The delusion that Trump isn’t going to be the nominee will continue at least until the SEC primary on March 1st, so we’ve still got a few weeks left of hearing from the other candidates on Sunday morning. Today the spotlight belongs to Marco Rubio, who’ll appear on all five shows — the full Ginsburg — to try to undo the damage from the debate malfunction heard ’round the world. The only way to prove to voters that you’re not a talking-points robot is to sit for interviews and let reporters bomb you with questions, so that’s what Rubio’s doing. If he can scrape past Bush in South Carolina on Saturday and then somehow pull a win out of Nevada, he’s alive. Anything short of that and he’s likely dunzo. Also appearing this morning: John Kasich, who’ll be on “This Week” and “Meet the Press.” Kasich’s bizarre strategy, which will leave him as an also-ran in primary after primary until the race turns to the midwest next month, seems a bit less quixotic than it used to with Trump poised to win big in SC. If Trump cleans up in South Carolina and the south, Rubio will be finished and Cruz will be seen as weak in having failed to defend his stronghold. The only game in town at that point in terms of stopping, or slowing, Trump would probably be Kasich. If he wins in Ohio and Michigan, donors will start kicking in to his campaign and (some) anti-Trumpers will rally to him. That probably won’t be enough to catch Trump in delegates by the time of the convention but it might be enough to hold him under a clear majority depending upon how long Cruz continues in the race.
Trump himself will be on “Meet the Press” and “Face the Nation” this morning. And in the unlikely event that you’re more interested in the Democratic race, Bernie Sanders will appear on “This Week,” “Face the Nation,” and “Fox News Sunday.” He’s in a better position than Rubio is in his race, but if Sanders really does get blown out by Hillary in SC on the strength of the black vote, the CW will quickly congeal around the idea that he can force a long campaign on Hillary but can’t actually win. That’s why he’s doing so much media this morning. He needs every opportunity he can get this week to convince black Democrats in South Carolina to prefer him to Obama’s secretary of state. The full line-up is at the AP.