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August 07, 2015

 

Mid-year performance reviews! That time of year where you have to remember a six month period all at once. Joy!

 

The Economist on the Republican debate

Excellent post by The Economost on the first major Republican debate of the cycle. It points out the surprising amount of actual journalism on display by Fox News, who typically avoids such things.

My favorite bit was the summary of Donald Trump's performance:

Mr Trump has dominated the race in recent weeks by telling disaffected, angry voters that America could be magically stronger if only someone as smart and tough as Mr Trump sat in the Oval Office. But tonight he was exposed as an unelectable boor and narcissist. His poll numbers in coming days will reveal much about his backers to date.

Updated polls aren't out yet, but I'm willing to bet that the same narcissism, blustering, and shock value that makes Trump unelectable are what his current supporters – the most base of the Republican base – find appealing.

Time will tell.