Is Donald Trump’s Lead Just an Illusion?

As Donald Trump continues to hold the attention of the American media, it looks like his grip on the “closed” primary and caucus process is less firm

One of the things that has intrigued me during Donald Trump’s vacuous rise to the top of the Republican Party presidential nomination process is his generally weaker performance in closed primaries and caucuses. We know he can win in open races, capitalizing on his wild popularity among unaligned and apathetic voters, but when it comes to traditional Republican voters, his messiah-like status in the popular media seems to carry less weight.

Trump has “won” 12 states to date, including impressive victories in Massachusetts (49.0%), Alabama (43.4%), Tennessee (38.9%) and Georgia (38.8%) – states where he tended to over perform the polls and win by comfortable margins. Between these four states alone, Trump was able to collect 129 out of 226 possible delegates. All four of these states were “open” contests where registered Republicans and independent voters could vote for their preferred Republican candidate.

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Sorry, Michael Den Tandt – You’re Wrong about the Duffy Scandal

Michael Den Tandt has a penchant for missing the mark on important issues

I have trouble accepting Michael Den Tandt as a serious thinker. This is especially true when he suggests the lingering stain of the Duffy scandal on Stephen Harper’s re-election hopes is really just the consequence of poor media relations.

Yes, Den Tandt has essentially reduced the whole Duffy matter to one of optics, not substance. He seems particularly upset and even bedazzled by Harper’s inability to change the channel. “If Harper would only answer a few more questions,” we are told, “the issue would quickly dissipate.” I paraphrase here, of course, but it’s because I can’t bear to repeat Den Tandt’s actual words; I hope to never speak such shallowness in my life.

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