The End of Identity Liberalism

Mark Lilla:

The fixation on diversity in our schools and in the press has produced a generation of liberals and progressives narcissistically unaware of conditions outside their self-defined groups, and indifferent to the task of reaching out to Americans in every walk of life.

Source: The End of Identity Liberalism – The New York Times

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Blackguarded

Nice comment from one Des Johnson on David Brooks latest:

HRC has been demonized, and here I plead the use of a word common in Ireland when I was young–she has been blackguarded in the extreme for thirty years or more. David may come to admit that, but in the meantime, I suggest he has a duty to direct his comments to those of his party, yes HIS PARTY, who promise dysfunction and chaos.

Source: The Banality of Change – The New York Times

Change agent

David Brooks this morning:

If you wanted to design a personality type perfectly ill suited to be a change agent in government, you would come up with Donald Trump: solipsistic, impatient, combative, unsubtle and ignorant. If you wanted to design a personality type better suited to getting things done, you might come up with James Baker, Robert Gates or Ted Kennedy, but you might also come up with Hillary Clinton.

Source: The Banality of Change – The New York Times

A lock on the House

Hillary Clinton could still lose to Donald Trump on November 8. It doesn’t look likely at this point, ongoing e-mail eruptions notwithstanding. A far safer bet is that the Republican party, however badly its presidential nominee crashes and burns, will retain control of the House of Representatives, making life exceedingly difficult for Clinton even if the Democrats retake the Senate.

Source: LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: Republicans deft at exploiting ticket to power | Columnists | BDlive

Trump’s Rhodes-Must-Fall Moment

In sneering at Khizr and Ghazala Khan, an immigrant Muslim couple whose son Humayun, a US Army captain, was killed protecting American comrades in Iraq, Donald Trump may finally have arrived at his Rhodes-must-fall moment.

Not Cecil but “Lonesome” Rhodes, the protagonist of Elia Kazan’s 1957 cautionary tale, “A Face in the Crowd”, a movie finding a whole new audience thanks to the Republican presidential nominee. Continue reading “Trump’s Rhodes-Must-Fall Moment”

Putin Phishing for Trump?

Someone tried to blow up the Democratic Party as it gathered in Philadelphia this week to unify around presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Prime suspect? Jacob Zuma’s best friend forever, Vladimir Putin. These are extraordinary times.

The device was an information bomb: 20 000 emails heisted from the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) servers between January 2015 and the end of May this year. CrowdStrike and other private cybersecurity experts have fingered the FSB, successor to the KGB, and the GRU, Moscow’s military intelligence directorate. US intelligence agencies are said to have “high confidence” the Russian government was involved.

Full article: LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: Was Democratic hack a Russian Trump card? | Columnists | BDlive