It's become painfully obvious that the term "Super Tuesday" was coined for the quantity of elections contested, not the quality of participants involved.
Given a choice between abstaining, voting for a candidate we don't support or writing one in who can't win, is there any doubt Americans would choose Nader's "none of the above" option?
This could well be the first election since 2000 with an independent candidate. That has happened only four times in the past century, the others being 1912, 1948 and 2000. And a three-way -- or even a four-way race --would be a wild card. It could take any of several forms, with different partisan winners and losers. Consider: Suppose Donald Trump is the Republican nominee and Hillary Clinton is the Democrat. Establishment Republicans will be convinced that their party has been hijacked by a bizarre rabble-rouser; GOP elites will be unsure which is worse -- the prospect of Trump losing, or Trump winning. Result: pressure builds for a "real" Republican to run as an independent -- a conservative but not a rightwing populist. That could be, say, Paul Ryan, or John Kasich, or Mitt Romney again. Advantage: Democrats.
Maybe understanding the historic events and behavioral roots that have produced these venomously angry polarized times can help us let go of at least a little of our own deep instinct to align with the tribe in the name of safety and protection.
Wasn't the purpose of political primaries to take the process out of the hands of big city bosses and to allow the citizenry of each state to choose their nominees?
The final 61 to 39 percent vote margin was more than expected -- especially in a blue-trending state when the national trend is towards accepting gay marriage. So what happened in North Carolina?
To Newt, bless his heart: three wives, two religions, and one moon colony later, I'm not sure "tortoise" is the choice I would have gone with to describe myself, but okay, tortoise it is. Best of luck to you.
Had Romney or Santorum won Ohio by a landslide vote, the winner could have made the case that he is the best candidate to take on Obama. But that argument, for Romney, is becoming harder to win.
Every candidate had something they could claim as a positive on Super Tuesday. The contest for the nomination isn't over -- which is good news for voters in remaining states wanting to help pick their party's nominee.
With all of the great candidates, Americans are still decidin' who will be the best choice for the GOP. True patriots of course know who to choose.
Seven years in this building had prepared me for the task in front of me. I picked up the pen and performed the adult civic duty it was my right, privilege and responsibility to perform.
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