Twitter Mocks Christie, Tapper Asks Rubio If He’s In Denial, And The Narrative Of The ‘Bernie Bro’

March 2, 2016 10:31 a.m.

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March 2, 2016

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Five Points To Watch For In A Clinton v. Trump General Election Showdown

The Gist: Like it or not, the Republican Party woke up Wednesday morning to its reality: In the most likely scenario now, the party will have to depend on loose cannon, anti-establishment, David Duke-backed Donald Trump to defeat Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in November.

Jake Tapper Asks Marco Rubio If He’s ‘In Denial’ About GOP Primary 

The Gist: CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Marco Rubio, who ended up winning just one state on Super Tuesday, whether he was in denial about his chances in the Republican presidential primary. Rubio, of course, denied that he is in denial.

Twitter Wonders Whether Trump Held Christie ‘Hostage’ On Super Tuesday 

The Gist: Social media lit up with merciless mocking of Chris Christie’s stone-faced appearance next to Trump during the real estate mogul’s news conference.  

From The Reporter’s Notebook

Even as some congressional lawmakers have come around to Donald Trump and backed his presidential campaign, some lawmakers are still concerned about a Trump nomination, TPM Writer Caitlin MacNeal wrote. Rep. Mo Brooks said that those supporting Trump now are going to “regret” it eventually. Brooks says Republicans can’t “trust Donald Trump with anything he says.”

Agree or Disagree?

“I don’t think establishment Republicans have it in them to consolidate around Ted Cruz. He’s just too big a jerk, probably unelectable nationwide. And they hate him. There’s basically zero chance he wins the nomination. But it’s going to be pretty hard for anyone to argue that Cruz has to get out for Rubio after last night’s results.” – Josh Marshall

Say What?!

“This is hard for you because you think of the students as cuddly bunnies, but you can’t. You just have to drown the bunnies … put a Glock to their heads.”

– An Oklahoma university president resigned after calling students bunnies that should be drowned.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “I think Reid should hold made-for-TV “hearings” with empty chairs for the GOP Senators. Make a set that looks like the real thing, and just go ahead as if they were real hearings with the nominee being asked substantive questions and giving substantive responses. Would be a great TV spectacle, and when the GOP claims they are just a sham and a gimmick, agree, and ask for the real thing while maintaining that the real sham is what the GOP in the Senate are doing. I assume they can’t do this in the actual Senate hearing rooms, although it would be nice to try. Being stopped by the Sergeant-at-Arms would make for a great show as well. Any ideas on how to make this actually happen? Folks here know anyone on the staff of the Judiciary Committee?”

Related: Harry Reid to Republicans: you better not block us from replacing Scalia.

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What We’re Reading

The “Bernie bros” narrative is cheap, fake journalism and social activism. (The Intercept)

How Breitbart unleashes hate mobs to threaten, dox and troll Trump critics. (The Daily Beast)

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