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Trump and the cult of stupid

By Rick Wilson, contributor

“Donald Trump isn’t a traditional politician and we don’t need to run a traditional campaign.”

“TV ads don’t work.”

“He won the primary without spending any real money.”

“We don’t need you fancy consultants and your decades of experience, losers.”

Sound familiar? It should. You hear it every day from new Trump Establishment Republicans trying to defend themselves against the overwhelming evidence that Donald Trump’s “campaign” is off the rails. It’s an article of faith among Trump fans that he can ignore all the rules of political physics forever and will simply rise and rise no matter how many unforced errors he makes.

They take pride in his rejection of the tools and techniques of campaigning, ignoring the hard lessons that Barack Obama’s two election victories taught us as a party. They view the tools of politics as anathema in their cult of stupid, where anger and revenge against the hated establishment was enough to get him the nomination and swear it’s enough to win against Hillary. “Who needs expertise? We’ve got rage.”
Yesterday, they collided with the realities of a general election, as first day of the RNC convention in Cleveland demonstrated how unready they are for the fight ahead. The day went off the rails with the clumsy, criminally stupid catfight with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, followed by suppression of the legitimate concerns of hundreds of Trump-skeptical conservative delegates who wanted a bare-bones opportunity to have their voices heard.


'Earthquake' off Florida's coast was Navy testing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —What was previously recorded as a 3.7-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Florida was triggered by a man-made explosion to test the seaworthiness of a new U.S. Navy vessel.

Seismographs detected the "earthquake" Saturday afternoon about 168 nautical miles northeast of Daytona Beach Shores.

The U.S. Geological Survey, which monitors earthquake activity worldwide, now lists the event as an experimental explosion. It had previously been listed on the USGS website as an earthquake.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports a similar 3.7-magnitude "earthquake" on June 10 off of Ormond-by-the-Sea happened about the same time the Navy reported conducting a shock trial on the USS Jackson for testing. The Navy notified the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service that another shock trial would be conducted between July 16 and July 20.


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