The Thursday wrap
Now in the home stretch of the presidential election, which at this point seems interminable for frustrated voters, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are just about even in abysmal disapproval ratings among registered voters — 59 percent and 60 percent, respectively, in a Washington Post-ABC News pre-Labor Day poll. Pundits nevertheless say just about anything can happen between now and Election Day. The question is, will unhappy voters notice as they mute the coming storm of political TV ads? … The less-than royal treatment afforded President Obama on his arrival at the G20 Summit in China is nothing to get worked up over, the president says. There was no mobile staircase after Air Force One landed in Hangzhou and no red carpet. Chinese officials blocked the media from watching the president disembark and shouted at a U.S. diplomat. Apparently “things like this had happened” on other presidential excursions, Mr. Obama says. It's called “respect,” Mr. President — specifically, the lack thereof. … We mourn the death on Monday of Phyllis Schlafly, 92, whose many insights and books include “A Choice Not an Echo” in 1964. More than support Barry Goldwater's presidential bid, she fired a broadside at a “small group of secret kingmakers” within the GOP establishment at the time. She always stood up for what she believed. Yet the liberal chorus that today cries out for civility in politics demeans her passing. How truly pathetic.