The rise of Donald Trump suggests that William F. Buckley is sorely missed

  While plowing through some old stuff the other day, I came across a blog post of mine from a few years ago on how the conservative movement has changed over the decades. It  got me thinking about how William F. Buckley, a conservative intellectual who died eight years ago at the age of 82, might have reacted to the dimwitted right-wing crap peddled these days by the anti-intellectual likes of Donald Trump. The centerpiece of my blog post was an excerpt from something Kathleen Geier wrote in The Washington Monthly. She said this: I...

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Time is right to seal Trump’s image as a darling of dimwits

  The current situation in the presidential race in this second week of August brings to mind something nineteenth century British Prime Minister William Gladstone once said: “In politics, timing is everything.” Well, now is the time to paint an indelible portrait of Donald Trump as a favorite of America’s booboisie. Now is the time to make The Donald synonymous with a lack of political sophistication, with a loose grip on the realities of what makes the world go around, with a misunderstanding of the fundamentals of...

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The race is Hillary’s to lose, which is Trump’s only chance

  One week after the convention season, a political pattern is emerging in the 2016 presidential race: Donald Trump is never going to win on the basis of his popularity, but Hillary Clinton could lose if her lack of popularity reaches critical mass. As things stand now, Hillary’s in pretty good shape, but I’m not quite ready to bet the farm on her chances.  It’s been a bad week for Trump, who is sinking in the polls among most voter blocs, the principal exception being lesser-educated white folks. But there’s...

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Who should replace Trump on the GOP ticket, if it comes to that?

  The problems currently facing Donald Trump, most of them of his own making, have given rise to talk that Republican poobahs may soon strive to remove him from the party’s presidential ticket and replace him with someone not so unpredictable or mentally unbalanced. But who would be the best choice for that gig? Who would be willing to accept the nod? As I see it, no one would be more eager to suit-up for the task than former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. After all, he’s almost Trump’s equal in the ego department, but...

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Donald Trump’s crisis reminds me of the fall of Richard Nixon

  In the past few days, the political collapse of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy seems to have picked up momentum, especially in light of his dissing of a Muslim-American Gold Star family. The biggest surprise to me is how this chapter suddenly arouses sentiments I haven’t felt since President Richard Nixon was forced to resign in disgrace 42 years ago this month for his role in the Watergate scandal. The word for it is schadenfreude, which is defined as enjoyment of the problems of certain other people. In reality,...

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