Why do some right-wingers fail to understand the basic principles of free speech?

A column by Christopher Ruddy on the NewsMax website  today begins thusly: Donald Trump is the victim of political correctness gone wild in America. So wild, what is happening to him could be an important marker in the end of free speech as we know it in this country. Rhetoric like that is nonsense, of course, but it’s also fairly widespread these days in the stuff we see and hear from the right-wing noise machine. Has Donald Trump been prevented from spewing his anti-immigrant statements? No. On the contrary, the mainstream media are...

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Trump will quit the race rather than reveal details of his finances

Shortly before Donald Trump jumped into the race for the Republican presidential nomination, I predicted — wrongly, as it turned out — that he wouldn’t run. But that mistake does not deter me. I’m fearlessly ready with another prediction: The Donald will drop out long before the first primaries and caucuses. The reason for Trump’s impending withdrawal is rather simple: He doesn’t want to disclose details of his financial empire. Philip Bump of The Washington Post puts it THIS WAY: The odds that Donald Trump...

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George Will muses on the possibility that Donald Trump is a Democratic mole

Conservative pundit George Will said this yesterday on Fox News Channel:  If Donald Trump were a Democratic mole placed in the Republican Party to disrupt things, how would his behavior be any different? I don’t think it would be. There’s all this loose talk, there’s something to it about the Republican brand. Put him on stage in Cleveland [at the first GOP debate]. He says something hideously inflammatory, which is all he knows how to say, and then what do the other nine people on stage do? Do they either become complicit...

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Is Donald Trump paying the Wall Street Journal to toot his horn?

Here’s the situation: New Hampshire ranks 42nd out of the 50 states in population. It has fewer residents than the combined Illinois counties of DuPage and Kane, which are mostly just suburbs of Chicago. Politically, New Hampshire is a swing state, but it has voted for the Democratic candidates in the last three presidential elections. New Hampshire is important in presidential politics only because it has the first primary election. Still, winners of either party’s primary in the Granite State don’t always win the White...

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At least one pundit thinks Donald Trump’s candidacy is bad news for politics

You may have heard by now that crackpot rich guy Donald Trump has announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination — as if what was already a three-ring circus suddenly needed a world-class clown. This is good news for Democrats and great news for snarky liberal pundits like me. Trump’s outsized ego, his penchant for reckless charges against his foes  and his notoriously shaky grasp of serious political matters is going to make for a lot of fun. But there are members of the political commentariat who are aghast...

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