Overnight polls are showing that Hillary Clinton won last night's presidential debate, but I scored it differently. Plagued by scandal, Donald Trump stemmed the bleeding. Instead of Trump's campaign being effectively over, he lives to fight another day---and that, I think, constitutes something of a win.
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In my own life, I've tried my best to help popularize the Angela Duckworth maxim that you should "choose easy" and "work hard." (Dr. Duckworth authored Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.) I think this advice applies to our personal lives as much as it does to our careers. In fact, I believe the two directives are inseparable.
Yesterday, I tweeted that Mike Pence's performance in the vice presidential debate, coupled with his general performance as Donald Trump's running mate, effectively positions him as the leader of a future hybrid GOP that marries Trumpism and traditional conservatism. Not everyone agreed.
Game recognizes game, and I have to hand it to the Baltimore Sun for their lede yesterday about a “high-stakes, but seemingly interminably-long competition” coming down to “a single, nationally-televised moment between second-tier antagonists.”
Disasters have a way of waking people up to the reality of their situation in life. In Stephen King's epic novel The Stand, a weaponized strand of the flu is accidentally released from a military base, and it decimates most of the world's population. The story follows different groups of survivors trying to make sense of their new normal.
You might have heard that billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk wants to colonize Mars. While many are describing it as "ambitious," not everyone groks this idea. Some on the Left are already mocking it (see The Grist's "Spaced Out" post), at least partly because they see it as a form of escapism. (Why would we worry about saving the environment on Earth if we can just move to another planet?) And I'm sure that the same conservatives who mocked the "starry-eyed" Newt Gingrich for promising to build a moon base by the end of his second term as president will think this a utopian scheme, if not a boondoggle.
Robert Draper's terrific piece in the New York Times highlights some of the backlash that occurred when—in the wake of Trump's comments about Fox News' Megyn Kelly—Erick Erickson disinvited the casino magnate from the "Red State Gathering" last summer:
It's still unclear how Monday's debate will impact the trajectory of the election, but one thing seems likely: The results will not adequately reflect the degree to which Hillary Clinton dominated.
The narrative seems to be that Hillary Clinton's debate prep involves lots of practice, while Donald Trump is going to wing it. Conventional wisdom suggests the former is wiser, but earlier today, I made a point on CNN that there are different philosophies for this.
Is Donald Trump's rise a backlash against liberal overreach? At the Atlantic, James Parker said Trump "has co-created a space in American politics that is uniquely transgressive, volatile, carnivalesque, and (from a certain angle) punk rock."
The 2016 presidential race has sucked up all of the political oxygen for months now, but it's appropriate to take some time to excoriate retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on his way out the door.
What a difference a couple of months makes. After the Democratic Convention in July, Donald Trump's campaign was floundering. Today, he is leading in some polls (with the trend lines looking especially good), and even 538 is imagining a plausible path to an electoral victory (even if he loses the popular vote).
Back in 2010, there were plenty of flabby, old Republicans in Congress who had lost their way. The most efficient way for conservatives to change the system was to defeat them in the primary. Today, thanks to those efforts, there's an impressive, young crop of thoughtful conservatives already in office. The main challenge, now, is to make sure they are re-elected.
Last week, when Hillary Clinton said that "you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables...The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, [and] Islamophobic," I didn't write anything about it. '
We're now at the point in the election cycle where our best hope is that 70-year old Donald Trump will experience a major religious conversion that radically changes him.
One of the interesting subplots taking place in the internecine struggle over the future of the GOP is the battle over the future of center-right media. For as long as I can recall, there has been a dichotomy with journalists/writers on one side and bloggers and talk radio hosts, etc. on the other.
The worst gaffes confirm preexisting narratives. That's why Hillary Clinton's recent "coughing fit" matters politically. Donald Trump has taken a lot of heat for raising questions about her health, but he has planted the seed of doubt in the public's collective mindset. Sometimes a cough is just a cough, but Trump has turned this very human function into a gaffe. And now, when Clinton demonstrates any sort of frailty, she is perceived as weak.
A smart reader attended Donald Trump's rally in Phoenix, Arizona, last night and passed along the following observations. I now pass them on to you. Anyone who is interested in the Trump phenomenon --- or the future of conservatism --- would do well to read his take on the good, the bad and the ugly.