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December 08, 2015

Trump Says Something New, Both Political Establishments Heavily Invested in Legacy Failure Freak Out, Again

Laura Ingraham: GOP will rip itself apart at convention to avoid nominating Trump.

Krauthammer: Trump's proposal is "deeply bigoted," "indefensible."

Josh Earnest: Trump's proposal consigns him for the new and improved "Wrong side of history," which is now "the dustbin of history." (I guess our vain president read some of the articles noting how frequently he resorted to the same cliched claims, and so he really "spiced it up" with this new, ancient cliche.)

Taranto: Did Trump just win the election?

Trump's proposal for a pause in Muslim immigration "until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on" strikes this columnist as entirely reasonable. That's not to say it's necessarily a good idea. There are potential costs in American-Muslim relations both internationally and domestically, and humanitarian costs as well. There are practical questions about how it would be implemented. The religious-freedom argument, although legally empty, is not without moral force.

Instead of debating the proposal in a reasoned way, the political class--both parties--and many in the media are treating it as a thoughtcrime. Yet the PRRI poll suggests a large majority of Americans are thinking along similar lines.

Ingraham points out that Trump's proposal comes in a particular context: When the establishments of both parties already want to take him out, and are willing to seize on whatever cudgel is at hand to do so.

They're not going to beat him this way.

The establishment's yelling about everything has gone from tedious to exhausting to infuriating.

I'm very amused by the many, many things people "know," without actually knowing, like reducing immigration levels for a specific group must be "unconstitutional," or that this goes against our "values."

It doesn't surprise me that dumb people know so damn much without knowing much at all; that's what marks them as dumb.

But it amuses me that so many smart people know even more things that aren't true.

I guess that's what really separates the dumb from the smart: The dumb only know a few stupid things that aren't true, while the intelligent and imaginative know a great many stupid things that aren't true.

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