The dangerous election

From Bloomberg, Joshua Green on why Ted Cruz probably won’t drop out, no matter what: The Texas senator may be playing a long game. When everybody was distracted, Marco Rubio may have just blown up the Republican Party. GOP legislators face new pressure to decide: Can they get behind Trump? Donald Trump killed the GOP — here’s how Republicans can bring it back to life. Trump will win or lose — either way, the Koch network will still shape the Republican Party. Spokesman: Story that Kochs are getting involved in GOP primary is “completely false”. Obama didn’t create Trump — the GOP’s opposition to Obama did. Donald Trump ditched free market ideology for nationalism — and it’s working. Republican anti-anti racism reaches its logical conclusion: Only a dirty liberal would condemn someone for refusing to condemn the KKK.

Who are Donald Trump’s supporters, really? Four theories to explain the front-runner’s rise to the top of the polls. The rise of American authoritarianism: A niche group of political scientists may have uncovered what’s driving Donald Trump’s ascent — what they found has implications that go well beyond 2016. Lloyd Grove on how Breitbart unleashes hate mobs to threaten, dox, and troll Trump critics. Democrats are taking the Trump threat very, very seriously — they’re right. Obama’s chief strategist on how a Democrat could beat Trump (and more). New York writers have a conversation on imagining President Trump. Michael Tomasky on the dangerous election.