Samir’s Selection 01/25/2016 (p.m.)

  • “As Mr Bloomberg weighs his chances, he should recall the words of Adlai Stevenson, the 1950s Democratic leader. On being told that he would have the support of “every thinking man in America,” Mr Stevenson replied: “Yes, but I need a majority.””

    tags: USpolitics conservative polarisation Bloomberg DonaldTrump HilaryClinton BernieSanders quote EdwardLuce

    • Michael Bloomberg
    • Donald Trump
    • Hillary Clinton
    • Bernie Sanders
    • A roll call of conservatives last week put their names to an “Against Trump” editorial in the National Review, a home of conservative intellectualism. The piece described Mr Trump as a “philosophically unmoored opportunist” with the politics of “an averagely informed businessman”. Moreover, he would “trash the [Republicans’] broad ideological consensus in favour of free-floating populism with strong-man overtones”. Was that the best they could do? The problem is that voters are partial these days to free-floating strong men. As an example of intellectuals misreading the tone of revolting peasants, the National Review could hardly be improved upon.
    • A Bloomberg candidacy could split the vote just enough to give Mr Trump the White House. Imagine that.
    • As Mr Bloomberg weighs his chances, he should recall the words of Adlai Stevenson, the 1950s Democratic leader. On being told that he would have the support of “every thinking man in America,” Mr Stevenson replied: “Yes, but I need a majority.”

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