And gets it right. While for some inexplicable reason Conservatives and Christians still support Trump, much of his support comes from moderate to non-Republican primary voters. Not enough. But his appeal to the non-conservative, non-religious vote is noteworthy. Despite that, he continues to wobble around the 1/3 mark in the GOP. It's unlikely he will get much higher. Most Republicans and Conservatives, desperate for change and honesty and promises kept aren't willing to drop that low. Just the fact that he picked as his national spokesperson an outspoken hater of Conservatives and Christians should speak volumes. That's not counting his stances on various issues that are supposed to be near and dear to conservative hearts.
As a disclaimer, I very much like John Kasich. I'm not sold on the idea of him being presidential material, but I like and respect the man very much. He would be a formidable obstacle for Democrats and liberals in a general election. Kasich was one of the Republicans in the 90s that liberals trotted out against the Gingrich Republicans to say 'Why can't you be awesome like Mr. Kasich?'. That alone is tough to overcome if you're a Democrat.
Rubio is a good man, and I think down the road presidential material. But I'm a little gun-shy about electing a young senator with no real executive experience. Look what happened last time we did that. Sure, that's a tough attack for the Democrats, who would have to concede that things didn't work too well under Obama. But it is a valid complaint.
Cruz, as I said here, is that guy who seems able to piss everyone off for all the wrong reasons. He's abrasive. He's that guy who starts a war with our own allies because of the way he is. Unless he can change on a dime, he is far from the type of person we need in our divided and struggling nation. He would be divisive in a way that shames Obama. And just because he might be divisive for issues I care about, doesn't mean it would end up any better. In fact, it would likely set up a 2020 Democrat who would then have sympathy for any causes Cruz was against.
The rest of the GOP is done and should drop out ASAP. Christie did the right thing and dropped out, but mainly because of his dismal showing in New Hampshire, where the press had treated him like a major contender. He torpedoed Rubio fine and good, but pretty much shot himself in the process; a political murder suicide. And that's Christie, the bully who holds low income earners to a standard he tries to avoid himself, who supports Obama when convenient, and is willing to jump on board with the radical left at his choosing. He couldn't have left the race fast enough. All that's left now that Christie and Fiorina have dropped out is the good Dr. Carson.
The two Democrats aren't worth discussing. I certainly would consider a Blue Dog (that's socially conservative, pro-life) if that person was capable and not off the scale loony. But I will not vote for candidates who enthusiastically support abortion unfettered and look to Dying socialist, secular, culture-of-death, heretical Europe as their end goal. If it came to nothing better than that, I wouldn't vote.
So there you go. My disclaimer and opinions. We'll wait and see what happens.