“For years now, Ornstein — a political scientist at the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute — had been arguing that the modern Republican Party is deeply broken.”
In the summer of 2015, most of the political world still thought Donald Trump’s candidacy was a joke. Norm Ornstein didn’t. For years now, Ornstein – a political scientist at the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute – had been arguing that the modern Republican Party is deeply broken.
After a year of campaigning, hundreds of interviews, stadium rallies, and press conferences, it is still difficult to glean a platform from the Republican nominee’s powerfully incoherent rhetoric and constantly evolving views.
WASHINGTON — Critics of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign often complain about the way the media has reported on his candidacy. It is not just the incessant coverage that riles them. It’s the perceived lack of fact-checking. Trump is known for making outlandish and dubious claims with little connection to the truth.
Each of us wants to believe that if we were tested in some fundamental way when the chips were down – morally, spiritually, or physically – that we would pass the test. But we do not really expect to be tested.