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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The unexpected peril of a brokered convention

- The Washington Times

This may be the year they gave an election and everybody wanted to stay home. Neither Republicans nor Democrats have a front-runner anybody likes very much, and there's nobody on the bench who can hit a curve ball.

House Speaker Paul Ryan. (The Washington Times) ** FILE **

The peasants have tasted the milk and honey

- The Washington Times

The Republican establishment is determined to kill the Trump candidacy, and it may succeed. Donald Trump is assisting with the task. The mouth that roars rarely soars, and his unthinking vulgarity is beginning to bore. It's hard to know what he was thinking when he said women who have abortions should be punished.

Joe Biden

The dark menace gaining on Hillary

- The Washington Times

If you believe Cassandra and other doom-criers, this may be remembered as the year they gave an election and nobody came. The Republican Party's skepticism of Donald Trump is exceeded only by the Democrats' growing terror at the prospect of campaigning with Hillary Clinton. It looks like a bipartisan meltdown.

Abraham Lincoln

The teaching moment, lost in Havana

- The Washington Times

Barack Obama loves to talk, mostly about himself, and he's never as happy as when he's talking about America's faults, even in foreign capitals where tradition says a good citizen doesn't do that.

Mitch McConnell (Associated Press)

The great Republican snipe hunt

- The Washington Times

Once the media mob has worked you over there's not much the undertaker can do to make you look presentable for the wake. You're well smashed up and truly dead, unless you're Donald Trump, fortified by crude wit, relentless stamina and astonishing resources of ego, confidence and self-regard.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (Associated Press)

Playing a game with the Supreme Court

- The Washington Times

The nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court is all about politics. There's nothing wrong with that. Politics is governing, with no argument here about what the meaning of "is" is.

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump holds a plane-side rally in a hanger at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna, Ohio, Monday, March 14, 2016.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The wise men forget Mr. Stupid's error again

- The Washington Times

James Carville, the colorful shill of Bill Clinton's successful campaigns, coined the most memorable slogan of those campaigns, and it continues to be the essence of presidential politics: "It's the economy, Stupid." Mr. Stupid forgets it at his peril.

Richard Nixon (Associated Press)

Hard times for the Nixon of the Democrats

- The Washington Times

The wheel that goes around comes around, as life teaches us all, even Hillary Clinton. She was 27, a reckless and ambitious lawyer for the House Judiciary Committee, working to impeach Richard Nixon. She couldn't imagine that she would one day be the Nixon of the Democrats, a reckless and ambitious presidential candidate forever tracking mud and grit through the house.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Monday, March 7, 2016, in Madison, Miss. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Donald Trump's message to Lower Slobbovia

- The Washington Times

Some of our thrilling celebrities are threatening to abandon America, our beloved politicians are boring the rest of us to death in nightly pie-throwing contests, and "foreign leaders" are pulling the bedcovers over their heads in terror. This must be another presidential campaign.

Chris Wallace of Fox News. ** FILE **

How could everybody get it so wrong?

- The Washington Times

The list of "experts," "analysts," self-appointed "strategists" and other know-it-alls who were wrong about Donald Trump is a long one, and nobody is as ignorant of why the Donald has had such an appeal and such staying power as the pundit who is paid to know everything, and never does.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up a campaign sign that reads "Farmers for Trump" after speaking at a rally at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Panic on the eve of destruction

- The Washington Times

Marco Rubio's only appeal to the elites is that he's not Donald Trump. But after Tuesday night that probably won't be enough. With the momentum -- what George Bush the Elder famously called "the big mo" -- born of this week's results the Donald might well drive a stake through the last great hope next week in Florida.

Barry Goldwater

The dilemma of the scared Republicans

- The Washington Times

The Republicans ought to be comfortable in their catbird seat, surveying nothing but knee-high cotton, corn as high as an elephant's eye and blue skies for as far as anyone can see. They have the happy prospect of running against a Democratic foe awash in scandal and chicanery. Few voters like her, nobody trusts her and she seems as likely to land in prison as in the White House.

Boris Johnson (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The Trump phenomenon spreads to Old Blighty

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump's politics have arrived in Old Blighty, and Britain may never be the same. The Mayor of London has joined the campaign for Britain to kick itself out of the European Union. This terrifies the easily terrified elites.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden (Associated Press) **FILE**

A modest suggestion for choosing the judge

- The Washington Times

Everybody is putting his 2 cents in about the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court and how to fill it, and President Obama hasn't even sent up the name of the man, woman or trans-sexual whom he thinks would adorn the highest bench in the land. Who knew we had so many Philadelphia lawyers amongst us?

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia leaves an intellectual conservative void on the Supreme Court, one that Republicans are in no hurry for the president to fill. His death Saturday created a political crisis in a pivotal election year. (Associated Press)

The justice who set words on fire

- The Washington Times

Antonin Scalia would surely be bemused -- and maybe even amused -- by a lot of the nice things being said about him now, sometimes by unexpected people. He long ago got used to people saying a lot of nasty things, and worse, few of them were original.

A student teacher in the second-grade classroom of teacher Susanne Diaz at Marcus Whitman Elementary School, goes over lessons with students, in Richland, Wash. (Ty Beaver/The Tri-City Herald via AP) ** FILE **

Let no child be left unconfused

- The Washington Times

Mae West, the famous philosopher of the boudoir, would hardly believe her fortune today. "So many men," she once complained, "so little time." She was the kind of girl who set out to "climb the ladder of success, wrong by wrong."

In this Jan. 29, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a campaign event at Greasewood Flats Ranch in Carroll, Iowa. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

And now, here comes New Hampshire

- The Washington Times

The wind and snow of Iowa gives way to the ice and slush of New Hampshire, and the long, long trail to sunny South Carolina has never looked so inviting to so many. No one could have survived these last weeks but for the ample supply of hot air from the candidates to raise the temperature to barely tolerable.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a question from a member of the audience during a campaign event at the Knoxville School District Administration Office, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Knoxville, Iowa. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The election when nobody showed up

- The Washington Times

Why are the front-runners in both parties so unelectable? The frenzied and the frightened count the ways, without getting into the depth and breadth and height a body's soul can reach.

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