Fodder. 2016-05-04

“Donald Trump is definitely going to be the GOP nominee” edition.

Donald Trump and the Death  of the Republican Party – Molly Ball, The Atlantic

“As Trump’s hostile takeover of the party drew to a close, many of its leaders, particularly members of the conservative intelligentsia, were in revolt. George Will had denounced ‘collaborationists’ who sided with Trump, branding them ‘ineligible to participate in the party’s reconstruction.'”

Trump, Reagan, and the Downsizing of History – Jon Lee Anderson, New Yorker

“There was little that was dramatic or memorable, perhaps by design; it seemed that the speech was more of an exercise in proving that he could get through an appearance without saying something unhinged. In that sense, he was more or less successful, although observers were quick to point out his general superficiality.”

Beyond Schadenfreude, the Spectacular Pundit Failure on Trump is Worth Remembering – Glenn Greenwald & Zaid Jilani, The Intercept

“Influential journalists live much different lives from the mass of voters on whose behalf they think they can speak — or, at least, whose thoughts and actions they believe they can anticipate.”

The Mythology of Trump’s ‘Working Class’ Support – Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight

“… while Republican turnout has considerably increased overall from four years ago, there’s no sign of a particularly heavy turnout among “working-class” or lower-income Republicans. On average in states where exit polls were conducted both this year and in the Republican campaign four years ago, 29 percent of GOP voters have had household incomes below $50,000 this year, compared with 31 percent in 2012.”



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