John Peeler: Donald Trump has surged to the front in the Republican campaign by systematically saying, in the most provocative way possible, just what his audiences want to hear, with no regard for the truth. Trump Drought
John Peeler: What should be a blowout in November could be a nail-biter, as frustrated voters have to decide between two candidates they don’t like and don’t trust.
John Peeler: Trump is a particular type of asshole: an ass-clown, who “seeks an audience’s enjoyment while being slow to understand how it views him.” Indeed, given his exaggerated or inflamed need to be superior, he is a flaming asshole.
John Peeler: Trump has beaten them all by embodying Rand’s hero even as he disregards Rand’s dogma. Rand’s hero could never be bound by dogma. It’s all about him.
John Peeler: There’s something else going on that hasn’t gotten as much attention: Hillary gets the cities and suburbs and Bernie gets the rural areas. How does this make sense?
John Peeler: When few people are really happy with the two major parties, why is it so difficult for third parties to get beyond the spoiler role?
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John Peeler: Who is the real Donald Trump? He is betting that his supporters think they know: the wall-builder, the anti-Muslim, anti-feminist, anti-affirmative action, anti-free trade rabble-rouser.
John Peeler: Clinton has built this victory on overwhelming majorities in New York City and its near suburbs, while Sanders has done best across most rural, upstate counties.
John Peeler: If Trump is denied the nomination and walks out with a large chunk of his followers, what will be left without Trump is a rump, competitive only in the most conservative states and districts.
John Peeler: For all their fulminations about Obama’s allegedly unconstitutional behavior, the Republican senators are blatantly disregarding the original intent of the Framers, and thus dishonoring the principles of Justice Scalia himself.
John Peeler: President Obama has been pretty much like his predecessors on this. He really hasn’t paid that much attention to Latin America, but he has just completed a historic visit to Cuba, and is now in Argentina.
John Peeler: When the Republican Party is poised to nominate a proto-fascist, progressives will need, in these next months, to get behind Hillary Clinton, or they could find themselves under the boots of President Trump.
John Peeler: Perhaps the most striking finding is that Hillary got 58 percent of those identifying themselves as Democrats, while Bernie was supported by 71 percent of those declaring themselves Independents (27 percent of the sample). Sanders Takes Michigan