I predicted in this blog last week that the primaries would essentially be over if both Trump and Hillary won big last night. They did. Hillary won four states, all the larger ones - Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Delaware. Bernie won Rhode Island. Trump did even better. He blew out all five states in contention.
I also said in that previous blog that if this was the result, it would be time for Sanders, Cruz and Kasich to bring their campaigns to a close. It's been nice knowing you, see you around.
With the overwhelming statement Trump made last night, there is no way the Republican establishment can deny him the nomination. Stealing it from him after so many Republican voters have given him their full-throated endorsement would be the equivalent of the Republican party declaring nuclear war on itself.
Same with Bernie, who has said he'd do everything in his power to keep Trump from becoming president. If he meant it, it is time to put his money where his mouth is. If what Bernie originally wanted to do was drive Hillary and the Democratic party farther leftward, he accomplished that. Good for him. But Hillary won fair and square on HER ideas so no threats or blackmail or conditions for your support, please.
This has been the most craziest, most tumultuous primary season I ever remember and I expect no less from the general.
I remember when I worked at the Sheriff's Dept, there was some t.v. program all the deputies watched (I don't remember what it was). There was a catchphrase they used from that show - "don't make me go all medieval on your ass".
I expect Trump to "go all medieval" on Hillary. If there even is such a thing in politics as a line too far, Trump will be willing to go far beyond it. Sexism - check. Racism - check. Bill's past - check. Accusations of murder in Benghazi - check.
He already said in his victory speech last night that she is only the presumptive Democratic nominee because she is a woman. If she was a man, he said, she'd be polling at 5 percent. Parroting Bernie (thanks, Bernie), he said she's unqualified to be president. He has such contempt for the female sex, I truly don't understand how any woman could vote for him.
Hillary's task will be to be as tough on him as he is on her without descending completely into his gutter. That might not be easy. But maybe he will do himself in. Maybe Americans will get tired of the crude and the rude and the lewd of Donald Trump. But maybe not. Lots of us seem to love it. The more medieval the better.
Hang on. It's going to be a hell of a ride.