Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has repeatedly criticized Donald Trump and has refused to endorse him for President, has been telling Republicans in private to support him. And has also apparently said he still won't endorse Mr. Trump because it wouldn't help him; if you thought maybe he wouldn't endorse him because he thought he'd make a bad President, no one could blame you. This hypocrisy is unworthy of the first Senator to condemn the torture at Abu Ghraib.
Jim Naureckas, who's been on a pretty amazing run at FAIR lately, takes issue with the "zombie idea" that Bill Clinton "brought Democrats back to life" after a string of electoral failures. I agree that Democrats running to the right tends to result in Republican victories downballot, but to be absolutely fair, the Democrats were in their death throes in the South, and their elephantine House majorities (and Senate majorities, for that matter) never showed a party united in New Deal liberalism -- Southern Democrats tended to vote more or less like Republicans, which helps explain how Ronald Reagan got right-wing legislation through a Democratic House, as well as how Barack Obama had to pull teeth to get center-right legislation through a Democratic House.
Paul Krugman reminds us that the Clinton economic boom happened mainly for "reasons unrelated to politics," namely "that American business finally figured out what to do with computers." Also, raising taxes on the rich didn't prefigure disaster but more job creation, just like in Mr. Obama's second term. Sadly, "we can’t count on another spontaneous surge in technology-driven private investment to drive job creation," though I'd point to renewable energy and 3D printing as technologies that could be similarly creative in a second Clinton administration -- at which point too many people will believe that the Clintons are magic.
Another day, another heavily-linked Paul Buchheit op-ed chronicling the fall of the American middle class. Saddest indicators: more than half of Americans don't even have $1,000 in savings, less than one-third of folks aged 25 to 34 own homes, and current 40-year-olds in the poorest 1% can expect to live 15 fewer years than similar folks in the top 1%, though I bet the latter groups isn't all that upset about it. Of course, very little of this makes your average "liberal" media newscast, since there are Kardashians to follow around.
Finally, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 7-1 ruling, overturns the sentence of a black man sentenced to death by an all-white jury in Georgia nearly 30 years ago. If it's 7-1, from this court, some pretty rank stuff must have happened, and indeed, prosecutors not only actively tried to keep blacks off the jury in this case but left a paper trail -- at one point referring to three black potential jurors as "B#1, B#2, and B#3" -- and that's a slam dunk even for Chief Justice Roberts, who shows off what's either dry humor or obsessive literalism in his majority opinion. (Do I even have to tell you the one dissenter was Justice Thomas, who thinks showing the proper deference to state judges trumps justice?)