Republican U.S. presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson officially launches his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in Detroit, Mich. on May 4, 2015.
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Let Me Finish: The disconnect between political news and reality

Let me finish with this strange disconnect between political news and political reality.

The political news has been noisy on the right and left. From all around us we’ve heard the wild roars of partisan zeal.

Ted Cruz declaims of an all-out struggle to the death with the government serving as the carcass. On the Democratic side we hear the cries that Secretary Clinton is not sufficiently progressive.

And yet …

And yet …

Look at the latest polling.

It shows Jeb Bush building something of a lead among Republicans, with Marco Rubio and Walker grabbing the place and show positions. The bellicose Cruz is a lame fifth.

Hillary, whom the media would suggest is not listing sufficiently left, is riding high at 80-plus approval, right where she’s been.

Could it be that the two parties are both balanced well shy of their extremes?

I would say so, with the one caveat:

The Democrats are where they’ve been – center-left – while the Republicans lean more starboard than they have in my lifetime but still not wild – or nutty – enough to abandon ship and pick someone like Cruz or Huckabee or Carson or Santorum.

So don’t expect the 2016 election to be over until it’s “over.” I don’t think either party’s agendas call for assisted suicide.

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Let Me Finish: The disconnect between political news and reality