Last night was not only ugly, it was fugly. Frankly, I think too many voters thought they should use their votes “strategically,” voting for Kasich in Ohio to thwart D’ump’s chances of a clean sweep. Why would you throw away a vote that could have been used for Bernie to vote to help the GOP? And there’s no evidence that helping Kasich actually helps D’ump. Actually, the opposite is true.

So if your election day is coming up, PLEASE vote for your preferred candidate. Don’t try to help out strategically. There will be plenty of time for that in the general.

Randi Rhodes made that point and many others when she joined in for the second hour of today’s show. She told us of her experience voting yesterday in FloriDUH where she had been purged from the voter roles. We discussed the scary nature of the D’ump phenomenon, and discussed Obama’s SCOTUS pick. She also gave an update on her forthcoming new show (target air date is June 6). The website is live at RandiRhodes.com, and you can follow her on Twitter too. Stay tuned…

In hour one, as she does each Wednesday morning, I was joined by my fellow Floridian Deborah Newell, who voted for the first time as a US citizen yesterday. 

If you need some encouragement, please read John Nichols today in The Nation

The contests to come appear to be a good deal friendlier to Sanders, who has strong bases of support in Arizona, Idaho and Utah (which will vote on March 22) and Alaska, Hawaii and Washington (which will vote on March 26). And recent polling from Wisconsin, which folds its primary April 5, has Sanders narrowly ahead. Beyond the immediate schedule, great big-delegation states such as New York (April 19) and California (June 7) have yet to weigh in. …

The 2016 primaries and caucuses on both sides of the partisan aisle have clear front runners. Those front runners are in stronger positions than before, and they are training their rhetorical fire on one another. But the races are ongoing.

Republicans understand this; and there is still a good deal of talk about how best to prevent a Trump takeover. Democrats should also understand this; as the majority of the delegates who will decide the identity of the party’s nominee have yet to be chosen.

I’ll be back tomorrow for more optimistic thinking, with Driftglass and Howie Klein, radio or not.

In the meantime, here’s today’s inspirational music!