Again, let me reassure you that Hillary will defeat Trump

  In recent weeks, as Donald Trump’s lock on the Republican presidential nomination became more apparent, I have offered several arguments here that he won’t have a chance of overcoming Hillary Clinton in the general election. Perhaps the most persuasive of these cases is the one in which I pointed out that there simply are not enough angry white males to outweigh the demographic benefits Democrats enjoy in presidential elections. Hillary, the likely Democratic nominee, almost certainly will prevail among women, blacks,...

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Politics is an especially tricky business in this age of short attention spans

  If you’re middle-aged or older, you’re probably aware that the attention span of Americans in general — including you — has been declining in this age of multiplying media and countless intellectual stimuli. It’s small solace to me that my own loss of memory is probably attributable not just to advancing age but also to this explosion of media. The filing cabinet between my ears has long since become overloaded, mainly with trivia, rendering some of its contents less accessible than they used to be. Now,...

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Trump’s ugly rhetoric encourages bigots all over the world

  Let’s face it: Donald Trump has become a hero to people in far-flung places around the globe. But they’re the wrong kind of people, and Trump is the wrong kind of hero. The Donald has become America’s chief exporter of its ugliest product — bigotry.  Just as his followers here at home tend to be more racist than the Republican electorate on the whole, according to polls, his appeal abroad is strongest among the principal peddlers of hatred in foreign lands. This does not serve Trump’s vaunted objective of...

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Trump tries to play on unreasonable fears among gun enthusiasts

  One of the great ironies of American culture is that many of the self-styled tough guys who parrot the rhetoric of the National Rifle Association actually are nervous nellies who believe virtually all of the conspiratorial nonsense about plots to take away guns. For example, all through Barack Obama’s tenure as president, the scaredy-cats have bought into every ridiculous warning that the man in the White House spends his every waking hour on plans to send out an army of jack-booted thugs to seize  everyone’s firearms. It...

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Peggy Noonan says Donald Trump’s greatest strength is his devout patriotism

  There was a time four or five years ago when I took great pleasure in occasionally poking fun at Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, who frequently substitutes the vibes she’s feeling for analysis of any hard political facts. She wrote, for example, on the eve of the 2012 presidential election that her magic vibes were telling her that the suddenly chirpy Mitt Romney would vanquish the relatively dour Barack Obama at the ballot box. Of course, it didn’t turn out that way, but Noonan never followed up with an...

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