Intellectual overload watch: Now they've even got Friedersdorf!

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016

Mistaken claim about Trump:
The craziness of Candidate Trump is causing circuits to misfire.

Now it's even happened to Conor Friedersdorf. In a brief post at the Atlantic, he quotes Trump's "extravagant praise" for Hillary Clinton, as stated by Trump on Fox in November 2012.

Trump told Fox that Clinton is "terrific." This is Friedersdorf's assessment:
FRIEDERSDORF (5/11/16): Many Trump supporters feel that their candidate is the only one who says what he really thinks and tells it like it is. That cannot be true, for the simple reason that so much of what Trump says now is directly contradicted by what he said in the recent past.

Today, he says, Hillary is an incompetent failure who was complicit in her husband’s abuse of women. A few years ago, the Clintons were terrific people and Hillary was a hard worker who does a good job. Trump flip-flops exactly like every other opportunistic politician.
Routinely, Friedersdorf is very sharp. For that reason, we're amazed by the highlighted statement.

No politician in modern history has "flip-flopped" in anything like the way Trump routinely does. We're amazed that Friedersdorf is failing to see what is sitting there right there before him.

Politicians do change their positions on various issues. Trump changes his position on a wide array of issues virtually every time he opens his mouth.

This behavior goes beyond anything that can sensibly be called "flip-flopping." It's much closer to the kind of behavior which suggests serious instability of some clinical kind.

Donald Trump isn't like other pols. Something seems to be keeping people from being able to see this.


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    From Yesterday's Post "Youth Watch"\



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    How soon will it be until it takes until the next calendar day before Bob's fans, embarrassed for their favorite blogger, write the first comment."

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      Why was it amusing? Because the column was written when McGrory was an octogenarian. Whenever Bob attacks the oldsters he never mentions THEIR age and the possibility that senility could be responsible for the quality of their work.

      In the deteriorating intellectual vision of our rapidly aging blogger it is only youth which causes a scribe to flub.

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