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Trump’s Muslim Derangement Syndrome Won’t Matter to His Voters

Posted December 8th, 2015 at 11:29 am (UTC-4)
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  I think I know why Trump persists as their champion: Because his primary supporters, white males with only a high school degree, are furious and they have a right to be mad. This not about embracing Trump’s platform; it’s about embracing his rage.

What If Trump Is the Nominee?

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 1:02 pm (UTC-4)
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Republican Senate candidates are wrestling with that possibility—and with the uncomfortable tensions within their party that it has exposed.

Why Horse Race Campaign Polls Are Mostly Worthless This Far Ahead of the Voting

Posted December 2nd, 2015 at 10:11 am (UTC-4)
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It’s easy to prove that early polls are lousy at predicting the ultimate outcome in a crowded race; just look at the record.

The Nastier Donald Trump Gets, the More Some People Like Him

Posted November 28th, 2015 at 8:42 am (UTC-4)
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He’s the ultimate personification of a variety of vices (greed, intemperance, gluttony, wrath, pride) that we have embraced as a culture with the certitude of the forgiven — or of the be-damned, anyway.

The Hard Truth About Donald Trump

Posted November 23rd, 2015 at 2:32 pm (UTC-4)
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The Republican Party leaders know they have a serious problem. More significantly, America has a serious problem. Throughout our history, economic anxiety has brought out the worst in people.

Is America a Nation of Xenophobic Trumps?

Posted November 20th, 2015 at 1:14 pm (UTC-4)
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The radical proposals now being put forward by Trump (and frequently echoed in only slightly less virulent form by his rivals) would define the United States as a much less tolerant and pluralistic country, one in which an entire religion could be cast under a shroud of state-sponsored suspicion.

5 Takeaways From the GOP Debate

Posted November 11th, 2015 at 3:26 pm (UTC-4)
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There were sharp, sometimes contentious exchanges on immigration and military intervention, but for the most part the eight GOP contenders presented themselves – for the first time – as a diverse but essentially coherent field united against Hillary Clinton, who seems increasingly likely to win the Democratic nomination. Read more:

Trump Loses Top Spot. But Not to Jeb

Posted October 27th, 2015 at 3:49 pm (UTC-4)
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Who knew? The latest poll conducted by CBS News/New York Times puts Republican candidate Ben Carson on top by four percentage points. Trump, no longer the frontrunner, said during an interview on MSNBC, “One thing I know about a frontrunner, you get analyzed 15 different ways from China. A lot of things will come out.” It’s still early in the race, but Jeb Bush had long been expected to rule the roost. And he hasn’t. According to the poll, Marco Rubio is now in third place (eight percent), followed by Jeb Bush (seven percent) and Carly Fiorina (seven percent). All this puts the spotlight on Carson – sometimes disregarded as a very polite, but fringe conservative – during the Republican’s third debate Wednesday in Colorado.

The American Idea and Today’s G.O.P.

Posted September 25th, 2015 at 10:22 am (UTC-4)
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Today there are some conservative commentators and Republican politicians who talk a lot about American exceptionalism. But when they use the phrase they mean the exact opposite of its original meaning. In fact, they are effectively destroying American exceptionalism.

Trump and Fiorina’s Snake Oil Sales

Posted September 22nd, 2015 at 11:49 am (UTC-4)
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They’re both right. Fiorina’s tenure at HP was indeed a disaster, and Trump’s casino interests did indeed file for bankruptcy multiple times. Now that Trump and Fiorina are number one and number two in a recent poll — oy! — it’s worth taking a closer look at their business records.

Republican Carly Fiorina Overshadows Trump

Posted September 17th, 2015 at 3:00 pm (UTC-4)
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When former Hewlitt Packard CEO and Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina said, “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said” during the party’s second debate, frontrunner Donald Trump, who had made an insulting remark about her looks, was cornered. Among all 16 candidates, the Texas native scored the biggest hit on Trump, boosting her visibility at the same time. Some say the summer fling with Trump is now over and the real race for the nominee has begun.

Donald Trump’s Gatsbyesque Charm

Posted September 16th, 2015 at 9:20 pm (UTC-4)
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Say what you will about Trump, he is possessed of mischievous traits that many Americans find irresistible…. In his cruder comments about people he reviles, Trump has often equaled Archie Bunker’s outspoken style even if he doesn’t use the word “meathead.”

In Crowded Field, Which Republican Will Stand Up to Trump?

Posted September 16th, 2015 at 2:36 pm (UTC-4)
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Tonight’s second Republican debate among presidential hopefuls is – once again – all about Donald Trump. The latest poll shows support for him on the rise as confidence fades in expected frontrunners like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. Those watching will be looking at Jeb Bush or Carly Fiorina to pounce on Trump’s vague policy ideas and shut down his knack for sucking up all the oxygen in the room. That will require a complete redo by the rest of the Republican field, most of whom have proven unable to call out Trump for what some observers say he is: a bully.

Tearing at the Seams

Posted September 14th, 2015 at 11:38 am (UTC-4)
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Against the back­drop of the ac­cel­er­at­ing pres­id­en­tial race, the strains of ad­apt­ing to the na­tion’s hurt­ling demo­graph­ic and cul­tur­al change are grow­ing in­creas­ingly vis­ible. For all of the eco­nom­ic anxi­et­ies many Amer­ic­ans still ex­press, the most po­lar­iz­ing con­flicts this year are di­vid­ing the na­tion along lines of race, eth­ni­city, and cul­ture, not class.

Why Mitt Romney Should Save the Republican Party and Join the 2016 Race

Posted September 3rd, 2015 at 8:39 am (UTC-4)
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Romney should be ready to enter the field to save his party from an awful reckoning between its leadership and its base, a reckoning that has been brought on by Donald Trump’s campaign.