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Why Does the Establishment Hate "Big Tent" Trump?

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

The biggest problem with today’s Republican Party is that the thing they hate more than anything — even Donald Trump himself — is actually winning an election.

FedUp PAC Poll: Conservatives Still Backing Outsiders for President

According to the latest poll by FedUp PAC eighty percent of conservatives say they feel betrayed by the Republican Party and 59% are “very concerned” that the establishment will find a way to produce a deadlocked national convention. 

Mississippi GOP Governor Endorses Cruz

Lisa Hagen, The Hill

Mississippi's Republican Gov. Phil Bryant threw his support behind Ted Cruz one night before the state’s primary. Bryant pointed to the Texas senator as the GOP presidential candidate who can unite the Republican Party.

Rubio Meltdown Has Supporters Looking At Cruz

Ed O'Keefe, Robert Costa and Paul Kane, The Washington Post

One prominent Rubio supporter, who is an elected official and spoke on the condition of anonymity to comment candidly, said Sunday that he now doubts that Rubio can win and is privately preparing to support Cruz should the race narrow.

An American Tyrant

Aaron Goldstein, The American Spectator

Most politicians flip-flop out of convenience, expedience or after they put their finger in the air to test the winds of public opinion. When tyrants flip-flop they do so not in response to public opinion. Tyrants do not heed public opinion. Rather they flip-flop for the most arbitrary of reasons.

Ted’s the Ticket

Noah Millman, The American Conservative

Cruz could fight to the end, picking up delegates in states that divide them proportionally, and roll into Cleveland with the largest klatch of non-Trump delegates and a legitimate claim to represent the faction of the party — “very conservative” voters — whom Trump most needs to mollify. And what better way to mollify them than by putting Ted on the ticket?

Exploring Trumpism

David Limbaugh, Human Events

Ted Cruz is a safer bet to secure our borders, and restore economic growth, which will enable us to rebuild our military; he is the one person who has shown that, notwithstanding the conspiracy theories, he cannot be bought and he can always be relied on to do those things he promises. There is no reason to take a risk on the volatile Trump.

Ted Cruz: the conservative alternative to Donald Trump

Scott Canon and David Helling, Kansas City Star

Sen. Ted Cruz told Kansans on Wednesday he was the Republican Party’s best hope for conservatism. Cruz called on voters to back him in the Kansas caucuses on Saturday or risk seeing Trump take the GOP into liberal and unpredictable territory. Speaking at Johnson County Community College, Cruz framed the campaign around “jobs, freedom and security.”

Could Ted Cruz be the GOP's last best chance to defeat Donald Trump?

Rebecca Shabad, CBS News

It's crossed the minds of some Rubio supporters that Cruz might represent the best shot at stopping Trump. Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Virginia, told NPR, "I could get behind any other Republican candidate. I'm not a Cruz fan -- I could get behind him."

Knock knock, Marco. It’s a wolf named Trump

Matt Bai, Yahoo Politics

Once upon a time, in a little town called Establishment Creek where prosperity trickled down through a burbling stream, there lived three little pigs. Their names were Jeb, Chris and Marco. One day a wolf came up their windy trail, followed by a very angry mob and a horde of TV cameras.

For the GOP Establishment, a Nightmarish Super Tuesday

Dan Balz, Washington Post

For Rubio, the hope of many in the establishment, Super Tuesday turned into a super disappointment. He made a run at Trump in Virginia but fell short. Late Tuesday, he was declared the winner in the Minnesota caucuses. Still, that left his win-loss record this year at 1-14. Meanwhile, he was running third in at least half the states, and in some of those states his percentage of the vote was low enough that he was in danger of winning few or no delegates.

The Birth of a New Party

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Undeniably, a Trump presidency would mean an end to the Bush and establishment policies on trade, immigration, and intervention. But those policies have already been repudiated in the primaries, as they have proven to be transparent failures for America. The returns from the primaries look like the passing of the old order, the death rattle of an establishment fighting for its life, and being laughed at and mocked as it goes down. Defections are to be expected, and not altogether unwelcome.

There’s Still A Chance To Elect A Real Conservative

D.C. McAllister, The Federalist

The Constitution states that the fundamental responsibility of president is to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. The most qualified candidate is the one who recognizes this and promises to execute the powers of the office in alignment with the law.

Election will come down to 3 issues

Matt Dinger,

"I'm here today with a word of hope and encouragement and exhortation. All across Oklahoma, all across this country, people are waking up and there is a spirit of awakening sweeping this nation... I believe this election in 2016 is going to come down to three key issues: jobs, freedom and security," said Ted Cruz.

Cruz Makes THE Winning Argument Against Trump And Rubio

Senator Cruz is right that Donald Trump can’t prosecute the case against Hillary Clinton because he long-supported the same leftwing policies that she and Barack Obama have advocated and advanced; single-payer health care, funding for Planned Parenthood, Wall Street bailouts and government picking winners and losers in the economy. And the same goes for Marco Rubio.

Where the Hell was Trump When We Needed Him?

Daniel Horowitz, Conservative Review

It was around this time of the year in 2013 when the Gang of Eight was forging the deal and nobody in the Senate other than Sessions, Cruz, and Vitter could be found fighting it. This begs the question: Where the hell was Donald Trump’s aggressive voice and impervious persona when we needed him on this fight or any other political battle?  We are not talking about ancient history here; this was three years ago.  If his passionate words about our sovereignty are to be taken at face value, it’s hard to explain his silence at the time.  In fact, a few months later, after the bill had passed the Senate and gained full momentum, Trump was actually pimping the Dream Act and mimicking Rubio’s talking points.

Only Way to Win: Make Trump Lose

John Podhoretz, Commentary Magazine

You only win by making the person who is winning lose. Yes, you can improve your standing by making the other guys who aren’t winning either lose and taking some of their ju-ju. But that will never be sufficient. The one who is leading has to be beaten.

Suggested Cruz Campaign Reboot: Show, Don't Tell

David Limbaugh, Townhall

Ted Cruz is not going to draw voters away from Trump by convincing them he is more conservative. Many people don't care about the "conservative" label. The people being drawn to Trump are not in awe of his conservatism but of his supposed strength and courage -- two qualities Cruz actually possesses in spades.

GOP candidates chart different paths for Super Tuesday

Philip Rucker and Robert Costa, The Washington Post

The Super Tuesday contests award delegates proportionally and cover wide swaths of the country, from Massachusetts to Virginia to Alabama to Colorado. Together with the Florida, Illinois, Missouri and Ohio winner-take-all primaries on March 15, they could prove determinative in the nomination battle.

Donald Trump, Iraq Demagogue

Carl M. Cannon, Real Clear Politics

Trump is now spewing nonsense about Iraq that demonstrates why the mere thought of him as commander-in-chief is so appalling. He’s been saying such stuff for years, but it’s come to a head the last few days as Trump tries to protect his lead in the polls in the looming South Carolina presidential primary.