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With primary season under way, I worried that the participants in last night’s debate in South Carolina might stoop to some old-fashioned demagoguery in their appeal to Republican voters. That would have seemed especially egregious on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

A demagogue, Merriam-Webster says, makes use of popular prejudices in his pursuit of power.

My fears were unwarranted. The five remaining candidates have too much character to pander, no matter how much they crave the Republican nomination.