Paul Waldman

How Donald Trump Is Turning the GOP into a Postmodernist Party

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File President-elect Donald Trump arrives to speak at a event, Thursday, December 1, 2016, in Cincinnati. W e've endured presidents who told big lies before. Ronald Reagan said he didn't trade arms for hostages. Bill Clinton said he didn't have sexual relations with that woman. George W. Bush said Iraq had huge stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. Sometimes those lies were disproved quickly, sometimes it took a while, but in every case the president and those around him not only worked to convince us that the lie was true, they never questioned the presumption that it was not a good thing for the president of the United States to lie to the public. Well that's just one more norm that Donald Trump is going to tear down. While Trump told hundreds and hundreds of lies over the course of the campaign, the most striking thing about them wasn't the sheer volume, it was the unapologetic way he told them, without even the barest attempt to be honest. He didn't care...

Why the Trump Era Could Be an Opportunity for Democrats

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Albin Lohr-Jones/Sipa via AP Images President-elect Donald Trump is seen in the lobby of The New York Times ' offices on Eighth Avenue in midtown Manhattan in New York City on November 22, 2016 T he late Israeli diplomat Abba Eban famously said of the Palestinians that they never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. And today, Democrats and liberals have the opportunity to show that they won't miss this opportunity. I say that not to discount or minimize the horrors that the next four years will bring. The repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the cancellation of climate regulations, the war on unions, the evisceration of the safety net, mass deportations, potentially the repeal of Roe v. Wade —it's all on the table. And that's before we even get to the kind of catastrophes that could be produced by Donald Trump's unique combination of ignorance, impulsiveness, and vindictiveness. The cost will be enormous, and in some cases it may take decades to undo the damage. But the left can...

The Greatest Grift of All

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Sipa via AP Images Donald Trump gestures a thumbs up at the clubhouse of Trump International Golf Club, in Bedminster Township, New Jersey, November 20, 2016. A s he stands in his gold-plated apartment in Trump Tower gazing out over Manhattan, Donald Trump has no doubt marveled at how in becoming president he has finally achieved the power and influence he so richly deserves. He always knew he was smarter than everyone else and more of a winner than all those nobodies who would carp and criticize, when they don't even have their own planes or are so weak they're still married to their first wives. He showed them all. And now, it's time to really cash in. He's got the greatest business opportunity he's ever had, and he's not going to let it pass him by. Surely you weren't naïve enough to believe him when Trump said his network of businesses and partnerships didn't pose any conflict-of-interest problems, because his grown children will run the business while he's president and he'll be...