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    ...Voters are rarely wise but are usually sensible. They understand their own problems. And so deference is generally paid to the candidate who wins.And deference is being paid. Gov. Rick Scott of Florida is urging Republicans to coalesce around Trump. Pundits are coming out with their "What We Can Learn" commentaries. Those commentaries are built on a hidden respect for the outcome, that this is a rejection of a Republicanism that wasn't working and it points in some better direction.The question is: Should deference be paid to this victor? Should we bow down to the judgment of these voters?Well, some respect is in order. Trump voters are a coalition of the dispossessed. They have suffered lost jobs, lost wages, lost dreams. The American system is not working for them, so naturally they are looking for something else.Moreover, many in the media, especially me, did not understand how they would express their alienation. ...

    NDTV on March 19, 2016, midnight

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    ...People invest time, love and money in him. But in the end he cares only about himself. He betrays those who trust him and leaves them high and dry.It's unpleasant to have to play politics on this personal level. But this is a message that can sway potential Trump supporters, many of whom have only the barest information on what Trump's life and career have actually been like.This is a message that can work in a sour and cynical time among voters who already feel betrayed. ...

    NDTV on March 4, 2016, midnight