Sens. Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz have kicked sand in the eyes of frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump thanks to the people of Wisconsin. Republican Cruz grabbed 33 delegates and Trump a paltry three. Democrat Sanders won 45 delegates and Clinton 33. This doesn’t change anyone’s Vegas odds a great deal, but it continues Sanders’ positive streak as of late. And it sure made Cruz’s day.
Election 2016 is all about the rug being pulled out from under everybody–especially the experts!–just as they get comfy with the idea of one candidate or another being the person.
For the past few weeks and months there has been talk of a brokered GOP convention if Trump doesn’t win enough delegates (he has 740 so far and 1,237 are needed) to be the clear winning nominee. Cruz, after all, is doggedly chasing Trump down and has a respectable 514, and Kasich just wants to be loved–along with his 143 delegates. Cruz, though, is nearly at Trump’s numbers in a Reuters poll and has matched him in other recent ones. Once the hated outsider, now he’s the grudgingly accepted insider who has a fighting chance.
After tonight’s #WisconsinPrimary, with 3 contenders for the GOP nomination left, John Kasich remains in 4th place.— Jason Scott Quinn (@jasonscottquinn) April 6, 2016
Plus, the burgeoning #nevertrump movement suggests that a lot of mainstream folks on the right are not going to let the blustering billionaire get the nomination no matter what. Not to mention, there are some whispers that Trump doesn’t want to win it anyway. Maybe this is the most amazing ego trip in history. Maybe he really might stop once he proves he really, holy shit, sweet mother of Mary, could have won this thing. Isn’t that better than winning and having to do all that work?
Nope, hang on. Trump decided to take his Wisconsin loss as gracelessly as possible and released a statement that accussed “Lyin’ Ted” of illegally coordinating with the Super Pacs that are spending money on his campaign. Trump’s statement called called Cruz “a Trojan horse being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump.” Mr. Trump doesn’t appear to have any evidence of this, but he’s sure to get a lot of attention. That is the main thing, especially when the candidate’s ninth month of mojo could soon birth nothing but a blip in political history.
On the other hand, things are not all hugs over on the left. Sanders has been hitting Clinton hard lately on issues such as her dodgy record on war and Wall Street. He’s got even more of an uphill batle than Cruz because the mainstream party actually likes and backs Clinton. Plus, she’s got nearly all of the fancy-pants superdelegates–like her husband–in her pocket for now. Still, Sanders has 1,056 delegates and 31 superdelagates, and there are still some 1,900 left to win. Exactly 2,383 are needed for the nomination. Clinton has 1,743.
Sanders is no longer the nice guy who assures debate crowds that he cares not one whit about Clinton’s email server. Now he’s hinting that he, too, might fight until the convention. Why not two brokered conventions? The jolly thing about Sanders is that he doesn’t have much party loyalty, and neither do Trump and Cruz, for that matter. This election is all about breaking or at least scaring the hell out of the Republican and Democratic parties, and that’s worth paying attention to, even if some of the spats it results in are not.