The Reverend


The only surprise in yesterday's South Carolina Democratic presidential primary was the margin of victory. As expected, Hillary Clinton easily defeated Bernie Sanders, primarily because Mrs. Clinton took some 80% of the African-American vote in the state. In the end, Hillary beat Bernie 73.5% to 26%...a 47.5% blowout. Super Tuesday is in 2 days, when Mrs. Clinton should rack up quite a large number of delegates as she marches towards the Democratic nomination.



I'll still be casting my vote in a couple of weeks for Bernie Sanders. As I've written all along, I never expected Sanders would defeat Hillary, though an old liberal can always hope. Bernie has not only identified precisely what the problems actually are in our top-down economic and political system, but he has also offered up the proper policy cures to help solve those problems.



Sanders will most likely win a few more Democratic state primaries.....he maintains leads in both Vermont and Massachusetts.....but his most important role, I think, is in pressuring Mrs. Clinton to lean further to the left. Liberals should be encouraged by the polling numbers which show MORE Democrats are identifying as liberal.....as well as how younger voters throughout the country have been drawn to the economic message Sanders has been offering up without apology.



I have no rose colored glasses, the battle to restore an equitable democracy in America will be a continual one. 36 years of conservative policy failures will be hard to reverse in a short period of time. The first next-step will be to elect Mrs. Clinton over Donald Trump by a wide margin, hopefully sweeping in more congressional Democrats....and most importantly....winning back the Senate. That will guarantee an end to the god-awful conservative Supreme Court that the country has been suffering under since Ronnie. At this moment in time, THAT is more important than which Democratic candidate wins the White House. As always, your mileage is likely to vary.



Here's why Democrats, progressives, liberals....should be encouraged right now. "Principled conservatives" at Redstate and National Review have started thinking about what they would do if Hillary runs against Trump. Former Redstate proprietor, Erick Erickson, swears if Trump is the GOP nominee, he will not vote for him in the general election. Current Redstate proprietor, Leon Wolf, took it further this morning....



All things being equal, as a man with a family and children, I would probably prefer the slow decline of America under Hillary to the rapid collapse under Trump.



And make no mistake, Trump would lose to Hillary in truly epic fashion.



Mr. Wolf is praying for a third-party alternative candidate for "principled conservatives" to vote for.....



Right now, the scuttlebutt in the political media is all about whether conservative groups are making contingency plans to support a conservative third party candidate in the general. The story has been reported in Politico and numerous other outlets and I can tell you for a fact that the discussions are occurring and proceeding forward on a contingency basis.



That, my blog friends, is what the setting in of desperation looks like. Not saying I know what will happen.....but a "conservative third party candidate" who can compete with Hillary and/or Trump? Ain't no way.



In a column dripping with bitterness and contempt, WAPO scribbler George Will proves that hope in the hopeless never dies....



Today, the conservative movement should pool its sufficient resources to help Marco Rubio defeat Trump in winner-take-all Florida, where Rubio should spend all of his days and dimes between now and March 15. And to support John Kasich in Ohio.



What Will is actually calling for is a brokered GOP Convention. I realize that the Bowtied One thinks if Trump doesn't have the 1137 delegates he needs to win the nomination going in to the Convention...that a second round delegate count, or a third, could open the opportunity for an alternative GOP candidate to Trump.



If that were to happen, then as I've been blogging, the GOP will have destroyed itself root and branch. The damage done to the GOP in a contested Convention, I think, would be irreparable. You think Trump voters exude anger now....just wait til July if there is a brokered Convention. The, rhetorical, mushroom cloud over Cleveland will be seen all over the midwest.



The point for, yes, principled, progressives is that our political opponents are reeling. The patched-together Republican voter coalition is crumbling right before our very eyes. GOP infighting is at astounding levels. Literally, uniting these angry-at-one-another GOP voting blocks will be more difficult than herding cats.



So, be of good cheer progressives. While Bernie Sanders won't be our nominee unless: miracles......our GOP opponents are in more desperate disarray than they have been since Goldwater was blown out in 1964.



Despite what you always hear, Americans are more progressive-minded than they are conservative-minded. Conservatives would, of course, disagree....but they're just mistaken. A Hillary presidency, while not my first choice, will continue, even if incrementally, moving us ever-so-slowly away from destructive conservative policies. At this moment in U.S. history....I'll settle for that.