“It is too late,” Republican media strategist Alex Castellanos, who had unsuccessfully urged top GOP contributors to back an anti-Trump campaign earlier in the cycle, wrote in an email. “There is a fantasy effort to stop Trump, like a fantasy campaign to stop yesterday but it exists only as the denial stage of grief.”
The Daily Beast, a worthless and extremely slanted website that represents a bëte noire of political insider journalism, has come out swinging against websites that reported Marco Rubio’s all-but-certain gay past as a teen and college student in south Florida.
The Daily Beast’s editor is John Avlon, a political hack who has taken swipes against WMR and its editor on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” a ratings-tanking program, which he briefly hosted.
Avlon takes pleasure in the fact that his wife, Margaret Hoover, is the GOP neocon great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover, the creator of World War I veterans’ homeless camps known as “Hoovervilles” and the man whose ineptness brought about the Great Depression of the last century. No one represents the establishment Republican Party more than Margaret Hoover.
The Beast is owned by IAC/InterActiveCorp of New York City, with Joey Levin serving as its CEO. The website is so “inside,” and not in a complimentary way, that it has Chelsea Clinton on its board of directors. What could be wrong with a web publication tied by family links to the infamous Herbert Hoover and past president “Slick Willy” Clinton and his wife, the coronation-hungry Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The Washington Post, the neocon standard, the National Review, and much of the rest of the corporate media are touting Rubio’s 23.1% and seven delegates, right behind Trump’s 24.3% with the same number of delegates.
Iowa weeded out the crowded Republican field. Carson, Bush, Fiorina and the rest remained in the single digits. The former Arkansas Baptist Convention president Mike Hukabee threw in the towel Monday night. Ben Carson’s campaign said he would travel home and “get a fresh set of clothes.”
49 percent of likely Democratic Caucus participants back Sanders while 44 percent favor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
On Thursday The Nation, a weekly magazine self-described as “the flagship of the left,” announced it is formally backing Sanders.
“This magazine rarely makes endorsements in the Democratic primary (we’ve done so only twice: for Jesse Jackson in 1988, and for Barack Obama in 2008). We do so now impelled by the awareness that our rigged system works for the few and not for the many,” write the editors.
The Republican establishment has flexed its muscle in New Hampshire’s presidential primaries for years. But in the unpredictable 2016 election, the state’s standard political playbook faces challenges on two fronts.
Donald Trump’s brash brand of populism is resonating with voters, and he’s sustained a commanding lead in statewide preference polls for months. While several experienced politicians are well-liked, some party elites fear none will emerge as a consensus choice in time for the Feb. 9 primary, allowing Trump to win a plurality.
“If the center-right doesn’t coalesce here, it runs the risk of allowing a far-right, ideological candidate to go unchecked,” said Tom Rath, a New Hampshire-based Republican strategist backing Ohio Gov. John Kasich.