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I Agree With Ted Cruz

I have found very little I can agree on with Ted Cruz in this election.  Until this week.

Now that Cruz has dropped out of the race for president, one question remains:  will the junior senator from Texas vote in November for the man he called an utterly amoral bully, narcissist, "pathological liar," " a serial philanderer," and unfit to be president?

And what about all the others in the Dump Trump movement, who may not have expressed themselves in the same words but shared the sentiment?

When Yes Means No

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week unequivocally rejected the French proposal for a Middle East peace conference involving some two dozen nations to be held in Paris this summer.  He said the only way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is by "direct bilateral negotiations" and he's "ready immediately to begin" talks "without any preconditions."

That may be what he said, but it's not what he meant.

The French say their goal is to revive negotiations for a two-state solution.

Stand By Your Ex-Con

The resident ex-con in the Netanyahu cabinet is once again under investigation for corruption, but the prime minister is standing by his man. 

Aryeh Deri, who went to jail following his 1999 conviction for bribery and fraud as interior minister, was given back old job earlier this year by Benjamin Netanyahu.  And Guess what. 

How Moderate Is John Kasich?

With each passing primary, John Kasich's chances of becoming the Republican presidential nominee shrink, an ironic fate for the candidate who polls show has the best chance for winning in November.

He is still hoping that Nasty and Nastier knock each other out and force a brokered convention which picks him as the adult alternative to lead the party. 

Rav Kasich, Talmudic Scholar

That newly-minted Talmudic scholar, John Kasich, explained to a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews at a matzo factory last week that the paschal lamb of Passover portends Jesus.

"The great link between the blood that was put above the lampposts (sic), the blood of the lamb, because Jesus Christ is known as the lamb of God.  It's his blood, we believe," JTA quoted the Ohio governor.

Whose Example Will Bernie Follow?

What worries Democrats most about Bernie Sanders is what happens in the likely event he doesn't get the nomination.

The pundits, pros and party leaders admire how the Vermont senator has motivated so many people who had seemingly tuned out of politics, particularly young voters.  He had been given him chance of grabbing the gold ring, but the party wants him and his followers to carry that enthusiasm into November.  

Our R-Rated Presidential Campaign

I don’t want my young granddaughters watching the television coverage of presidential campaign because so much is simply unsuitable for children. 

What should be a unique learning experience about American democracy in action has become an R-rated assault on the senses.

I've never seen one like this. Not Nixon's dirty tricks, not LBJ's daisy petals, not George H.W. Bush's Willy Horton (if you don't remember, Google them).

Family Values

Newt Gingrich, Bob Livingston and Dennis Hastert.

What do they have in common?

All three were Republican congressmen. 

All three were Speaker of the House or the designated speaker.

All three left Congress to trade on their public service to become very wealthy consultants and lobbyists.

All three preached high moral standards, the sanctity of marriage and family values.

They led the campaign to impeach President Bill Clinton, who offended their high moral values by having oral sex with a White House intern.

Adelson To Audition Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz will audition for casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his faithful followers of the Republican Jewish Coalition next week.   

The arch conservative second place Republican presidential candidate will speak to the Adelson Primary, aka the Spring Leadership Meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, on April 9 at Adelson's Venetian Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Cruz Vs. Trump: Who's Most Islamophobic?

The competition among Republican presidential candidates to see who can be the more venal xenophobe reached a new level with Ted Cruz calling for police to begin patrolling Muslim neighborhoods across the United States "before they become radicalized."

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