Scalia’s untimely death underscores why it is essential for everyone who wants to arrest America’s slide into ruin to consolidate behind Ted Cruz before it is too late. Take it from the voice of reason, Thomas Sowell:
Given the advanced ages of other justices, the next president is likely to have enough vacancies to fill to be able to shape the future of the court that helps shape the future of America.
Already many people are complaining that the America they grew up in, and loved, is being changed into something they can barely recognize.
There are looming threats from without as well as within:
Meanwhile, people with high level experience in the military and in the intelligence services are warning us against extreme dangers in a world where our adversaries’ military power and aggressiveness are increasing, while our military forces are being cut back.
Not all Republican candidates would reverse that trend.
Against this background, the frivolous rhetoric and childish antics in the televised political “debates” are painful to watch. If ever there was a time to choose a president with depth, rather than glitter or glibness, this is it.
Whatever the achievements of anyone in some other field, we cannot afford a novice in the complex world of politics and government at a time of grave dangers at home and internationally.
That rules out Trump, not that he would stand a chance in the general election anyway.
Some seem to think that Donald Trump’s lead in the polls and in the New Hampshire primary make him the most electable candidate, even if he often acts like an overgrown spoiled brat.
But the fact that Trump leads in the polls does not mean that he is electable in the general election this fall. He is ahead only because the majority vote among Republicans has been split among so many other candidates.
Although Hillary Clinton is said to have been beaten badly in the Democrat’s primary vote in New Hampshire, she still had a higher percentage of the Democrats’ vote than Trump had of the Republicans’ votes.
Unfortunately, the way the Republican primaries are set up, Trump can win all the delegates from some states without having to get a majority of the votes in any state.
A candidate who can’t even get a majority of the Republican vote, who many conservatives would not vote for under any circumstances whatsoever, and who has an overwhelming unfavorable rate among Democrats and independents would lose in a blowout. Give the country another 9 months to have his obnoxious behavior rubbed in everyone’s face, and Trump would be lucky to win even a single state.
Even if some total meltdown by the Dems put Trump into power, his ideological incoherence and seriously flawed character make it unlikely that he would be any better than Shrillary or Bernie Sanders.
If the Republicans are to avoid having Donald Trump lead them — and the country — to disaster, they are going to have to have the majority of non-Trump supporters get behind some given candidate. …
Senator Cruz is the one who comes to mind when depth and steadfastness come to mind.
As someone who once clerked for a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, he will know how important choosing Justice Scalia’s replacement will be. And he has the intellect to understand much more.
The question is whether Republican voters have the intellect not to step off the edge of a cliff in an insane self-defeating gesture.
On a tip from Torcer.