cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
U.S. News took a bit of license with New Hampshire’s state motto which is ‘Live Free or Die’, and made it ‘Live Free and Place High – or Die’ obviously referring to the Republican Presidential debate tonight on ABC. There is no “undercard” debate so Carly Fiorina and Jim Gilmore are forced to sit out. Ms. Fiorina is not at all happy with that situation as one can imagine would be the case.
We seem to be more and more attuned to the behavior of Donald Trump as we see more and more of him. Certain expectations arise based upon things that happen to him or around him, and he most often does not prove those with such expectations wrong. He is who and what he is. Period!
The opinion page of today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured a piece by David Shribman who is the executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with a headline stating “Two winners, two losers” relating to the Iowa caucus day. Shribman went on to identify the two winners as Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and identifying the two losers as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. His cutting words transcend politics since he took care of both Democrats and Republicans.
Republicans picked Cruz by about a 3.5% edge over Trump in ballots cast during the caucus event in Iowa. That also saw Trump finishing in second (24.3%), with Rubio in a very respectable third place with 23.1% of the vote. The nearest challenger after third place was Carson at 9.3%.
Which will it be? Unlikeable Hillary or Unthinkable Donald? That is a distinct possibility as Iowans troop to their respective caucus sites tonight to cast their votes in the homes of fellow Iowans in the most unique approach to primary elections we have.