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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Trump Candidacy: Just the Facts Ma'am

Long-term readers here may remember my references to the Princeton Election Consortium in 2012.  Once again Sam Wang and crew are hard at work mining the data, polishing their gems, and publishing cogent, even brilliant analysis pieces about 2016.

The most recent example of truth-telling is at the link below where the Consortium details how the Republican primary process works.  Explained as well is how Trump can be stopped and how little time there is for Republicans to do so easily.  I think you will find the analysis scary but fascinating.

The major question at this time is whether America is going to accept this new, hyper-conservative Republican Party.  This is now more a Tea Party than the traditional Republican Party of Wall Street honchos and Main Street small businessmen (and a few business women).

What we have now is something akin to the right wing in Italy with their Berlusconi.  A comparison between Donald Trump and Berlusconi would make for an interesting study.

If what we have is a far-right party, why are the media and pundits still treating it as the broad-based party of Nelson Rockefeller -- something it may never have been in reality, but was in principle and appearance.  (Think here of the wonderful Margaret Chase Smith, for example.)  Surely, this is journalistic malpractice of the highest order.

In coming days I plan to do my part to help correct this horrible imbalance.

The Trump Candidacy: Just the Facts, Ma'am


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