Sunday, November 6, 2016

Trump Time Capsule #152: The End - James Fallows -The Atlantic

James Fallows has done daily posts since Trump won the nomination.  The theme is the norm-breaking behavior by Donald Trump.  Not a single day has disappointed.

Think of the things that have sunk other candidates: Palin (what do you read), Romney (47% pay no taxes), whether Obama called people bitter; whether Al Gore overstated his (substantial) role in creating the internet.

Yet nothing has destroyed Trump.  Offenses far worse that Hillary Clinton's email error.  A story worth occasional mention has dominated the campaign - while Trump has insulted John McCain, Captain Khan's family, Megyn Kelly, Judge Curiel, Miss Universe (and all women).

The gravest question is why Americans have not been utterly repulsed but instead have shown him support that makes Tuesday's result too close to call.  - GWC
Trump Time Capsule #152: The End - The Atlantic
by James Fallows
  • David Frum, in The Atlantic, with the conservative case for a Clinton vote. (“The lesson Trump has taught is not only that certain Republican dogmas have passed out of date, but that American democracy itself is much more vulnerable than anyone would have believed only 24 months ago.”)
  • Conor Friedersdorf, also a conservative, also in The Atlantic, on the perils of false-equivalent thinking. (“The Democratic nominee’s shortcomings should not blind voters to the catastrophe they’d invite by electing her cruel, undisciplined, erratic opponent.”)
  • Michael Gerson, like David Frum a one-time White House speechwriter for George W. Bush, in The Washington Post. (“The single most frightening, anti-democratic phrase of modern presidential history came in Trump’s convention speech: ‘I alone can fix it.’”)
  • WaPo editorial on the choice that Republicans and conservatives are making, and how it should be remembered. (“When the republic was in danger, where did you stand? History will ask that question of Republican leaders who knew that Donald Trump was unfit to be commander in chief.”)
  • Frank Rich, in NY magazine, to similar effect. (“Charles Lindbergh was a national hero, then a fascist sympathizer. History will be just as brutal to more than a few current Republican leaders.”)

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