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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Thomas Friedman, "Beware: Exploding Politics": "Hybrid" Horse Manure. It All Boils Down to Florida and Ohio.



Will wonders never cease? We now have both former KKK grand wizard David Duke and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan praising Donald Trump. Does this make Trump a "hybrid" candidate?

"Hybrid"? Count the number of times Thomas Friedman uses the word "hybrid" in his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Beware: Exploding Politics." I found 10 instances: "the need for hybrid solutions," "a hybrid of left and right," "educators and local government come together to forge hybrid solutions," "a coalition of far-right media and money people who have created a closed loop of incentives for bad behavior and never getting to hybrid," "a system that nationally incentivizes polarization and prevents hybrid solutions," "hybrid compromises, not dogmatism," "His [Obama's] instinct has become hybrid," "a totally new hybrid politics," "His [Trump's] hybrid is an incoherent mess," and "a new, mature, hybrid center-right version." Such erudition on the part of Tom Terrific!

Given that I drive an old hybrid Incyte, which is full of dog hair, I suppose that I should be feeling pretty good about myself this morning. But I'm not - particularly after parsing the Super Tuesday scorecard. Actually, I'm experiencing more than a little nausea.

Friedman concludes his gem of an opinion piece with a prayer to the Almighty concerning the Donald:

"But please, Lord, keep him away from the White House."

At least we agree on something. Now if only Rubio can win in Florida, and Kasich can win in Ohio, however, that might indeed demand divine intervention.

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