Donald Trump seems on his way to a big Super Tuesday victory. As I write this, he is already being called the winner in Alabama, Virginia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Georgia. Those five states have a combined total of 275 delegates, and Trump, going into today’s primary contests, was already ahead with 82 delegates–compared to Cruz’s 17, Rubio’s 16, and 6 and 4 for Kasich and Carson respectively.
One dead giveaway of how nervous the political establishment is being made by Trump’s rise is this attack ad posted two days ago by the Emergency Committee for Israel, and which accuses the self-financed candidate of “kissing up to anti-American dictators” (that’s as opposed, presumably, to kissing up to pro-American dictators). You can go here to read a little more about the Emergency Committee for Israel.
Another indication of the elite’s heebie-jeebies can be gleaned from this New York Times report posted tonight on Trump’s win in Virginia and which seems to go out of its way to present an unflattering portrayal of Trump supporters:
Mr. Rubio’s surprising strength in Virginia was driven in large part by support from wealthier, highly educated voters with more moderate political views who live in the Washington suburbs.
In contrast, Mr. Trump’s support relies more heavily on less-educated, lower-income, rural voters with conservative views, particularly on social issues such as immigration.
While less-educated voters made up a smaller portion of the electorate, Mr. Trump continued to dominate the field among this group. Among those with a high school diploma or less, Mr. Trump won almost half of all votes.
In other words, it’s the ignorant, unwashed masses who cast their votes for Trump, while the refined, “highly educated” voters went with Rubio. How the New York Times came to these brilliantly precise conclusions based upon exit polls is not clear.
As I write this, Cruz has just been called the victor in his home state of Texas as well as in neighboring Oklahoma, but apparently the win was not that big–at least in Texas. Cruz failed to top the 50 percent threshold, which means the delegates will be split proportionally.
At any rate, here are a couple of analyses (with hat tip to the Ugly Truth) on why certain people are getting so frosted over Trump’s candidacy.
Neoconservatives Declare War on Donald Trump
By Zaid Jilani
Donald Trump’s runaway success in the GOP primaries so far is setting off alarm bells among neoconservatives who are worried he will not pursue the same bellicose foreign policy that has dominated Republican thinking for decades.
Neoconservative historian Robert Kagan — one of the prime intellectual backers of the Iraq War and an advocate for Syrian intervention — announced in the Washington Post last week that if Trump secures the nomination, “the only choice will be to vote for Hillary Clinton.”
Max Boot, an unrepentant supporter of the Iraq War, wrote in the Weekly Standard that a “Trump presidency would represent the death knell of America as a great power,” citing, among other things, Trump’s objection to a large American troop presence in South Korea.
The Lion and the Sheep
By Justin Raimondo
On June 14, 1918, a nineteen year old Italian soldier by the name of Bernardo Vicario was ordered by his commander, Carl Rigoli, to carry out a curious task. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Italian forces would soon be hit with a furious bombardment that would mean the death of most of them. Rigoli clearly knew this, which is why he told young Bernardo to write an inscription on the ruined wall of a home in the village of Fagare, where they were holed up:
“Better to live one day as a lion than a hundred years as a sheep.”
Rigoli perished in the battle: Bernardo lived to tell the tale. And almost a hundred years later, a researcher looking for ways to smear GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump stumbled across a reference to it and attributed it to Benito Mussolini, the Italian dictator.
Update–3-2-16: Cruz also took Alaska, while Rubio (“little Marco” as Trump calls him) scored his first win in Minnesota. Here’s a quote from the L.A. Times:
“I’m going to get along great with Congress, OK?” Trump assured his audience – less to the reporters in his club’s ornate ballroom than to television viewers nationwide. “Paul Ryan, I don’t know him well, but I’m sure I’m going to get along great with him. And if I don’t, he’s going to have to pay a big price, OK?”
Trump’s remarks came a few hours after Ryan, the speaker of the House, joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in condemning the New York business tycoon for hesitating in renouncing the support of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
It was an extraordinary rebuke by the topRepublicans in Congress of a man on the cusp of becoming their party’s presumptive White House nominee. It reflected rising alarm within the GOP establishment that a Trump candidacy could yield a top-to-bottom rout for Republicans in November.
I suspect a “top-to-bottom route” in November is not really what they’re worried about. A re-opened 9/11 investigation is probably much higher on their list of concerns. The Republican convention will take place in July in Cleveland, Ohio. If Trump continues his winning streak, there is likely to be some kind of chicanery employed at the convention to deny him the nomination, and failing that, we could see the entire Republican establishment endorse Hillary Clinton in November.