Paul Campos

This Is the Dumbest Donald Trump Theory Yet: It’s All About John Roberts

What explains the rise of Donald Trump? The right-wing blogosphere has a theory: Trump’s success in taking over the Republican Party was caused by Chief Justice John Roberts’ contempt for the rule of law.

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Donald Trump's Latest Ignorance Is Just Breathtaking

Donald Trump is an ignorant fool. He doesn’t know anything about anything, and worse yet he doesn’t know that he doesn’t know anything about anything. (In psychology, this is known as the Dunning-Kruger effect). The sum total of his talents consists of having the foresight to be born to an immensely wealthy father, and possessing a Rain Man-style idiot-savant capacity for self-promotion. That’s it.

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'Stupidity, Celebrity, Plutocracy': Donald Trump Is the Reagan Revolution on Steroids - and He Just Might Win

Ten months ago, at a time when Donald Trump’s newly announced run for the Republican nomination was almost universally considered a bad joke, I had this to say about it:

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Trump vs. Cruz, Pick Your Poison! This Is Why the GOP's Screwed

The smashing success of Donald Trump’s reality TV show/presidential campaign has obscured something that is in its own way every bit as astounding as Trump’s rise: it’s now obvious that the only alternative to Trump is Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

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Listen to the Donald Trump Voters: It Took an Ignorant Demagogue to Humiliate the GOP Establishment

For the last several decades, the Republican party has been selling a simple economic message to its base: what is good for rich people is good for you too.  And, until this election, the base was buying it.  The astonishing rise of Donald Trump is an almost apocalyptic sign that they’re not buying it any more.

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Crybabies of the 1 Percent: The Rich Complain While Getting Away With Everything

More than half a century ago, “West Side Story” satirized the idea that what was then known as juvenile delinquency was a product of poverty and the psychological maladjustments it produced, and that therefore “this boy don’t need a judge, he needs an analyst’s care.”

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The Boston Bomber Brothers Got the Attention They Wanted

A major American city was largely shut down for an entire day because of the hunt for someone who, based on initial reports, was quite possibly a confused, apolitical teenager, who may have been cajoled into taking part in what was essentially a bloody publicity stunt by his now-dead older brother.

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