"We live in a strange time in which technical expertise and political animus are both in abundance. Indeed, both are distributed along ideological vectors in such a way that the weaknesses and failures of each are still considered acceptable to their affinity groups when compared their polar opposites."
When the fake can’t overcome the real thing, its only option is to get real. However the upper echelon of the I Can’t Believe It’s Not The Republican Party has no interest in this kind of analysis. Therefore, the party has no interest in reality.
A more “open-ended” narrative that political operatives and the media have a more difficult time managing is that the “Russia, WikiLeaks, and the Election of 2016” story is itself a small part of a larger narrative about America’s particular historical moment.
The parallels between Hillary Clinton and Lyndon Johnson on the left side of the ideological spectrum and Donald Trump and Barry Goldwater on the right are too eerie to ignore.
Matt Lauer's major failure moderating the Commander In Chief Forum was not being prepared for the wildly different rhetorical styles employed by Clinton and Trump.
"At some point during the Reagan/Thatcher era, we stopped talking about class as an economic category and replaced it with an understanding of class as cultural or ideological."
Of course, he never tells us when America was great. It's good enough that only he knows that it is no longer.
Post-convention season, the possibility that the electorate might be more unpredictable than Trump himself explains the increased attention now focused on Dr. Jill Stein.
#DonaldTrump is 70 years old and can't hold a consistent policy position from one day to the next. Who's mind is really shot?
With so many traditional Republican voices taken down a notch or two because they could neither “evolve” towards Trumpism, nor make forceful and compelling arguments against it, Trump loyalists and surrogates like McEnany and Hughes are not only positioning themselves as chief cheerleaders should their candidate win, but also in the front row of Hillary haters should he lose.