Trump’s appeal to false nostalgia is why older folks tend to like him

  Nostalgia has its charms, to be sure, but it’s dangerous when it shapes our political attitudes. Consider the fact that Donald Trump, whose campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again,”  is more popular among geezers than among young folks. People who think that the America of  yore was mostly a better place than it is now have short or highly selective memories. Yes, I’m an oldster myself — my 74th birthday will come this fall — but I don’t want to return to the America of my youth. I...

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If you don’t see that Trump is finished, you’re more delusional than he is

    After a year of making bad predictions about Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy, here’s where I finally get everything right: He’s finished. He’s toast. There is no chance on earth that he’ll ever reside in the White House. He might not even win the Republican nomination. In the past few weeks, and especially in recent hours and days, Trump’s political fortunes have taken a profound, virtually irreversible, turn for the worse. It would take a political miracle unprecedented in American...

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Trump has a sleazy habit of quoting what “a lot of people are saying”

  All through the 12 months Donald Trump has been campaigning for president, he has regularly employed a certain dirty trick with which he passes along scurrilous theories and baseless allegations without actually taking ownership of them. He simply labels such garbage as things “a lot of people are saying.” You may not have noticed this strategy, but a growing number of journalists and pundits are blowing the whistle. Jenna Johnson of The Washington Post, for example, says this: Trump frequently couches his most...

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Mark Kirk’s dissing of Donald Trump won’t likely help him at the ballot box

  There doesn’t seem to be any self-serving political calculation in U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s declaration that he “cannot and will not” support the presidential candidacy of the racist Donald Trump. Kirk, an incumbent Republican, won’t win any favor from Democrats in his race against U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth just because he rejects Trump. More importantly, the gesture is certain to alienate at least part of the GOP base. But then, if Kirk stood by Trump, he would be tainted by association — especially in...

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Dear Speaker Ryan…

  You and I are not personal acquaintances, but we’re neighbors of sorts. Your congressional district is adjacent to mine, and our homes are only 35 miles apart. We’re both Americans of Irish heritage, and we both attended Catholic schools named for St. Mary. You’re a conservative Republican, and I’m a liberal Democrat, but that doesn’t necessarily make us exact opposites. I’d like to think that our love of America is fundamentally equal, though our respective political beliefs differ in many regards....

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