May 15, 2016

WHEN YOUR BEST DEFENSE IS THAT YOUR CANDIDATE DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING HE SAYS:

The two-Trump trick (Josh Greenman, 5/15/16, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

A strange phenomenon buoys Donald Trump's presidential prospects -- one perhaps unprecedented in American politics: Voters are rewarding a would-be President because he's proposing policies that are simultaneously dangerously radical and utterly implausible.

A mass roundup, via a federal deportation force, of every undocumented immigrant in America.

Building a wall on the United States' southern border, paid for entirely by Mexico.

Banning all Muslims from entering the country.

Imposing massive tariffs on Chinese and Mexican goods.

Torturing terrorism suspects and killing civilians in combat.

Rewriting libel laws to make it easier to for the rich and powerful to sue their critics.

And many more outlandish ideas that would threaten America's core character.

Taking morally reprehensible stances should be devastating for a candidate. So should advancing proposals that are politically or practically impossible. But doing both has been key to Trump's success because the very absurdity of many of Trump's plans has helped inoculate him from charges that they, and he, are dangerous.

Posted by at May 15, 2016 8:22 AM

  

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