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Bathroom, Bigots, Bullies and BS

Liberals call North Carolina's "bathroom bill" bigotry
and praise the president's pro-transgender policy.
Conservatives accuse Obama of imperial overreach
while bolting to get more states into the bathroom business.

Liberals see the new overtime regulations
as a much-needed boost to hard-working Americans.
Conservatives call it job-killing tyranny.

Liberals see in Trump an unqualified charlatan,
ill-suited, intemperate, in bed with racists and xenophobes.
Republicans see their next nominee
and with surprising speed unify behind their standard-bearer.

Liberals and conservatives always have different opinions.
But sometimes, it feels like we live on different planets.

Who knew how many ways one could look
at bathrooms, bigots and bullies?
And just how much BS each could inspire?

And the election season is only getting stranger.

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GOP: The Visions and Divisions

Trump offers competing visions for America —
that compete with Democrats, with Republicans,
and even competes with his own visions
that he’d stated just days before.

The Bushes and some senators peel off from Trump,
Paul Ryan backs away, then backtracks forward,
and many Republicans leaders try to avoid
admitting if they’ll back the Republican nominee.

And yet, Democrats, don’t be gleeful —
because Republican voters seem less divided
than the elected officials of their party,
and have unified behind Trump in recent polls
more quickly than anyone envisioned.

Are we on the brink of Republican division,
or might we fall prey to a Republican vision
of winning the White House behind a bigoted bully
who will give our nominee a run for the money?

An election year full of surprises
as candidates eye the highest prizes.

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The Revolting Republicans

The uprising in the Republican base
upended every establishment pick,
upset hard-core conservative contenders
and upped an offensive, obnoxious egomaniac
into a national presidential nomination.

Indiana’s answer to “Hoosier candidate?”
was the end of the charmless campaign
of the vile, venomous, creepy-crawly Cruz,
whose own colleagues were more likely
to rise up against him than stand up for him.

And the winning rodent in the Republican rat-race
bashes women, immigrants, Muslims,
says wages are too high and walls are too low
and is a media-bloated bigoted billionaire
who somehow claims to be the “outsider.”

The Republican voters may have revolted,
but their solution has proved every bit as revolting
as the ridiculous, reprehensible right wingers
they thought they were rebelling against.

Meanwhile, Bernie wins another state,
Hillary closes in on winning the nation,
and all Dems who want to win November
better prep for the bulldozer the GOP couldn’t stop.

Catharsis or concern, adrenalized of anxious,
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April Glowers Bring May Powers

April turned ugly on the Democratic side
as Hillary and Bernie accused and insulted,
a sign that the race was too tight for generosity,
though following New York and Super Tuesday 3,
it no longer seems quite as close an encounter.

It remained even uglier on the Republican side
as Trump bashed Cruz, lashed at Kasich,
then smashed them both on primary nights,
even as they tried to build a wall that could stop him.

And the glowering and grimacing of the DC GOP
as it stands in the way of the Supreme Court nominee
should be President Obama’s final justification
to ignore them completely as he governs
over his final 6 months in the White House.

You’ve heard April showers bring May flowers.
This year, April’s glowers have brought May powers
for Hillary who’s on top of the hill, Trump who’s trouncing,
as both power their way into the last stretch of primaries.

Raise an early toast to May Day - or shout mayday! -
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Bern, Bills and Bets

Despite massive rallies feeling the Bern,
Bernie burned out against Hillary in NY
-- while many New Yorkers felt burned
by the bungling Board of Elections voter purges.

Triumphant Trump lumped his rivals,
bruising Cruz, kicking Kasich,
and taking another leap toward the nomination
that most people thought would never be his.

Andrew Jackson faces a defeat of his own
as Harriet Tubman takes the $20 bill,
while Hamilton's new-found stardom
saves his place on the $10.

If you were betting on an upset in New York
bullish on Bernie, banking on blocking Trump,
you'd have lost those bets this week.

But at least Tubman bested Jackson
in a bet nobody would've taken 150 years ago.

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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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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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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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