of advice to you. It is important to not be a sore loser. It is far more important to not be a sore winner.

      Whiskey Bravo in reply to William A. Jacobson. | May 3, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you, Professor. This was the first set of comments I have read in a long while. I just got tired of the constant garbage spewing.

      I’m glad you’ll be “weeding the garden”. I certainly appreciate your hard work here and hope you will continue. I do so enjoy reading this blog.

      tom swift in reply to William A. Jacobson. | May 3, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Too late, I’m afraid. Reasonable action a few weeks ago might have salvaged something. To suddenly start throwing Jovian thunderbolts now just makes you look petty and vindictive.

      Even if obnoxious, perhaps a mistake to emulate the university setting you most abhor?

      Especially due to the imbalance of opinion here.

      Not to mention there are others whose behavior to fellow participants, distinguished from the candidates, is far worse.


        While I don’t think Britt’s comments on this thread warranted banning in and of themselves, it’s ultimately Prof. Jacobson’s decision… this is his house, his rules. That makes it a lot different from universities.

        I do think the first response to Britt’s opening shot on this thread was over the line, though.

          As I said, I think it’s a mistake to exercise the power for the reasons provided, and wanted to make my voice known.

          Milhouse in reply to malclave. | May 3, 2016 at 11:58 pm

          No, it was exactly in line. Britt’s accusations were unacceptable, and someone had to say it. If
          quiksilverz24 hadn’t said it I would have. At least Trump had the excuse of wanting to win, and having no scruples about how to do that. Britt repeated Trump’s f***ing lies as if he really believed them, and with nothing to gain from it. That makes him worse.

          Who the hell are you to even open your mouth?

          He made a stupid comment on a comment board, something very insignificant in the course of human events, about a candidate, and in poor taste, and you said:

          “Britt, drop dead, and I mean that literally. You are a disgusting excuse for a human being and the world would be a better place without you.”

          I find your remark much more egregious and disturbing that you would show such hatred to someone.

          RodFC in reply to malclave. | May 4, 2016 at 3:22 am

          this is his house, his rule
          Yes he has the keys, he makes the rules.
          Is this his house? I’ve seen blogs/forums/etc come and go, and the best admit that a lot of the value is from the commenters. Not taking good care of a comment section is a sign of a decaying blog.

          Let me point out that this blog didn’t care about whose house and whose rules were used on Twitter and Facebook when they started banning some right-leaning people. They just published articles critical of both sites.

        What Trump has said is vile, malicious and destructive. It’s not a political opinion, it’s an attempt to destroy a candidate through lies. Same goes for Gary.

        Do you really think either of them wouldn’t turn on you and use the same tactics if they considered you a threat?

          I’m not as smart as many here. I have no idea what they would do. I was surprised Cruz dropped out. I don’t know what really is going on in the campaigns, and no idea what will happen tomorrow.

          Lots of people seem to know, especially about Trump, and are very full of themselves as prognosticators, and many are prone to treating others badly that disagree.

          That said, I don’t see how anyone could mistake me or most here as a threat.

          Immolate in reply to Sanddog. | May 4, 2016 at 10:20 am

          Actually you do know what Gary is going to do since he already did it. Bill has no implied to express obligation to tolerate trolls. The moment that Cruz stepped out and Trump became the presumptive nominee, the complexion of his comments change from advocacy to trolling. He should have known when to stop.

          Had Gary been known for making reasoned comments, he might have earned some sympathy from me, and I might lament his banishment. But he chose not to take that approach, and earned it many times before it actually came.

    PhillyGuy in reply to Gary Britt. | May 3, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Gary let’s quiet it down a little bit. Cruz gave a very classy farewell speech. Let’s just leave it at that. There are no victory laps here.

      amwick in reply to PhillyGuy. | May 3, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      Gary is gone. Jacobson made his decision. It was a rough night for him.

        DaMav in reply to amwick. | May 3, 2016 at 10:35 pm

        So the comment section will be rebuilt around Ragspierre?

          amwick in reply to DaMav. | May 3, 2016 at 10:41 pm

          Yes.. because the insurrection isn’t.. and I swear, I wondered about the whole NO picture issue.. I wondered if there might have been a glimmer of truth.. because Ted folded.. I discussed that with my husband, tonight.

          Milhouse in reply to DaMav. | May 4, 2016 at 12:04 am

          If you entertained for a second the possibility that there might be something to it, you’re clinically insane and should check yourself into a facility. Cruz folded for only one reason: there is simply no point in continuing to campaign. How could he justify the expense, when winning has become impossible?

          Immolate in reply to DaMav. | May 4, 2016 at 10:26 am

          I’m hoping you realize amwick, that while a fleeting dalliance with the Cruz/Oswald conspiracy theory is perhaps forgivable, it is still an indelible stain on your judgement. Ten years from now, perhaps after a body of cogent and insightful commentary between now and then, you will still be the person who descended into 9/11 truther territory on behalf of a political candidate.

          persecutor in reply to DaMav. | May 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm

          If you’ve been around this site for any appreciable number of years, you’d have known that the Rags who went nuclear on Gary (if that’s his real name or if he’s not a troll from Kos to stir up the effluent) is not the Rags we’d known…he’d chide me for wanting to mix it up with the left in the same way they served it up to us.

          Rags did what he had to–and I’m glad to call him a friend.

    Evan3457 in reply to Gary Britt. | May 3, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    They will continue, even if they don’t continue here.

    Merlin in reply to Gary Britt. | May 3, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Dude! I hope the Trump campaign wasn’t paying you by the word, because if so you just took a pay hit. Your boss can get away with being a total asshat because he’s stinking rich. You, on the other hand, are forced to live in the real world with the rest of us. Bye.

This is a very sad day for me. I have said I would vote for Trump if it came to that, because I will fight against Hillary with my vote. But Trump is crazy. He was on Fox and Friends saying the BS about Cruz’ father, and no one there said “Dude?”

CNN is pulling better ratings than FOX for the first time in 14 years, just when FOX’ nose has gone so far up Trump’s nether regions that is has become embarrassing. Coincidence?

He callously destroys people with imbecilic name-calling, but because he is shameless, no matter the response, it doesn’t hurt him. He doesn’t care. He salts the ground after his ill-won victories, so nothing else can flourish there.

We have our Obama. Pray for the Republic. And kiss your wall goodbye. It ain’t gonna happen.

    Kondor77 in reply to MathMom. | May 3, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Well said. But how can they kiss something that doesn’t exist?

    Mr. Izz in reply to MathMom. | May 3, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    First of all, whether or not what Trump said is true is debatable.

    Here’s the problem I have with your comment though… how may times has Cruz given an interview, lied about Trump’s stance on something, and no one called him out on it?

    Fox has not been kind to Trump. Not at all. We’ll see if things change. Trump soundly beat Cruz. I guess now we’ll find out how much Cruz “loves” the party.

      MathMom in reply to Mr. Izz. | May 3, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      I have not heard Cruz lie about Trump’s positions. Examples please. Trump, however, will say ANYTHING, including that Cruz’ father had something to do with the JFK assassination. This should disqualify Trump, but hey! He’s our boat anchor now.

      Sanddog in reply to Mr. Izz. | May 4, 2016 at 12:09 am

      Debatable? If Trump wants to suggest Cruz’s father had some connection with LHO, perhaps he’d like to throw out some concrete facts, not an old picture of a random Cuban guy and suggesting it was Ted’s father based on nothing more than a desire to destroy an opponent.

      Milhouse in reply to Mr. Izz. | May 4, 2016 at 12:11 am

      First of all, whether or not what Trump said is true is debatable.

      No, it is not debatable. It’s a wicked lie, and anyone who claims otherwise is either a deeply evil person or else clinically insane, unable to distinguish fantasy from reality.

      how may times has Cruz given an interview, lied about Trump’s stance on something

      That’s an easy one. Zero.

      Looking for lies? There’s one right there. Trump said a photo showed Cruz Sr present at Oswald’s assassination.

      No, he didn’t. He said shortly before the shooting, and he clearly didn’t even know which shooting the non-story was about. I’ll bet he didn’t remember who Oswald was, and just went with the idea that he was someone who got shot.

      Trump supports Obamacare. Trump will appoint the same judges as Clinton. Trump will not support Israel. There are three.

      Those are all true.

        MarkSmith in reply to Milhouse. | May 4, 2016 at 12:56 am

        “Conservatives must unite to elect a Democrat, and prevent the constitution from being destroyed by the presumptive GOP nominee.” – Milhouse

        Gee, this is just at bad as Britt’s comment that started this threat. I sure hope this was tongue in cheek. Not a fan of Trump, but I think he has a better chance of winning than Cruz. Ted is better in the Senate and can do more good there. Your focus should be to get more conservatives and tea party candidates elected in the house and Senate. Trump has really messed up the GOP leadership which has been blowing it for years. Maybe the GOP will get their act together and kick out special interest which has bought both the GOP and the DNC. Trashing Trump is not going to get conservatives elected in those other elections. But if you really want to vote for Hillary, go it. From the comments I seen posted here, I am starting to think this site is bought and paid for by the GOP special interest. Its funny, the only reason I like Trump is that he is disliked by so many established political types.

        Session is backing him, so I am backing him. I am a Neocon and I see a change that is opening the door for my views to move forward. Trump has broke the establishment same old that Cruz has not been able to change. Cruz has the credibility for fight for those conservative views that we want to see. If you think that is lost with Trump then you are narrow minded. Let Trump be a showman and let Cruz and the other conservatives make their moves while everyone has eyes on Trump.

        Or is the negativity here deep than that.

        “Trump supports Obamacare. Trump will appoint the same judges as Clinton. Trump will not support Israel.” – Milhouse (sorry don’t know how to italicize that)

        I like the way you make up stuff. This is a congress issue anyway, so make it happen and support conservative candidates. Something tells me Milhouse never really liked Cruz, he just wanted to stop Trump. Good luck LI and stay your conservative course.

          Milhouse in reply to MarkSmith. | May 4, 2016 at 2:10 am

          No, it was not tongue in cheek. As of tonight I am supporting whichever horror the Democrats end up nominating (which I still think is likely to be Michelle 0bama). I see no reason at all to prefer him over any Democrat. And I see a great value in having the ruin of the next four years be blamed on a Democrat.

          Trump would destroy the constitution beyond repair. He doesn’t even know what it says, and he doesn’t care to find out because he considers it completely irrelevant. He doesn’t understand or recognize that a president has only the authority and powers that the constitution gives him and no more. I think he honestly believed that the president could give the armed forces whatever orders he liked and they would obey without question, and was astonished to learn that it wasn’t so. He’s already declared war on the first amendment, and he’s a long-standing opponent of the second.

          He’s already said he would not get rid of 0bamacare, that he would appoint judges like his sister, and that he’d be a neutral fair broker between Israel and its enemies.

          RodFC in reply to MarkSmith. | May 4, 2016 at 3:04 am

          <i > then the italicised stuff </i>

    conservative tarheel in reply to MathMom. | May 4, 2016 at 2:48 am

    I have continued to say that Trump
    is our Obama ….

I’m still voting for Cruz here in California. I’ll wait on what happens between now and the Convention if I just write in Cruz for the general election. Trump’s crazy conspiracy stuff about Cruz’s dad surrounding the JFK assasination is lunacy. Has Trump ever uttered the word “Constitution”?

good enough morgan | May 3, 2016 at 9:30 pm

There was probably something to the stories about delegate commitments softening.
Cruz wasn’t my top choice among the strong group who wanted the nomination. But against Trump — in a heartbeat.

I can’t be cynical enough to imagine that a President Trump would be a good thing for the republic. Or so cavalier about my country. And yes, Hillary would be a disaster.

So many strange twists in this cycle, but here we are, I guess, with two bad choices.

I suppose we will see a new platoon of Trump cultists show up on this site, to begin a campaign to undo the damage done by their prior platoon.

Congratulations to the presumptive President-Elect, Hillary Clinton.

nordic_prince | May 3, 2016 at 9:52 pm

Hopefully both factions will quit their sniping, grow up, and do what it takes to ensure that witch doesn’t get back into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue ~

I was #NeverTrump before, and I still am now. I won’t vote for him in the general, knowing it hands a victory to a Clinton/Sanders. Now my only question is whether or not to vote for Clinton and hasten the end faster or not.

filiusdextris | May 3, 2016 at 10:20 pm

I voted for Cruz today, sadly not enough. I’m tempted to vote for Hillary in November, but it will be misinterpreted too much. So I’ll just vote 3rd party/write-in. A vote for Trump is a vote for future candidates to act as lying jerks with shameless media and insider cronyism support. If I want to reform the party, they will have to learn to give me better candidates. In the meantime, let’s see what kind of tortuous death the Dems can fix up for folks like me.

    Common Sense in reply to filiusdextris. | May 4, 2016 at 7:29 am

    You voted for Cruz but now have thought about voting for Clinton? Something is not right here?

    And now worried about what the dems will do to you.


RCP General Election Polls

July 2015 Clinton 53 Trump 33 20+ Clinton
May 2016 Clinton 46 Trump 40 6+ Clinton

Trump’s gained 14 points on her; six to go.
Note that this is DESPITE the handful of infantile tantrums
being thrown by the #NeverTrump whiners

Trump Victory in 2016!

    Immolate in reply to DaMav. | May 4, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Are you too dim witted to understand that you’re going to absolutely have to have the support of the “#NeverTrump whiners” if Trump is to win the general? You’d better change your tune pronto before you find your services no longer needed by the Trump campaign. Trump may be crazy, but he’s not stupid.

I’ll be looking at the New York polls hard in late October. If they show Trump within spitting distance of the Democratic candidate, who may yet not be Monica Lewinsky’s ex-boyfriend’s wife, Trump will get my vote. Otherwise, third party at the top and straight Republican on the Conservative line down ballot. Wonder if the N.Y. Conservative Party will go with Trump. It’s near impossible for a Republican to win statewide without their line. Ask Jacob Javits about that.

    Milhouse in reply to gospace. | May 4, 2016 at 12:22 am

    If NY is in any danger of going Republican then the race is already over and he won’t need your vote. But if that were not so then I’d be doing the exact opposite: if Trump were in any danger of taking NY I’d vote for Clinton, but since he won’t be I’ll be voting Libertarian, or for whomever the Conservatives nominate, or else writing in Barry Goldwater’s ghost. Any Democrat is better than Trump.

      persecutor in reply to Milhouse. | May 4, 2016 at 7:37 am

      The NY Conservative Party is a whore for whoever promises to give them a few Supreme Court judgeships–so whoever they nominate is as good as dead for me, be it Cankles or the man with the short, stubby fingers.

Now our choice – if you can call it that – in November will be between a lying opportunist and a traitor. Nice.

I started an invective filled post in frustration and anger in response to a certain individual’s typical baiting in this comments section. I apologize for having previously participated in such exchanges. I hope that in the future we can have a more constructive dialogue here, because the problems facing this country are great, and endless bickering will accomplish nothing.

I gave what I could to the campaign of a man who I believed could make real change. Time, money and emotional currency. Currently, I don’t believe there remains any man nor woman who will help lift us out of the slide that has been happening since before I was aware we were in it.

I look forward to more Legal Insurrection, of the sort that helped open my eyes to the decay of the rule of law in this country. To the decay of our civil society. There is good work here and I am glad we have the contributors to provide it.

God help us this November.

Congratulations to my good friend Ted Cruz on a hard fought campaign. Conservatives must unite to support the presumptive GOP nominee and prevent the Constitution from being destroyed by Hillary.
— Greg Abbott, Texas Governor, on Twitter this evening

    Milhouse in reply to DaMav. | May 4, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Sorry, Abbott, you’re wrong. Conservatives must unite to elect a Democrat, and prevent the constitution from being destroyed by the presumptive GOP nominee.

    Zachary in reply to DaMav. | May 4, 2016 at 12:43 am

    There’s nobody left to preserve the constitution Mr Abbot. The US loses. RIP GOP.

      MarkSmith in reply to Zachary. | May 4, 2016 at 1:03 am

      I am still waiting for the GOP to protect the constitution. Maybe it should go away and a new conservative party arises from the ashes.

        persecutor in reply to MarkSmith. | May 4, 2016 at 7:40 am

        I said that the day after Mittens forced me to hold my nose to vote for him and have been saying it ever since.
        No more nose holding–leave it blank or write in Cruz.

    Immolate in reply to DaMav. | May 4, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Abbott is gracious. So should you be, if you have it in you.

So, any estimates on the probability that President Trump (if elected) would nominate Cruz to the SCOTUS? That is unless the Senate moderates fold like cardboard and let Obama’s liberal in first.

    Milhouse in reply to georgfelis. | May 4, 2016 at 12:25 am

    The probability is zero. Because he knows Cruz would uphold the constitution, and vote against his depredations.

    Immolate in reply to georgfelis. | May 4, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I think it unlikely. We will probably have a Dem Senate majority next year. If we do not, we will have a very narrow Republican majority. It will be difficult to get a firebrand like Cruz approved in the best of times. Do you think Trump will have the political capital to compel McConnell to nuke the filibuster for Cruz? Do you think the party-boy Republicans in the Senate who hate Cruz will stand up for him?

    Cruz would be an ideal SCOTUS justice, but it would take a master gamesman to get him on the court, and Trump has a demonstrated lack of familiarity with the political game.

I won’t vote for Trump, he secured that outcome with his dirty campaign tactics and name callkgn

    Zachary in reply to Zachary. | May 4, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Oops my phone went nuts. My point was Trump forever lost my vote with the way he denigrated conservative principles and his endless character assaults on all participants in this campaign. He believes in Trump. I don’t. I won’t vote for Hillary nor will I vote on a party ticket. I bet I’m not alone.

If people are so determined not to see Trump succeed why aren’t you pushing Kasich?

Kasich is still in. You say you will choose Hillary over Trump, but you are not saying that you will chose Hillary over Kasich are you?

PS: Cheer up I hear Bill Krystol is tryuing to organize a third party challenger.

    MarkSmith in reply to RodFC. | May 4, 2016 at 1:09 am

    “PS: Cheer up I hear Bill Krystol is tryuing to organize a third party challenger.”

    Glad to know Krystol is the voice of conservatism. How stupid can you keep this up. Trump knows how to win. How long do you need to be in denial.

    Am I happy about it, no. He is going to be better than Hillary and it still takes Congress to make things happen.

      RodFC in reply to MarkSmith. | May 4, 2016 at 1:29 am

      Calm down. I’m a moderate Trump supporter. I’m just giving hope the determined Trump haters out there. I don’t think a GOPe third party candidate has any more chance then John Anderson did.

    Milhouse in reply to RodFC. | May 4, 2016 at 2:13 am

    If Kasich manages to get the nomination of course we’ll support him over any Democrat. He was a decent congressman, and I supported him in 2000. But as of tonight the nomination is a done deal. Trump’s getting it, so it’s him or a Democrat, and I’d rather have a Democrat.

    Anti-Statist in reply to RodFC. | May 4, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Kasich is dropping out on Wednesday afternoon. His job, to keep Cruz from winning the nomination, is complete now.

    Kasich will be thrown a bone as his reward should Trump manage to beat Hillary Clinton, which is highly unlikely.

Changing topics a bit. Now that Ted Cruz is out, is it time for Congress to look for a method to certify that candidates are qualified to run President? Say require the FEC to certify a person before they can start to get on ballots?

During the race I argued that it really didn’t matter much during this race. Cruz was more eligible then Obama. But we have seen three candidates whose credentials were under attack. It would be nice to have things settled before the next election so we don’t see these battles again. Now would be a good time since the possible candidates are uncertain, and no ones ox is being gored.

    Milhouse in reply to RodFC. | May 4, 2016 at 2:15 am

    It’s not the FEC’s or Congress’s buisiness what state ballots look like. As far as the FEC and Congress are concerned a state doesn’t even have to have a ballot. Qualifying candidates is up to each state’s secretary of state or board of elections or whoever else runs elections in that state.

      RodFC in reply to Milhouse. | May 4, 2016 at 2:48 am

      No. But Congress can specify that electors can only vote for candidates which have been certified. They can then make a suggestion to states that they not allow anyone in their state to take steps to become nominated until they are certified.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to RodFC. | May 4, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Y’all do realize that if the government has to certify or license somebody to run for office, the party in power will be there forever.

    Immolate in reply to RodFC. | May 4, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I think what you’re suggesting would require a constitutional amendment. I don’t think it’s a bad idea necessarily, but no bill can overrule the constitution and its amendments.

    Anti-Statist in reply to RodFC. | May 4, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    No, the GOP needs to have install a super-delegate firewall in the primary process like the Democrats do.

So, in November I will not be voting for the candidate I like most, but for the one I dislike least.


Trump, Doctor-ed Media’s concocted Frankenstein, is loose in the village. Warn the village idiots!

What an amazing and tragic outcome from an election cycle that was so ripe with conservative and reformist promise at its beginning.

Now we’re left with the absolute worst candidates imaginable. A dark satirist would NEVER imagine making this plausible.

We have three Collectivists standing. I will never vote for a Collectivist. There is no “better Collectivist”. They are each awful, dangerous, anti-Constitution affronts to the nation, and the damage they will do may push us over the edge to national dissolution.

And, actually, that may be one of the more merciful of outcomes.

Der Donald in his drive for power has done what Barracula never could, and on several levels. Fox has been decimated. Respected thinkers in the Conservative movement have been slimed for opposing T-rump, and formerly “conservative” new media has been co-opted as T-rump organs, destroying what was a fairly vibrant heterogeneous set of counter-Collectivist voices. A great many people we thought shared conservative values are revealed to have only held them in the most feeble of grasps.

Many strange things could happen between now and the nomination, but barring some happy catastrophe, one of the worst people in the U.S. will be its presiding civil authority.

So it’s time to gird our loins and set about being the loyal, vocal, and militant opposition.

Doing stupid stuff has major consequences, and “the voters” need to eat them. Good and hard.

A black swan and a black duck are mated. Prepare for the bleakest of outcomes.

As MathMom wrote yesterday, it was a sad day.
Knowing Ted personally it was painful to see such a good man ridiculed and brought down various low lifes.

Looks like someone got to Kasich. He is making an announcement tonight – probably to suspend his campaign too.

I will be voting for the most conservative people for my local and state elections.

The GOP HAS to change their rules so that the primaries are closed – only for registered party members. It seems that may of the early elections are open. With the number of candidates in the early part of the race, the conservative vote were split for too many and non-party members probably voted for the most liberal option.

Pull up a chair. America needs a few good men and women.