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Things are coming to a head. I believe vast changes are coming, whether we want them to, or not:

From the way I view it, there seem to be two Democratic factions: 1. Those who are
beholden to the Corporate Power people, and 2. Those who are fighting against the
corrupt Corporations.

Hillary is the leader of the Corporate-beholden Democrats, and Bernie is leading the
Progressive or Liberal Democrats.

Hillary sometimes refers to herself as a Progressive. I don't think she is one. The
Democratic Party seems to be splitting up, and the same thing is going on with
the Republicans -- they have their Establishment people and Donald Trump is leading
his own faction. Of course they have several other factions in addition. The Republicans
seem to be even more split than the Democrats are.

The Corporate Power people, of course, will do their best to have a strong hold in
every faction -- as usual -- and control things from behind the scenes.

Somehow things are coming to a head: Large numbers are sick and tired of their same old
Establishment policies, and are leaving their Parties -- both Republican and Democratic.
Changes are probably coming, whether we want them to, or not.

I think of Hillary as a half-way Repblican. With her, the Democrats would at least survive --

half dead, perhaps, but still breathing. Where there is life, there is hope.

Here are the latest GE polls from RealClearPolitics: Sanders is doing generally better against the

Republicans than Clinton:

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton FOX News Clinton 49, Trump 38 Clinton +11
General Election: Trump vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 46, Trump 40 Clinton +6
General Election: Trump vs. Clinton Bloomberg Clinton 54, Trump 36 Clinton +18
General Election: Cruz vs. Clinton FOX News Clinton 44, Cruz 47 Cruz +3
General Election: Cruz vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 45, Cruz 42 Clinton +3
General Election: Cruz vs. Clinton Bloomberg Clinton 51, Cruz 42 Clinton +9
General Election: Kasich vs. Clinton FOX News Kasich 51, Clinton 40 Kasich +11
General Election: Kasich vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Kasich 47, Clinton 39 Kasich +8
General Election: Kasich vs. Clinton Bloomberg Kasich 47, Clinton 43 Kasich +4
General Election: Trump vs. Sanders FOX News Sanders 52, Trump 38 Sanders +14
General Election: Trump vs. Sanders Quinnipiac Sanders 52, Trump 38 Sanders +14
General Election: Cruz vs. Sanders FOX News Sanders 47, Cruz 43 Sanders +4
General Election: Cruz vs. Sanders Quinnipiac Sanders 50, Cruz 39 Sanders +11
General Election: Kasich vs. Sanders FOX News Sanders 43, Kasich 44 Kasich +1
General Election: Kasich vs. Sanders Quinnipiac Sanders 44, Kasich 45 Kasich +1

I am surprised that Kasich is ahead of Clinton by 11 and 8 points
and ahead of Sanders by 1 and 1 points.

You're right. He has attracted the worst of the worst. This seems to be a Republican trait. 40

years ago they attracted the Neo-Cons, who took only some 10 years to reach the top of
the Republican political ladder and then the Neo-Cons kicked out the old-timer Repubs.

Recently the Tea Partiers joined them, and they are trying hard to kick out the leaders
of the Neo-Cons.

It's great that you have some place to go to. I've lived in Europe quite a few years
myself, but that was a long time ago. You will enjoy yourself there.

This shows that Clinton is winning in the Primaries so far only because she is being propped

up by the DNC. The Democratic Establishment people want her, but the majority of the
American people prefer Sanders.

Both the Republican and Democratic Establishments are under the influence of Corporate

America's bribery and corruption. This is why our nation is morally and financially in the
gutter. Our GDP is up, but the profits are going mostly to the 0.01% of the super-rich
elites. The Average Joe is paid the lowest wages possible, and can barely make ends
meet without a second job.

Originally there were 17 Republicans and 6 Democrats running for the office of
President. Of these 23 candidates only 4 remain, and Bernie Sanders is the only one
who is actively fighting against this corrupting influence of these Corporations. He is the
only one with the honesty, integrity and guts to do so. What does that say about
the moral integrity of our politicians? Will the rest all be hoping to be in on the take
should they succeed in becoming president?

Well, yes. And Cruz's supporters are pro-Republican Estblishment, which means pro-Corporate

Business. And these latter are preparing to replace our democracy with an oligarchy. They
are already more than half-way there.

I tend to think Trump is for Trump only - and no one else. After his term of office, it's not
likely that he will have established a long-lasting movement to continue his policies. The
Republican Establishment will move back in again.

The problems Sanders has with the Democratic Establishment is matched (if not overmatched) by

the problems Trump has with the Republican Establishment. And both Establishments have been
losing large numbers of members. The Independents, on the other hand, are growing in size --
it has become larger than either of the two Major Parties. People finally are becoming fed up with
the feckless Establishments, and are leaving them. Enough is enough. This is also a part of the "math."

I don't know who is worse, Trump or Cruz. Both are dangerous -- Trump is more

in the open, Cruz is more sly.

It's a guess of who is better at outsmarting whom.........

1. Success of Pres. Obama's idea depends on the Republicans' stated option of not
evaluating any candidate picked by him. So he picked a Right Winger for them
to "obstruct," and also show their stupidity. This is the situation we find ourselves
in right now.

2. Other Republicans, like George F. Will, are protesting this Republican option. McConnell
might let this arguing back and forth go on for a long enough time to make it look good,
and then finally "reluctantly" gives in. And voila, we'll continue to have a Right Wing
Supreme Court for the next 10 years!

If it should happen as described above, the Republicans will have outsmarted Obama. Obama was taking the greater risk. It's McConnell now who has the real freedom of choice.

Of course Obama could still change his mind, and appoint a Democrat, waiting till the last moment (when McConnell announces that the Senate would interview the appointee). Do you think Obama would do this last-mentioned? It would make HIM (Obama) look not too good!
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