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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! -
in the company of fellow liberals and frothy libations
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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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as you banter big ideas in bright company
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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.

Reflect, relax, rejoice, react
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
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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.

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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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