From The Wall Street Journal:
Regular order returning for Democrats as regular order for Republicans is completely upended
By Gerald F. Seib | February 21, 2016 5:00 a.m. ET
Regular order began returning for Democrats Saturday. Republicans still aren’t sure whether their version of regular order even exists any longer.
The one thing that was settled as voters spoke in two states—Democrats in Nevada and Republicans in South Carolina—is that there now is no doubt about the identity of the front-runners in the 2016 presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton has re-established herself, as she was always supposed to, as the Democratic favorite. And whether Republican party leaders like it or not, Donald Trump now is indisputably the favorite to win the GOP nomination.
On the Republican side, Mr. Trump continues to remake both the Republican party and what a winning coalition within it looks like. As in Iowa and New Hampshire, he enjoyed significant strength among blue-collar, non-college-educated voters in South Carolina. They used to be a GOP afterthought, but increasingly seem to be its core.
Meanwhile, there is little consolidation in the anti-Trump lanes, and still too many of them to suit party establishment figures eager to stop Mr. Trump. This is at least a three-man race going forward, with Mr. Trump joined by Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida. Technically, for now, it is actually a five-man race, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson hanging around.
Only former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush took South Carolina’s results as a signal to quit the race. Mr. Kasich should gird himself, though, for he is about to come under enormous pressure to do the same, to allow the anti-Trump vote to consolidate.
There’s more at the link, but I am extremely disappointed by the results: the most liberal ‘Republican’ and the less liberal Democrat1 won their contests, setting up the two most repugnant people in America as the major parties’ frontrunners. We could be looking at a general election contest in November in which the Democratic nominee supports the more conservative health care plan, as Mrs Clinton says that she supports the current Obysmalcare system, while Mr Trump, though he isn’t providing specifics, would replace Obaminablecare with something that covers everyone, and he has previously supported single-payer. Mr Trump claims that he is now pro-life, something that he’d have to say to have any chance in a Republican primary, but when he wasn’t running for office, he was “pro-choice in every respect,” including late-term and partial-birth abortions.
Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are fundamentally dishonest people, and it would be to the shame of both parties were they to win the nominations.
And now, on to the blogroll!
- Donald Douglas on American Power: Why Ted Cruz is South Carolina’s Biggest Loser
- Fuzzy Slippers on :e*gal In*sur*rec*tion: Student: “Columbia should pay for my period”
- Foxfier Sailorette on Head Noises: Conspiracies and Catholicism: Frankenstein’s Monster
- The better-looking Dana on Patterico’s Pontifications: Donald Trump Says One Thing But Does Another. So What’s New? New campaign slogan: The Donald is every bit as honest as Hillary!
- William Teach on the Pirate’s Cove: Washington Post Makes Case To Block Any Obama Supreme Court Nominee Question: would either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton nominate someone less repugnant than anyone President Obama might select
- Darleen Click on Protein Wisdom: #FreeStacy — Twitter’s Orwellian-named @Safety council suspends @rsmccain and Former Gitmo detainee now top Al Qaeda jihadist
- Hube on The Colossus of Rhodey: Local Moonbats cheer Scalia death Jason Scott has banned me from commenting on the Delaware Liberal, which I take as a point of honor.
- Karen on The Lonely Conservative: Is Bernie Sanders A Democratic Socialist Or A Hard Core Marxist? And is that a distinction without a difference?
StaceyStacy McCain on The Other McCain: The #FreeStacy Story: Why Was My @rsmccain Account Suspended?
- Kim Quade on The Victory Girls: Is Trump Headed to the Nomination? It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over
- To say that Hillary Clinton is ‘less liberal’ than Bernie Sanders is sort of like saying that Josef Stalin was less radical than Leon Trotskii: it’s technically true, but like the Hobson’s choice that the kids would offer on the playground when I was in elementary school: if you were standing up to your neck in (insert slang term for feces here) and someone threw a bucket of (insert slang term for urine here) at your head, would you duck? ↩