So both Trump and Hillary are losers in Wisconsin (hold back your sarcasm). However, of the two, Hillary took the much bigger hit.
Wisconsin is a state tailor-made for Ted Cruz. There is not a big difference in the philosophy he espouses and that of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. With Walker’s support and Trump’s bumps of late, Cruz was bound to win today.
However, Hillary’s campaign took a huge hit, the kind that brings out the sharks when they smell blood. She has again shown she is unable to seal the deal and lock up a primary campaign she was expected to close long ago. Now she has to hope for not just a win in New York, but a big one at that.
Given that Hillary was twice elected to the senate by New York voters, she should have no excuse for failing to deliver a large margin of victory over Bernie Sanders. Still, I would not count out Sanders. He has shown he connects with a much larger segment of the Democratic voters than people thought possible. Now he has the opportunity to potentially knock Hillary out of the race and ending what was assumed to be her coronation as Obama’s successor.
As for Trump, he also goes to home turf and should crush Ted Cruz. Not only does Trump relate well to New Yorkers, Cruz will be made to pay for his nasty reference to the people of New York from an earlier debate. There should be no shortage of Bronx cheers for the Mouth From Texas.
So where does this leave us? Well for now, it means more endless coverage of what is turning out to be perhaps the most memorable primary campaign in my life. There is no way of knowing how things will play out.
Will the GOP ever support Trump? Do they really think they have a better chance with Cruz or Kasich? Is there a mystery candidate they intend to go with? If so, will Trump run a third party ticket?
And for the Democrats, is it too late for a Joe Biden nomination? Will Hillary stand pat or veer further left to try and win the nomination? Is there any point in supporting Bernie if there is not enough House and Senate support for his programs?
One thing is certain. There will be fireworks when both parties gather this summer for their conventions.
Jim is a life long resident of California and retired school teacher with 30 years in public education. Jim earned his BA in History from CSU Chico in 1981 and his MA in Education from Azusa Pacific University in 1994. He is also the author of Teaching The Teacher: Lessons Learned From Teaching. Jim considers himself an equal opportunity pain in the ass to any political party, group, or individual who looks to profit off of hypocrisy. When he is not pointing out the conflicting words and actions of our leaders, the NFL commissioner, or humans in general, he can be found riding his bike for hours on end while pondering his next article. Jim recently moved to Camarillo, CA after being convinced to join the witness protection program.