Will it End in Indiana?

After a short break, the Political Great Whine is back to whine about what’s happening in politics today. Though this blogger may have taken a break, the Republican and Democratic in-fighting definitely did not. So after five states voted on Tuesday, April 26th it seems like Donald Trump (Republican) and Hillary Clinton (Democrat) are on track to win their party’s nomination…but are they? Today, Indiana is voting and there are 54 delegates up for grabs for the Republicans and 83 delegates for the Democratic candidates.  So could this be it? Will Indiana be the end of the road for some of the campaigns? As you know, the political pundits have been talking and predicting things. So let’s discuss what they’re saying!

Regarding the Republican primaries, pundits are saying that if Trump wins Indiana this will seal his path of victory towards getting the 1,237 delegates needed before the Ohio convention. Therefore, there would be no contested convention. I don’t know about you, but there is a part of me that wants a contested convention because I would like to see just how far the rabbit hole will go on this. Is there really an “anti-Trump” movement inside the Republican Party or is it all just smoke and mirrors? Who, if anyone, is really in control of the Republican Party…is it the low-income/working income Republican masses who want Trump or the middle-income/high-income Republicans who’d prefer someone else? A contested convention would answer that. There is nothing like a good ol’ kick-down, drag-out fight to bring out the best in people!

Also, pundits are saying that the alliance formed between Ted Cruz and John Kasich to STOP TRUMP was a colossal mistake that will hasten the end of their campaigns. I actually agree that it was a bad idea. I wonder who initiated it? My bet is that Cruz did because he really wants Kasich to go home already so he figured he’d convince him that they need to “use their resources to focus on states where they have a better chance of winning”. Kasich has only won ONE state and polls for upcoming primaries do not show him winning more states. So…very clever on Cruz’s part to get Kasich out of the way under the guise of an “alliance”.

Regarding the Democratic primaries, some pundits are saying what this blog suggested about two weeks ago in the blog post titled  Bye Bye Bernie…Any Day Now? , which is that the time has come for Bernie Sanders to bow out gracefully. Change.org actually has a petition out there asking Sanders to drop out that folks can sign. Even Trump said Sanders should drop out and run as an Independent.  To be fair, there are still other pundits who believe Bernie should stay in the race and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) said that they fully expect him to hang in there the entire primary season.

At this stage, it seems that EVERY primary is the one that will make or break the candidates who are not in the lead. Today Indiana has the ball and all eyes are watching to see if THIS will be the end of the road for someone. What do you think?

Thanks for “listening” to me whine. Hopefully my whining has made you think. If so, tell your friends/family/colleagues that you heard it through the Political Great Whine! ****By the way, please take some time to provide feedback on THIS blog post and the blog in general. All comments (even negative ones) are appreciated******

 

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