Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Recommended Reading

Like most people, I've found a kind of car-wreck fascination with the Donald Trump presidential campaign, knowing that even if he somehow manages to wrest the nomination from the so-called "establishment," his noxious views will do little else but alienate the majority of the electorate. Regardless, for folks who are worried about the longterm damage Trump could do to our political process, Frank Rich has some comforting words:
In the short time since Trump declared his candidacy, he has performed a public service by exposing, however crudely and at times inadvertently, the posturings of both the Republicans and the Democrats and the foolishness and obsolescence of much of the political culture they share. He is, as many say, making a mockery of the entire political process with his bull-in-a-china-shop antics. But the mockery in this case may be overdue, highly warranted, and ultimately a spur to reform rather than the crime against civic order that has scandalized those who see him, in the words of the former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson, as “dangerous to democracy.”
More from Rich here.

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