It’s 4:30 in the morning where I live, and Alaska’s in. Cruz won by 600 votes. He also won his native Texas and adjoining Oklahoma. He lost the other nine states.
The lesson of Nevada came from Elko, the birthplace of the Sagebrush Rebellion of the 70’s. It was the only part of Nevada where Cruz won. Elko, and Alaska, are proof of the political potency of the lands issue in the Far West. This issue, if properly exploited, should win Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. It will do a lot of good in western Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. This is something Cruz will be talking about, as he already has in Elko.
Arizona Senate President is running in a contested Republican primary for an open seat in Congress. He may look at this result in Alaska, and wonder what happened. He’s bright enough to understand what explains this. I, personally, would love to get the federal government out of Alaska. In honor of my Uncle Fritz. I bet Andy feels the same way about Arizona, and all the land the feds own there, for no good reason in the world. I may reach out to Andy, and encourage him to run on this issue. It would help him win his primary. He’d be a great addition to Congress.
I got a call yesterday from Ron Somerville, who I haven’t spoken to in 20 years. He said Sen. John Coghill talked to him, and said he should get in touch with me. I explained the threat Trump posed to the 2nd Amendment. He understood, and said he’d spread the word. Ron’s been a leader in the 2nd Amendment movement in AK for a very long time. This issue turned some votes.
Lew Uhler has arranged for me to talk to one of the big guns at the NRA today. That’s the story I’m going to tell him. If Trump can be identified as anti-gun, it will cost him everywhere.
This is a good way to start the day.