Your Daily Donald

So this news week starts off like the last ended with Donald Trump soaking up attention. I’ll try to sum it up in one post in hopes that I don’t have to come back to the subject later today–but no promises.

It occurs to me that three of the four items I’m about to link to come from one corner or the other of Politico–which may tell you who Trump’s ultimate audience is.

* RNC Chairman Reince Priebus tosses out the idea that maybe GOP presidential candidates should have to take a pledge they won’t turn around and run for president as an independent, even as he says he thinks Trump is turning away from an indie run anyway.

* 16 “experts from across the political spectrum” tell Politico how they think the whole Trump thing will end. I’m one of these “experts”–one who sees no particular reason Trump won’t keep going until November.

* The much-esteemed Tim Noah tells us everything there is to know about Trump’s policy positions over the years. He’s most consistently opposed inheritance taxes and supported private-sector–though not public-sector–unions.

And in poll-land:

* A new CNN/ORC poll is the latest showing Trump at the top of the gigantic GOP field nationally, at 18%, with Bush at 15% and Walker at 10%.

* State-level NBC/Marist surveys have Trump in a strong lead among Republicans in New Hampshire, at 21%, and running a close second to Scott Walker in Iowa.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.