Christina Leimer: The women berated Democrats and barraged me with accusations and questions, never pausing for an answer. Why are Democrats so hateful? When are you gonna get over losing the election?
George Polisner: Societal imperatives that could have been addressed in President Obama’s first term were constrained by his failure to understand that this is not the GOP of Presidents’ Lincoln or Eisenhower.
Brent Budowsky: The great curse of Republicans in the midterm elections is that on issue after issue, many of them appear to be playing the role of Fredo Corleone, the hapless, duplicitous and incompetent sycophant in the original Godfather.
RJ Eskow: Trump is not a deviation from Republican ideology or beliefs; he is their fullest flowering. He is not the party’s nightmare. He is its id, the manifestation of its darkest impulses.
Kate Harveston: The Republican Party was warned not to lose their rapport with minorities in the early 2000s. They have done precisely that, and with Trump at the helm, they are becoming the party of misogyny and bigotry.
Richard Eskow: The third shadow is that of Trump himself, a bloated bleached-blond Narcissus transfixed by his own silhouette. “He worships at the altar of a stagnant pool,” says an old Dylan song, “and when he sees his reflection, he’s fulfilled.”
John Peeler: If Trump is denied the nomination and walks out with a large chunk of his followers, what will be left without Trump is a rump, competitive only in the most conservative states and districts.
Lawrence Rosenthal: he profound dysfunction on display in the Republican party’s contest for its 2016 presidential nomination reflects an intra-party civil war that has been simmering for the past 25 years and has now burst out of control. gop implosion
Lance Simmens: Donald Trump is scary in so many ways, not the least of which is a childish obnoxiousness that begs adult supervision and discipline.
Robert Reich: Something odd happened. It turned out that many of the conservative Republicans and Tea Partiers I met agreed with much of what I had to say, and I agreed with them.
David A. Love: Republicans have allowed extremists to hijack their party and turn it into a White Citizens’ Council, a white nationalist organization in the mold of the Southern segregationist Dixiecrats of a bygone era.
Alvaro Huerta: By viciously attacking Latino immigrants, Trump makes it crystal clear to one of the nation’s fastest growing demographic and key voting groups that they are not wanted in the GOP.
Larry Wines: Expect the coming week to bring more unchallenged repetitions by GOP operatives of the latest Rovian assertion – totally devoid of details – that America “can’t afford another four years of these failed liberal economic programs policies.”