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Donald Trump Is Not Like Al Gore

A deconstruction of the latest Republican rationalization. Even before the third presidential debate made Donald Trump’s refusal to abide by the election outcome the election’s central question, conservatives are already preparing a defense of sorts. Trump’s wild ravings about the rigged election, they insisted, were hardly any different from complaints …

The Abnormalization of Hillary Clinton

The notion that Clinton’s email scandal is disqualifying requires a suspension of any rational standards or historical memory. In the last NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, voters judged Donald Trump to be more honest than Hillary Clinton by a ten-point margin. It is a finding that boggles the mind. Americans deem …

Yes, Most Donald Trump Supporters Are Deplorable

Hillary Clinton made the mistake of admitting something only other people are supposed to say. Following the classic definition of a gaffe as a politician telling the truth, Hillary Clinton’s comment about Donald Trump’s supporters (“just to be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I …

The Filibuster Is Already Gone

Harry Reid already used the nuclear option, and Democrats will do it again if they have to. So will Republicans. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid told veteran New York Times reporter Carl Hulse that, if his party wins back the majority, it might completely eliminate the filibuster. This threat has …

Mike Pence and the Normalization of Trump — NYMag

Trumpism is hardly even a thing anymore. Donald Trump is the strangest candidate either party has nominated in the modern era. He is bizarre not only as freak-show product of tabloid culture, and as a campaigner who eschews even the basic organizational practices of the field, but as an ideological …

Today in ‘Trump’s Campaign Is a Garbage Fire’ — NYMag

Trump’s reality show goes off script. Donald Trump spent yesterday campaigning with Senator Bob Corker, whom the Republican nominee called “a great friend of mine, somebody respected by everybody.” This was the sort of affirmation Trump is counting on to consolidate Republican support and tamp down potential unpleasantness in Cleveland. …