(1) Trump likes to say that he is bringing enthusiasm to the GOP and people are voting in the Republican race in massive numbers, which means that Democrats should be worried about the general election.
Is he right?
He is not. As many have pointed out, voter turnout is an indication of the competitiveness of a primary contest, not of what will happen in the general election. The GOP presidential primary is more competitive than the Democratic race. Historically, that has no bearing on the voter turnout, or the turnout of the parties, in the general election.
(2) I get tired of journalists and pundits saying that “the people won’t understand” if Donald Trump goes into the GOP convention with the most votes, but doesn’t end up winning. First of all, if that is true, then journalists and pundits need to explain the difference between a majority and a plurality, and that winning on the first vote requires a majority. But more to the point, I think the people can understand the concept, and probably already do. We need to stop being treated like we are idiots. That’s how we GET candidates like Trump in the first place.
(3) The attempt to suppress votes by Republicans in North Carolina seems to have worked.
(4) I’m definitely the first to say this, but it is very very weird how Cruz has always been unpopular with Washington insiders, and he ran as being NOT a Washington insider, and now all the Washington insiders are trying to find a way to embrace him as the last resort to Trumpism.
(5) So if you are Hillary’s people, what is your attack point on Trump? Too conservative, or an unsteady unknown? My sense is that you actually compliment Trump (say, in a debate) for a stance that conservatives hate (his kind words about Planned Parenthood, for example). And then you bash him on his ignorance of the world, the Constitution, etc. I don’t think you attack his temperament. That seems to get people on his side.
(6) Some Republicans are caving on Mitch McConnell’s decision not to hold hearings:
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), one of just two Senate Republicans who have indicated an openness to even having a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, had a message for his GOP colleagues on Friday: give Garland a vote.
“We should go through the process the Constitution has already laid out. The president has already laid out a nominee who is from Chicagoland and for me, I’m open to see him, to talk to him, and ask him his views on the Constitution,” Kirk explained in a radio interview on WLS-AM’s Big John Howell Show.