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TheChat: When it comes to Trump, Washington D.C. can’t face reality

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Good morning.

▪ "There is a fairly delusional bubble from Washington, D.C., powered by the wishful thinking among the party establishment that this will all magically dissipate. This is a movement. The leader is a master showman and master communicator who is in complete and absolute command of every facet of the political battlefield.” — Steve Schmidt, a GOP strategist who guided John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid, on Donald Trump’s campaign.

The old thinking: The GOP race would come down to Jeb Bush and one other rival vying for the nomination. The new thinking: It’ll be Trump and one or two other candidates fighting it out.

▪ “It’s certainly historic to have this many presidential candidates coming.” — Eagle Forum President Ed Martin on the six GOP presidential candidates heading to St. Louis this weekend to speak at the invitation of conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly.

Those candidates on the way are Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum. Notice that Donald Trump is not among them. (link courtesy of

▪ “If I were defending a client who was pulled over and the officer said, ‘Well, I pulled this person over in part because they’ve got this bright yellow license plate that tells me that they’ve driven drunk in the past,’ I’d hold a suppression hearing right then and get any evidence that had been gathered in that particular traffic stop thrown out.” — defense attorney Nathan Johnson on a Missouri proposal that repeat DUI offenders must obtain a unique identifiable license plate.

The license plate idea was proposed by Republican state Rep. Linda Black. Ohio has such a plan. But Johnson suggests the idea is fraught with legal complications.

▪ “The hair is real, the color isn’t.” — Hillary Clinton speaking about her ‘do in an example of the new brand of humor she hopes to display in the weeks to come.

Clinton is trying for an image makeover in the wake of her dropping poll numbers. That means no more casual jokes about her email server. The key: spontaneity and a move away from her stiff demeanor. In other words, she’s trying to become what’s in vogue in 2016 — genuine.