Lance Simmens: The quintessential dilemma facing Republican strategists at this point is how they will destroy their frontrunner without destroying the party. Further complicating the issue is whether or not a Trump implosion and subsequent retreat will not have the same effect on the health of the party.
Steve Hochstadt: I think that Republican voters are expressing what they want pretty clearly. They want a political outsider. Maybe that’s their main message so far. That’s news.
David Love: Ben Carson spits in the face of millions of Muslim Americans as he tells this community they are not American enough to lead the nation.
Randy Shaw: As ominous as the 2000 storm clouds may appear for 2016, labor’s stronger role, a weaker GOP nominee, a more diverse electoral demographic, and a shift to Democrats on social issues all bode well for Democratic chances.
Ted Vaill: We will have to live with Teddy’s daily bloviating for over five more years, unless he is censured, like Joe McCarthy in the 1950s shortly before he died of alcoholism, or chooses to quit the Senate, or, of course, if he is elected President in 2016.
Steven Singer: Leadership at the National Education Association has been making troubling moves toward endorsing Clinton that could commit the organization to supporting the Democratic presidential hopeful with no regard for the wishes of its 3.2 million members.
Brent Budowsky: There is in this consultant industrial complex a Washington-based tier of operatives who move back and forth between working for Obama, profiting from anti-populist corporate business that would normally be associated with Republicans and most recently working for Clinton.
Robert Reich: That Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal would do this giant dump on Bernie Sanders, based on misinformation and distortion, confirms Bernie’s status as the candidate willing to take on the moneyed interests that the Wall Street Journal represents.
Michael T. Hertz: If you think that the impact of money in politics is central to our broken political system, you’ll want Bernie Sanders for President over both Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.
Tina Dupuy: By my count there are 163 candidates battling for the Republican nomination and not one of them thinks women should have the right to make decisions about their own bodies.
Steve Hochstadt: For Cruz and many other conservative Christians in politics, religion always trumps the law. The highest law at any time must be their brand of faith.
Michael Hertz: Several months ago, I put up a request for such Republicans on a Bernie Facebook page. I got a recent response from Mary. She lives in Mississippi and is 67 years old.
Rick Gardner: I am incredibly turned off by the packaged candidates of today, those neatly scrubbed, well-dressed people who are vying for my vote through poll-tested statements and carefully staged photo ops.