An artist's interpretation of the Trump campaign. / Mårten Eskil Winge and Gunnar Forssell
The Baffler,  March 9, 2016

Daily Bafflements

An artist's interpretation of the Trump campaign. / Mårten Eskil Winge and Gunnar Forssell
w
o
r
d

f
a
c
t
o
r
y

• Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders threw pollsters and pundits for a loop last night in Michigan by winning the state’s Democratic primary when everyone and their mother (literally, this author’s mother) thought it was impossible—or at the very least, damn well close to it. FiveThirtyEight, among others, gave Hillary Clinton a 99 percent chance of winning, which means that Nate Silver and friends ended up choking down “a stack of humble pie on Tuesday night.”

• Today in “whoops”: one Wired writer’s use of a word-replacer browser plugin may have caught up to them. To an article on the Internet’s obsession with Chris Christie’s facial expressions while standing behind Trump, the magazine appended the following correction: “Due to an oversight involving a haphazardly-installed Chrome extension during the editing process, the name Donald Trump was erroneously replaced with the phrase ‘Someone With Tiny Hands’ when this story originally published.” It’s entirely possible we’ll end up with an even funnier correction this election cycle, but this one is definitely up there.

• Okay, just hear us out, but is the fact that Donald Trump is actually the trickster god Loki the reason he’s winning so many primaries? And why isn’t this question being seriously considered by pundits and analysts? Truly frustrating. 

You Might Also Enjoy

Introduction

Baffler

  To even the most indifferent of observers, this can hardly seem the appropriate time to launch a literary review.

intros and manifestos

Sorry Liberals, Jared Kushner Is Right

David Rees

Simply put, if President Trump wants the government to achieve general excellence, he should run the government like a general-excellence factory. A general-excellence factory manufactures general excellence. If the government follows this model, it must guarantee every decision, program, law, and announcement achieves an overall quality of general excellence. This is nonnegotiable.

word factory

Baffler Newsletter

new email subscribers receive a digital copy of our current issue.

Further Reading