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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Friday, September 16, 2016

It's 2016, Trump Apparently Decides Where Obama Was Born

Today, Donald Trump took credit for debunking birtherism, the movement that effectively made him a political figure and - combined with that fucking wall - made him the GOP nominee.

Early indications is that this is a lie too far, even for CNN.

That Trump is backing away from birtherism is interesting though.  There is no question that since Conway came on board, he's been much more on message.  He continues to lie at a breathtaking volume, but he's beginning to back away from some of his most egregious statements.  Again, this isn't going to work with minority voters, but it could persuade suburban whites.

The current tightening in the polls is not a result of Trump rising, but of Clinton falling.  I don't think Trump can get much higher than 42%.  I just don't see it.  But can Clinton get to 45?  That's the question.  And this birther crap doesn't do much to move the needle.

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