Sunday, March 13, 2016

Beware the Ides of March

"If Donald Trump does very well on Tuesday, it will be setting the table for the general election."

It is coming. It is the Friday 13th of history. Many bad things have happened on the Ides of March. For those of us who took literature back in high school, we know the most famous. It was the day that Julius Caesar was killed. And in his famous play Julius Caesar, Shakespeare used the classic line, "Beware the Ides of March". 

This coming Tuesday is the Ides of March. March 15th. And it is also the "other Super Tuesday". Only this one has a sting to it. As much as I had hoped that both John Kasich and Marco Rubio would have dropped out, it appears that will not happen. With Ohio and Florida being winner take all states, a Trump victory could either turn the lights out for Ted Cruz, or at least make them very dim.

If Donald Trump does very well on Tuesday, it will be setting the table for the general election. And it is going to be one for the ages. It will pit Donald Trump, the one in America who really tapped into a huge reservoir of voter anger, against Hillary Clinton, the statists dream girl. Meanwhile, the one candidate who really could have made an excellent President, will be on the outside looking in.

Just like the soothsayer warning Julius Caesar to beware of the Ides of March, many pundits are also warning the voters of the same. I can't even imagine how vicious the general election would be if it were Trump against Clinton. It would make the "Lying Ted" and "Little Marco" snubs look like child's play. Trump would go after Clinton with all verbal guns blazing. My biggest fear of that is that it would backfire.

Ted Cruz on the other hand is like a Ben Carson brain surgeon in a debate. He would carve Hillary Clinton up without her even realizing she just had surgery. It would be a thing of beauty. Whereas Donald Trump may understand the art of the deal, Ted Cruz understands how to win a debate with cogent, well articulated arguments.

So Tuesday will be here before we realize it. Most of us are still trying to get used to daylight savings time. Since Marco did not drop out of the race, experts say he thereby ceded Florida to Donald Trump. Or to keep up the Shakespearean theme, Ted Cruz might have looked into fellow Senator's Marco Rubio's eyes and asked, "et tu Brute?"  

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