2016 elections

A benediction or a symbol of the times?

Typically one hopes a Christian benediction doesn’t refer to your political opponents as the enemy.

But when I listened to Pastor Mark Burns deliver the benediction to the Republican Convention on Monday, I realized that Trump has stained just about all elements of our civic discourse.

The citizens of Massachusetts subsidize and lend support to the two main political parties. It would seem a minimal expectation that, in return, the parties might produce nominees to compete in most legislative elections.

Political science on how nationalization helps the Republicans keep the House and what the GOP might do to overcome its demographic disadvantage in presidential elections. Hint: the future of GOP presidential hopes isn't with a Sun Belt Tea Partier, but with a moderate - maybe from the northeast?

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