Historically while the party has a strong platform on limited government and individual rights, the LP has long suffered from a leadership less interested in electing people to public office and more in ideological purity. This can be seen in their lack of candidate quality control. Gary Johnson is one of their more reasonable candidates having served two terms as New Mexico Governor. Whether he can generate a lot of new support now remains to be seen.
Of course, the GOP has brought this on themselves both at the New York state and national level. Their cowardice, incompetence and complacency are to blame. I would like to think that maybe Trump’s behavior is going to change, but at the moment that is not happening.
In any event, here is some commentary from people who think Trump can win in November:
That leaves Weschester County Executive Rob Astorino as the strongest likely challenger for Governor Cuomo in ’18. Each candidate had their owns strengths: Gibson being a somewhat “moderate” Republican and Astorino being better known in the NYC metro area. It is good that he decided to end it now because we do not need a primary contest. Personally I would have gone with Rob over Chris, but either would be an improvement over the incumbent.
Then this happened:
- De Blasio, aides accused of ‘criminal’ fundraising activity
- De Blasio team skirted campaign donation limits; investigators found ‘willful and flagrant’ violations ‘warranting prosecution’
- Vance confirms BOE-referred investigation into de Blasio team
- Something fishy in Monroe Democrats’ coffers
- De Blasio tied to ‘untraceable’ $50K for Kaminsky campaign
- De Blasio donation probe: How it’s tied to the Hudson Valley
- Ulster County Democratic Committee, former state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk linked to federal, state political donations probes
Early indications point to this being worse than either the Shelly Silver or Dean Skelos corruption trials. It’s like God himself has thrown the Republicans a lifeline. It will be their #1 campaign issue this fall.
“… With votes still being counted, Republicans late Tuesday cautioned that paper ballots also still need to be counted in the contest. At midnight, with 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Kaminsky had 49.96 percent to McGrath’s 48.82 percent, a difference of just 780 votes out of 68,000 total cast, according to the Nassau County elections board …”
A couple of interesting points:
- It appears that Republicans had a slight turnout advantage in the district.
- A lot of people on Long Island switched parties since last fall.
UPDATE: Republican turnout was very high and they still managed to blow it.
Hillary Clinton and the antigunners, along with their allies in the media and legislature, are throwing everything they can at Bernie Sanders over his D- rating from NRA leading up to tomorrow’s New York primary.
Has it been working?
National NBC/WSJ poll: Clinton leads Sanders by just 2 pts, 50%-48%.
That's down from Clinton 53%, Sanders 44% last month
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) April 18, 2016
How did that go?
“… Republican Chris McGrath has opened an 8-point lead in the closely watched battle to fill the seat of disgraced ex-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, according to a new poll … The results are a sharp turnaround from a March 15th Siena poll, which had Kaminsky, a former federal prosecutor, holding a slim lead — 47% to 45% — in the 9th Senate District, which covers a portion of Nassau County …”
They never learn.