Quick Takes

* Imagine the life of the sad evangelical nativist. On the one hand, you have Ted Cruz’s father telling you that if you vote for Trump, you “have become lax about the word of God.” One the other hand, David Duke says that “voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage.” Rock and a hard place, huh?

* In the first two Florida polls taken since Jeb Bush (and Chris Christie) got out of the race, Donald Trump leads Marco Rubio by 16 and 7 points. If that holds, Rubio is absolutely toast.

* On the trial balloon of Brian Sandoval as a potential Supreme Court nominee, the Governor himself says, “leave me out of this mess.”

“Earlier today, I notified the White House that I do not wish to be considered at this time for possible nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States,” Sandoval said in a statement. “I have also spoken to Senators Reid, Heller and McConnell and expressed the same desire to them.”

* The WaPo/Univision poll of Hispanic voters is good news for Clinton and bad news for Trump.

Donald Trump has used the issue of immigration to help make himself the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, but his harsh rhetoric also has earned him the highest negative ratings among Hispanic voters of any major GOP hopeful, according to a Washington Post-Univision News poll.

Among Democrats, front-runner Hillary Clinton holds a lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) of roughly 2 to 1 among Hispanics heading toward the Super Tuesday round of primaries and caucuses.

* President Obama gives us the scoop on his first job as a teenager.

Scooping ice cream is tougher than it looks. Rows and rows of rock-hard ice cream can be brutal on the wrists. As a teenager working behind the counter at Baskin-Robbins in Honolulu, I was less interested in what the job meant for my future and more concerned about what it meant for my jump shot.

My first summer job wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it taught me some valuable lessons. Responsibility. Hard work. Balancing a job with friends, family, and school.

That’s the story of so many Americans. Access to a job in the summer and beyond can make all the difference to a young person – especially those who don’t have access to many resources and opportunities…

That’s why today, we’re kicking off a Summer Opportunity Project that brings together state and local leaders, community organizations, schools, and businesses – including LinkedIn – to get young people into their first jobs and create strong transitions between school years and from high school to college and careers.

* Finally, a couple of weeks ago I heard a comedian talking on public radio about the state of comedy during this presidential election. He wasn’t impressed. One of the things he identified as the culprit was the difficulty in finding a way to parody Donald Trump’s parody of a campaign. Jimmy Kimmel did a pretty good job on that front.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.