Bernie Sanders' strong showing in Tuesday night's Michigan Democratic primary, where he narrowly beat Hillary Clinton in a race that was supposed to be hers, "demonstrated that [Sanders] made some necessary progress in expanding his coalition," Jim Newell writes. But this won't be enough to gain the nomination, unless the Vermonter can win bigger in bigger states. (Snarked the Top Commenter on this story: "Future Slate headline: 'Taking Oath of Office Won't Help Sanders.' " Hey, we call 'em like we see 'em.)
Marco Rubio needs to go home, writes Isaac Chotiner, before he loses any last shred of dignity he may still possess. "Rubio should do everything he can to boost Cruz, the only non-Trump viable candidate, immediately," Chotiner argues. "This means dropping out before his home state of Florida’s March 15 primary, even if he could win it."
Mitt Mitt Mitt. What does Mitt really want? Jim Newell parses the erstwhile candidate's recent public statements and concludes that even if he's not saying so explicitly, Romney would accept his party's nomination in a heartbeat.
It's time to give kudos where kudos are due, writes Heather Schwedel: David Schwimmer is doing an excellent job portraying Robert Kardashian on The People vs. O.J. Simpson. "As the season has progressed, his performance has proven transfixing—and not just because of the absurdity of seeing Ross Geller in the role," Schwedel argues. "Instead of trying to go completely against type, Schwimmer has channeled his Ross-iness and become the series' unlikely heart."
WGN's new fugitive-slave–themed show Underground could have been great, writes Willa Paskin, but it's trying way too hard to please us. "It is hard to imagine a more inherently gripping premise than escaping slaves, but Underground tosses in pop music, lurid sex scenes, and a breakneck pace, undermining its own ambition," Paskin is sad to report. (Maybe read an excerpt from historian Eric Foner's recent book on the Underground Railroad, rather than watching.)
Sylvia Plath, we barely knew ye,