Donald Trump won a series of big victories on Super Tuesday, but suffered a handful of setbacks this week too.
He won seven of the 11 states that held primary elections or caucus on Tuesday night, but Ted Cruz surprised by winning three states. Then, Trump was attacked by former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday morning and turned in a poor debate performance on Thursday night.
Host Eric Boehm and Matt Kittle recap the big week in politics and ask an important question: what does Trump's mostly-successful campaign say about America?
One theory, offered by Samuel Goldman at The American Conservative, says that Trump is really just a symptom. The disease, says Goldman, is erosion of civic associations and the loss of local government control. By putting the feds in charge of more and more things, we've created a system where politics is largely "magical" in the eyes of many people. Why should we be surprised, then, when they elect a man who promises to pull all the strings out from behind the curtain?
Then, why is a city attorney in Denver getting paid -- and getting pay increases -- while he's been on investigatory leave?
And why are city officials in Amarillo, Texas, planning to spend $70 million to build a baseball stadium for a nonexistent team?
All that, plus our Nanny State of the Week, on this edition of the Watchdog Podcast.