Friday in Whitewater will be cloudy, with snow in the afternoon, and a high of twenty-eight. Sunrise is 7:21 AM and sunset 4:48 PM, for 9h 27m 41s of daytime. The moon is in its third-quarter with 50% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1998, Matt Drudge breaks the news of the Bill Clinton–Monica Lewinsky affair on his Drudge Report website.
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Paul Fanlund writes Can any of the Democratic candidates inspire ‘low-information’ voters as Obama did?:
That same evening in Milwaukee, Donald Trump was doing what he always does — spouting hate, telling lies — and simply being bizarre. “Trump went on another rambling rant about ‘worthless’ new dishwashers, weak showers, and lightbulbs that make you ‘look orange’ at a Milwaukee rally,” said the Business Insider headline.
Two asides. One, does he really think it’s lightbulbs that make him look orange?
Two, I recall covering President Ronald Reagan’s speech many years ago in the same Milwaukee arena. Reagan was relentlessly sunny, all optimism and opportunity. Trump has moved the GOP 180 degrees — it’s all about anger, illusory threats and grievances.
It was another in a seemingly endless string of rallies in which Trump surrounds himself with sycophants. Borrowing a passage from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Trump’s was a “tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
Sadly, the Democratic debate also signified little. It was another tedious, mixed-decision event that probably attracted the already decided and few others. I’d imagine many here were tuned instead to Badgers basketball as they beat Maryland on a last-second shot.
Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Vanessa Williams, Dan Balz, and Scott Clement report Black Americans deeply pessimistic about country under Trump, whom more than 8 in 10 describe as ‘a racist,’ Post-Ipsos poll finds:
(These poll respondents are right about Trump, and right in their dedication to cast him into a political outer darkness.)