▪ “I see Mr. Trump as American Pharaoh, the horse that just ran and won the Triple Crown. When you have a horse like that, American Pharaoh, you have to let him do his thing. Let him run his race. And anybody who thinks that they are going to be able to dictate what Mr. Trump should or shouldn't do doesn't understand the unparalleled success that he has had across his life.” — Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
We think Mr. Lewandowski has Trump measured pretty accurately.
▪ “Real limits on the Supreme Court.” — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a GOP presidential candidate, calling for U.S. Supreme Court judges to face election to determine if they should remain on the bench.
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Cruz’s complaint: The court has turned itself into a super-legislature. The prospects of Cruz’s idea passing: zilch.
▪ “We don’t have a timetable announcement yet, but you will be among the first to know when we do.” — Roy Blunt campaign press secretary Burson Snyder on when the Republican senator from Missouri might formally kick off his re-election campaign.
Blunt is raising money, has a campaign spokesperson and his son will serve as his campaign manager, but he’s not “formally” in the race. The campaign has started to rumble around him, though Blunt is biding his time. There’s no doubt that he’s seeking a second term, so he may be sending a signal that he’s not all that worried about Democratic challenge Jason Kander.
▪ “Our military men and women should feel empowered, no matter where they are serving.” — Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins announcing her support for legislation allowing military officers to carry weapons at recruiting centers.
In the wake of the Tennessee shootings, lots of conservative lawmakers are calling for a change in law. Rep. Kevin Yoder of Overland Park is also backing the proposal. “Our men and women in uniform should not have to fear for their lives when they return home from the battlefield to be stationed at a recruiting center,” Yoder wrote on Facebook.