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The march of the 2020 phonies begins

Monica Crowley, Washington Times

Just about every presidential candidate’s hedging on issues was based on what they thought a particular audience wanted to hear. None of this really works anymore, because Mr. Trump has crushed the expectation of political falsity. He has conditioned voters to want their political appeals straight-up, no chaser. This is why true-believing socialists like Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have resonance. When politicians pander now, it’s no longer just cringe-worthy. It’s seen as desperate, pathetic and worse, passe.