March Madness Bracketology-Presidential Style


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March Madness! How have your brackets been doing? Michigan State? Kanas? Oh, no, I am not talking about THAT March Madness. I am talking about that other hardcourt, hardball challenge, the 2016 Presidential Campaign. Just as the the NCAA Men’s Basketball Season started long ago, so did the Campaign. Lets gaze into our backward crystal ball and take a look at how these brackets shaped up way back in the fall of 2015. Think it was tough then to pick the top college bball team? How about trying to seed the candidates?

Republican Region Tournament: 

Last fall was a long time ago, but the rankings were something like this:

Governor Division-Because the State House can produce a  Jimmy Carter, a Bill Clinton, or a George W. Bush.

  1.  Jeb Bush
  2. Chris Christie
  3. John Kasich
  4. Mike Huckabee
  5. George Pataki
  6. Scott Walker
  7. Rick Perry
  8. Jim Gilmore

Congress Division-Because we all love how functional our US Congress has been.

  1. Ted Cruz
  2. Marco Rubio
  3. Rand Paul
  4. Lindsey Graham
  5. Rick Santorum

Outsider Division-Because if you can  bankrupt a company you can run a country!

  1. Ben Carson
  2. Donald Trump
  3. Carly Fiorina

So who was your money on way back then? Back before the debates, the name calling, the protests and the unholy alliances. If I were a betting man, which I rarely am, I would have put the short odds in the Governors Division on Jeb. So did most of the big money. So did the pollsters. But he never made much of a move, did he? Quite an upset. I am sure his lackluster performance busted a lot of brackets. Hard to predict that it would be Kasich coming out of that Governors Division on top. Who thought that last fall? Who outside of Ohio had even heard of him last fall? Just like a number 12 seed, some how slipping past higher rated rivals.

Oy, the Congress Division. Was there anyone in there that emanated “President?” Mean Ted is the division survivor, but I don’t see him getting out of the Final Four.

On to our Outsiders. In the NCAA Tournament everyone loves the Cinderella team. Everyone cheered Wichita State in 2013 as the Shockers made a run to the Final Four. Everyone loves an underdog. But who could have predicted that the Republican Cinderella, the one who could blindside all the guys and gals going for the glass slipper would be Donald Trump? The dude can hit from anywhere on the court, just like Stephen Curry. He plays  a tenacious defense that hasn’t been seen since Scottie Pippen. This is NBA talent playing against college level ballers. He has clinched the Outsiders Division. But do we really want to see him win the Republican Region and advance to the Finals in November? Maybe it is time to call a few technical fouls and get him tossed from the tournament.

Democratic Regional Tournament:

  1. Hillary Clinton
  2. Bernie Sanders
  3. Martin O’Malley

Not much of a bracket, is it? More like a long drawn out best of seven series. The Damn Yankees vs the Washington Senators. And Bernie Sanders isn’t getting secret help from the Lola or the Devil. Some excitement in the first couple of rounds, but I think we all know how this one will end up. Just wake me up before the final buzzer.

It’s been a long slog, and it has a long way to go until November.  Just remember that if your candidate loses, there’s always another season. There is always 2020!

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