Where are all the respectable Republicans I once knew?

  Perhaps this wouldn’t be such a mystery if I still got around as much as I used to. But as things are, I can’t help but wonder what the good and decent Republicans I once knew are thinking about their party in this age of Donald Trump. I’ve been semi-retired for 10 years now, and my duties as a blogger are performed at home. Like most people my age, I lead a social life that’s far less active than when I was in the workaday world. Consequently, most of my personal acquaintanceships with professional people of...

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Hillary might be an unlikely savior of the Republican Party

  If Hillary Clinton defeats Donald Trump in the November election, which I still think is more likely than not, she might end up saving the Republican Party from itself. Follow me here as I unveil what I consider a possible scenario: In the past decade or so, rhetoric in the GOP has become increasingly reckless and kooky, giving rise to the Tea Party movement and now to the emergence of Donald Trump as the party’s standard-bearer. This regrettable evolution has prompted more than a few so-called establishment Republicans to almost...

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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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