On to the April primaries

Staff Columnist

Oftentimes it’s hard to choose:

Donald Trump or else Ted Cruz;

Pick your poison, which is worse?

Either one invites a curse.


If you check the top right margin of this page, you’ll note that this is the 1st of April, but our national dilemma is no April fool’s joke.

On this date the other Longboat Key weekly publication traditionally runs four pages of reality-appearing gibberish, only to disclose, on page 4, that it was all in fun and not to be taken seriously.

Unfortunately, this column today may seem to be entirely gibberish, but that is only because it covers the current state of the Republican presidential contest.

The rancor between the two leading candidates has reached such an unbelievable low that it would be an insult to grammar school children if one were to compare it to a school cafeteria food fight.

Did Donald Trump inspire the National Enquirer charge of marital infidelity on the part of Ted Cruz?  Did the latter over-react by labeling his opponent as a “purveyor of slime?”

There is an old adage that it doesn’t matter what is printed about a politician, as long as the article “spells my name right.”

Although that seems to have been true in regard to Trump previously, the current level of mud seems to have caught up with him.

The most recent polls indicate that he has lost over 70 per cent of the women’s vote and that his national standing with the general public is less than that of Congress.

It now appears certain that there will be a floor fight at the convention in July, and the outcome will presage a disintegration of the Republican Party.

The function of a political party is to win as many elections as possible for all of its candidates, and under party rules it is to the advantage of the Republican Party to take all steps to deny the nomination to Trump, who has managed to alienate women, Latinos, Muslims,blacks and immigrants on a wholesale basis.


Under the circumstances, it will not be out of the question for delegates, on the second or succeeding ballots, to award the nomination to Senator Cruz or Governor Kasich.

Despite the pledges of party loyalty uttered by the candidates during the early debates, Cruz now states that he could “never vote for someone who slandered my wife, Heidi.”

Trump, for his part, has wavered back and forth, depending on the size of the rowdy crowds attending his rallies, but his narcissistic self-image erases the possibility of his voting for anyone other than himself at the head of the ticket.

The alleged slander was in response to the charge that Cruz had caused the publication of a nude photograph of Trump’s lovely wife, taken when she had been employed as a model before their marriage.

According to the commentator, Bill Maher, the businessman had no cause for umbrage because the photo was “tasteful and was contained in the catalogue from which Trump ordered his wife.”

It now appears that during the month of April, Senator Clinton will continue to campaign by emphasizing her vast experience.

Senator Cruz will spend his time stressing his popular likeability. (Editor’s note:  good luck with that one).

Governor Kasich will concentrate on what a jolly place Ohio is in which to hold a convention.

Senator Sanders will spread the gospel about the best way to reallocate the nation’s wealth.

Trump will carry on at great length about the greatness of his greatness.

At times like this, it is important that primary and caucus attendees be reminded that it is not April fool’s day.

And more important, the American voting public needs to be aware that November 8 is not “Trick-or-Treat” day.

Dick Hershatter is a retired Connecticut lawyer and novelist who writes an occasional column of interest to Floridians.  He can be reached at Banyan Bay502 @ AOL.com.






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