In Other Election News: Boom Boom — Out Go The Lights

Sunday night was the night that the lights went out in Georgia. And came back on. And went back off again. And unlike the story behind that classic seventies song, there wasn’t a murderer in the area (at least not that we know of) but the lights did indeed go out — while Donald Trump and his naturally huuuuge audience kept chanting “Turn off the lights, turn off the lights”.

And the lights really did go out for Jeb Bush the night before in the South Carolina primary, as did any hopes of a third Bush in the White House — at least, this time round.

Perhaps he should have got the message when, we’re told, back in early February in Manchester NH he’d delivered a key line to the faithful gathered before him… and then had to ask them to applaud.

On the bright side, at least he’s no longer on the receiving end of Trump’s election jibes. In fact, the Donald gave him a pretty fair sendoff: “He’s a good person, he’s a good man,” said Trump. “It was really just not his time. You know, four years ago, I think he would have won.”

What El Donaldo’s going to say when Rubio’s time comes, we’ll all have to listen to very carefully, as we listened carefully to Ben Carson’s “I’m not going anywhere” comment about his disappointing showing… and then took bets on what he actually meant by that.

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Where we do know he went — last Thursday night — was a storage closet (and we’ll resist any wisecracks about coming out of it) and yes, he emerged twenty minutes later…with Ted Cruz.

They had originally arranged to meet there for just five minutes for Cruz to try and pour oil on the proverbial troubled waters stirred up by certain dirty tricks earlier on in Iowa.

That was when the Cruz campaign falsely told caucus-goers that Carson was no longer in the race — which had about as much credibility as the more recent photoshopped image of Marco Rubio shaking hands with the president.

Carson however came out of the closet — located across from a bathroom at the convention center — giving the impression that whatever went on in there worked for him, and so did Cruz.

But Carson was the one who was smiling.

On the other hand, Bernie Sanders might not be smiling for much longer as the gap between himself and Hillary becomes even more narrow.

Pundits are predicting the start of a losing streak starting with the South Carolina primary and continuing through April. Vermont and Massachusetts may be kind to him, we’re told, but as for other states like Virginia and Texas, that kindness doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

Perhaps the Sanders supporter who tried to leave an obituary notice at a Las Vegas newspaper last weekend — as an attempt at “political humor” — wrote it for the wrong person.

But would he have been reported to the Secret Service if, instead of writing that obituary for one Hillary Rodham Clinton, he’d done so for a certain Bernard Sanders?

Apologies to anyone expecting a middle name here — Bernie doesn’t have one.

Then again, neither did Abraham Lincoln. So on the strength of that similarity, maybe Bernie might just start smiling again early next year… and if so, he’d better stick with Netflix, rather than nights out at the theater.

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