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Trump Fills A Vacuum Left By The GOP

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Donald Trump rampage -- still hard to believe, after nearly a year -- is a symptom of something deeper and more profound: the Republican Party's slide into complete incoherence.

Rarely has a major party's establishment been so out of touch with its voting base. Rarely have so many experienced politicians (Jeb Bush, Scott ...Read more

A Clinton-Warren Ticket?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Running mates? It's not even May, and already we're talking running mates? Then let me toss Elizabeth Warren's name into the mix.

I'm making several assumptions here -- in a year when assuming anything is dangerous. First, I believe Ted Cruz's desperate gamble of adding Carly Fiorina to his "ticket" will fail. He was right ...Read more

Trump Is No Match For This Tag Team

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Don't call it strategy, call it strategery: Ted Cruz and John Kasich are going to cooperate to deny Donald Trump the Republican nomination. Also, I don't know, maybe a hurricane will dishevel Trump's comb-over and reveal his bald pate, causing such mortification that he quits the race. Or maybe there will be an earthquake next week...Read more

Tubman Fits The Bill

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Conservatives should be delighted that Harriet Tubman's likeness will grace the $20 bill. She was a Republican, after all, and a pious Christian. And she routinely exercised her Second Amendment right to carry a gun, which she was ready to use against anyone who stood in her way -- or any fugitive slave having second thoughts. On ...Read more

Too Late To Turn Back Trump

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- For decades, the Republican Party gave voters the impression that they get to pick the presidential nominee. The much-weakened GOP establishment theoretically has the power to choose someone else -- but not, I believe, the strength of purpose to do it.

The author of this dilemma is, of course, Donald Trump. After a two-week pause ...Read more

Clinton-Sanders Turns Testy

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic nominee for president will be running against a political novice who is widely despised, or a senator so unpopular that only two of his colleagues support him, or a governor far too moderate for his party's hard-line base, or someone else chosen at a bitterly contested convention. For Hillary Clinton or Bernie ...Read more

Reports Of Trump's Demise Are Premature

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Not so fast, everybody. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, Wisconsin will not be the end of Donald Trump. It will not even be the beginning of the end. But it might be the end of the beginning.

To be sure, Trump had a terrible, horrible, atrocious week. But imagine the worst-case scenario for him: He wins none of Wisconsin's 42 ...Read more

In Trump's Shadow Is An Epic Democratic Contest

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If not for a certain Manhattan billionaire, Bernie Sanders' surprising strength and Hillary Clinton's relative weakness would be the big political story of the year.

Democrats are fortunate that bloody insurrection is roiling the Republican Party. Clinton -- the likely Democratic nominee -- will almost surely face either Donald ...Read more

The Media Did Not Create The Trump Phenomenon

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- One of the more absurd things being said about the Donald Trump phenomenon is that the media created it. For the record, we didn't.

First of all, there is no "we." The news media operate in what should be every conservative ideologue's dream environment: an unfettered free market. Outlets compete every day -- actually, in the ...Read more

Are These The Words Of A President?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's ignorance of government policy, both foreign and domestic, is breathtaking. The Republican Party is likely to nominate for president a man who appears to know next to nothing about the issues that would confront him in the job.

Such a sweeping condemnation may sound unfair. I wouldn't be surprised if Trump were ...Read more

Obama's Visit Will Hasten Cuba's Freedom

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The historic visit of a sitting U.S. president to Havana -- which should have come a half-century sooner -- will almost surely hasten the day when Cubans are free from the Castro government's suffocating repression.

President Obama's whirlwind trip is the culmination of his common-sense revamping of U.S. policy toward Cuba. One ...Read more

Stop Betting On Trump To Lose

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- We can no longer pretend this isn't happening. Donald Trump will very likely be the Republican nominee for president, and there is a nonzero chance he could win in November.

Trump won at least four of the primary contests Tuesday, including winner-take-all Florida. If you count Missouri, where he seems to have beaten Ted Cruz by a...Read more

The Dawn Of The Resistance?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Desperate times call for desperate measures. The organized protest in Chicago that led Donald Trump to cancel a planned rally Friday may someday be remembered as the Dawn of the Resistance.

Trump has fueled his campaign's rise with the angriest and most divisive political rhetoric this nation has heard since the days of George ...Read more

Only The Voters Can Stop Trump Now

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- We the people are going to have to save ourselves from Donald Trump, because politicians don't seem up to the task.

For the big-haired billionaire it was another week, another romp. In winning three of the four states up for grabs Tuesday, Trump demonstrated once again the weaknesses of his rivals. Ted Cruz, whose core support is ...Read more

Will Latinos Wall Off Trump?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- How's this for poetic justice? Donald Trump's favorite scapegoats could end up having the satisfaction of blocking him from the White House.

Latino voters have the potential to form a "big, beautiful wall" between Trump and his goal. If Trump gets the Republican nomination and Hispanics are provoked into voting in numbers that ...Read more

Trump's Dance With Bigotry

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump plays on racial fears and animosities in an ugly, deliberate and dangerous way. This dance with bigotry goes far beyond his temporary amnesia about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan.

Trump speaks as if he considers whiteness the norm and sees people of color as somehow alien and suspect. He is the only major American ...Read more

The GOP's Schoolyard Scuffle

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The race for the Republican presidential nomination couldn't possibly get any more bizarre, appalling, puerile, embarrassing, self-destructive or --

Hold on, this just in: It did.

When have we ever seen such a shameful and low-minded spectacle? Comparison to the seriousness and decorum of an elementary-school playground is an ...Read more

To Beat Trump, Stoop To His Level

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Is Hillary Clinton ready to rumble against Donald Trump? The nation and the world had better hope so.

The question is premature but not unreasonably so. Perhaps Bernie Sanders will stun Clinton in the South Carolina Democratic primary this weekend and then pick off a couple of delegate-rich Super Tuesday states. Maybe Trump's main...Read more

Trump Is The Product Of A Failed System

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's shocking transformation from reality-show host to Republican presidential front-runner is not some random and bizarre twist of fate. It grows from the failure of our political system to adapt to demographic change, economic disruption and a reorganizing world.

Trump's victory Saturday in the South Carolina primary ...Read more

Bush's Last Stand

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The South Carolina Republican primary may well be Jeb Bush's last stand. He described the situation -- polls show him trailing badly, following weak performances in Iowa and New Hampshire -- in typical Bushian syntax:

"It's all been decided, apparently," he harrumphed this week in Summerville, a town near Charleston. "The pundits ...Read more

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