Medved: Some Fights Aren’t Worth Having 7-27-15

Americans who admire Donald Trump say they like the fact that he’s a “fighter” but they ought to realize that some fights aren’t worth having. Why, for instance, get involved in a major brawl with John McCain? The Arizona Senator is one of the few prominent Republicans, it seems, who isn’t running for president, so what’s the point of insisting he’s not a war hero or, even more absurdly, denigrating his academic record at Annapolis more than 60 years ago?

It’s important for Republicans to keep control of the Senate, so why attack a sitting Senator of your own party, who will almost surely continue as chairman of the Armed Services Committee? Trump’s pattern of feuds and childish insults—calling all who disagree with him “dopes” and “dummies”—is hardly presidential, and would be positively dangerous in foreign policy. It’s not just his simplistic approach to issues, but also his needlessly combative temperament, that disqualify him as a serious candidate.

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