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The Economist Cover On Donald Trump: Washington, We Have A Problem…

September 4, 2015

The best cover of the newsmagazines this week goes to The Economist.  Listen and learn from this magazine as I do each week.

The country has flirted with populists in the past, but none has won a major-party presidential nomination since William Jennings Bryan in 1908. The closest any true firebrand has come was in 1996, when Pat Buchanan, whose slogan was “The peasants are coming with pitchforks”, won the Republican primary in New Hampshire against a dull establishment candidate, Bob Dole. (Mr Dole later won the nomination.)

Mr Trump is far more dangerous than Pitchfork Pat, for two reasons. First, as a billionaire, he will not run out of money to finance his campaign. Second, he faces so many Republican opponents that he could grab the nomination with only a modest plurality of the vote. The smart money still says that Republicans will eventually unite behind a mainstream candidate, as they always have in the past. But the world cannot take this for granted. Demagogues in other countries sometimes win elections, and there is no compelling reason why America should always be immune. Republicans should listen carefully to Mr Trump, and vote for someone else.

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One Comment
  1. Nicky permalink
    May 18, 2018 12:53 AM

    The Economist nailed that cover. They often convey a strong message with their covers. Trump has given them much to report on–sadly.

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