So poor old Ted Cruz has been well and truly 'Trumped'. Alas, from 'over here' it is difficult to analyse the whys and wherefores. My instinctive re-action is to shrug and mutter that Trump has no chance against the implacable 'HillBilly' but I must confess that the fact that he has reached this high is making me feel distinctly uneasy. Also, it is worth remembering that all the 'experts' said at the beginning of the Republican race that Trump stood no chance of winning the nomination. Also, bear in mind that there is an exceedingly dark legal cloud hovering over 'HillBilly' which may yet produce rain on her parade!
So what, if anything, can one make of Mr. Trump? On the face of it he cuts a ridiculous, pompous, buffoonish figure which must be reducing 'Vlad the Impaler' and the normally impassive members of the Chinese polit-bureau to helpless giggles. And yet ... and yet ... they should have a care because this impulsive man seems capable of almost anything. In fact, he is as hard to read as those tight-lipped, po-faced, Chinese leaders because suffering, as he appears to do, with verbal diarrhoea it is almost impossible to discern in any particular situation exactly what he means and what he will do. It is also important to bear in mind that no-one ever knows for sure how anyone will cope with the burden of the presidency - until they are President!
What worries me most in this particular American election cycle are the huge gulfs that have deeply divided the (dis)United States of America. Trump has obviously aroused the profound and resentful belligerence of the white working-class, whilst Bernie Sanders, in Jezza-style, has whipped up juvenile enthusiasm for his daft semi-communism. 'HillBilly' floats uneasily on a sea of nervous, bewildered middle-classes who are lost in a riot they cannot understand.
I haven't started digging in yet but I have checked that my spade is in working order!