Monday, July 25, 2016

OPINION - Shields and Brooks 7/22/2016

"Shields and Brooks on the Hillary Clinton veepstakes, the latest Trump-Cruz dustup" PBS NewsHour 7/22/2016


SUMMARY:  Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks talk take-aways from the GOP convention, speculate on the Clinton vice presidential pick and look ahead to next week’s Democratic convention in Philadelphia.  Also, a look back at one of the biggest stories out of the GOP convention in Cleveland: Sen. Ted Cruz’s pointed refusal to back Donald Trump.

JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  Mark, what about that?

Does — we talked about the law and order emphasis from Donald Trump’s remarks last night.  Does he automatically benefit from incidents like this one today in Munich?

MARK SHIELDS, Syndicated columnist:  Yes.  Yes, he does.

Judy, the pattern of American presidential elections is that the more optimistic candidate; whether it’s John Kennedy and let’s get America moving again, Ronald Reagan, it’s morning in America, or Barack Obama, yes, we can; always wins, or nearly always wins.

And that’s been tapped into sort of the DNA of Americans, that optimism and confidence.  We are not nearly as optimistic and far less confident than we were as a people.  And Donald Trump is writing a different theme, which is it’s midnight in America and that things are bad, and they’re bleak, and they’re gloomy, and they’re doomy, and the only thing that is going to save you is someone with the authority and power of somebody like me.

And so I personally believe that A) he’s wrong on the condition of America.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  About the condition…

MARK SHIELDS:  We’re not being invaded by undocumented immigrants who are coming to kill police officers and commit crimes.

I don’t think that’s true.   (B?) And I don’t think most Americans think it’s true, but it does reinforce his argument, as the law and order candidate, when there are acts of such reckless and terrible, horrific lawlessness as there was today in Munich.

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