* Speaking of which, Trump had a really terrific, nice, awesome, great, and wonderful meeting with the Republican National Committee chairman today:
“Reince, I will be the one to unify this party, or it will not be unified. Do we understand each other? Good.”
Those close to Trump say, despite appearances to the contrary, he’s interested in unifying the party around him and reaching out to key GOP figures. His advisers remain optimistic that Trump will win the 1,237 delegates needed for the Republican nomination, but say he’s eager to coalesce the party — including those who’ve been reluctant to embrace him.
As long as Trump is the nominee, everyone will get along just fine!
“When it comes to women, the Republican front-runner is …” the ad begins, and then flashes a scene from Mr. Trump’s long-running reality TV series “The Apprentice” when he tells a female contestant she “must be a pretty picture, dropping on your knees.”In another scene, after the word “demeaning” flashes across the screen, Mr. Trump tells a female journalist, “You wouldn’t have your job if you weren’t beautiful.”
This is only the beginning of what we’ll be seeing if the GOP does nominate Trump, obviously. Reminder: our poll shows that Trump is viewed unfavorably by 68 percent of white women.
* A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton among likely Democratic primary voters in Wisconsin by 49-43, another sign he very well may win there next Tuesday. The polling averages show a dead heat.
* However, the new PPP poll also finds the race in Wisconsin much closer between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, at 38-37, and this is probably a must-win for the #StopTrump forces. The polling averages put Cruz up four.
* Worth watching: Dave Weigel reports that Ted Cruz is denouncing the idea of a convention rules change that could allow for the nomination of a candidate who has won less than eight primaries. This suggests there would be major resistance to any establishment push to nominate anyone other than Cruz or Trump.
* Trip Gabriel, reporting from on the ground in Wisconsin, documents real signs of a backlash against Trump, though as Gabriel notes, this is some of the most favorable terrain the #StopTrump forces can hope for.
* E.J. Dionne on how the distorting effects of our discourse create the misleading impression that Trumpism is a deep and widespread phenomenon, when in fact it’s only confined to one corner of the Republican Party.
* And the NRA says Obama Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is hostile to gun rights, and Republicans cite that as a reason to oppose him. But Mike DeBonis reports that legal experts who have looked at Garland’s background find this argument to be largely baseless.
You’re probably shocked that Republicans reflexively mouth the NRA’s take on Garland, even as they refuse to hold a hearing that might allow for a real examination of Garland’s actual record!