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Dick Durbin

Goldberg: As with superheroes, Trump's superpowers have their limitations

Goldberg: As with superheroes, Trump's superpowers have their limitations

In comic books, a key to a compelling superpower is its limitations. Magneto can manipulate metal but only metal. Superman has problems with magic, red suns and kryptonite. The limitations drive the drama.

In politics, Donald Trump has a couple of superpowers. Shamelessness is one. He's willing to say whatever he thinks will benefit him, heedless of traditional rules of civility, decency, consistency or honesty. This is much more of an asset in politics than many would have guessed just a few years ago, because it allows him to say and do things other politicians can't.

Why Mr. Trump largely gets a pass in these regards is a complicated question that I can't fully answer,...

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