Pretty difficult to imagine a narrative more lethal to Trump than “he’s another country’s patsy,” given the tenor of his campaign and the extremely Russophobic (and largely older i.e. Cold War remembering) folks that largely supply Trump’s base. No idea where the story will go, but given that he’s based his whole thing on assertive nationalism, even what’s out there now is pretty bad for him. You have to wonder if getting some cheap headlines (and the own goal of ending any of Wasserman Schultz’s political aspirations) was really worth it, but as we’ve established before, Vladimir Putin doesn’t really understand American politics.

I have pointed this out before, but the only people really shocked by Trump’s success were the mainsteam media and elite conservatives (particularly elite conservatives within the mainstream media). It was definitely different than what had happened before but, then again, having people like Ted Cruz and Joni Ernst as Republicans in good standing is different too. Even a decade ago they would have been correctly branded as Birchers and given no support. The notion that the apparatus that created them could then turn around and nominate Jeb! was dubious at the time, in retrospect, just insane.

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No matter how hard they try, Republicans are incapable of multidimensional thinking.

Everybody can be rich, they just don’t work for it.”  says “Legal immigrant … from a rich family.”

C’mon you lazy poors, sucking off the gubmint teat — It’s so easy!

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If you find today’s “Trump is gonna win!” meme already tiresome, close that 538 tab and read Sam Wang. Long story short, Trump’s bounce is about two points and solely due to Republicans coming home. And, of course, there’s about to be a Democratic convention, which makes all this beyond pointless. But famous pundits need pageviews, so…

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This guy is N-U-T-S:

Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?

Instead of going to Mars, we invaded the Middle East … It’s time to end the era of stupid wars and rebuild our country.

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Naturally:

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History is strewn with the corpses of “permanent” majorities, and change tends to come from where you least expect it. In retrospect it was pretty dumb to think that losing one presidential election would force Republicans to moderate, three or four maybe. But Republicans are so hostile to the interests of virtually every growing group of voters that it’s illogical not to assume a hefty, indefinite decline. I think the real answer to this is: after enough of the angry white male supremacists die off that changes made to build a winning party can be shoved down the throats of the rest of them. The question is whether this occurs before they finally manage to destroy the constitutional order they claim to cherish–something that would be traumatic in the short run but almost certainly better in the long run. I do think this is what it will come down to.

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We can stipulate that Jeremy Corbyn is essentially right that it’s pointless for Britain to maintain nuclear weapons–the country could fit under the US’s nuclear umbrella, and it’s more about elites not wanting to not have nuclear weapons and fall out of that club (and have yet another sign of military decline after five straight decades of such). But leading is about smoothing out differences and finding common ground, and Corbyn would rather be right than pick his battles, and would divide his party on a low-salience issue just to make a point. That’s not good.

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IdzeqzHnn days past, Republicans did a pretty good job of semi-privately nurturing the angry, paranoid septuagenarian wing of the party but yet coming off in public like all they do is find grandpa’s musings just so adorable.

Now, well, the entire Republican party is thinkin like gramps, and they can’t do much to hide it anymore:

[L]ast year, my dad, 70 years old, retired, applied for the first time for a self-carry permit. Why did he do that, I asked. He said somebody has to protect us if ISIS comes over here to cut our heads off.

ISIS shudders at the thought of Senator Tom Cotton’s armed pappy, I’m sure.

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