No, Superdelegates Aren’t Stealing the Election

superdelegatesSuperdelegates are not mysterious, hidden figures, manipulating strings behind the scenes: They’re people like Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, who are established politicians that have to answer to the base if they want a future in the party. Defying a clear victory in the delegate count is a poor way to foster goodwill among ones supporters.

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Is Donald Our Duce?

Trum_MussoThe moment I have in mind is October 24, 1922 in Naples, Italy. Addressing a mass rally of his Fascist followers, Benito Mussolini declared, “Either the government will be given to us, or we will seize it by marching on Rome.” It was enough. The prospect of blackshirted mobs rampaging through his capital frightened the King of Italy into appointing Mussolini prime minister. From there, it was a short step to his becoming Il Duce (The Leader)—a dictator with absolute power.

Although some have compared Donald Trump to Hitler, he more nearly resembles Mussolini.

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“Just like my flock of sheep…”

Trump in NHWhen Donald Trump told the nation “I love the poorly educated,” I thought back to an important but neglected 1957 movie called A Face in the Crowd.

The movie stars a young Andy Griffith as Lonesome Rhodes, a demagogue in blue jeans who mesmerizes millions of gullible followers and molds them into a political force.

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Message to the Media: Electing a President Is Not Boxing

rubioThe debate post-mortem media analyses are filled with columns on who won and who lost. But rather than see the debate as an opportunity to get a measure of the candidate’s judgment, temperament, and approach to complex issues, we read instead about who “savaged” whom, which candidate “rattled” the other, who threw the most “punches” and who got the best “hit” on the other guy.

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A Bracing Dose of Mencken

HL MENCKENHenry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) was one of our most brilliant and penetrating journalists. He was also one of our most acerbic. Independent, fearless, and iconoclastic, he spared no one. He made a career out of turning sacred cows into hamburger.

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