Donald Trump is only part of the Republican Party’s long-term problems

    One of my favorite clichés is that demography is destiny when it comes to politics. But demography is not on the side of the Republican Party these days — and therefore, neither is any positive destiny over the long term. Consider this, for example: Barring some huge scandal that renders her utterly unelectable, Hillary Clinton is highly likely to defeat Donald Trump in the national balloting this November. The simple fact of the matter is that Clinton and the Democrats have demographics on their side. Even a less offensive...

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No, guns will not be allowed at the Republican Convention

  Perhaps the most predictable example of hypocrisy we’re likely to hear from the podium at next month’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland will be the oratory about the evils of gun control. As I understand it, the Secret Service, under color of its responsibility to protect certain important people,  won’t allow the carrying of firearms in the convention hall. We’ll see whether any of those protected people will be so hypocritical as to complain about the protection. It’s still not clear whether...

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Popular stereotypes of Republicans and Democrats often are wrong

  If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t know as much about rank-and-file Republicans and Democrats as you think you do. The popular stereotypes in your mind probably are greatly exaggerated. What’s more, these inaccuracies tend to be especially pronounced if you’re a Democrat thinking of Republicans in general or a Republican thinking of Democrats in general. The simple truth of the matter is that our minds tend to be cluttered with distorted pictures of members of the parties on the opposite side of...

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Republican disdain for science is hurting America

  In the eight-plus years I’ve been writing this blog, it’s been fun to occasionally aim jibes at the Republican Party for what seems to be its antipathy toward matters of science. I’ve jibed the GOP from time to time for its global-warming denialism, its rejection of theories of biological evolution and various other examples of the party’s stubborn refusal to accept the overwhelming consensus among academics on certain subjects. There’s great satisfaction, I’ll admit, in portraying one’s...

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Why aren’t GOP bigwigs fighting for open-carry rights at their convention?

  What a bunch of weenies! Republican Party leaders apparently are sometimes just wimps when it comes to defending what they universally claim are sacred Second Amendment rights. Tens of thousands of people have signed petitions in favor of allowing guns to be carried openly at the GOP convention in Cleveland in July. Party leaders have said nothing about the matter, but the Secret Service has announced that only duly authorized officers will be allowed to bring firearms to the conclave. You would think that the poohbahs who run the...

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