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Channeling McCain?

This is what's frightening about the instability in the Democratic nomination race: you could end up with a numbskull like Scott Walker as President. Either channeling 2008 McCain or perhaps just finding new forms of doofus militarism, Walker is calling on President Obama to cancel the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping's because the borderline collapse of their economy is pulling down our stock market.

Will Trump Rebrand GOP As White Nationalist Party?

Is Donald Trump a 'populist', the candidate of resentment and privilege or simply the final embodiment of the Crazy, the Crazy made flesh and coming amongst us, the Jesus who was foretold by Michele Bachmann's John the Baptist. One of the great injuries Trump has already done to America and our collective dignity is that we are now forced to take him seriously in terms of understanding what he represents in political terms since he's not going anywhere and only appears to be gaining strength.

Much of what has driven the GOP in the Obama era has been anxiety and resentment about losing out to rising forces in the American political-economy and culture - the decreasing white share of the national electorate (embodied by but also partly connected to Barack Obama's election), changing social and cultural mores (support for LGBT rights) driven by Americans under the age of 35, a renascent and assertive women's movement and the increasing defensiveness or even paranoia of organized wealth.

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Just No Getting Past This

It took Trump two days to condemn a hate crime his Mexican-bashing apparently inspired. Two days. Right out of the box his response was yeah, that's a bummer but my supporters are "passionate" about making America great again. Two days. He's not responsible for what these thugs did. His response, however, was and is deeply revealing.