Pussy Galore

Pussy Galore

A number of newsworthy events happened yesterday.  Two involved private events that became public.  No doubt you’ve heard of one:  eleven years ago, in a private conversation, Donald Trump made a crude remark and used a foul word pertaining to women.  (Hint:  it looks...
Elaborating The New Normal

Elaborating The New Normal

Thomas Edsall often seems a cut above other Times writers because he likes to shore up his case with numbers.  The problem is, making a case involves more than finding supporting data:  it means seeking out all the data, including any data that disconfirms your...
Sander’s Whites and Trump’s

Sander’s Whites and Trump’s

At the moment 35% of Republican voters vote Trump.  The emotional drivers of many of them are considered to be anger and anxiety, but journalists suggesting that anger is the whole of the Trump phenomenon are merely throwing the usual mud at The Donald.  Some like him...
Strange Harmonies

Strange Harmonies

What distinguishes Bernie Sanders from Donald Trump? The similarities of these two candidates is one of the unspoken mysteries of the 2016 campaign.  Their outsider status, the overwhelming whiteness of their constituency, their working class support, their unease...