The Monday Morning Teaser

Two more mass shootings this weekend, one of them apparently committed by someone who believed Trump’s talk about an “invasion” on our southern border. When you use war rhetoric, you shouldn’t be surprised if someone starts shooting.

And the trade war with China heated up. Trump announced more tariffs — this time on consumer goods made in China, so you’re likely to notice price increases in stores — and Beijing responded by letting its currency drop. Both moves sent global markets into a tailspin.

I found an insightful podcast on disinformation. McConnell hates his well-earned “Moscow Mitch” nickname. And I’ll close this week with a list of the best places to get ice cream in each state.

But I also wanted to talk about the second round of Democratic presidential debates, which I found so disappointing that it was hard to keep watching. There are a lot of details to criticize — the crowded stage, the format, the questions, and so on — but it took me a while to get to the bottom of what was really bothering me: A debate about policy proposals makes it seem like this is a normal election, when the country is in a very abnormal situation.

One of the mysteries of the Democratic field is Marianne Williamson, who not only has no qualifications for the job, but occasionally wigs off into invocations of the power of Love. Pundits have spilled a lot of ink trying to explain her attraction, but I wonder if it’s as simple as this: She’s the one candidate who makes it clear that this election is about something deeper than a policy disagreement. Trump has traumatized America, and the next president is going to have address that trauma somehow. A new health plan and a new immigration policy — while welcome — will not be nearly enough.

I don’t have the answer here (and I’m not recommending people vote for Williamson), but I want to raise the question in “Campaigning in a Traumatized Nation”. I’m not sure exactly when I’ll have that out, but probably not before 10 EDT. I’ll try to post the weekly summary by noon.

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  • paranoid  On August 5, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Williamson’s response to the Trump presidency though the healing power of love will be about as effective as thoughts and prayers are after mass shootings. When it fails, we can be blamed for not loving or praying hard enough.

    • Anonymous  On August 5, 2019 at 11:10 am

      Which isn’t what Doug is talking about.

  • Don Warner  On August 5, 2019 at 11:30 am

    AGREE with a traumatize nation. But it is the elephant in the room that we don’t change, racism

  • millie  On August 5, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Great article but I disagree with part of your description of Williamson “She’s the one candidate who makes it clear that this election is about something deeper than a policy disagreement.”. Pet Buttigieg has repeatedly talked about this. Have a listen to what he is saying. It would be great to hear your opinion.

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