By John Ruberry

Occupy Chicago activists with Palestinian flag in 2012

Even in Illinois this story was barely noticed, but the dropping of a socialist running mate by an Illinois gubernatorial candidate betrays a deep rift within the Democratic Party that deserves a close look.

Late last month State Sen. Daniel Biss, a candidate for governor, announced Chicago alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa as his running mate. Just as on the presidential stage, ticket balancing is a goal for Illinois gubernatorial hopefuls and lately white candidates have been picking minorities as their running mates. Incumbent governor Bruce Rauner’s lieutenant governor is an Hispanic. Biss of course chose that strategy too.

But his ticket was perhaps too balanced. Or was it too unbalanced? Six days later Biss dropped his running mate.

Not only is Ramirez-Rosa an Hispanic but he’s also openly gay. So he’s a two-fer, which covers a pair core Democratic constituencies. That is almost certainly why this 28-year-old with scant experience was selected, not because he’s qualified to serve as governor. C’mon now, 28 years old? Illinois is burdened with declining population, $14 billion in unpaid bills, and one of the worst-funded public pension systems among the 50 states. And at one time Biss thought Ramirez-Rosa was good enough to be a heartbeat away from being in charge of fixing this debacle?

But Biss clearly didn’t dig very deep into the background of Ramirez-Rosa. Biss is Jewish but his running mate for that brief time is a supporter of BDS, that is, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. Biss’ mother grew up in the Jewish state. When a Jewish Illinois Democratic congressman retracted his endorsement of Biss over the BDS controversy, the chain reaction began.

Ramirez-Rosa was elected to Chicago’s City Council–that inept legislative body that sees a member graduate to a federal penitentiary every 18 months or so–two years ago. Earlier this year he joined the Democratic Socialists of America. It’s more socialist than Democrat.

Just as in 2004, when since-disgraced John Edwards claimed there were “two Americas,” there are two Democratic parties, the old guard, which is still trying to recreate the Franklin D. Roosevelt coalition, and the new wing, which is channeling the spirit of five-time Socialist Party candidate for president, Eugene V. Debs. Or to put a contemporary label on these factions, it’s Hillary Clinton versus Bernie Sanders.

Last month the DSA, which is not formally a political party, held its biennial convention in Chicago. Two things of note occurred. The Democratic Socialists voted nearly unanimously to support the BDS movement. Yes, Sanders is Jewish, but like most leftist Jews he’s secular. Secondly, as Salon noted, an online kerfuffle broke out during the DSA shindig when old guard Democrats complained that the socialists were “hijacking the party.” Perhaps they are. And even though the champion of the hijackers is a septuagenarian, energy and youth is with the socialists’ side, not the stalwarts.

Young against old. Gee, I wonder who is going to win?

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By 2020, the Democratic Party, which was founded by Andrew Jackson, may be America’s socialist party. With it will come the anti-Israeli and yes, anti-Semitic baggage of the far-left. Except the far-left could be the center-left by then.

As for Jewish Democrats, especially those who support Israel, they will wonder what the heck happened to their party. Actually, it’s occurring now. Early this year in a poll Pew discovered Democrats’ loyalties are almost evenly split in regards to the Israeli-Palestinian struggle.

Perhaps Biss was too hasty in dumping Ramirez-Rosa.  A pro-Israel Democrat paired with a BDS Democrat? Now that’s a balanced ticket!

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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Doctor Who The Pyramid at the End of the World 2017

Hey Guess what?  For a brief moment I thought Democrat house organ Politico has noticed that there is a difference between media coverage of Democrat “enthusiasm” and actually winning elections!

nearly a year after Sanders’ presidential run fell short, one thing is missing in the afterglow — a reliable string of victories at the ballot box.

The losses are piling up. Earlier this month, Democrat Heath Mello, whom Sanders campaigned with, failed to unseat a Republican in Omaha’s race for mayor. Kimberly Ellis, the candidate endorsed by Our Revolution, the successor group to Sanders’ presidential campaign, lost a fiercely contested race for California Democratic Party chair. And on Thursday night, Republican Greg Gianforte bested Rob Quist, another Democrat for whom Sanders campaigned, in a nationally watched House race in Montana.

Speaking at a victory party, Gianforte called the election proof “Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi can’t call the shots here in Montana.”

Could it be that the media has finally reached a stage of self awareness?  Actually no.  The clue to what Politico is really doing is out there.  Not so much in the piece, although it hints toward it,  nor its title and sub title “Sanders revolution hits a rough patch Bernie’s supporters struggle to capture the actual levers of power.” which again hints toward the message they want to send.

No the real message is in the URL of the piece “http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/29/bernie-sanders-ballot-losses-238889 (emphasis mine)

These aren’t “Democrat” ballot losses, these aren’t “liberal” ballot losses, they aren’t even Hillary ballot losses, these losses belong to Bernie Sanders who apparently can’t bring the party over the finish line.

I suspect Politico’s sudden realization “energy” doesn’t equal votes has more to do with marginalizing Bernie Sanders supporting the Democrat Establishment and Hillary Clinton in particular’s attempt to drive Democrats back into the “mainstream” fold than pointing out that the party is all smoke.  It the MSM’s attempt to associate these losses with Bernie rather than the party

Ah the democrats and their media allies, out to get Bernie during the primaries and still out to get him when the day is done.  I wonder how long after the rest of the MSM picks up this meme before Sanders supports figure that out?

On Saturday at CPAC I ran into Naseem and her Mother Salome

I suspect that a lot of liberal heads exploded during that interview

Speaking of liberal heads exploding you know how the President has talked about Bernie supporters who went for him, well I found one at CPAC Dustin who I interviewed with Charles

I was a tad surprised by the call for unity as a goal and political goals rather than policy goals

His answer concerning Sanders voters thinking staying home or voting Hillary was quite interesting.

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2017 (all videos not blogged about yet here). If your interview hasn’t been blogged yet I promise I will get to you

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Voices of CPAC 2017 DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Pastor Greg Young and Cody from MD
Voices at CPAC 2017 Senator Rick Santorum

3/9
Voices of CPAC 2017 DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Mona Salama & Tyler
Voices of CPAC 2017 Kurt Schlichter and Stephen Kruiser

3/8
Voices of CPAC 2017 DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Caleb from South florida and Robert Stacy McCain
Voices at CPAC 2017 Rep Josh Moore NH and Micha Pierce from WI and American Majority

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Voices of CPAC 2017 DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Zaire Ali from MD & Daniel from LA
Voices of CPAC 2017 Michael Graham & Bill Lewis

3/6
Voices of CPAC 2017 DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court NIRSA Liberals strike back, Plus Elliott and Adam
Voices of CPAC 2017 Marc Hayden Conservatives vs the Death Penalty & Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation

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Voices of CPAC 2017 Kid with Lid & Paris Alex pt3 & Izzy and a prayer on DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court
Voices of CPAC 2017 Tom from NC and Martin & Peyton from Hillsdale College

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Voices of CPAC 2017 Kid with Lid and Paris on DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Parts 1 & 2
Voices of CPAC 2017 Jen from WA and Jeff from PA

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Voices of CPAC 2017 Patrick Howley on DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court
Voices of CPAC 2017 Michelle from PA and Carla from PA

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Voices of CPAC 2017 Susan from Dallas , Robert from MD and Donna Marie Fred from Ohio on DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court
Voices of CPAC 2017 Phil from VA and Michelle from VA

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Voices at CPAC 2017 Niger Innis and Donald Scoggins at the Roy Innis Luncheon

2/28
Voices of CPAC 2017 Amelia Hamilton, Andrew Langer & GOP candidate
Voices of CPAC 2017 Paul, Fawad and the point the left is missing (with Stacy McCain)

2/27
Voices of CPAC 2017 Justin & Connor & How DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Came About (It involves Stacy McCain & Beer)

2/26
A Historic CPAC Catholic 1st Exactly when I needed it

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Voices at CPAC 2017 Two Rons and a Patricia
Voices of the Cannoli deprived at CPAC 2017 Scottie Neil Hughes
Voices at CPAC 2017 Evan Sayet A Deplorable Mind before and after
DaTechguy Meets Students TBS & Fake news at Donald Trump’s CPAC 2017 Speech
Voices of CPAC 2017 Author Matt Margolis On DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court

2/24
Voices of CPAC 2017 Tom Wenzel of EWTN & Alberto Calamaro of Radio Maria
The Media Narrative Hunt at CPAC
Voices of CPAC 2017 Donald Trump Single lines from CPAC speech as he makes them
Voices of CPAC 2017 the Indefatigable Kira Innis

2/23
Voices of Cpac 2017 Steve & Shen, Ed Morrissey of Hotair and a Kellyanne Conway Cannoli Story
Voices of CPAC 2017 Radio Row Sharon Angle & Rick Trader Daria Novak & Frank Vernuccio
CPAC 2017 Photos & Brief videos from the Sean Hannity Taping

Voices at CPAC 2017 Advocates: Melissa of Able Americans, Matt of American Majority
Voices at CPAC 2017 Yvonne (from almost #NeverTrump to Evangelical Coordinator) & Michael
Voices of CPAC 2017 Joe on Life behind the Berlin Wall

2/22

Voices at CPAC 2017 Liz a Cook County Republican (and Kasich delegate)
CPAC 2017 First Interviews Theresa an Attendee and Rob Eno of Conservative Review

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Some Quick pre-cpac video and thoughts

2016 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

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By John Ruberry

Donald J. Trump’s presidential honeymoon with the media lasted sixteen minutes, which was, not coincidentally, the length of his inauguration address.

Since then, the media, with a few exceptions, has been relentlessly attacking the president, and by media, I’ll use the definition Rush Limbaugh gave this morning to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, which is ABC, CBS, NBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post and USA Today.

I’ll add one more–a big one, CNN, sometimes called the Clinton News Network.

The media is striking back with an assault on the presidency not seen since the height of the Watergate scandal.

And Donald Trump is fighting them–and the media can’t ascertain why much of the public, their public, is siding with the president.

Because conservatives don’t like cheaters.

Among the damning revelations from the John Podesta emails hacked by WikiLeaks was clear evidence of collusion by some of these allegedly neutral outlets during the 2016 presidential campaign, most notoriously when CNN analyst Donna Brazile twice supplied a planned question to the Hillary Clinton campaign prior to a CNN-hosted debate with Bernie Sanders.

Viewers of those two CNN debates were cheated by CNN, which employed Brazile, as they rightly expected the Clinton-Sanders matchups to be, let’s use a popular term from the time when several Chicago White Sox players conspired to throw the 1919 World Series, “on the square.” Sure, Brazile, was fired, but only after she was caught the second time feeding a debate question to the Clinton machine. That says a lot. Oh, where did Brazile learn of these questions? Did they come from a low-level CNN staffer?

Liberals, with the possible exception of the most ardent members of the growing socialist wing of the Democratic Party, dismissed Brazile’s cheating as just the way the game is played, which is not how White Sox fans greeted news of the 1919 fix broke a year later.

Before there was fake news there was a fake World Series.

Here is my conservative-or-liberal litmus test: If you were angry–or still are angry–about media collusion with the Democratic Party during the 2016 campaign, they you are a conservative. If you are not, they you’re a liberal. It’s that easy.

Which explains why the media, again using the definition I gave earlier, is astounded that Trump not only attacks them millions of Americans are cheering him on.

After dutifully reporting on media collusion immediately after it was revealed, the media promptly ignored the scandal–their scandal–which is not the case with Russian interference, and yes, alleged hacking of the election by Russia of the presidential election, whatever that entails. It probably entails nothing. WikiLeaks’ founder, Julian Assange, repeatedly insists that Russia was not the source of the hacked Podesta emails.

Okay, you skeptics out there, you are probably thinking to yourselves that I am citing only two examples of CNN collusion, and that done by an analyst, not a reporter.

Still still for a moment. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper, both of them anchors, the latter is the network’s Washington correspondent, were caught colluding by WikiLeaks. Other colluders captured in the WikiLeaks net were the New York Times and CNBC’s John Harwood, the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, Glenn Thrush, then of Politico and now of the New York Times, and Brent Budowsky of The Hill.

When Trump said on the stump “the system is rigged,” the colluders proved him right.

The Forgotten Man and the Forgotten Woman, that is, the people who play by the rules and try to make an honest living under increasingly daunting odds, elected Trump, despite the rigging.

John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

And the cheating media still can’t figure out why most Americans despise them.

You Democratic cynics are probably still thinking, “Everyone does it.” No they don’t. Very few media outlets are conservative ones, so the opportunity simply isn’t there for Republicans to collude. The only instance of GOP collusion in a presidential campaign I can recall is George Will’s vague self-described “inappropriate” role in the 1980 Debategate micro-scandal.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

There has been a bit of a buzz concerning Hillary Clinton appropriating the words of Ted Cruz’s speech at the RNC convention.

I think those words of Hillary’s are interesting: “Ted Cruz was right. In this election do the right thing vote your conscience”

Well progressives you heard her.

If your progressive conscience objects to people swimming in special interest money, Listen to Hillary. Do the right thing, vote your conscience, vote for Dr. Jill Stein

If your progressive conscience objects to candidates who not only take huge money to speak before organizations like Goldman Sacks but won’t release the transcripts of those speeches Listen to Hillary Do the right thing, vote your conscience, vote for Dr. Jill Stein.

If your progressive conscience objects to candidates who voted for and supported the Iraq War, Listen to Hillary Do the right thing, vote your conscience, vote for Dr. Jill Stein.

If your progressive conscience objects to candidates and their allies who conspires to smear progressive like Bernie Sanders and manipulate votes in states like Iowa for their advantage. Listen to Hillary Do the right thing, vote your conscience, vote for Dr. Jill Stein.

If your progressive conscience objects to a candidate who was, at best careless with classified information Listen to Hillary Do the right thing, vote your conscience, vote for Dr. Jill Stein.

If your progressive conscience objects to candidates who given the chance to choose a progressive diverse candidate as a running mate selects a while male insider who calls himself pro-life Listen to Hillary Do the right thing, vote your conscience, vote for Dr. Jill Stein.

If your progressive conscience objects says that as a person who worked so hard for Bernie and the progressive ideal that you simply can see yourself voting for Hillary, Listen to Hillary Do the right thing, vote your conscience, vote for Dr. Jill Stein.

Well personally I think if Hillary Clinton is so insistent that progressives vote their conscience who am I to say otherwise?

I can’t imagine how Bernie Sanders voters feel today.

If you were a Bernie bro the home stretch of this season had promise.  Your man was still fighting even after Donald Trump had clinched and unlike Trump, Hillary had not managed to secure enough bound delegates to win the nomination meaning that the superdelegate who by the rules were completely free regardless of past pronouncements or media statements to vote for whatever nominee they wanted.

Furthermore with the FBI investigation still having over her and polls consistently  showing Bernie beating Trump, there was always the chance that the tide at the convention would turn.

There was HOPE!

And more important than hope, as long as Sanders did not concede they had leverage.

As long as the threat of a move to Bernie at the convention existed, Hillary Clinton was forced to entertain progressive choices for VP, to give lip service to your issues.  To very publically be a sister to the left.

That leverage ended the moment Sanders left the race and endorsed and the ultimate express of that loss of leverage is the pick of Tim Kaine.

Once Bernie was out the fix was in (and not just in terms of VP with no alternative Democrat as a threat suddenly Bill Clinton was meeting with Lynch, the FBI was crying “careless” but unwilling to enforce the law and suddenly Justice was uninterested.) and you progressives could be tossed under the Clinton bus, and ironically thanks to the Wikileaks disclosures you know that has been the desire from day one.

In one message dated May 5, 2016, with the subject line “No s–t,” the chief financial officer of the Democratic National Committee, Brad Marshall, plotted how to portray Sanders, who was raised Jewish in Brooklyn, as an atheist.

“It might [make] no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief,” Marshall wrote, apparently referring to Sanders and upcoming Kentucky and West Virginia primaries.

“Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage,’’ Marshall asked.

“I think I read he is an atheist.”

“This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and atheist.”

The chief executive officer at the DNC, Amy Dacey, responded with a single word: “Amen.”

Or to put it another way, Putting aside my own feelings as a Conservative Catholic or opinions on Hillary’s options, do you really believe, dear Bernie fans, that a “pro-life” senator and governor with a religious background and an affinity for the trade deals you despise, a former DNC chair, the ultimate insider, a straight white male, would be the Democrat choice for VS if they actually cared what you think?

You may have have “felt the burn” before but now you really know what it is to be burned

Well there’s always Dr. Jill Stein & the Green Party.

Exit question for Bernie fans:  Given these facts how jealous are you of the Never Trump folks.  They at least had a champion who was willing to go before the convention and at great risk to his political future not endorse.  Who will be your champion at the Democrat Convention?

Update: added DNC quote


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Yesterday at Hotair there was a post that seemingly didn’t make a lot of sense:

There’s been something missing from the Trump campaign recently and I don’t mean displays of steaks, champagne or Yuge private jets. While he’s been on TV and radio on a daily basis, The Donald hasn’t held a single public rally in more than a week. Given his overall strategy through the entire primary this seems an odd turn of events. Zeke Miller at Time Magazine took note of this curious development in his daily brief without much in the way of an explanation.

I didn’t understand it until I watched CNN last night.

The conversation was all about the “violence” at the Democrat convention in Nevada.  You had Wolf Blitzer trying to put threats made by Sanders supports on the candidate.

It was very telling, there have been huge splits in the Democrat party and since Iowa there have been interesting things being done by the Hillary Clinton supporting establishment.

but if you are a viewer of the MSM you have not seen any of it as they have been too busy pushing the “Trump evil” “Trump violent” memes.

But with Trump not holding large rallies, suddenly the MSM doesn’t have protesters to cover and spin, suddenly the problems that have been taking place in the Democrat party since the start of the primaries are breaking through and as polls continue to show Trump competitive with Clinton (something the MSM has said was simply not possible) suddenly the arguments in favor of Bernie Sanders are looking better and better.

I think Trump is doing all he can to force the Hillary/Bernie divide out into the sunlight.

That’s smart, very smart.

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Sheldon: Biologically speaking, Howard is perfectly justified in seeking out the optimum mate for the propagation of his genetic line.

Howard: Thank you, Sheldon.

Sheldon: Now, whether that propagation is in the interest of humanity is, of course, an entirely different question.

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His goal had nothing to do the reporters or networks covering him.  He wasn’t playing the game by the rules they expected, he made his own rules and made them play along. He accomplished exactly what he wanted to do in the way he wanted to do it.

In other words he punked the MSM and punked them good and just like Bart in Mel Brooks Blazing Saddles, he’s laughing at them.

DaTechGuy:  Donald Trump’s Announcement Speech: Mission Accomplished

This has been a bad week for the narrative of the MSM

This week Quinnipiac University has made the startling discovery that the MSM’s insistence that a Trump Clinton race is a foregone conclusion might just be a tad flawed:

Quinnipiac University released three new surveys Tuesday that showed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee virtually tied with Clinton in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, three states viewed as crucial in racking up the number of electoral-college votes needed to secure the presidency.

According to Quinnipiac, the former secretary of state led Trump by just a single point in Florida and Pennsylvania. And the university’s poll of likely Ohio voters found Trump leading in Ohio, 43% to 39%.

It’s worth noting that this is taking place after the media has spent the last year not only laughing at the candidacy of Donald Trump while declaring him racist, sexist and completely unacceptable, but telling us on a regular basis that he is doomed in a general election matchup with Hillary Clinton.

To say this has democrats scared to death is an understatement and the focus group (via Glenn) data isn’t looking good either:

Trump has a very simple economic message: The elites have screwed you with trade deals that have sucked jobs out of the country. He’d bring them roaring back by kicking the asses of other countries, international bureaucrats and elites, CEOs who ship jobs overseas, and immigrants who are eating out of American workers’ lunch buckets.

If this focus grouping is right, the challenge for Democrats, in addition to cranking up core Dem groups, will be to persuade swing voters not just that Trump is wholly unfit for the job, but that he’s also running a massive economic con.

And some are really scared:

No Democrat has ever run against a candidate like Trump. He overturns every settled ideological and temperamental expectation of normal politics. He will go after you with a ferocity we’ve never seen before, and the assault will be unremitting — yes, on the stump, in TV and radio ads, and in the debates, but also in 24/7 cable news coverage and an endless stream of infectiously quotable tweets, half of them capped by what’s become this election cycle’s all-purpose three-letter dismissal: Sad!

And if that isn’t enough, the MSM Narrative that Hillary Clinton has the nomination sewed up keeps running into Bernie Sanders continuing to score inconvenient wins by (in this case by 15 pts).

Bernie Sanders won the West Virginia Democratic primary on Tuesday over Hillary Clinton.

The Vermont senator’s victory bolsters his decision to stay in the race even though the delegate math is heavily in Clinton’s favor. Sanders won Indiana last week and could win several other states slated to vote this month.

“West Virginia is a working-class state, and like many other states in this country — including Oregon — working people are hurting. And what the people of West Virginia said tonight, and I believe the people of Oregon and Kentucky will say next week, is that we need an economy that works for all of us, not just the 1 percent,” Sanders told a supporters at a rally in Oregon Tuesday evening. That state votes next Tuesday.

It’s worth noting that the NPR when talking about the math doesn’t bring up the fact that Hillary Can’t clinch the nomination before the convention without superdelegates who can change their votes on a whim.

It doesn’t help the “presumptive nominee” narrative that while Bernie was winning a state that Hillary took by a wide margin in 2008 the other “presumptive nominee” Trump was winning Nebraska, a state he was expected to lose a week ago.

Of course that didn’t stop CNN from the moment the state was called for Sanders immediately spinning on air that Sanders team has actually given up and is only playing out the primaries for show.

What does all this mean, just this.

If swing state polling keeps showing Donald Trump capable of beating Hillary and Bernie Sanders keeps winning primaries I suspect a lot of superdelegates are going to find themselves thinking they might be better off with the candidate who polls better than Clinton vs Trump.

Be afraid Hillary, be very afraid.

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Brett Maverick: Now he did everything a man shouldn’t do, but he’s still alive, looks like he’ll be elected sheriff and I know he’ll end up with the biggest ranch in the territory. I’m broke. Nobody even knows I’m leaving or cares. Could I be wrong?

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One of the things that leaped out at me after the Indiana Primary results was the sudden pivot of the MSM.

Before the Indiana Primary the media was covering both the GOP race between Donald Trump , Ted Cruz and apparent Trump surrogate John Kasich  and to a lesser degree the Democrat Race between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

After the Primary when Senator Cruz was decisively defeated by Mr. Trump & Both Senator Cruz and Trump surrogate John Kasich pulled out of the race the MSM quite rightly stopped covering the GOP primary race as there was no longer a race to be covered.

However the MSM also suddenly decided to stop covering the Democrat race even after Bernie Sanders scored an upset win over Hillary Clinton in a state she previously won in 2008.

This is a cause of consternation among supporters of Bernie Sanders

And without a question there is one person that you need to blame for this situation with the MSM

That person is of course Senator Ted Cruz

You see Donald Trump still can’t mathematically clinch before the primaries on June 7th so as long as Ted Cruz kept his campaign active there was, in theory still a chance that Mr. Trump could fail to get the required delegates before the GOP convention. That would have given the media a reason to cover the GOP nomination race.

And because they were covering the GOP race they had to cover the active Democrat race where Bernie Sanders continues to give Hillary Clinton a run for her money putting their desire to support Hillary Clinton as their (and by “their” I mean the Democrats with bylines that compose the media) nominee.

However Ted Cruz’s withdrawal completely changes the dynamic.

Now there is no longer a GOP race the ratings machine that pays the bills, namely Donald Trump, is now completely focused on attacking Hillary Clinton.

This give the media a ratings and a financial incentive to do what they would like to do anyway, completely ignore Bernie Sanders despite his impressive win in Indiana and excellent prospects in upcoming states and crown Clinton because doing so involves covering Trump.

In fact the only hope of Bernie getting any coverage is if Trump keeps tweeting stuff like this:

Because even if Bernie sweeps the rest of the remaining states, the only substantial coverage he is going to get is if Donald trump brings him up.

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It’s now been 2 days since Donald Trump unofficially secured the GOP nomination but there is an interesting dynamic that is getting no attention.

One of the signs that a race is over is something called a preference cascade. It’s the point where it becomes apparent that a particular candidate is going to win both and both pols and voters start lining up behind the person who is going to win (It’s also worth noting the candidates remember who was with them before the cascade came, the true believers, vs those who decided to join the parade when there was no other in town) but I digress.

That more than anything else is why Donald Trump starting pulling over 50%, once people decided that Trump was going to win attitudes started to change, that’s when you knew, press coverage not withstanding, baring something incredible it was all over.

And that brings us to Bernie Sanders.

Lost in all the commotion of Ted Cruz and then John Kasich dropping out of the GOP race after Indiana was Bernie Sanders chalking up an unexpected primary win.

Sanders told reporters this evening, “I understand that Secretary Clinton thinks that this campaign is over. I’ve got some bad news for her. I know all the pundits thought we were supposed to lose but that apparently is not what all the people of Indiana concluded.”

Sanders also scoffed at the idea that staying in the race could hurt Democrats’ chances against GOP front-runner Donald Trump. “Not at all. Not at all,” he said. He pointed to polls that showed voters saying the primary invigorated the party. “I have no doubt, zero doubt that what we have done in this campaign, what we are doing now and what we will do in the next 6 weeks is good for the democratic party and it will result in a higher voter turnout,” he added.

It will likely remain mathematically possible for Sanders to win the Democratic nomination until at least June 7 because the large number of superdelegates, who overwhelmingly back Clinton now, but are free to change their minds.

Clinton currently needs to win 70 percent of remaining delegates in order to clinch the Democratic nomination using only pledged delegates.

For quite a while the MSM has been declaring the Democrat race over, but oddly enough the voters don’t seem to agree, and more importantly the normal preference cascade that would be the sure sign of a race that’s been won just plain hasn’t taken place.

So let’s review:

Until Ted Cruz’s defeat and decision to pull out of the GOP race the media has maintained that the GOP race was not over.

Yet even with Bernie Sanders victory in Indiana and the fact that Hillary needs 70% of the elected delegates to win the nomination outright the media has no problem dubbing Hillary the winner and completely dismissing Bernie Sanders even though the voters have shown no sign of the preference cascade that would normally follow a winner.

I wonder why?

Update” Day by Day is thinking preference cascades today too

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