My daughter’s English class read Jonathan Swift’s satirical classic “A Modest Proposal” and were assigned the task of writing their own satirical proposal for a curing serious social malady.  I thought the assignment timely, but a bit tricky.  The line between serious and satire in our national political conversation is definitely not as clear as it used to be. The line between comedy and the race for the GOP 2016 presidential nomination appears to have been completely erased.

The new presidential nominating system, the one unofficially dominated by national polls and national debates months before any balloting, is a sad spectacle.

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