The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal’s “Best of the Web” at WSJ written by the editor, James Taranto.
An Anxious Nation Holds Its Breath
“NYC Mayor De Blasio Will Reportedly Be Ready to Talk About Who He’s Endorsing in 2016 ‘Very Soon'”—headline, NYMag, Oct. 26
Make That 3
Breaking News From 1941
“Jeep Primed for Larger Global Role”—headline, The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 28
Angry Voters, Angry Candidates
John Kasich “had been reluctant to criticize others, even Democrat Hillary Clinton, while on the campaign trail, portraying himself as the ‘grown-up in the room’ above the name-calling,” notes the Columbus Dispatch. So much for that:
In his hometown of Westerville, . . . the newly aggressive candidate called out leading GOP candidates and proclaimed, “I’m done being polite and listening to this nonsense.”
“I want you to know I’m fed up. I’m sick and tired of listening to this nonsense and I’m going to have to call it like it is in this race,” Kasich said during seven minutes of remarks that shoved aside his kinder-and-gentler tactics of the past four months. . . .
Kasich called Donald Trump’s undocumented immigrant exportation proposal “crazy.” And he said Ben Carson’s entitlement and flat-tax ideas make no sense.
Beyond the front-running outsiders, Kasich also took a jab at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, his rival for GOP establishment support.
“Do you know how crazy this election is? Let me tell you something, I’ve about had it with these people,” Kasich said at a pre-debate send-off rally.
There’s a lot of this about, isn’t there? On Monday we noted a rant from Jeb Bush that described the campaign as “a joke” and concluded: “Elect Trump if you want that.” And CNSNews notes that on Monday Lindsey Graham said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”: “On our side, you got the No. 2 guy tried to kill somebody at 14, and the No. 1 guy’s high energy and crazy as hell. How am I losing to these people?”
It may be that the winner of the Republican nomination will be the candidate who can go longest without responding to voter anger in kind.
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