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The 2016 Presidential Primaries Drama Show

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Without question, this year’s presidential campaign has been far more interesting than any other race in the recent past.  A self-claimed socialist, a celebrity, a possible criminal, and a radical constitutionalist are all running for the presidency.  Drama on both sides is intensifying, with Bernie Sanders picking up five straight states in the primaries, and Ted Cruz winning all of the delegates in Colorado without receiving the majority of votes.

On the Republican side, Trump lashed out Monday morning on Fox, saying that “I’ve gotten millions … of more votes than [Sen. Ted] Cruz, and I’ve gotten hundreds of delegates more, and we keep fighting, fighting, fighting, and then you have a Colorado where they just get all of these delegates, and it’s not [even] a system.”  A great video of Trump’s aide talking about Cruz’s win in Colorado can be seen below.

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Trump does have the majority of voters among the three candidates, but he does not have the majority of the party.  If Trump can’t sustain the majority of the party, then how can he be expected to win the election?  The party would not be unified, and Cruz and Kasich both denounced their oaths to support the winner of the primaries.  Trump is barely able to be considered a Republican according to many, and this division does not bode well for the Republican Party’s chances of winning the election.

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On the Democrat side, Bernie Sanders is picking up quite a bit of momentum, but still is about 600 delegates behind Clinton, who only needs about 500 more.  In the Democratic primaries, this is just a matter of one or two states.  But with Bernie Sanders’s recent momentum with a sweep of five states, Hillary’s campaign may be in jeopardy.

In addition to former Secretary Clinton’s issue of a come-from-behind win for Sanders, she also has to worry about indictment.  President Obama made a statement this past week if the FBI says she should be indicted, he will not stop the procedure.  This would end her campaign altogether, and Bernie Sanders will be the nominee.  However, if Sanders becomes the nominee, he will most likely lose because of the socialist-communist brand against him.  Even with the Republican Party being such a divided mess he still most likely would not win.

Elder senior Joe Kraft thinks the whole election now is a horrible drama show, in politically correct terms.  “On the left it’s a convict and a socialist, on the right it’s an attention seeker, a radical, and Kasich.”  He went on to saying the entire election is going to be a mess no matter who wins the primaries and the nomination.

As much as I personally hate to say it, none of these candidates have what it takes to run a country.  Trump has the entire nation divided among itself.  Bernie Sanders wouldn’t be able to get anything done as president because he is too far to the left for Congress.  Hillary Clinton is not trusted, and Cruz is not liked.  Kasich is the only reasonable candidate but there is no way he can win unless it becomes a brokered convention, which wouldn’t be good for anyone anywhere.

The primaries will come to a close as seen here along with the delegate count, on June 14, 2016.  The election is too far gone to repair now. All the country can hope for is something or someone comes into the race to get the election process back to normal.  For the past 240 years, this country has been able to last this way.  The system works, and has proven to work with only 27 corrections to the Constitution of the United States.  The country does not need a change in politics from standard policy issues to mindless, childish bantering among the candidates who are running for the most respected office in the entire world.  Trump, Mrs. Clinton, Cruz, Sanders, Kasich; it is time to grow up.

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