The Empire State of New York voted on Tuesday, and while as of this writing the winner has not been announced, if the polling was anywhere near accurate, then Donald Trump has won a resounding victory. However, this win doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of the primary because the delegate math still argues that it will be difficult (if not impossible) for any of the GOP candidates to win a majority of the delegates before the convention.
However, it may be instructive to listen to the state’s GOP leaders as they explain who they are voting for (or better who they aren’t voting for) and why.
Former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, former New York Governor George Pataki, and current Congressman Peter King (R-NY) were all on the TV this week explaining the ins and outs of the New York primary, as well as giving their take on who should be the GOP nominee.
Giuliani was on CNN Tuesday where he reiterated his support and endorsement of Donald Trump, but was quick to say that he wasn’t part of the campaign.
However, former Governor George Pataki was on MSNBC saying the exact opposite of what Giuliani argued on CNN. In fact, while Giuliani argued that Cruz could not defeat Hillary Clinton, Pataki (who has already endorsed John Kasich) said that the opposite was true and Cruz could easily defeat Clinton.
I think the key is to stop Donald Trump, to not let him become the nominee before the convention. Then at the convention, the delegates are free to choose whoever they want. And I think the delegates are going to take a look and say who can win in November? I think they’re going to be pragmatic and want to win…
Also on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, moderate Congressman Peter King (R-NY) argued along the same lines as Governor Pataki. However, unlike Pataki, King focused most of his ire on Ted Cruz . Saying that he hates Cruz (literally, he said “I hate Ted Cruz.”) and would commit suicide if Cruz eventually wins the nomination.
“Well, first of all, in case anybody gets confused, I’m not endorsing Ted Cruz. I hate Ted Cruz. And I think I’ll take cyanide if he got the nomination…. I think you are going to see Donald Trump scoring a big victory tonight. I do not endorse Donald Trump. In fact, I actually voted by absentee ballot for John Kasich. I’m not endorsing John, but I voted for him to really send a message.”
The one common thread here among these New York Republicans? Their common distaste for Ted Cruz. I think this is why Trump wins New York and I think it’s why New York ALWAYS votes Democrat in national elections. These three men are three of the most well-known New York Republicans, and all three of them are practically Democrats. If these are the leaders who represent the average Republican in New York, then of course Ted Cruz can’t win the primary there.
However, there is a larger argument here that each of the men discussed in various ways. The question is, can either Ted Cruz or Donald Trump defeat the Democrat candidate in a general election. That question is what is driving the majority of the concern, and worry in GOP circles. The moderate/liberal GOP believes Cruz can’t win, the conservatives believe that Trump can’t win, and the establishment is worried that neither man can win… and none of them actually want to nominate Kasich! It’s a conundrum.
Fortunately, we’re facing two aging socialists with no achievements to speak of. (Other than Clinton’s ability to avoid prison and Bernie’s ability to avoid ever holding down a real job.) There is real cause for optimism in the GOP because whichever of our candidates win, we’ll still be facing a loser.Tags: Donald Trump George Pataki Peter King Rudy Giuliani Ted Cruz