Live from "I Frati" at Villa Serbolloni: No, Harold Pollack. They are not better than this. At least not any more. And not for a long time:
Coarsening the Culture: Republicans Need to Do Some Housecleaning: "The problem is not that Trump is a lying buffoon, either...:
...It’s that he attracts broad support for an open message of malicious intolerance. Expunging Trump from the primaries, if this is still possible, would address the symptoms but not the underlying causes.... Trump prospers because Republicans’ rhetoric and political strategies have gradually coarsened their own party base.... For years, Republicans have pandered to their non-Hispanic white Christian core supporters by emphasizing the other-ness of various Democratic constituencies. When strategically advantageous, GOP politicians at the state level dishonorably sought (and seek) to hinder minorities’ voting efforts. Mr. Trump is hardly the first practitioner of white identity politics on issues ranging from urban crime to Latino or Muslim immigration. There’s the coarseness of conservative talk radio, which is venomous to President Obama on everything from his birth certificate to his middle name. FOX News, today’s Pravda of conservative politics, every night promotes sneering bullies such as Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. FOX’s casual objectification of its female newscasters matches Trump’s appeal, too.... Conservative are better than this. They need to clean house.