Suddenly, there are three strands of the Republicanism, each entrenched and vying for supremacy in 2016. Ted Cruz is the leader of the traditional conservative purists. Marco Rubio is emerging from the mud of a multi-candidate brawl to lead the once-dominant, now diminished, mainstream lane of the GOP. But it is Trump’s new alliance of angry populists that is ascendant — and on the precipice of dominance. – Shane Goldmacher [Politico]
HERE IS a news flash for Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. The presumptive nominee is now Donald J. Trump. His detractors in other camps and inside the GOP splintered establishment may not want to admit it but if Trump were anyone else that would be the narrative. He just can’t get any respect.
One reason is that no one has laid a glove on him that garnered many points on the board. Trump is set up to take March 1 with a vengeance right now, which means Rubio’s best bet is vice president.
As for Ted Cruz, he’s had the worst week possible and blown any chance, however slim. Compounding the huge error made by Rick Tyler, making it worse by firing him, when it’s pretty clear to everyone that anything Tyler did was condoned by his creepy boss.
From NBC News, the money game, which isn’t helping anyone at all.
On the Republican side, Marco Rubio’s Super PAC is advertising in eight states at $1.2 million, while Ted Cruz’s campaign is up with $185,000 in five states.
The eight Rubio states: Alabama ($52,000), Arkansas ($74,000), Georgia ($89,000), Oklahoma ($107,000), Tennessee ($150,000), Texas ($631,000), Vermont ($42,000) and Virginia ($91,000).
The five Cruz states: Alabama ($45,000), Arkansas ($12,000), Cruz ($67,000), Oklahoma ($28,000), Tennessee ($33,000).
[…] Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner, hasn’t spent a single cent on ads in Super Tuesday states.
Unless something really big happens to shake the race, which the opponent campaigns have proven unable and unwilling to do, Donald Trump’s got this and right now is the presumptive GOP nominee.
But, in an insane twist of fate, this bloated billionaire scion has hobbies that have given him insight into the presidential electoral process. He likes women, which got him into beauty pageants. And he likes being famous, which got him into reality TV. He knows show business.
That put him in position to understand that the presidential election campaign is really just a badly acted, billion-dollar TV show whose production costs ludicrously include the political disenfranchisement of its audience. Trump is making a mockery of the show, and the Wolf Blitzers and Anderson Coopers of the world seem appalled. How dare he demean the presidency with his antics?
But they’ve all got it backward. The presidency is serious. The presidential electoral process, however, is a sick joke, in which everyone loses except the people behind the rope line. And every time some pundit or party spokesman tries to deny it, Trump picks up another vote.