The Media Never Raised the Bar for Donald Trump

Brian Beutler, writing for New Republic:

Donald Trump’s closing argument is that he can use a teleprompter. Not necessarily that the words he reads off the teleprompter are true or intelligent, just that he can say all of them out loud and in order. In the final days of this campaign, we have returned to where we began, with an odd fixation on whether this man who aspires to the presidency can avoid saying anything ignorant, bigoted, inscrutable, or otherwise disqualifying for an hour or so at a time, once or twice a day.

There has been much talk in the past year or so about what we will talk about “when we look back on this election.” I think this element—the shocking false equivalency of the two campaigns—is the sneaky favorite.