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The Disqualification Campaign

As the 2016 presidential election enters the home stretch, it is reaching its final form: a contest over which candidate is more fully disqualified. Yesterday, Hillary Clinton’s physical collapse after a September 11 commemoration was caught on video, giving credence to concerns about her health. Hillary Clinton 9/11 NYC pic.twitter.com/q9YnsjTxss — Zdenek Gazda (@zgazda66) September […]

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Gary Johnson Is a Left-Wing Candidate

On Friday, Brian Doherty of the Libertarian flagship publication Reason scolded me, and by extension anyone else who has been turned off by some of the Johnson-Weld ticket’s public statements, that we were placing more importance on “the attitude stuff related to culture war issues about discrimination and guns” than on the really crucial issues […]

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The Cardboard Cut-Out Cartoon Caricature Campaign

Hillary Clinton’s win yesterday in the California primary, combined with the Democrats’ notably undemocratic system of superdelegates—boy, is Reince Priebus wishing somebody on our side had thought of that—means that Hillary has pretty definitively wrapped up the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. Which is not exactly their finest hour. Some of us have been sardonically […]

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Why Isn’t There #NeverHillary?

The two major political parties both seem to be on the verge of choosing as their presidential candidate a pathological, sociopathic liar who is obsessed with wealth and power. Yet only one party seems to be in real agony over that possibility. Donald Trump’s lies are frequent, brazen and well-documented. That was on display in […]

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Donald Trump Is No Barry Goldwater

Over the past few days, a lot of people have been sending around an old political ad from 1964 that purports to show a lifelong Republican explaining, in a sober, deliberative tone of voice, why Barry Goldwater “frightens” him and why he’s going to vote for Lyndon Johnson instead. Because Johnson would never create a […]

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What We Learned About the Democrats Last Week

We’ve had a few days from last week’s Democratic debate to digest the results and the reactions and to proceed from initial impressions to some firmer conclusions. I don’t just mean evaluations of the individual candidates but conclusions about the direction of the Democratic Party as a whole. What do the candidates and their messages […]

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The 25 Craziest Things Said at the Democratic Debate

Any presidential debate that involves Bernie Sanders is going to have its share of offbeat moments. But Tuesday night offered a little bit of nuttiness from everyone. Combing through the transcript of the debate, I found these 25 head-scratchers. Let the crazy flow. 1. “My name is Martin O’Malley, former Mayor of Baltimore.” Really, do […]

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Is Immigration a Threat to Our Culture?

The candidacy of Donald Trump, built on a foundation of openly contemptuous anti-immigrant rhetoric, has invigorated the anti-immigration right. In addition to the cruder appeals—about foreigners “taking our jobs,” or outright appeals to racism (which Trump’s candidacy has brought out of the woodwork on social media)—there is a more subtle argument that has gained a […]

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The War on the Brains of the Right

There’s an old story about a campaign stop for Adlai Stevenson, who ran against Eisenhower as the Democratic Party’s candidate in 1952 and 1956. Stevenson had a reputation as an intellectual and an idealistic “liberal,” and one of his supporters gushed that “you have the vote of every thinking person.” To which Stevenson replied, “That’s […]

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What Happens When Hillary Clinton Isn’t Inevitable?

Which party’s prospects do you favor the most: the party whose front-runner is Donald Trump, or the party whose front-runner is now under investigation by the FBI for mishandling “Top Secret” information? Well, neither one, I suppose. But there’s good reason to believe Trump’s lead is only temporary. As Sean Trende explains, this is the […]

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