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It's Up To You, New York, New York

Often uncontested in presidential elections,
New York is now of unquestionable importance
to candidate condenters in both parties
who seek to avoid contested conventions.

A Vermonter with Brooklyn roots,
an Illinoisan-turned-Arkansan with NY cred,
and a Queensian who thinks he's a king
bring this leg of the race home in so many ways

A Democratic debate drives further drama,
the Republican revolt is ever more revolting,
and Ted Cruz keeps up criticism of New York values
as he tries to persuade New Yorkers to value him.

In the end, they're all hoping to croon,
"If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere,"
but really: it's up to you, New York, New York.

For a few days at least, New York
is actually as important as it always thinks it is.

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as you delve into discussions and democracy
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Cruz-ing for a Bruising

Donald Trump's campaign was cruising
until Ted Cruz and the Republican establishment
became the latest speedbump,
dealing defeat in the Badger State.

Though a string of losses may sting Clinton,
she remains the favored frontrunner for now,
but it might be a different story if polls tighten
in a state that once elected her to the Senate.

While voters and donors Bernie woos,
it's a different story with The Daily News,
the interview with which left a bruise --
the latest in Bernie's mainstream media blues.

It's all a caution to Ted Cruz:
the only thing harder than losing,
is taking the lumps when you start winning.

In politics, it takes no time at all
to go from cruising to losing --
and right now the GOP's Cruz-ing for a bruising.

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as your rejuvenate over pints and politics
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April’s Fools Have Come Early

Donald Trump said women who have abortions
deserve some sort of punishment.
Later he clarified that the doctors should be punished.

Meanwhile, Ted Cruz is gaining female Republicans,
since Trump went on the attack against Cruz’s wife.
The best hope to stop Trump’s misogyny is a man
who wants to defund and criminalize Planned Parenthood.

North Carolina’s anti-LGBT laws are getting slammed
by Apple and other tech companies.
The GOP’s potential riotous, racist convention
is getting a cold shoulder from Coca-Cola.

And every GOP candidate who had previously pledged
that they would support the winner of the primary,
has now taken back that foolish pledge.

It’s not even April Fool’s Day yet,
and yet April’s fools seem to have come early.

Choose fun over foolishness, merriment over misogyny
as you share political perspectives over a pint
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Brussels’ Bombs to Bullies’ Bombast

Fatal bombings in Brussels, Ankara and Istanbul
are met with mourning around the globe,
but Trump and Cruz choose sinister over somber
as they race to throw in bombs on their own.

Trump triumphs by trading on tragedies
Cruz calls for policing of Muslim Americans,
as each seeks to out-extreme the other
in their exhausting electoral enigma.

And while GOP and Dems are divided
on the Supreme Court and so much else,
they are united in this Republican pickle:
We all fear Trump and we all dislike Cruz.

A week busy with a barrage of bluster,
from Brussels’ bombs to the bullies’ bombast,
and we’re only halfway through the primaries.

Whether sharing condolences or conversation,
come for the cordial camaraderie
as we spring into a new, hopeful season,
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SCOTUS, POTUS and the Bloated Corrode-Us

While the president tries to do his job
and ensure the Supreme Court does its job,
the Senate Republicans shirk their jobs,
and may, as a result, risk their own jobs.

A strong Super Tuesday Two for former FLOTUS
but her feisty rival remains very much afloat,
as they both push for the progressive play
and polls project a prolonged primary.

Meanwhile, Rubio gets rubbed out of the race,
Kasich wins his own state to make his case,
but despite the spike in violence at his events,
the Trump blob is the GOP's big winner once more.

Our minds are on SCOTUS and on POTUS,
but look out—the bloated blob may corrode us!

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all colors and moods are welcome together
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Primaries. Not a Secondary Concern.

The Republicans wanted to focus on the general,
on taking on Clinton and taking down Obama’s legacy,
but instead have been taken for a wild ride
on a primary challenge that has trumped all others.

Hillary launched her campaign with an eye on November,
and keeps positioning herself as the presumptive nominee,
but Michigan is only Bernie’s latest reminder
that it’s a long winding road toward the White House.

The national media expected a Clinton-Bush rematch,
Senate and House candidates were ahead of themselves,
and suddenly nobody knows what the landscape is
possibly through the Conventions this summer.

These primaries are no longer a secondary concern.
Guess that’s why they are called “primaries.”

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Courting Disaster

The Supreme Court vacancy left by Antonin Scalia’s death
has become a disaster for democracy
as GOP Senators pledge not to consider any nominee,
a move that may prove a disaster for them as well.

The GOP primary opened a Pandora’s Box of vitriol
catapulting Donald Trump into frontrunner status
which will either be a disaster for the Grand Old Party
or an even more dire disaster for America.

And with Jeb bushed and the field narrowing,
Cruz and Rubio are playing dangerous games
with international, social, and domestic policy
as they try to outmaneuver each other
for the prize of coming face-to-face with Donald.

The GOP is creating a Court disaster
and they are actively courting disaster
in Washington, across America and in the election.

It’d make for a really fascinating train wreck
if our country weren’t on the tracks.

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and join in astonishment at GOP insanity
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Supreme Hypocrisy

After the news of Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing,
as the Prez ordered flags to half mast,
the Republican Party raced past mourning
to politicize his death as quickly as possible.

Senator McConnell and fellow Republicans,
who have done election year confirmations
when the nominees came from the GOP
effectively called to end Obama’s term a year early.

And several of the GOP presidential hopefuls
who love to tout adherence to the Constitution
argued for a year-long vacancy on the high court.

There’s no doubt what to call it: hypocrisy.
Supreme Hypocrisy.

And for those who say the Dems would do the same:
C’mon — even if Democrats wanted to do it,
they’d never have the guts.
It takes a Republican to be this obstructionist.

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over Supremely salient conversation and camaraderie
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Who's On First? Everybody's In Second!

Trump lost then won, Cruz rose then stopped,
Rubio called third a win, then flopped,
Jeb muddled in the middle, Christie and Fiorina dropped
and by coming in second, Kasich came out on top.

Hillary, the long-time frontrunner, now seems
ready for a long fight, and to enjoy the underdog spot,
while Bernie wrestles to retain outsider status
though after a yuuuuuge night in NH, a longshot he’s not.

In tonight’s Democratic debate both Sanders and Clinton
will fight like they have something to prove.
And on Saturday’s Republican stage,
a whole bunch of folks will try to claim second place.

Who’s on first? Nobody can say.
But claiming to be in second is in style these days.

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Nothing for Granted in the Granite State

Iowa ended in a virtual tie,
the DNC ended its tight control of debates,
and O’Malley ended his campaign entirely,
as Clinton and Sanders try to end up on top in NH.

A Cruz Missile took down high-flying Trump,
Rand, Santorum and Huckabee waved farewell,
Rubio rose, Jeb Bush froze, and nobody knows
what to expect from Tuesday’s primary.

And right now the frontrunners for both parties
are the first woman to win in Iowa,
an atheist Socialist Jew from Brooklyn,
and a Cuban born in Canada.

The only thing that’s clear:
with more debates and more polls,
new endorsements and attacks,
nobody can take the Granite State for granted.

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