Damn the torpedoes.

I was looking at a few political headlines this morning. It was like watching an endless volley in a tennis match.

John Podhoretz says to Resign yourself to the depressing reality: It’s going to be Trump vs. Clinton, but Roger Kimball describes Here’s Why the New York Primary Still Doesn’t Matter.

Trump gets 518,000 votes in his home state and is “inevitable.” Cruz gets 1,239,370 in his and nobody notices.

Of course, having the major media outlets based in New York makes reporters more likely to pay attention to New York – especially since they have been playing up The Donald stories for the past four decades. (This is no exaggeration; I worked and lived in the area for all those years. No week went by without a DT news item.)

Few noticed that Kasich won in Trump’s home district. Kasich, by staying in the race, proves to be a valuable asset . . . for Trump. The NYT’s viciously anti-Cruz editorial calls Kasich the moderate Republicans’ “palatable alternative,” damning with faint praise indeed, for anything politically palatable to the NYT editorial board is distinctly distasteful to me.

Reiham Salam (who, like me, has been going through the five stages) voted for Cruz yesterday,

The emotions I most closely associate with this campaign season are, in no particular order, dread, despair, rage, and mournful resignation. So to my surprise, there was a spring in my step as I headed to my polling place, located in a public housing complex a few blocks from my apartment.


So, while the headlines go one way or the other, I found Jeremy Carl’s article particularly interesting, as I read it right after reading Pete‘s – both Carl and Pete arrive at the same conclusion,

Barring a very unusual occurrence, this contest will not be decided until (at the earliest) the final states vote on June 7.


Two days ago Andrew Klavan warned us to prepare for two weeks of Trump hell (4:00 into the podcast),

“. . . we’re going into the maelstrom. We have New York tomorrow, and then a week from that . . . all these East Coast primaries that Trump, I think is going to win big.”

Klavan, a screenwriter, calls this “the all is lost moment.” He warns us, “this is the moment when people start to lose their nerve.”

To this Cruz supporter, my present attitude is, as Admiral Farragut put it, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!”

In Farragut’s case, it turned out to be good tactics, too.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.