Trump’s Intersectional Weekend

While we don’t buy the idea that all of society is controlled by oppressive intersectional institutions, the Trump team has, from the beginning of his unlikely rise to the Oval Office, recognized that the key elements of a winning political coalition on the Right do intersect, and their nexus is constitutional liberty, especially as protected by the First and Second Amendments.

Dems in Philly: Fight Trump, Not ISIS

Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

Most striking of all was what was not there. The Democrats celebrated illegal aliens, some tried to justify and rationalize murdering police officers, they all attacked Trump, but not a soul in prime time bothered to mention the war against Islamic radicalism or ISIS.

Cruz steps into spotlight for Trump

Jordain Carney, The Hill

Sen. Ted Cruz is stepping back into the national spotlight at the Republican National Convention, where his rival, Donald Trump, will be crowned the presidential nominee. Republicans will be watching to see if Cruz has some nice things to say about Trump, who invited the Texan to a speaking role in a gesture of party unity.

Trump team scores big win as RNC writes its convention rules

Kyle Cheney, Politico

The pro-Trump victory was the main event of the Republican rules fight that ended at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday when the committee passed a package of rules that will govern the party for the next four years. Despite all the tension surrounding the rules fight, very little actually changed.

It’s Not Just Who IS Speaking At The Donald Trump Convention, It’s Who ISN’T

Caleb Howe, RedState

The list of speakers for the Donald Trump Convention is in, and it's significant not just because of who is on it, but who is not. Who is are a lot - a LOT - of not politicians. Who is not is...

Kasich tells his delegates to remain bound to him through convention

Philip Rucker, Washington Post

Kasich believes holding onto his delegates is a smart play in a campaign season that has been wild and unpredictable, an aide explained. The governor also thinks his delegates could become leverage to encourage Trump to be a more positive and unifying figure ahead of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, said the aide, who requested anonymity to speak candidly.

The GOP may rig the convention — in Trump's favor

Timothy P. Carney, Washington Examiner

As much as they dread a Trump nomination, Republican leaders may fear the appearance of a coup even more. And the party leadership probably has the power to tilt the convention so as to secure a Trump win.

Cruz spokesman: GOP race will go to contested convention

Lisa Hagen, The Hill

A national spokesman for Ted Cruz’s campaign said it's "very likely" the Republican presidential contest will go to a contested GOP convention this summer. “I think it’s very, very likely — if not a certainty at this point, that this will be a contested convention,” Ron Nehring said during an interview with Fox News's Megyn Kelly.

RNC in turmoil over proposed change in convention rules

Alex Isenstadt and Shane Goldmacher, Politico

An all-out internal power struggle has erupted at the Republican National Committee, just days before a critical party gathering in Florida, as the head of the RNC’s powerful rules committee has accused his own party leadership of a “major breach of trust” in trying to block a rule change that he said would make it harder to reopen the GOP nomination fight at a contested convention this summer.

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.

1,237 Is Not Just Rule, But Essentially Is Law

Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

Changing the rules in the middle of the game as it relates to majority vote for the nominee would be a legal nightmare for the GOP. This is not going to happen. The party will not change majority rule to plurality in July after telling all the candidates that the rules under which they’ve run their campaigns required majority rule.

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.