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In style and substance, Trump leans on authoritarian tactics

After Donald Trump’s recent hospitalization, the president and his team took a variety of steps to produce images of a “performative show of strength,” as CNN’s Brian Stelter put it. Referring to North Korea’s political model, Stelter added, “This is the kind of thing you see from strongmen who want to appear to be leading — it’s a ‘Dear Leader’ sort of approach.”

A Washington Post report went on to note over the weekend, “[A]nalysts who study authoritarian regimes said critics are right to posit that Trump has borrowed from the playbooks of strongman leaders in his messaging. Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a historian at New York University, said Trump shares the authoritarian urge for “constant public adoration,” and she emphasized that he is ‘very savvy about how the authoritarian leader-follower relationship works.'”

But as important as it is to appreciate the degree to which the Republican incumbent emulates an authoritarian style,

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A polite battle over substance in a campaign about style (plus a fly)

After Vice President Chester A. Arthur ascended to the presidency after the assassination of President James A. Garfield 1881, he was mockingly dubbed “your accidency” by some opponents.



Mike Pence wearing a suit and tie: Vice President Mike Pence listens to Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., during the vice presidential debate.


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Vice President Mike Pence listens to Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., during the vice presidential debate.

Sadly, it is this macabre specter that hangs over any vice presidential debate: If either combatant ends up as president in the next four years, something has gone terribly wrong.

This is the subtext that led into Wednesday night’s debate between Republican Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Kamala Harris, and since 2020 is the year subtlety died, flies showed up and circled the VP candidates to drive the point home.

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In historical context, the Pence-Harris debate was about as ordinary as

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I’m voting for substance over style

I must confess to some depression about our upcoming election.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie


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I favor Donald Trump, but he’s probably doomed by his flawed personality. Stylistically, he’s an egotistical, pugnacious fabulist. Yet his policies — the substance of his presidency — have been mostly beneficial to us. Less regulation and lower taxes are critical to restoring democratic ideals and the economy. Textualist judges are certainly preferable to ones who will rewrite our Constitution to their preferences. School choice should be a parental right. And energy independence beats the alternative.

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Mr. Trump’s biggest error has been using tariffs to tax Americans’ foreign purchases. That’s against his overarching view that the people should rule their government rather than the other way around.

Then there’s Mr. Trump’s bombastic, unpolished, in-your-face personality. Joe Biden is certainly more polished and easier-to-take. (But he’s had a half-century of practicing.) Undoubtedly, Mr. Biden

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Substance trumps style for one night

Christian Schneider, Opinion contributor
Published 9:18 a.m. ET Oct. 8, 2020

if Trump doesn’t turn things around, it’ll be his presidency that is drawing flies, not just Mike Pence.

After Vice President Chester A. Arthur ascended to the presidency after the assassination of President James A. Garfield 1881, he was mockingly dubbed “your accidency” by some opponents.

Sadly, it is this macabre specter that hangs over any vice presidential debate: If either combatant ends up as president in the next four years, something has gone terribly wrong.

This is the subtext that led into Wednesday night’s debate between Republican Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Kamala Harris, and since 2020 is the year subtlety died, flies showed up and circled the VP candidates to drive the point home.

In historical context, the Pence-Harris debate was about as ordinary as it gets. Granted, it took place just days after President

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ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Substance follows style when sighting in rifles

“That’s a dead deer, but not dead enough.”

I said it Friday while sighting in a couple of muzzleloaders. “Trying” to sight in a couple of muzzleloaders is more apt. Despite multiple bullet, powder and primer combinations, I could not get either rifle to consistently put a bullet in a tight enough area to kill a whitetailed deer at 100 yards.

Meanwhile, a friend was experiencing the same problem with a pair of centerfire rifles. Veteran readers of this column might remember The Witness. In 2007, we scoured the Mississippi River bottoms in Phillips County for weeks trying to kill a black squirrel. There is no reason why The Witness’ rifles should have grouped so inconsistently. Every component is custom. One barrel costs more than both of my completed muzzleloaders combined.

One of my muzzleloaders is a .50-caliber Thompson/Center Omega Z5 with a custom laminated Boyd’s stock and a Nikon

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Substance follows style when sighting in rifles

“That’s a dead deer, but not dead enough.”

I said it Friday while sighting in a couple of muzzleloaders. “Trying” to sight in a couple of muzzleloaders is more apt. Despite multiple bullet, powder and primer combinations, I could not get either rifle to consistently put a bullet in a tight enough area to kill a whitetailed deer at 100 yards.

Meanwhile, a friend was experiencing the same problem with a pair of centerfire rifles. Veteran readers of this column might remember The Witness. In 2007, we scoured the Mississippi River bottoms in Phillips County for weeks trying to kill a black squirrel. There is no reason why The Witness’ rifles should have grouped so inconsistently. Every component is custom. One barrel costs more than both of my completed muzzleloaders combined.

One of my muzzleloaders is a .50-caliber Thompson/Center Omega Z5 with a custom laminated Boyd’s stock and a Nikon

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‘The Glorias’ review: Surreal style overwhelms substance of Steinem biopic

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem is on a TV talk show in the 1970s, being interviewed by a smug, leering, sexist and condescending male host, who looks her up and down and says, “That’s a pretty sexy outfit. … I hope you’ll forgive our masculine notion that you are an absolutely stunning sex object.”

When the host asks the “question,” Alicia Vikander is playing Steinem. When Gloria answers with, “This is my uniform: black jeans, black long-sleeved top, minimalist,” she’s played by Julianne Moore.

Things get ever more surreal, as the set is suddenly draped in red and orange, and Steinem emerges wearing a nun’s habit, and then we see her in a Playboy bunny outfit, and then we’re in a “Wizard of Oz” scenario complete with swirling tornado and a “witch” on a broom, and

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Doug Schoen: First Presidential Debate — Here’s who won on style and substance

The first presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden has concluded. Following the night, the biggest takeaway is that there were no surprises, and nothing happened that will change any attitudes, cause either candidate to gain or lose any votes, or move any undecided voters one way or the other.

Indeed, while the debate was contentious, and at times became personal, it lacked any real substance that could change attitudes in any meaningful way.

Given the level of back-and-forth between the candidates, the substance of the candidates’ answers was often lost and took a back seat to their style of argumentation and command of the room.

Though, in terms of style, in my view, President Trump was the clear winner—Trump was in command of the conversation, in control of the discussion, and if not presidential, certainly more in command.

REP. ERIC SWALWELL: BIDEN WINS FIRST DEBATE,

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