Georgia. The Georgia governor, saying he would veto a bill that would allow religious-related organizations to maintain faith fidelity in activities and employment, placed the Constitution and commercial common sense above the political grandstanding of his legislature. Poorly reported was (a) the bill would become law immediately upon signature and (b) it would have allowed church-related organizations not only to refuse service to some and not to hire those with differing beliefs, but it would have allowed the employers not to “retain” those whose beliefs differed or who were non-believers. In other words, the Jewish, Muslim, atheist or possibly even Mormon or Catholic bookkeeper of a Protestant religious sponsored day-care center could have been fired immediately with no recourse under the law. The legislative votes suggest the veto can be overridden.
Trump-Cruz wives. Voters like their presidents to look presidential. This spousal spat diminishes both and, as at least one reporter said, makes the campaign look more like a kids playground.
Cruz. The anti-Trump sentiment is so high that politicians seem to be flocking to Cruz, whom they couldn’t stand until recently. They simply ignore that Cruz is only a slightly more presentable version of Trump. It looks like Trump’s willingness to allow hecklers to be roughed up has finally drawn a line over which some Republicans will not pass.
Clinton-Sanders. Clinton sometimes can remind you of a school marm who makes her points by repeatedly shaking her head “yes” and has little tolerance for the unruly kids in the back of the room. She compounded that image by suggesting she would not debate that bad boy Sanders until he behaved himself by speaking more politely. Also a bit like the school playground, though far more restrained that the GOP gang. And they will debate.
Clinton-Trump. Clinton has begun focusing on the fall campaign for several reasons. First, she wants to gain so she can undermine Sander’s claim that he would run more strongly against Trump than she would. Plus she looks more presidential. She also has more to run against, as Trump offers her more targets than does Sanders. And she can avoid the continual pressure from Sanders to move to the left, when she can show how much more progressive she is than any of the likely GOP nominees. Finally, she can begin to unite her party in a defeat-GOP mode, while the Republicans are coming apart at the seams.
Debates. Lincoln and Douglas would have been pooped by now with all the debates. I had thought there were too many, but they seem to be boosting turnout and possibly help in picking up new voters as the campaign progresses. Pretty sure that’s what Sanders hopes.