William Kristol, the longtime editor of the Weekly Standard magazine and a leading voice on the right, met privately with the 2012 nominee on Thursday afternoon to discuss the possibility of launching an independent bid, potentially with Romney as its standard-bearer.
“He came pretty close to being elected president, so I thought he may consider doing it ..." ...WaPo
So. You don't like the dangerous nut you're stuck with this time. So you decide to rally 'round your previous failure?
Hillary Clinton has decided she doesn't want competition. Having to win the presidency is getting tiresome for this Clinton. She's owed the presidency for crying out loud. To hell with Indiana and Michigan and other areas where Sanders leads. After all, the DNC has decided Hillary should win. What Democratic voters want is not the issue here. The issue is respect for the party machinery. The party knows better than the damn voters. Right?
With Donald Trump more or less wrapping up the Republican nomination on Tuesday night, the fact that Bernie Sanders also scored a big victory in Indiana was somewhat overlooked. The Vermont senator overcame a sizable deficit in the opinion polls to finish ahead of Hillary Clinton by almost seven percentage points in a heartland state that she carried in 2008. It was his biggest upset since he won in Michigan, in March. ...JohnCassidy,NewYorker
Get the guy outta there! He's standing in the way of the DNC's favorite. And now he's wooing the super delegates who were stacked up in Hillary's column. Any competition against Hillary is discouraged by party leaders [hacks?].
But pretty much everyone else wants Sanders to stay in.
On Wednesday, Sanders repeated his pledge to keep going “until the last vote is cast,” but it isn’t quite clear whether he was referring to primary votes, those of super delegates, or both. If, in mid-June, when the primaries are done, Clinton still has a significant lead in elected delegates, I would expect Sanders to end his candidacy and endorse her. If he has somehow overcome the odds to draw even in elected delegates or take a slight lead, he will surely carry on to the Convention. Given how far the Sanders campaign has come, such a strategy doesn’t seem unreasonable. ....Cassidy,NewYorker
Unreasonable? Unreasonable? What's unreasonable is anyone running against a Clinton!
Jonathan Chait, writing at Daily Intel, speculates on Senate Republicans' reaction to Donald Trump's upcoming coronation. Who would President Trump name as Scalia's successor on the Supreme Court?
Now that the GOP primary has resolved itself, the Republican stance is not that “the next president” should replace Scalia, but that Donald Trump should replace Scalia. They are specifically pledging themselves to abide by the Donald’s judicial judgment.......Rhetorically distancing themselves from Trump is no longer a possibility. Either they accept President Obama’s choice for the Court, Merrick Garland, or they go with Trump’s. ...Chait,DailyIntel
Hmm. Good question! Among the comments on Chait's article is some interesting speculation:
Hillary should should come out right now and say if the Republicans don't vote on Merrick Garland, she'll withdraw his name and appoint Obama to the Supreme Court as soon as she is President. McConnell will piss his pants and have to hold a vote on Garland immediately now that it's clear that Hillary is our next President.
I would wait until the Convention. Imagine announcing that at the convention.
Are you getting a little tired of hearing about those crème-de-la-vote "super"delegates?
According to Predictwise, a Web site that combines data from the betting markets and opinion polls, the probability that Sanders will win the nomination is just two per cent. That figure reflects the fact that, including superdelegates, Clinton is less than two hundred delegates short of getting the twenty-three hundred and eighty-two she needs to clinch the nomination. With more than nine hundred delegates available in the remaining thirteen contests, most of which will award delegates proportionally, she is well-nigh certain of reaching her target.
That’s the reason many commentators have declared the race over. Sanders, however, is pinning his hopes on persuading large numbers of superdelegates to switch sides. To have any chance at all of winning them over, he would need to overcome Clinton’s lead in elected delegates, which currently stands at seventeen hundred and one to fourteen hundred and eleven, according to a tally by the Times. That would require him to win about two-thirds of the remaining delegates, a mighty task, but one that isn’t completely beyond the bounds of possibility. ...Cassidy,NewYorker