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Cruz Collects More Delegates

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:24 pm

Politico (cached link, no links for bullies):

Cruz crushes Trump in weekend delegate fight

Ted Cruz notched another delegate landslide Saturday, stretching his advantage in a competition that might never occur: the second ballot of a contested Republican National Convention in July.

Cruz won at least 65 of the 94 delegates up for grabs Saturday (he may have won more than 65, but Kentucky’s 25 delegates haven’t revealed their leanings). The Texas senator has so thoroughly dominated the fight to send loyalists to the national convention that if front-runner Donald Trump fails to clinch the nomination on the first ballot, Cruz is well-positioned to surpass him — and perhaps even snag the nomination for himself — when delegates are free in subsequent convention rounds to vote for whomever they want.

It’s all going to come down to Indiana (where Trump leads by 5 points in the polls) and California (where Trump leads by 15 in the polls per the RCP average, and 27 points if you believe Fox Trump News).

I’m trying to be optimistic, but it ain’t easy. When you’re depending on California Republicans, you’re in trouble.

Trump 2005: I “Won’t Do Anything” to Take Care of My Kids

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:09 pm

This would play well in a general election:

“Do you actually change diapers?” host Anthony Cumia asked Donald Trump on the Opie and Anthony show in November of 2005.

The then 59-year-old businessman, whose wife Melania was pregnant with his fifth child and her first, responded bluntly: “No, I don’t do that.”

There’s a lot of women out there that demand that the husband act like the wife and you know there’s a lot of husbands that listen to that,” Trump added. “So you know, they go for it.”

It goes deeper than that. He did nothing to take care of the kids, except provide the money:

“I mean, I won’t do anything to take care of them. I’ll supply funds and she’ll take care of the kids. It’s not like I’m gonna be walking the kids down Central Park,” Trump said in the interview. He repeated the same sentiment to Stern two years laters, saying, “Melania is a wonderful mother. She takes care of the baby and I pay all of the costs.

Trump’s five children — Ivanka, Eric, Donald, Tiffany, and Barron — have been a highly visible part of his presidential bid and have all publicly praised their father as a parent.

You gotta say nice things if you want to stay in the will.

But Trump himself has described himself as hands off, and, in the same 2005 interview with Howard Stern, expressed disdain for his ex-wife Marla Maples for suggesting he walk their daughter, Tiffany, down the street.

“Well, Marla used to say, ‘I can’t believe you’re not walking Tiffany down the street,’ you know in a carriage,” Trump said. “Right, I’m gonna be walking down Fifth Avenue with a baby in a carriage. It just didn’t work.”

I don’t envy this man.

More at the link, including a bit about his suggestion to Maples that one of his now daughters be aborted (“Well, what are we going to do about this?”).

BuzzFeed. Best oppo research of the campaign.

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