Huckabee’s reckless rhetoric reflects Trump’s poisonous influence on the process

The equation here is rather simple: Donald Trump has shown in recent weeks that an upstart political candidate can dominate the news and attract followers simply by saying outrageous things. Other candidates soon follow suit, just to gain public notice — and the whole process suffers as a result. We saw this cause-and-effect starkly illustrated the other day with Mike Huckabee’s mindless imitation of Trump’s scurrilous rhetoric. Trump drew widespread notice with his ridiculous generalization that Mexican immigrants to the...

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Pretty soon, you’ll likely hear lots more talk that Donald Trump is a Democratic plant

So far, my record of predictions regarding Donald Trump is pretty poor. I said he would never actually announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, but he did. Then I said he wouldn’t file the candidacy paperwork, but he did. Then I said he wouldn’t make the financial disclosures, but he did. Well, now I’ve got another Trump prediction: I think we will soon hear a major outcry that he’s just a troublemaker planted by the Democrats to make the Republicans look like fools. There has already been...

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Here’s why Donald Trump appeals mostly to people of little political sophistication

A list of synonyms for “sophisticated” includes these words: knowledgeable, aware, practical, educated and experienced. These are not words that apply to people who want simple answers to complicated problems. They are not words that apply to people who think Donald Trump makes a lot of sense. Trump’s political rhetoric consists mainly of streams of consciousness adding up to ridiculous simplisms. He promises to be a president who simply tells everyone what to do — the Mexicans, the Chinese, whomever. There is no...

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Des Moines newspaper’s call for Donald Trump to abandon his candidacy is ridiculous

Let’s stipulate from the outset here that Donald Trump’s chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination are exceedingly slim, and his prospects for actually taking up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue simply don’t exist. The American electorate is not that crazy. But let’s not pretend that Trump’s candidacy serves no useful purpose. On the contrary, The Donald’s bid for the presidency is good for the nation on several counts. Mainly, it points up all the flaws and charms and fun of the entire...

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The Republican Party’s real problem is its angry base, not Donald Trump

The chattering classes of  American politics, me included, are busy these days examining the Donald Trump phenomenon in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. How in the world, we’re all asking ourselves, did this egotistical crackpot become a factor in this contest? Perhaps the answer is that Trump is just filling a void. If it wasn’t him, it would be some other crackpot. Of course, Trump isn’t going to win the nomination. The Republican Party isn’t that far-gone. But his surge suggests that we should...

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