Wednesday February 10, 2016
August 13th, 2015
I’ve been hesitant to start writing about Donald Trump.
I was worried that if I wrote something that made him mad, he would send out one of his midnight mordant tweets about me, something like “She started as a 3. Now she’s a 1.”
It begins with a relatively minor incident: A traffic stop. A burglary. A disturbance. Police arrive and tensions escalate. It ends with an unarmed black man shot dead.
That pattern played out in March in Madison, Wisconsin, where police responded to reports of a man yelling and jumping in traffic.
We like to boast of America as the “land of opportunity,” and historically there is truth to that.
“We have never been a nation of haves and have-nots,” Sen. Marco Rubio once declared. “We are a nation of haves and soon-to-haves, of people who have made it and of people who will make it.”
Every year the frenzy to get into highly selective colleges seems to intensify, and every year the news media finds and fawns over the rare students offered admission to all eight Ivy League schools. This year Ronald Nelson, from the Memphis area, was one of those who sopped up that adulation.
It's even happening here, in some of Washington's most diverse or proudly progressive neighborhoods: "Black" is being x'ed out.
In the past 10 days, "Black Lives Matter" signs in Bethesda, Maryland, and Mount Pleasant in northwest Washington have been vandalized to either block or cut out the word "Black."
It began, you’ll perhaps recall, with the Santelli rant.
A report in the New York Times has stirred new speculation that Vice President Joe Biden, who up to now has remained aloof from the 2016 Democratic presidential race, may be edging closer to entering it. If so, it would be a course correction from his declared position ever since he assumed the vice presidency -- and arguably an unwise one.
It was billed as The Donald Trump Show, and the Republican front-runner delivered. He mugged. He pouted. He projected outrage without being troubled by specificity or fact. When he got punched -- and the moderators threw haymakers all night -- he stuck out his chin and punched back.
Donald Trump couldn't resist being himself. That made him a dominant force in the first Republican presidential debate, reinforcing his image as a bully in an evening that produced fireworks, but probably changed nothing.