Politically Speaking – February 16, 2016

Politics
February 16, 2016

If the New Hampshire primary doesn’t tell you where the country is, nothing will. A self proclaimed socialist and a real estate tycoon who hasn’t voted in a primary since the 80s came out ahead. The clear winners: Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Americans are fed up with the traditional politicians and the end result of New Hampshire says it all.

Enough is enough!

In the past, New Hampshire has been good to the Clintons — probably too good — but instead of heart this time, the voters of New Hampshire used their heads.

What’s Hillary Clinton missing? A message. She has the 15 second elevator pitch, but playing the word association game, the same word pops up with the majority: Liar! That tells the whole story.

There were 23 Republican delegates at risk in New Hampshire and 32 Democratic delegates.
So does the size of the victory in New Hampshire matter? In my opinion, the answer is yes. The young people were brought into it. That’s a separate story to be told. And Bernie held the young, and will hold strong with them in the long run. However, keep in mind it’s one state at a time.
At 7:00 p.m. last Tuesday evening, as 23 polls were closing, the turnout was incredible. Many at that point were not just coming in to vote but registering, and at 7:00 anyone in line was counted. At 7:01 it was too late! Many were first time voters.

The Secretary of State of New Hampshire made the call at that point. Wow! What I found fascinating is anyone in a traffic line was deemed in line to be able to register or vote, and if the State Police of New Hampshire said they looked like they were in line to register or vote, they could.
Is this a first, or what?

In the end, on the Democratic side, in order of importance was:
33% voted on Equality Issues;
25% Healthcare;
8% Terrorist Activities.

The GOP:
30% Economic Issues;
25% Terrorist Activities;
27% Government Spending;
15% Immigration.

At 7:45 p.m it was announced a winner might be declared and at 8:00 p.m. MSNBC declared the projected winners: Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

What this says loud and clear is many Americans don’t see America as great any more and feel that Barack Obama has transformed our country against the people’s will with everything from racial divide to class warfare.
At the end of the evening Rachel Maddox said Sanders and Clinton split the first two states. Sorry, Rachel. Clinton stole Iowa by the flip of a coin, but in typical Maddox antics and wishful thinking, no such luck, sweetheart. Let’s see her defend Bill for saying, “It wasn’t Hillary’s job to oversee security in Benghazi.”
These two people couldn’t be any worse, and you don’t need a magnifying glass to see it. Bill, whose job was it?
Oh well, in the end, at 8:00 p.m. the message from new Hampshire was loud and clear. Hillary was at 38% and Sanders was over 60%.

Hillary conceded in typical Clinton gutless wonder fashion! But I would point out as well I lost all respect for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright last week when she said, “There is a place in hell for women who don’t support other women.” I have a lot to say to Ms. Albright, but it’s not printable.
In 24 hours after the New Hampshire primary Bernie raised $6 million, with the average being $34 per contribution.

On to the last GOP debate, just days before the Nevada Caucuses. In 2016 the Democrats will hold their caucuses on Feb. 20 and the GOP will be on Feb. 23 (separate caucuses).
During the GOP debate, the gloves came off and it quickly became a verbal slugfest. It was all out war, especially between Jeb and Donald Trump. In my opinion, there was no clear winner.

The weekend ended in the sad news that the longest serving Supreme Court Justice died. Justice Antonin Scalia (1936 – 2016) died at age 79, the father of 9 and grandfather of 35. He was a man that deeply believed in the U.S. Constitution, and was a great defender of the Constitution, unlike Obama who violates it at every opportunity.

So what’s next? Mitch McConnell has already declared the line is drawn and Barack Obama won’t name the next justice, so there’s no point in him trying! And I absolutely agree with this. Obama should not name the replacement for Scalia. That should be up to the next President — Republican or Democrat. A lame duck POTUS should not be allowed to tip the balance of the Supreme Court for years to come. But leave it to Obama to try.
In closing, I didn’t always agree with Justice Scalia, but I always respected him!

Until next week.

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