For those of you who didn’t know this was coming, Disney is not only making more Skywalker Saga movies (Episodes 7, 8 & 9), but also anthology movies about events elsewhere in the galaxy far, far away. Disney’s goal is to have Star Wars movies every year until we all die.
Rogue One will have the tone of a war/heist movie that pre-dates Episode IV – A New Hope, and tell the story of a Rebel group stealing the plans to the original Death Star.
Sure we have to wait until 2017 to find out more about Luke, Rey and Kylo Ren, but in the meantime, its a Rebellion…let’s Rebel.
Serial question-dodger, Florida Governor, Rick Scott, was kicked off Morning Joe for refusing to comment on Donald Trump’s statement that: “I think Islam hates us.”
Co-hosts Joe and Mika asked if Scott agreed with or condemned his friend Trump’s incendiary anti-Islam sentiment. Scott merely offered a canned line about Florida being a melting pot.
Both Joe and Mika – while acknowledging that Scott and Scarborough are friends – pressed Scott for an answer, but the Governor merely offered the same answer on repeat. Enough was eventually enough for Mika, who abruptly ended the interview and called out Scott for his trademark “weak sniveling political wavering.”
Gov. Scott has these robotic breakdowns often, and he usually just smiles his way through canned deliveries while frustrated reporters repeat the same question over and over. It’s a hilarious dance, one that us Floridians have been exposed to since 2011. This is textbook embarrassing Gov. Scott crap.
Unfortunately, over the next year we’ll see many other “serious” Republican politicians be forced to answer for their Party’s frontrunner’s bigotry and xenophobia. We’ll also sure see many of them dodge the questions (or begrudgingly agree) because they have exponentially more hateful and “scared” white voters in their states/districts than Muslim voters.
Election math brings out the best in all of us. Sigh.
Watch the meltdown for yourself. It’s ok to laugh.
With the nation’s attention focused on Trump’s hand/dong-size, or on Ben Carson bowing out and Mitt Romney bowing in (but failing), it’s easy to forget that actual voting took place in 9 states that held primaries/caucuses since last Tuesday.
On the Republican side, Donald Trump continued to Make America Hate Great Again by winning Kentucky (36%) Louisiana (41%) Hawaii (42%), Michigan (37%), and Mississippi (47%).
Trump increased his delegate lead to almost 100, but not nearly by as much as he hoped, thanks to Sen. Ted Cruz stealing a good share of delegates with 2nd place finishes in Kentucky, Louisiana and Michigan. Cruz also racked up actual victories in Kansas (48%) Maine (46%), Idaho (45%).
Interestingly enough, exit polls showed that “recently decided” voters backed Cruz and Gov. John Kasich way more than Trump – which means that some of the Trump bashing has worked. Well, it worked for everyone except Basher-In-Chief, Sen. Marco Rubio, who mostly finished dead last despite altering his campaign to match Trump’s sophomoric buffoonery.
Florida is the first winner-take-all state of the primary season (March 15), and Rubio drastically needs all 99 to even be mentioned after next week. Polls show Trump with a commanding lead in the sunshine state, so it would behoove the #NeverTrump Republicans to put all their huevos in Rubio’s basket to keep Trump from getting those 99 delegates, but Cruz (who is all but out of it in Florida) will never let that happen.
On the Democrat side, Sen. Bernie Sanders had himself a helluva week as he won handily in Kansas (67%), Nebraska (57%), and Maine (64%); and eked out a surprising victory in Michigan (49.8%).
Sec. Hillary Clinton continued her southern dominance, and won by huge margins in Louisiana (71%) and Mississippi (82%)
Michigan’s results were certainly shocking, as almost every poll had Clinton destroying Sanders by over 20 points.
Sanders has struggled to convince African Americans to Feel The Bern, particularly in the south, where he’s only around 15% of that demo – but Sanders took over 30% of Michigan’s African American vote and it clearly pushed him over the top. On the flip side, African Americans make up 69% of Mississippi’s Democratic voters – and 89% voted for Hillary.
Clinton’s lead is now over 200 delegates, but with “superdelegates” it’s around 700. However, even though almost every “news” organization in the country insists on adding the “super delegates” to Clinton’s corner, they’re not set in stone and can be changed at any time. Unfortunately, it seems that ALL outlets, ‘Liberal’ or ‘Conservative’, have an interest in convincing you that Clinton owns the nomination before it’s actually won.
For those already looking towards the general election, take note of these two interesting facts about the frontrunners:
Clinton is dominating in Red states, but losing the traditional Blue states (except Massachusetts). Democrats will lose the south regardless, but will her apparent unpopularity in the north hurt her in the general election? Will Bernie supporters in the north stay home on general election day – and give their states to Republicans by default?
On the GOP side, is Trump really the unbeatable force the media (and Trump) keep telling us he is? Don’t forget, Trump still polls an average national disapproval rating around 64% – that is YUGE. He might be getting all the press, but Americans HATE Trump in a way they haven’t for any politician running for office in recent memory.
Up next we got Washington DC for Republicans (March 12), and then both parties take on Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, and North Carolina on March 15. In those states Democrats have almost 700 delegates in play and Republicans have just over 400 – so the Noms are still up for grabs…for everyone not named Marco.
12 states held primary votes on Tuesday, and things worked out quite Super for Donald Trump and Sec. Hillary Clinton – who both won 7 states apiece.
On the Democratic side, Clinton swept the south, easily winning Georgia (71%), Virginia (64%), Alabama (77%), Tennessee (66%), Texas (65%), and Arkansas (66%) – and won by a slim margin in Massachusetts (50%).
Sen. Bernie Sanders was certainly deflated by the loss in super-liberal Mass, but is still Berning away thanks to strong wins in home-state Vermont (86%), Oklahoma (51%), Minnesota (61%) and Colorado (58%).
Easily the most striking statistic of the night was that in the 6 southern states she won, Clinton was supported by over 80% of the African-Americans.
On the GOP side, Trump convinced Georgia (38%), Vermont (32%), Virginia (34%), Alabama (43%), Massachusetts (49%), Arkansas (32%) and Tennessee (38%) that he’s the right salesman to sell their angry platform.
Sarah Palin’s endorsement did jack-crap in Alaska, as Trump lost to Sen. Ted Cruz (36%). Unsurprisingly, Cruz also won his home state of Texas (43%), but that was all for the most disgusting politician in America guy who claims he’s the only “True Conservative” to beat the billionaire blowhard.
Sen. Marco Rubio took Minnesota (36%), scoring his first win yet this primary season. According to exit polls, many of the Florida Senator’s voters recently made up their mind, meaning Rubio’s new Trump-mocking routine might actually be working.
Gov. John Kasich and Dr. Ben Carson are still hanging around and making a difference. Kasich’s supporters in Vermont (30%) and Virginia (9%), could have taken victories from Trump, while Carson’s in Alaska (11%) could have possibly given Trump another win to make your head spin.
The biggest takeaway from the night is the HYUGE Republican voter turnout compared to lame Democrat turnout. Republican Super Tuesday turnout was up 70%, but down 28% for Democrats compared to 2008.
Virginia posted its highest Republican primary turnout in state history – and those folks supported the Donald in a big way. Trump is bringing in a ton of new voters, and that has to be scaring the shit out of Democrats and sane Americans.
Trump’s rise is especially frightening considering that in six of the Super Tuesday states, large majorities of GOP voters said they supported a ban on non-citizen Muslims from entering the US, as well as 2 of 3 in Texas, Virginia and Georgia, 7 of 10 in Tennessee, and nearly 8 of 10 in Alabama.
As Yoda wisely warned: Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to Republicans.
What’s next? The next two weeks see a dozen Democratic and seventeen GOP primaries/caucuses in states and territories, and contrary to popular opinion, things are far from over.
For Democrats, Sanders will likely stay in until the convention, and continues to rack up money and challenge Clinton. Although Clinton has the overwhelming edge in un-pledged superdelegates (457-22), a good showing over the next couple weeks could significantly close the pledged delegate gap (577-386) and keep things interesting. To have any chance though, Sanders needs to convince African-Americans to #FellTheBern.
For Republicans, it all comes down to who will drop out and when. Kasich and Carson will almost assuredly call it quits soon, although Carson loves his fund-raising scams. When they do drop, one would think Carson’s “evangelicals” would go to Cruz, while his “we want an outsider” supporters will turn to Trump. Kasich is courting the “responsible official” vote, and those supporters would likely go to Rubio – hilariously America thinks the Senate no-show is the most responsible guy left on stage.
But WTF are Rubio and/or Cruz going to do? Neither has enough support on their own, but their Conservatives & Party-first supporters NEED to band together ASAP if they want any hope of beating the fake Conservative billionaire. Unfortunately, both Cruz and Rubio have been running for President for over 4 years, always putting their own Presidential ambitions above their Senatorial duties – and neither will step away when they are so “close.”
It’s becoming more likely that Trump, Rubio AND Cruz will all march into the GOP Convention begging the Party to use their undemocratic power to pick their own candidate over the voices of the voters. Can the GOP afford to lose the new Trump support and put Rubio or Cruz on the ticket instead? Unlikely, but who the F knows?
Many Americans (and news networks) are excited for how entertaining this campaign is, which sucks because government should NOT be an entertaining reality show.
That might be why Google reported that searches for “moving to Canada” were up as much as 1120% on Tuesday.
John Oliver gave a great breakdown on ridiculous Voter ID laws enacted by Republicans to suppress millions of votes around the country.
After the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, 15 Republican-led states instituted new voting laws pretending to fight “voter fraud” (a statistically non-existent crime) but in reality will suppress votes of democrat-leaning voters.
It’s not just as simple as requiring an ID like Republicans pretend, but rather systematically making it harder for people to get IDs, not allowing certain photo IDs used mostly by Democrats (student IDs, Union cards, etc), closing polling places and limiting hours for voting in Democratic polling areas…the list goes on and on.
Its not conspiracy that Republicans are using these laws to cheat to try to win elections, they admit it all the time (watch here or video above).
Don’t forget, the 2016 Election will be the first Presidential election with the new voting laws, so expect to see HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS Americans unable to vote in many states.