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Presidential Horse Race 2016: Referendum on Supreme Court gives Ted Cruz lead in new national poll

Ted Cruz takes the lead nationally in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Plus, Establishment South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley endorses Marco Rubio – history suggests it will have no bearing on the race. Supreme Court vacancy should focus the campaign on the most qualified candidates, but will it?; South Carolina a big test for Cruz, but there’s still a long way to go, and, Look what Trump’s calling himself these days.

Donald Trump, the conspiracy theorist's candidate

The Editors, Washington Examiner

Trump knows he gains in the polls with each of his outrages; it's what makes some people believe "he tells it like it is." But he doesn't tell it like it is. He tells it like he is clueless and doesn't care.

Trump: Ok, I lied when I said Bush lied.

Ben Howe, RedState

The truth is he is a serial flip-flopper who constantly adjusts his position to fit whatever particular conversation he’s having at the moment. If he gets flustered enough, he might actually say what he really thinks which is what happened on Saturday’s debate.

Donald Trump Is Still Planned Parenthood’s Favorite Republican

Steve Berman, The Resurgent

South Carolina voters need to choose their friends carefully, and Christians should think twice about committing to Planned Parenthood’s favorite Republican before they cast their ballot.

Who Is Lying Now Mr. Trump? Cruz Tops Florida Family Policy Council Voting Guide

Especially in this election, where Donald Trump has been throwing accusations of lying against any candidate who challenges him on his outrageous comments, record of supporting liberal candidates and causes, and flip-flops on cultural issues the Florida Family Policy Council’s voter guide is a well-researched haven of fact in the toxic morass of baseless charges of lying that Trump has created. We urge CHQ readers from every state to review it and forward it to their cultural conservative friends.

New Fed Up PAC Poll: Conservatives Say Trump Strong But Not Unbeatable

Many conservatives remain concerned that an establishment candidate may yet emerge, with only 44% believing that a defeat in South Carolina would cause Bush, Rubio or Kasich to get out of the race.  A 56% majority say that it is still possible that an establishment candidate will displace conservative Ted Cruz as Trump's chief rival.

Cruz skewers Trump’s sister in Supreme Court debate

Katie Glueck, Politico

“A candidate who has spent 60 years of his life being very, very pro-choice and defending partial-birth abortion is not the candidate you can trust to appoint principled constitutionalists,” Cruz said, taking aim at Trump as part of his broader efforts to paint Trump as a longtime liberal out-of-step with the deeply conservative and religious electorate.

Mark Levin: Trump a ‘Radical Kook,’ ‘Close to Being 9/11 Truther’

Jeff Poor, Breitbart

Monday on his radio show, conservative talk show host Mark Levin took aim at Donald Trump for his attacks on former President George W. Bush during last Saturday night’s debate. Levin said he was no fan of Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus for his handling of the debate. However, the bulk of his criticism was aimed Trump for suggesting then-President Bush was in part to blame for the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists attacks.

Trump Will Veer Left, Straight Into The Paranoid Frontier

Steve Berman, The Resurgent

In Trump land, populated by (Trumpkins, Trumpeteers, take your pick) Trumpzombies who shamelessly suspend their own most cherished beliefs to defend their leader, Donald Trump alone determines who’s lying, who’s telling the truth, and when to take him seriously. Maryanne Trump Barry would make a “phenomenal” Supreme Court Justice, said Trump in August. Who wouldn’t take him seriously?

Donald Trump’s Lame Attempt to Push Back on Eminent Domain

Joe Cunningham, RedState

Donald Trump loves eminent domain and has worked with government bodies to get land taken by the government not for the public good, but for his own private game. This is not a difficult concept to understand. In a normal society, I wouldn’t need more than 550 words to explain this. But, a normal society wouldn’t let someone like Donald Trump be a leading presidential candidate either.

Trump’s Toxic Campaign Wrecking Winning Conservative Coalition

The difference between Ronald Reagan’s toughness in advocating conservative principles and Trump’s politics of personal invective is that Reagan understood the key to building a winning conservative coalition was addition, not subtraction. Donald Trump clearly lacks Reagan's wisdom and maturity because, after Trump’s toxic behavior in South Carolina, it is going to take more than “The Art of the Deal” to rebuild the Reagan coalition if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president.

Benko: Give Jim Gilmore His Due

Our friend Ralph Benko says although it would embarrass him were he to read this let it be said: Jim Gilmore is an authentic Cold War hero. His failure to rise in the polls this year may be due to his personally becoming — yet politically toxic — level of humility. He did not brag on his credentials, but his credentials are stunningly great.

Cruz Hits Trump On Planned Parenthood Funding

Dan Spencer, RedState

During Saturday’s CBS Republican Presidential debate in South Carolina Sen. Ted Cruz was able to get Donald Trump to admit that he supports taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. It wasn’t easy. Cruz had to do it the face one of Trump’s many whiney and un-presidential tirades during which Trump falls back on his name calling.

This Election Is Now About Abortion And Life

Steve Berman, The Resurgent

What cannot happen is a fractured evangelical base stands around two or three candidates and throws stones at itself. If that happens, we will see another 20 years of liberal Supreme Court justices, and another 20 or 30 million unborn babies killed. This election is now about ending abortion and preserving life, just like 1860 was about ending slavery. The sooner Christians understand that, the better.

FedUp PAC Poll: Battle In SC Is Between Cruz And Trump

Conservatives are not impressed by John Kasich’s second-place finish in New Hampshire.  Only 21% believe he can claim this as any kind of victory, and only 9% see him as the favorite in South Carolina.  Trump is expected by 51% to carry South Carolina, while 21% say Cruz will come in first.

Glenn Beck On Trump’s Christian Faith: ‘Biggest Crock Of Bullcrap I’ve Ever Heard’

Michelle Fields, Breitbart

TV host Glenn Beck attacked Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Thursday, saying “too many people are looking at Trump and believing that man has ever opened a Bible … that’s the biggest crock of bullcrap I’ve ever heard.”