Magazine May 6, 2019, Issue

Führer for a Term

A protester holds a sign against candidate Donald Trump outside the California Republican party convention in Burlingame, Calif., April 29, 2016. (Noah Berger/Reuters)

What will the Democrats run on in 2020 if the economy is good? Perhaps a return to the normal discourse, where the rubes are smoothed and groomed by soft hands and silver tongues and can be herded into the pen of consensus. The rhetoric will be familiar, but there’s a complication this time. It’s hard to reach out to people you despise.

Sample blather you might get from earnest candidates:

“We have to join together to fight the people who have joined us to fight! Only through unity can all of us unite, and only by putting aside our differences can

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