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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Right Stuff: This political 'silly season' will end

Right Stuff: This political 'silly season' will end

In politics, the summer before the presidential primary season kicks off in earnest often is called the "silly season." Candidates do whatever they think is necessary to gain attention and be deigned "legitimate candidates" by the press and the chattering classes. And media hope to get eyeballs and clicks in the dog days of summer. Many silly season moments are charming — such as eating all sorts of deep-fried "fair food." Just as many, however, are characterized by red-hot rhetoric and odd political posturing. This year's silly season has been particularly so. Donald Trump has campaigned as a honked-off populist, barnstorming around the country...

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