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Saturday, September 17, 2016

gut check moment

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Clearly this is a scary moment in the campaign, with Trump apparently catching up to Clinton in the polls. Josh Marshall and Nate Silver have good assesments of the current state of play.  I think it's still more likely than not that Clinton will pull out the win, but considering the consequences of a Trump victory, which I believe would be truly catastrophic, that's little comfort. As Josh Marshall put it, we are "skateboarding the abyss."

Just a couple things for you:

James Fallows has an excellent preview of the upcoming debates.  Long, but worth it.

This article, "How American Politics Went Insane," makes a very interesting argument about where we went wrong. Counter-intuitive perhaps, but I think there's something to it. (another long one, but again... worth your time)

I'll leave you with a quote:
“It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.” ― Joseph HellerCatch 22

Who could it possibly apply to?