This is getting interesting…..or is it boring?

Michael Bloomberg says he will not enter 2016 presidential race

There’s obviously various third party candidates around. Greens, socialists, libertarians and so on. But they never make much impact. Most of them don’t even make every ballot. But no major third party runners look likely to emerge this time around.

So, guess it’s Trump or Cruz, and Hillary.

Is this interesting or boring?

23 thoughts on “This is getting interesting…..or is it boring?”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Why would anyone want another New York billionaire to enter the race? Especially one who is bitter, angry, closeted and whose only policies have any claim to fame is his effort to ban the slurpy?

    The man would have to be insane to think he was in with a chance. Presumably his equivalent of Smithers has been standing by his elbow saying “But think how it would look to the public sir”

    This campaign has been intensely amusing so far. I am just sorry that Sanders won’t get much more of a chance to b!tch slap Hillary for interrupting him and we won’t get a lot more mockery aimed at Trump’s little fella.

    My dream is a Trump-Sanders race with Cruz being bought off with a Supreme Court seat. Cruz is only 40-ish. He could be revisiting the Miranda, Escobedo, and Furman (plus all its little offshoots) decisions for the next fifty years.

    Perhaps even Plessy, Lawrence, Griswold ….

  2. Well, for betting types it was interesting when he was coming in from 800:1 to 50:1.

    Now he seems to have gone back out again.

  3. The Laughing Cavalier

    What could be really interesting would be an election with both candidates under indictment.

  4. But no major third party runners look likely to emerge this time around. So, guess it’s Trump or Cruz, and Hillary.

    It depends what happens between now and the Republican National Convention in July. If Cruz improves his standing and Trump’s diminishes (but not sufficiently that he chooses to withdraw), then we could end up in a stand-off.

    Given a choice between Trump and Cruz, the GOP would obviously prefer Cruz, but if they do that then there is a reasonable risk that Trump will run as an independent, splitting the Cruz vote and denying him the Presidency.

    Then you end up with Shillary Clinton as POTUS, which is at best an unappealing prospect.

  5. Greatest election ever.

    Citizen Trump is still going to win, unless the GOP wants to burn itself down in a queef of infamy.

    Trump v Hillary would be tremendous fun.

  6. SMFS said:
    “My dream is a Trump-Sanders race with Cruz being bought off with a Supreme Court seat.”

    Me too. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like Sanders is going to manage it. But President Trump and Justice Cruz sounds good to me.

  7. Trump vs Hillary will be the most interesting fight in years. It pits political insiders, unions, public-sector workers, the military-industrial complex, and all the rest of society’s leeches; versus the rest of the country. Or at least that’s how it looks from outside.

  8. Andrew – it’s even bigger than that.

    It’s also Trump v China, Mexico, the Pope, ISIS, the Israeli lobby (they hate his guts even though he says he’s pro-Israel), Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Facebook, the EU, the French, and Miley Cyrus.

    And Trump’s winning.

  9. Trump would start fewer wars than Hellary

    True.

    The “extreme” candidate has been vocal in his criticism of the Iraq war and the time NATO bombed the crap out of Yugoslavia.

    Both wars Hilldog and her husband supported.

    Rubio is wholly owned by the neocons, and his campaign slogan is directly lifted from the infamous PNAC.

    Nice guy John Kasich wants to start WW3 with Russia.

    Ted Cruz is harder to read. He gives slippery, lawyerly answers that seem put him in the position of supporting whichever outcome is most advantageous to Ted Cruz.

  10. ‘Given a choice between Trump and Cruz, the GOP would obviously prefer Cruz’

    No. RNC hates Cruz; they think they can deal with Trump.

    ‘Citizen Trump is still going to win, unless the GOP wants to burn itself down in a queef of infamy.’

    RNC hates conservatives. They would choose burning down over Cruz. It sounds strange, but it’s true.

    Trump isn’t going to win on the first ballot. As primaries go into closed states, where only Republicans can vote in the Republican primary (!), Cruz will do well enough against Trump to keep Trump from getting 50% of the delegates going into the convention.

    Talk of brokered convention is ignorant. But multiple ballots is likely. RNC can trot out Romney after the first ballot, but it will only further soil their reputation.

  11. “RNC hates Cruz; they think they can deal with Trump”

    I’ve heard it both ways, Gamecock.

    Trump’s getting the full-spectrum Hitlering though, which is benefitting Cruz because he’s flying under the anti-Trump flak.

    Really astonishing how much hysteria is being whipped up against a man for running on a platform of enforcing the law on immigration. John F. Kennedy would be considered a dangerous extremist if he was running today.

  12. The key thing is to avoid a Cruz Presidency.

    The USA can withstand another term of politicks as usual with the unappealing Hilary. And Trump will probably be as ineffective as the Nobel-prize-winning Obama – or more ineffective.

    But Cruz is just simply evil. Not even Surreptitiously.

    My dream is, of course, for President Trump and VP Hilary Rodham Trump.

  13. I doubt the media will continue giving Trump an easy ride and lots of free interview if he’s running against Hillary- so many of them are ex- Hillary employees, ex democrat politicians, or democrat donors.
    It’s Hillary’s best chance.
    If he were to go third party he’s probably take as many votes off the Dems as he would off the Republicans (there is the possibility that democratic crossovers have helped T in the open primaries).
    Hilary’s best chance is therefore a run against Mr T.
    I note that Mr. Cruz is not that far behind T and gaining. Mr Rubio is also picking up. And there’s a long way to go.

  14. Why no Birth Certificate hysteria for Rubio? Don’t you have to be 30 to be President?

    No way he’s 30.

    I think his campaign is some sort school project that’s got massively out of hand.

  15. What has been interesting is watching the neocons panic. Cruz, Rubio and Kasich would all be acceptable to them. For some reason Trump isn’t.

    At this point the talk is of what the neocons can do if the leave the GOP. Since 3rd parties don’t matter here they can do nothing. To me that group being marginalized is the best possible result from this election.

  16. My dream is a Trump-Sanders race with Cruz being bought off with a Supreme Court seat.

    I’m still holding out for Trump/Sanders vs the Lizard Queen, after she steals the Democrat nomination.

  17. There was a hit song a while ago “Ringo for President” – time for a revival (different singer required, of course). Even at 75 Ringo is far preferable to Hillary, Bernie Cruz or Trump (I’m ignoring, pro tem, the also-hobbled in the GOP race).

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