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Matthew Yglesias: I can’t be contrarian about Donald Trump anymore: He’s terrifying – Vox

I was a liberal Donald Trump apologist. Not a liberal enjoying the chaos Trump was sowing in the Republican Party, but someone who welcomed his ideological heterodoxy as a step away from the cliff of endless polarization that offered a more moderate substantive agenda than Marco Rubio’s. I held on to that conviction through Friday’s protest violence and Saturday’s torrent of “enough is enough” takes.

I was wrong.

Philip Klein: Trump has clearest path, but here’s how he can still lose – Washington Examiner

Trump has led polls in Ohio and Florida. If Trump beats Rubio and and Kasich there, not only does he win the state’s 165 delegates, but he likely knocks both candidates out of the race, leaving the race one between him and Cruz as the race moves to states less fertile for the Texan. It’s…

Charles CW Cooke: Donald Trump’s 2016 Campaign Must Be Stopped – NRO

For the first time in years, the Right’s defenses would be completely destroyed, perhaps never to be rebuilt. Swiftly, the courts would be packed with ideologues; immediately, Congress would run through the remaining items on the Obama-Clinton laundry list; before the voters had a chance to stop them, the White House would usher in an irreversible amnesty; and, Trump having been turned into a pariah by a hostile press, his “anti-PC” attitude would be rendered toxic in perpetuity. The likely result of Trump’s selection as the Republican nominee, in other words, would be the entrenchment of all that his supporters claim vehemently to hate. That thrill that his acolytes would feel when they saw Trump named the winner of the primaries? It’d be gone in a matter of minutes.

Ross Douthat’s Primary Prediction Tweetstorm · Storify

1/ Okay, time for a last tweetstorm before the voting starts. — Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) February 1, 2016 2/ Thru the summer-fall-winter of Trump, I've tried to strike a balance btw treating the Trump phenomenon w/the seriousness it deserves … — Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) February 1, 2016 From: Ross Douthat’s Primary Prediction Tweetstorm · Storify