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BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL
A peculiar thing in this most peculiar of elections is how close (almost uncomfortably close) we seem to be to the presidential candidates.
Take, for instance, this painfully human moment from Sen. Marco Rubio from a few days ago. Rubio, who ran on a platform of old-fashioned conservatism and fresh-faced hope, suspended his presidential campaign last night after losing his home state to an old white liberal who blames Bush for 9/11.
It's getting harder for all of us, Rubio. Because plenty of conservatives will never support Trump.
In another apparently unscripted quote from a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton nailed the all-too-cozy relationship between Donald Trump and the media that have given him nearly $2 billion in free coverage for the sake of clicks and ratings.
BuzzFeed reported that Clinton had a hot mic moment chatting with MSNBC's Chris Matthews:
There they were — Clinton and Matthews, chatting it up as they waited for the next segment — unwittingly airing their idle small-talk to reporters one floor below.
It was immediately clear that the subject at hand was Donald Trump. “Man, you guys cannot stop talking about him,” Clinton was saying. “He is a dangerous presence and, you know, it’s just like candy by the bushel.”
BETTER TO LOSE WITH HONOR THAN TO WIN WITH TRUMP ...
People have talking about the possibility of a third-party candidate in the event that Trump cons his way to the nomination. Three conservative leaders are taking concrete steps to make it happen. Practically speaking, a third-party candidate is likely to split the GOP vote, but he or she will could give conservative voters a principled option, sparing them the hellish choice between Clinton and Trump.
The organizers of the meeting include Bill Wichterman, who was President George W. Bush’s liaison to the conservative movement; Bob Fischer, a South Dakota businessman and longtime conservative convener; and Erick Erickson, the outspoken Trump opponent and conservative activist who founded RedState.com.
"Please join other conservative leaders to strategize how to defeat Donald Trump for the Republican nomination,” the three wrote in an invitation obtained by POLITICO that recently went out to conservative leaders, "and if he is the Republican nominee for president, to offer a true conservative candidate in the general election."
BUT WE WOULDN'T WIN WITH TRUMP ANYWAY
Just leaving these here ...
A few more bites:
“I ask the American people — do not give into the fear, do not give in to the frustration. We can disagree about public policy, we can disagree vibrantly and passionately, but we are a hopeful people." - Marco Rubio bows out with grace after his Florida loss, via The Hill
“This is a five-alarm fire for our democracy. A hate-peddling bigot who openly incites violence is the likely presidential nominee of one of our nation’s two major parties. It is alarming and dangerous. Donald Trump’s candidacy is a threat to the America we love, and we must respond to him and what he is stoking as such." - a letter signed by liberal leaders alarmed at the rise of Trump, via Politico