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The Man-in-the-Middle Campaign

One of the best ways to gauge how a presidential debate turned out is to ask: What is everybody talking about the next day? After the final presidential debate, what people seem to be talking about is Joe Biden’s equivocal answer on fracking and fossil fuels. You could argue this is a bit of a […]

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What’s So Bad About Trump’s Tweets

The congressional hearings for Amy Coney Barrett have set off another round of whining from Trump supporters about the unfairness of it all. Not the unfairness of the treatment of Judge Barrett—who has handled the hearings well enough that she is likely to be rapidly confirmed—but the unfairness of their treatment at the hands of […]

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“Mr. Rogers Versus Your Crazy Uncle”

Second Non-Debate Roundup October 16, 2020 Welcome to another day of “Trump-bashing.” I still get complaints from some readers about this. I’m glad you’ve stuck around this long, I hope I offer enough non-election-related material to make it worth keeping your subscription, and you can take comfort in the fact that it’s only going to […]

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“Insurrection for Insurrection’s Sake”

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. “A Blessing from God” For another politician, contracting COVID-19 might be a humbling moment, a prompt to take the disease more seriously, show gratitude for having survived it, and maybe show a little empathy for those who have suffered worse than he has. For Donald Trump, it […]

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The Epistemological Election

Presidential Debate Roundup Update: Well, October is going to be interesting. As this newsletter goes out, we got the news that Donald and Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus, a development that seems logically inevitable. This could completely transform the presidential contest or it could have no effect whatsoever, depending on the severity of […]

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The “Very Fine People” President

Among many appalling moments in Tuesday night’s debate, Donald Trump repeated his Charlottesville “very fine people” technique, once again shying away from condemning white nationalists. Challenged point-blank to condemn violent and white nationalist groups, Trump instead told them to “stand by” because “somebody’s gotta do something about Antifa and the left.” This was immediately taken […]

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The Most Important Election of Our Lifetimes (or Not)

For the next six weeks, you are going to be hearing once again, and constantly, that this is the most important election of our lifetime and possibly the last free election we’ll ever have. I’ve heard this about every single election I have ever followed: It is the most important ever and democracy itself and […]

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Anarchist Jurisdictions

Five Things You Need to Read Today Editor’s Note: I’ll be doing a Zoom Meetup with my friend Shrikant Rangnekar Monday night at 9:00 PM about the upcoming election and particularly about Donald Trump’s recent comments on mail-in voting and the peaceful transition power (expanding on my comments in Item #4 below). Please join us.—RWT […]

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The Most Important Election of My Lifetime

2020 Election Preview Below, I’m including two items I have been working on for The Bulwark, one published this morning and the other probably going up in the next week, along with some additional commentary at the end about the relative importance of this election. And yes, you will find out that my main headline […]

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The Anti-Flight 93 Election

I’ve recently noticed a miniature wave of former Never Trumpers (or at least those who claim they were Never Trump) recanting and saying they have to vote for Donald Trump now because the left is such a catastrophic threat, either because of the riots or because of “cancel culture” or for some combination of these […]

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