Super Tuesday Primary
Posted: March 4, 2016
As the owner of The Bottom Line since 1988, I realized very early on that I was mostly conservative. After watching the Super Tuesday primary and caucus results this week, I was reminded about a previous editorial (July 24, 2015) where I essentially bashed Donald Trump. In that column, the found it unacceptable that The Donald could take advantage of the financial system four times by filing bankruptcy for companies that he owned and operated.
After Trump's big victory on Super Tuesday, it appears that Trump could very well be the Republican candidate for president. That realization is what has me concerned. Obviously, voters are tired of the political establishment in Washington and the voter anger has allowed Trump to capitalize on their anger. But I still have a difficult time coming to grips with the fact that Trump could be running against Hillary Clinton for the chief executive position.
Former Florida Senator Marco Rubio has called Trump a "con artist". However, Rubio will always be known as the candidate at a previous debate when he repeated the same response four times. It made him look like he was a lightweight. I was a bit surprised that Rubio won in Minnesota, though.
Former Texas Senate Ted Cruz won his home state of Texas with a whopping 41 percent of the vote. He also won Oklahoma. However, I believe Cruz needs to win another state to help his chances.
Ben Carson, a former neurologist, will likely drop out of the race by the time many of you read this editorial. I believe former Ohio Governor John Kasich, who seems to me to be the brightest of the remaining Republican candidates, will likely try to hang on to see how he does in his home state, which holds its primary on March 15th.
I hate to say it: But I think America is going to get more of the same if Hillary Clinton gets elected president. I hope I'm wrong, but if Trump wins the White House, I wouldn't be surprised. At least, not in this election year.
I am trying to rethink my opinion of Donald Trump, but I have a hard time doing that. On the other hand, I'm not sure I really like any of the other candidates other than Kasich, who doesn't have a prayer to win the nomination, even if he does well in his home state.
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