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IT WOULD BE CRAZY TO SEE MISSISSIPPI TURN BLUE BUT LET'S NOT
Donald Trump can pretend that his polling numbers against Hillary Clinton aren't abysmal. But for those of us not living in Trump crazytown, it's crystal clear that a Trump nominee is a one-way ticket to a November bloodbath. His supporters may say he'll bring in people who don't normally vote Republican; in fact, Trump is such a terrible candidate that he puts historically red states back into play. Advantage: Clinton.
National Review analyzed how Trump vs. Clinton stacks up to Cruz vs. Clinton. The latter matchup gives conservatives a fighting chance.
One of the biggest contrasts between the GOP candidates comes in Iowa. NBC News and PPP have Clinton ahead of Tump by eight points and two points respectively. The same polls put Cruz ahead of Clinton by four points and three points.
Perhaps one of the strongest arguments for nominating Cruz over Trump is that it would lock up states Republicans should never have had to worry about in the first place. The controversial mogul is so repugnant to some groups of traditionally Republican-leaning voters, he would put some previously deep-red states in play.
A 28-point lead for Ted Cruz over Hillary Clinton in Utah is not particularly surprising — but it is noteworthy given that Clinton actually leads Trump by two in the latest poll of this conservative stronghold, which hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential nominee since 1964. Democrats have dreamed of turning Arizona into a swing state for years; the Merrill poll found Clinton tied with Trump there. The same poll showed Cruz leading Clinton by six points. In Mississippi, a Mason-Dixon poll put Trump ahead of Clinton, 46 percent to 43 percent. The same poll put Cruz ahead of her, 51 percent to 40 percent.
National Review: Cruz Is a Safer General-Election Bet than Trump
TRUMP WON'T KNOW WHAT HIT HIM
If you think Trump's numbers are bad now, wait until Democrats dump a year's worth of opposition research on him ... only after Republican voters make the fatal mistake of supporting him as the GOP nominee, of course.
Clinton ally David Brock recently pointed out that Trump had not been properly vetted by his opponents or the press. “We sat on it all so as not to help the candidates who might have been stronger general election candidates," said Brock, as reported by Politico.
While confident that Democrats would defeat him in November, Brock also seems fully aware that Trump is dangerous.
While Brock told the donors that American Bridge also had been building oppo files on other prospective Republican presidential nominees — including Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan — he paid special attention to the Manhattan real estate showman who is leading the GOP delegate race, warning: “Trump won’t be a cakewalk defeat” in a general election.
“American Bridge is building a database of all the regular people — from unpaid vendors to harassed tenants to defrauded students at Trump University — who got screwed over for one reason only,” said Brock. “They took Trump at his word.”
Brock asserted that, if Trump does win the GOP nomination “a bare-knuckles campaign is necessary” to brand him as a greedy. misogynistic racist, and “a danger to the Constitution, a menace to democracy, and a threat to the nation as a whole.”
A few more bites:
“Imagine if you had, say, 10 bot interactions a day, and if your entire daily commercial life was powered by a chat platform. How that platform works — and who controls it — is going to be very important.” - Ted Livingston, chief executive of Kik, talks about our bot-tastic future, via the New York Times
"It's not broken. It's just … difficult to maintain. Congress keeps changing legislation, altering rules, then you have to go back in, program it, make sure it works." - Nitin Naik, IRS technical director for strategic planning, describes the IRS internal system that dates back to the 1960s, via FCW
"We don't ever really want her to get hardened. That's always the fun challenge at the core of the show, letting her move forward without changing who she is." Robert Carlock, the producer at the helm of Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," talks to the Hollywood Reporter about the challenges of season 2 and what fans should look forward to when it premieres this Friday