If you’re like me, you’re wondering why Donald Trump soared ahead in Nevada and Marco Rubio was able to secure a second place victory over Ted Cruz.
It could be a variety of factors: Nevada’s city centers may not be interested in Cruz’s evangelical leanings; Trump has invested significantly in Nevada real estate and his standing as a reality TV star might play well for the more entertainment-oriented state; Marco Rubio’s soft position on amnesty might have endeared himself to a large percentage of Nevada’s Hispanic population.
While all of these factors likely played a role, a segment conducted by CNN on the eve of the Nevada primary may actually provide the answer: voters are uneducated about politics.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an attack on Nevada. As a former resident of the Silver State, I understand that Nevada (pronounced neh-vad-uh for those in the media who don’t know how to pronounce it) is a fascinating state with many, many enlightened and intelligent voters.
However, even Nevada has its share of dummies and, sadly, the votes held by the mouth-breathing window-lickers below count just the same as those held by you and me.
When CNN went to a diner to play a game to see who could identify presidential candidates, most could identify Donald Trump, but fell short on practically everybody else.
One man confused Marco Rubio with Democrat Elliot Spitzer and another, when prompted to identify John Kasich by being offered the initials “J.K.,” the man replied, “Jack Kemp”- the former NFL quarterback who served as the vice presidential candidate on the Republican ticket in 1996 and who died nearly 7 years ago.
One doubted that Kasich, who he called “that guy,” was currently in the race.
One need not be a dedicated politico who follows every minute detail of politics. But on the eve of a primary election, to have so many citizens be so woefully ill-prepared to make a reasonable, well-informed choice about their candidates is not only sad, but downright alarming.
It also helps explain so, so much about the state of modern politics. I’m just now starting to understand how Obama got elected twice.