From the daily archives: Thursday, August 4, 2016

If multiple polls out Thursday are correct—showing the Democratic presidential ticket is leading Donald Trump in several key states by significant margins—do results reflect that voters have wised up to a professional conman like Trump trying to con the Khan family?

The parents of an Muslim Army captain killed in Iraq in 2004 took aim last week at the Donald for his ignorance of the U.S. Constitution and for living a privileged life with no sacrifices.

Three polls making headlines today show Donald Trump losing to Hillary Clinton by nine points in Michigan, 15 points in New Hampshire and […]

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Since he bowed out of the race on May 4th after losing 49 GOP state primary contests and winning just one, Ohio, Gov. John Kasich and GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump have been slap fighting mostly over tone, experience and temperament, not policies and programs.

Ohio’s lame duck governor, whose own petulance is well known and described by national reporters as “off-putting,” has correctly observed that nobody listens to him anymore, that is, with the exception of the Columbus Dispatch and the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspapers who keep faithful to Kasich by keeping his name and associated relevance afloat in […]

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Thoughtful, studied consideration does not reign supreme in American politics, and frankly, I can’t think of an era it did. Conversely, I also can’t think of an era like ours where crankery and ignorance was entertained so prominently and with such deference.

Author Isaac Asimov may have best characterized the mindless beast of legitimized stupidity in a 1980 column for Newsweek magazine.

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been,” he wrote. “The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the […]

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