Friday, February 05, 2016

Recommended Reading

Jonathan Chait says Donald Trump is the least bad option among the various contenders currently jockeying for the Republican nomination. It might sound counter-intuitive, but as these things go he makes a certain amount of sense.
Trump’s candidacy represents, among other things, a revolt by the Republican proletariat against its master class. That is why National Review devoted a cover editorial and 22 columns to denouncing Trump as a heretic to the conservative movement. A Trump nomination might not actually cleave the GOP in two, but it could wreak havoc. If, like me, you think the Republican Party in its current incarnation needs to be burned to the ground and rebuilt anew, Trump is the only one holding a match.
There's more here, including a parallel example from recent history.

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