America is listening to them. What they are saying sounds like truth-telling. That's the same kind, ranging from tone to intensity, that our moms hammered us with. Mom never did find spin an effective way to get whatever accomplished.
In the 20th century, leadership rhetoric started out as statesmanlike. When I put together speeches for the executives at Chevron, everything was measured. It took more words to say something but something did get said.
Then came the spin squad. They trained leaders in the art and science of spin. The objective was to say nothing. It was a proven way to prevent a conversation with the audience. The media would search the remarks for substance. And there was none. It was possible to go a whole career spent in public and not say anything.
Is it too much to hope that Trump and Sanders have returned political campaigns - and all public talk - to truth-telling? Will anything else get the speaker declared irrelevant?