Donald Trump

How Colorado confusion could spell convention trouble

Maeve Reston, CNN

By Sunday, the Trump campaign had voiced a litany of complaints about Colorado's complex process, even though it was obvious on the ground that they had not done the aggressive leg work to court Colorado delegates that the Cruz team had done.

Trump supporters and the conservative media

Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

The fact that Trump supporters cannot defend their guy, but would rather cast aspersions on Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, myself and others and also come to the conclusion that the only people who could oppose Trump are bought and paid for the establishment continues to explain that Trump supporters do not really have a rational outlook on the election, but are instead driven by emotion.

Trump vs Cruz Battle Must Not Break the Conservative Movement

The natural beneficiaries of the current bloodletting between the conservative and populist wings of the anti-establishment coalition are the Republican establishment, Hillary Clinton and the Far-Left who seek to maintain and expand their power by undermining constitutional liberty and continuing the crony economic policies that have devastated America’s country class for two decades. #NeverHillary #NeverRyan

GOP Elites’ Delusional Plan for Cleveland

Patrick J. Buchanan,

While the GOP appears headed for a train wreck in Cleveland, the principal ingredients of a Republican victory and a Republican future will all be present there: Cruz conservatives and tea party types, Trumpite nationalists and populists, Rubio-Kasich-Bush centrists and moderates. Political statesmanship could yet bring about unity, and victory. Unfortunately, the smart money is on ego getting in the way.

Donald Trump will not attend Colorado GOP Convention

streiff, RedState

Trump is not going to get a single delegate out of Colorado and, like the spoiled little rich boy he is, he’s showing his displeasure by simply blowing off the state convention. He’s acting like he already knows he’s going to lose because if he wins the nomination he will need the wholehearted support of the very people he’s snubbing this weekend.

The coming days will reveal John Kasich’s true intentions

Dave Scharoun, The Resurgent

If he believes his presence increases his bargaining power when the time comes for one of the candidates to make a play to remove him from the race, I would wager that you can expect to see the governor make his exit in the very near future, certainly before next Tuesday’s New York primary.

The UN Says You Could Be A ‘Violent Extremist’ And Obama Agrees

Obama's Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security told participants in a recent UN symposium on countering violent extremism that “overheated rhetoric” on the Republican presidential campaign trail about Muslims and Muslim communities is the problem, and that in his estimation the real culprits spreading violent extremism are the GOP presidential candidates and their supporters – in other words – you.

Morton Blackwell for Virginia Republican National Committeeman

At what could be a contentious open Republican National Convention, where no candidate has a majority of the delegates when the convention opens, Morton Blackwell’s expertise on the Rules of the Republican Party, his record of working to empower the grassroots and his commitment to fairness and civility will be a much needed anchor to assure that Republicans leave their National Convention united and ready to defeat Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.

Fallout: Trump Will Fall 50-100 Delegates Short of 1,237 Needed to Clinch Nomination

Mike Flynn and Michael Patrick Leahy, Breitbart

Breitbart News estimates that Donald Trump will end the primary portion of the nomination fight with 1164 delegates, 74 short of the 1,237 delegates necessary to win the nomination on the first ballot. This estimate assumes Trump’s performance in upcoming contests is consistent with the results prior to Wisconsin.

Ted Cruz or bust

Rich Lowry, Politico

Trump and Cruz have both won states around the country and millions of votes, and engendered intense followings. There is no getting around that they are the choice confronting the party. It’s time to put away childish things, and pick sides.

Mr. Cruz goes to Convention

Ross Douthat, New York Times

Across months of campaigning, the Republican establishment, such as it is, couldn’t manage to unite around a single candidate or develop a strategy to stop Donald Trump. Cruz is the only not-Trump candidate left standing precisely because the Republicans who most dislike him couldn’t coordinate, plot effectively or successfully elevate a more electable alternative.

Trump People Aren’t Afraid Convention Will Be Stolen, They’re Afraid It WON’T Be

Caleb Howe, RedState

If anyone needs to watch out for illegal activity and theft, it is those who oppose Trump. It’s the oldest trick in the book. Do a bad thing while accusing the other team of doing that exact thing. Lie while calling Ted a liar. Cheat while calling the GOP cheaters. And they aren’t even hiding it.

Wisconsin gives GOP senators new hope that Trump will be defeated

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

The thumping Donald Trump suffered in Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary has given new hope to GOP senators that their party won’t enter November with the businessman as their presidential nominee. Republican lawmakers say Sen. Ted Cruz’s victory in Wisconsin makes it unlikely that Trump will secure the 1,237 delegates he needs to clinch the nomination, setting up a fight at the convention this July in Cleveland.

Trump Is Right: U.S. Should Discuss Ending The Nuclear Umbrella Over Japan And South Korea

The way Washington won agreement from some nuclear-capable powers to abstain from going nuclear is to provide a “nuclear umbrella,” that is, promise to use nukes to defend them if necessary. As a result, the price of nonproliferation in East Asia is America’s willingness to risk Los Angeles to protect Seoul and Tokyo, and maybe Taipei and Canberra too. Trump was right, the U.S. ought to discuss whether those commitments are still in our interest.

The path to stopping Trump becomes clear after Wisconsin

Editors, Washington Examiner

Tuesday night's election — in which Trump was crushed in Wisconsin by a high double-digit margin — offered Republicans a temporary reprieve. But GOP voters must choose a new path forward that does not lead straight off a cliff.

Ted Cruz Has Vastly Outperformed Donald Trump Over the Long Haul

Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

For perspective on how bad a loss Wisconsin was to Trump, Ted Cruz who is no friend of the establishment, outperformed Mitt Romney’s win against Rick Santorum and Ron Paul from 2012. Cruz, last night, got more votes, more delegates, and a wider margin of victory than Romney got in 2012.