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February 27, 2016

Crunch Time [Y-not]

Super Tuesday is nearly upon us, so soon our long National Nightmare will be over. Either Ted Cruz fares well, prolonging the process for him, Rubio, and Trump (because, face it, the Carson and Kasich are going no where), or Donald Trump becomes the inevitable nominee.

Kentucky's GOP caucus is next Saturday, March 5th, so for once I'm likely to be able to cast my vote for a conservative, instead of picking over the dregs left to me after the good ones have dropped out. I'll be working as a caucus official this year -- should be interesting as this is the first time (I believe) that Kentucky has had a caucus. (Recall, the rules were changed to accommodate Rand Paul's candidacy.) Looking over the materials sent to me by the KY GOP, I can see how there could be some problems. For example, although ID is required, one of the forms of "ID" that is acceptable is being personally recognized by a caucus official. Yeah, that can't be abused! In addition, there's a chance that they will be batching and tallying votes throughout the day which would certainly lend itself to abuse should voting results be leaked out to campaigns prematurely. ("Hey, Bob, Trump is falling behind in the voting -- better bus out some more supporters to this voting site!") Anyway, if something interesting happens, I'll let you know next week.

For those of you still on the fence about which candidate you'll support, here's a short piece about Ted Cruz written by the National Program Director for the Tea Party Patriots:

To the general public, he may come across as the "smartest guy in the room" when he's giving a speech or when he's in a debate (he usually is), but backstage that night, he was the same humble person I met six years ago before he was a U.S. Senator. When he arrived at the event, he made it a point to speak to everyone backstage. He then found a place to sit down and quietly reflect before going out to give his speech.

That moment of reflection truly personified his humility and with all of the baseless attacks being thrown at his character in recent weeks, I felt obligated to share this candid moment. The American people still have plenty to learn about the most trustworthy and consistent conservative running for president in the 2016 race. I can only hope that they will look to the people who have fought side by side with him over the years rather than to his current political rivals who will apparently say anything they can to stop him from winning the nomination.

Of all the criticisms of Cruz, the one I understand the least is the attack on his character based on the assertion that "no one likes him." It doesn't fit with my perception of the man.

More importantly, I would rather have a President who holds Congress' feet to the fire than one with a history of buying politicians or "getting along" with Democrats.

Open thread until the next one comes along.

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