Here’s John McCain on the exchange of words between Donald Trump and Khizr Khan (the Muslim father of a soldier killed in Iraq): “In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents. He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service. I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates. While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.” Paul Ryan issued a similar statement. Neither of them has pulled his endorsement.

+ A related thought from me: No.

+ The US constitution became Amazon’s bestseller following Khan’s speech.

+ In entertainment circles, The Voice is a top reality show. In politics, The Voice refers to Hillary Clinton. Are the complaints about her public speaking style just another case of gender bias? Or does she really have bad mic technique? And would you like her more if she sounded different? A lot of politicians (and plenty of the rest of humanity) need to understand that you don’t need to yell into a microphone. That’s the whole purpose of the device.

+ Election coverage is America’s most popular show as the two sides battle it out to decide which candidate speaks for America. But how much of America actually cast votes to get us to this point? According to the NYT, about nine percent.