Do Republicans hear him singing now?
They should. Last night's debate showed Trump's opponents have nothing left to offer America except their sadness, their disappointment, and their "Blood, Sweat and Tears" albums.
First, the reviews. John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, had a rough night watching three losers sigh while Podhoretz's worst fear gloated.
"It’s fair to assume that the GOP candidates challenging Donald Trump Thursday night in Miami saw reams of polling and focus-group data suggesting that the direct confrontations Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz had staged against him in the last two debates would be disastrous for them," Podhoretz wrote in the New York Post.
"And so Thursday night they didn’t go in for the kill; indeed, they didn’t go in for so much as a tickle. It was, perhaps, an unfortunate moment for peace to break out for those of us who view a Trump nomination with dread."
Get over yourself, buttercup. He's in. He can lose Florida and Ohio on Tuesday and still win. Cruz cannot, and I really do not see Cruz taking either one. As for the other two, they are where the Cleveland Indians usually are in July, not mathematically eliminated yet, but waiting for next year nevertheless.
This was the 12th debate, and Trump has won each one, including the one he boycotted. Why? Because Trump framed the nomination as a referendum on Donald Trump from Day One. Voters know him. They don't know those other three guys. It is that simple.
The fight is out of the other candidates.Trump taking Michigan and Mississippi on Tuesday pretty much decided the election, and people are accepting it. Two stories before the debate showed the party is over.
There is this from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Action movie and television star Chuck Norris has dropped out of a Ted Cruz rally sponsored by a super PAC at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, saying that he was not endorsing any candidate for president.
In a confusing series of events, Norris, who gained fame on Walker, Texas Ranger, was first featured as a speaker at the Cruz event on an Event Brite invitation from Keep the Promise PAC, one of several similarly named political action committees that support the Texas senator in his bid for the GOP presidential nomination. North Carolina is one of several states, including Florida and Ohio, holding a critical primary Tuesday in what is being described as another Super Tuesday.What? I thought he had endorsed Cruz a few days ago. He had been campaigning with Cruz, now he is not.
The second story involves Jeb Bush.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will meet with every remaining GOP presidential candidate except Donald Trump before Thursday's debate in Miami.
Bush has met with Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday and plans to meet with Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Thursday before the Republican debate tomorrow night, a Bush aide confirmed to CBS News.
It's unclear why Bush is meeting with the three contenders, but the fact that he's not meeting with Trump signals he is trying to strengthen any efforts that could bring down the GOP frontrunner.Maybe. Maybe not. It could be he is going to tell the gentlemen, it's over.
Or more likely, it is my wishful thinking, hoping this all ends soon. The party needs to accept the verdict of the voters, unite, and defeat Hillary.
And they will.