The PredictWise punters had all but written off Kasich and Cruz, but they're back again this week, baby! With 3% and 5% probabilities, respectively, so don't break out the party hats and confetti quite yet. Still.
In our standings, the Donald ramps up his yuuuge lead:
|Query String||Hit Count||Change Since
|"Donald Trump" phony||2,090,000||+1,687,000|
|"Hillary Clinton" phony||693,000||+477,000|
|"John Kasich" phony||568,000||---|
|"Ted Cruz" phony||458,000||---|
|"Marco Rubio" phony||380,000||+243,000|
|"Bernie Sanders" phony||299,000||+118,000|
So what's going on, phonies?
Obviously, Mitt Romney drove Trump's hit counts through
the roof with his massively-hyped
Here’s what I know. Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.
Not bad, coming from a guy who always seems to be saying (in Jonah Goldberg's memorable characterization): What do I have to do to put you in this BMW today?
But in Mitt's defense, the vibe I get from Trump is much more downscale: he's the guy at the weed-infested used car lot trying to push me into a Ford Fiesta with 100K miles on it.
Hillary won most Super Tuesday primary states, usually acknowledged
to be driven by her African-American supporters. Her clever soundbite:
voter anti-fraud measures being
blast from the Jim Crow past."
Cornel West, for one, ain't buying it:
West said that Hillary’s references to Jim Crow policies are “her attempt to be fake and phony, and try to mobilize people who want her to vote.”
West is a Sanders supporter, but he's right about this anyway.
Everyone "knows" that the mood of the American voter is alienated and
irritated. But that seems to have been accompanied
An imitation New York Times article is making the rounds on social media, duping readers into believing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has backed Bernie Sanders’s Democratic presidential campaign ahead of Super Tuesday.
With respect to gullibility: "As of late Monday evening, the imitation story had 50,000 shares, 15,000 of them on Facebook, the Times added." Hypothesis: We're experiencing a secular version of the maxim Chesterton (never quite) said: "A man who won’t believe in God will believe in anything."
The article was apparently constructed via Clone Zone, a site that "lets you create your own version of popular websites", mimicking their look-n-feel, while dropping in your own content. Invaluable for spoofs! (Also, criminal fraud! But I digress.)