2016 Elections

Optimism Is the Third Rail of American Politics

Dyspeptics on the right and the Sanders "revolution" on the left drive their parties' conversations.

It's dark out there.

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A common diagnosis of Jeb Bush's failed campaign is that the candidate was "out of touch." It's hard to argue otherwise; Bush himself admitted it. "I'm not a grievance candidate," he told NBC's Chuck Todd. Sure enough, Bush soon wasn't a candidate at all.

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