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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Today's Must Read

The election news -- which is still about 95% of what news there is, give or take a couple of terrorists attacks -- is, frankly, mind-numbing, particular since it's about 95% about The Hairpiece, who inexplicably is still leading the polls. Well, it's not really inexplicable, as this piece from Mahablog shows. The appeal of both Trump and Carson (who seems to have imploded) is pretty plain:

News media are confounded by The Donald. They have long politely overlooked conventional lies, such as claims that cutting taxes will reduce the federal budget or that Democrats hate Jesus. Now they’re covering a national candidate who is spewing lies at unprecedented rates (except perhaps by Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, both of whom seem to be fading).  If someone bravely corrects The Donald and explains that what he is saying is demonstrably, verifiably, I’ve got it right here in black and white not true, he just repeats his lie even more loudly.

And people like the Hot Air commenter eat it up, because he is showing them the universe as they want it to be. They’re not going to give that up easily.

That has to be it: In a movement heavily populated by world-class liars, it occurs to me that they're all lying for the advancement of their own political agendas. I don't think that's the case with Trump -- he doesn't seem to have a real political ideology, and I start to think more and more that he's in it for The Deal. He's also pandering to the crazies on the right big-time, but that's just the showman hard at work.

Read the whole thing -- lots of quotes, but it's very instructive.

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