In the era of Facebook Live and smart phones, it's hard to come to any conclusion other than the fact that police brutality toward African-Americans is a pervasive problem that has been going on for generations. Seriously, absent video proof, how many innocent African-Americans have been beaten or killed over the last hundred years by the police---with little or no media coverage or scrutiny?
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Have you ever wondered why some scandals are more scandalous than others? Nobody died at Watergate, but it would be hard to overestimate the political shock waves that resulted. Compare that to lying about the notion that a video caused Benghazi---or the fact that not all of Hillary Clinton's emails (sent from a private account on a private server!) have been recovered---and the dichotomy is stark.
This weekend, an anti-Semitic meme was tweeted by Donald Trump. Aside from the obvious problems (the fact that some of his most ardent supporters online are racists), this raises several questions:
Let's begin with the fact that Donald Trump probably won't make the pick that strategists would suggest might help soften his edges, which is to say that he seems highly unlikely to pick someone like New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez as his running mate. He signaled as much recently, when he publicly criticized her.
It was recently reported that evangelical leader Dr. James Dobson suggested that the billionaire casino magnate, at the ripe old age of 70, recently had a religious conversion. Dobson has referred to Trump as a "baby Christian."
There's a good piece in today's Wall Street Journal about how homegrown terrorists are being marketed to, ironically, via Western media narratives.
Evangelical leaders met this week to politically baptize Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. Because of his many transgressions, doing so has required employing sophistry---plausible, but misleading, arguments---to justify their support.
Last night's CNN Libertarian town hall with former GOP governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld provided more evidence that conservatives are homeless in 2016. I'm with Johnson on a number of issues --- including trade and immigration --- but his support of abortion is a deal-breaker. (An aside: Why didn't Rand Paul run for the LP nomination?)
Once the darling of the tea party who defeated establishment favorite (and then-Florida governor) Charlie Crist, Marco Rubio seemed poised to be the Republican savior. He was young, conservative, Hispanic, and eloquent. Then, things started to fall apart.
Recently fired Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski speaks on his relationship with Donald Trump's family https://t.co/q03jT7vpyJ
In baseball, if things aren't going well with your team and you need to send a message, what do you do? You always fire the manager. Now, it might not be his fault. It might be other people's fault. In fact, it might be that you---the team owner---are to blame. But you can't fire yourself. So you ditch the manager.
Yesterday, Sen. John McCain ignited a bit of a firestorm when he said that President Obama was "directly responsible" for the mass shooting in Orlando. It was a stupid thing to say, but give him credit for not doubling down on it for too long; within hours, McCain walked the comments back, explaining that he "misspoke."
In the wake of Orlando, a bunch of stories in emerged arguing that Republicans who favor gay rights like Donald Trump. Nobody is arguing that Trump will win with gays, but it certainly seems plausible that he will do better than Mitt Romney.
Jonah Goldberg is out today with a piece that he pushed on Twitter as “Muhammad Ali and the birth of bragging culture.”
Yesterday, on my podcast, I moderated a thoughtful debate between two conservatives who differ on whether we should support Donald Trump. Kurt Schlichter, a columnist, veteran, and attorney, backed Cruz in the primary, but argues that Trump is a much better alternative to Hillary Clinton. Rob Neppell, a conservative blog pioneer and erstwhile Tea Party leader, is part of the “Never Trump” movement. Toward the end of our conversation, Neppell asked Schlicther whether we can all get along when this election is over. The general consensus was that it’ll be easy for the reluctant Trump supporters and the “Never Trumpers” to reunite. The bigger question is whether Trump’s most loyal fans can coexist with Trump’s most vehement conservative adversaries.
Waiting for the Trump pivot is like waiting for Godot.