Trump's Nuclear Thinking and Cruz's Advantage

Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg View columnist. He taught political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and DePauw University and wrote A Plain Blog About Politics.
Read More.
a | A

1. At the Monkey Cage, Gene Gerzhoy and Nick Miller give Donald Trump’s nuclear policy a lot more thought than the reality television star put into it, with the potentially devastating results (for Trump’s thinking, anyway) that one would expect.

2. Also at the Monkey Cage: Vickie Langohr on the Egyptian movement against public sexual violence.

3. Mark Mellman at the Hill defends superdelegates.

4. Nate Silver on Ted Cruz’s advantage at the Republican convention.

5. See also Ed Kilgore on delegates, party leaders and the convention. The big point here, and one that I’ve been making: At the convention, all that matters is what the delegates collectively decide to do. I do think it’s possible that the convention could stalemate, if it turns out neither Trump nor Cruz have 1,237 votes, and if there’s a clearly demonstrated deadlock, then they may have no choice but to turn to a different candidate. But the idea that “the party” or “the establishment” or anyone else could dump Trump and Cruz before that point? That’s not how this works.

6. At the Washington Post, Sari Horwitz profiles Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state and warrior against voting and democracy. No, I don't think that description is too strong.

7. And David Dayen looks at “the 1099 economy.” I’m not convinced that voters are particularly angry, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t legitimate issues here -- issues that aren’t being addressed by politicians.

Get Early Returns every morning in your inbox. Click here to subscribe.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.

To contact the author of this story:
Jonathan Bernstein at jbernstein62@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story:
Brooke Sample at bsample1@bloomberg.net