Robert Reich: Outsiders and mavericks are often attractive to an American electorate chronically suspicious of political insiders, but the anti-establishment sentiments unleashed this election year of a different magnitude. The Trump and Sanders candidacies are both dramatic repudiations of politics as usual.
Joe Mathews: Yes, the Golden State is hosting a crucial presidential primary. But we wouldn’t stop the billionaire candidate—even if we could.
Steve Ybarra: When 50,000 children sought to escape the drug war in Central America and Mexico, the Democrats were silent until it became to embarrassing to say nothing.
Michael Haas: In the United States today, a new constitution and a coup seem unlikely, but voters are energized enough about immobilism that they appear to want to “shake things up” by electing someone unconventional.
Ted Vaill: Will they deny Trump the nomination, and hand it to the new “establishment” candidate, “Lyin’ Ted Cruz”, as Trump calls him, or draft the “reluctant” Paul Ryan to save the party from destruction?
Steve Hochstadt: Trump is such an egotist that he never realized the limits of his appeal, how many people don’t like the character he has been playing for decades.
Walter Moss: When I hear mention of any Trump tower and hear strident political-campaign accusations, I think rather of a different tower, the Tower of Babel, whose building the Bible says led God to confound the builders’ language so that they could no longer understand one another.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Arizona kicked off a bold anti-immigrant rhetoric which tamped down to an inside voice after the Supreme Court decision. Today, Trump has blasted the anti-immigrant volume back up to 11.
Seth Abramson: Here are a dozen pieces of hard data that Sanders supporters are particularly exercised about right now, primarily because most Sanders supporters believe Donald Trump to be a clear and present danger to the nation, and therefore can’t imagine why Democrats remain unable to have an honest conversation about who could — or will — be in a position to stop him.
Tina Dupuy: The Donald talking about his junk nearly nonstop for the last two weeks is like the 10th or 11th thing with him that makes him unqualified for the office he’s seeking.
Robert Nelson: Donald Trump’s success in the recent primaries has put the word ‘fascism’ squarely on our national agenda. Given the human suffering that fascism inflicted, it is well worth researching the causes. Fascism Coming
Brent Budowsky: What Trump does is endlessly repeat the same insult against an opponent and let the media repeat it endlessly until it sticks to his target. In advertising this is called branding. It gave the world “little Marco,” “lying Ted” and “low-energy Jeb” to which I add today “Trump the loser.”
Peter Dreier: Although Ryan has consistently said he’s not interested in running for president this year, his recent behavior suggests otherwise. In the past few weeks he’s been much more visible in the media than he’s been since he assumed the Speakership in October and has been positioning himself as the leader of his party.