The powers-that-were

The powers-that-were

By Hastings Wyman – Donald Trump recently met with a group of Washington, DC Republicans in what was touted, by Trump and the media, as the beginning of a rapprochement between Trump and “the GOP establishment.” The group of about two dozen, invited by Trump supporter US Sen. Jeff Sessions (AL), included a number of Southerners, among them US Sen. Tom Cotton (AR), US Reps. Scott DesJarlais (TN) and Renee Ellmers (NC), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (GA), former House Appropriations Committee chairman Bob Livingston (LA), and Heritage Foundation president and former US Sen. Jim DeMint (SC). Others present included US Reps. Chris Collins (NY), Duncan Hunter (CA) and Tom Marino (PA). Most of those in attendance had endorsed Trump. Cotton had not and remains uncommitted. Gingrich told reporters that he had known Trump for years and often gave him advice, though he has not formally endorsed the New York billionaire. Livingston, now a Washington lobbyist, said after the meeting that he had voted for someone else in the primary, but was now endorsing Trump. Livingston said that the stop-Trump plans “are insulting to me and insulting to the process, and that’s why I’m getting involved,” reported the Times-Picayune. The meeting, we have it on good authority, was cordial, and Trump went around the room asking for advice from everybody, putting him in the unusual position, at least publicly, of seeking advice from “politicians,” a category he has derided and sought to separate himself from. Nevertheless, everyone gave him their in-put, “some positive, some negative,” says SPR’s source, who was not present but was privy to what went on....
It’s A Trump-Cruz Fight to Take on Clinton

It’s A Trump-Cruz Fight to Take on Clinton

By Matt Towery – By the time the dust settled in Tuesday’s “Super Tuesday 2.0 contests,” Donald Trump had at least three states in the win corner and had amassed 621 total delegates. He was out-performing his own target delegate count that he needs to win his party’s nomination. His popular vote total from all contests was more than 7.5 million votes following Tuesday. An increasing number of analysts believe that Trump is now virtually unstoppable, having steamrolled through the golden prize of Florida. Yet there remains the argument that one of his opponents is viable enough to compete with Trump in the remaining primaries, and could still manage to pull off an upset for the nomination. Ted Cruz ended Tuesday’s voting with a sizeable patchwork of 396 total delegates. He had amassed a popular vote total from all of the contests held of nearly 5.5 million votes. Not Trump levels, but impressive all the same. Then there is John Kasich, who remains the last challenger to Trump and Cruz standing. But even after carrying the winner-take-all Ohio primary, where he was running as a popular sitting governor, Kasich had earned only 138 total delegates, and had only his home turf to claim as a victory. There are two other “candidates” in the race for the GOP nomination, even though they are not officially on the ballot. One of those candidates is the GOP’s longstanding establishment, which was, in the eyes of just about everyone, eliminated from this year’s grab for power on Tuesday evening. In Florida, where their Super PACs ran endless attacks against Trump, leaving little room...