O Canada . . . / Alex Indigo
The Baffler,  February 24, 2016

Daily Bafflements

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• Political journalists are backpedaling wildly on their previous statements that Trump could never win this many states in a row and would never get this far. (A few die-hard optimists on the right are still arguing that Trump can’t win, although most, but not all, have stopped referring to the “the nomination” and moved on to “the White House.”) Because art imitates life, The Onion has a nice profile of a sweet, “increasingly nervous” young man who, in December, has yet to resign himself to the idea that Trump can say ridiculous things and get away with it. Meanwhile, Carl Diggler at CAFE says what all political journalists are probably still seriously thinking: “With two straight second place finishes within 15 points of the winner, Rubio can now make the case that he is the presumptive nominee.” There’s still time to flee to Canada, folks. 

• Astonishingly, there is something worse than non-millennials writing about millennials: older millennials talking down to younger millennials, particularly when the latter had legitimate grievances about how Silicon Valley treats its lower-level workers

• The cofounder of Nike, Philip H. Knight, has donated $400 million dollars to Stanford University. His goal, according to the New York Times? “Improve the world”—starting with “intractable problems” like poverty and climate change. Of course, given that Nike has been accused of using sweatshops since the 1970s, Knight’s well-publicized efforts are a clear example of what Baffler senior editor Chris Lehmann dubbed “one continual study in billionaire self-portraiture.”

 

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Or, put it this way: Paul Ryan went out onto the tightrope. The crowd, so long adoring their golden child, cheered. But a jester got the best of Ryan.