Trump friendly Roger D. Simon wrote:
I could go on, but the point is this — Trump, thus far, has delivered as promised. This list would build a Supreme Court that most, if not all, Republicans could more than live with for many years. I know there will be holdouts who will claim Trump is prevaricating and will end up nominating, say, Gloria Allred (not very likely, I think). Or that he should have Ted Cruz on the list. Who knows? Over time that could change.
But I think I can confidently say the #NeverTrump movement just took a mortal blow.The Never Trump reaction was led by Jim Geraghty of the National Review.
The actual column was not as nasty.I think Trump would actually nominate one of these names. Because he doesn't actually care about the Supreme Court. https://t.co/krd6NlOyIP— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 18, 2016
But come on. The guy picked his Supreme Court nominee before he picked his vice president. That shows his seriousness.
Dan McLaughlin's column was good, except for this part:
Third, the list has one glaring absence: Ted Cruz. Cruz has said that he doesn’t want to be on the Court, but that would not stop a savvy GOP nominee from floating his name and trying, when elected, to convince him to take the job. Naming Cruz would have five benefits. One, it would be a sop to his supporters, many of them still licking their wounds from the primary. Two, it would show a measure of grace and desire for party unity, unlike the “you’ll get nothing and like it!” message Trump has thus far mostly been selling to the 60% of the party who voted against him. Three, few things would endear Trump more to GOP Establishment Senators than the prospect of being rid of Ted Cruz. Four, if Trump actually won the election, Cruz would inevitably become the leader of the intra-party opposition and a constant thorn in President Trump’s side. And five, Cruz would also be the most likely person willing and able to challenge Trump in a 2020 primary. The fact that Trump didn’t include him on the list suggests either petty vindictiveness, a lack of political foresight, or perhaps simply that even Trump doesn’t envision a scenario where Donald Trump is the President in 2017.Sorry, but Ted Cruz defecated where he now wishes to dine. Cruz's unsportsmanlike conduct in stealing delegates Trump won -- showed just what kind of a jackass Cruz is. He is a Bible-thumping, Constitution-waving politician. So was Bob Byrd. Cruz's call to TrusTed was another warning signal that he is not to be trusted. Whenever a politician says trust me, put your hand on your wallet.
Trump could forgive Cruz, but Republicans cannot. Cruz is now viewed unfavorably by Republicans. He blew his credibility when he CheaTed.
Trump net favorability WITHIN GOP now close to that of Clinton w/in Dems. Uniting the party, it seems. pic.twitter.com/1Cdap0tzg1— Charles Franklin (@PollsAndVotes) May 18, 2016