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When it comes to presidential acceptance speeches, Hillary Clinton’s speech was as devoid of vision as it was devoid of honesty. When she recognized Bernie Sanders’ supporters, Hillary was in full pander mode. People shouldn’t believe Hillary when she said “You’ve put economic and social justice issues front and center, where they belong. And to all of your supporters here and around the country: I want you to know, I’ve heard you. Your cause is our cause. Our country needs your ideas, energy, and passion.”

Translation into Hillary-speak: I need your votes and if I have to pander a little, it’s worth it. I’ve wanted this office so long and I’ve broken so many promises. What’s one more?

Hillary was back in pander mode again when she said “Now we are clear-eyed about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have. We will not build a wall. Instead, we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good paying job can get one.”

Q1: If we’re so clear-eyed, why can’t this administration admit that Islamic jihadist terrorists are killing people in Orlando, San Bernardino and Nice, France? If we’re so clear-eyed, why do Democrats insist that the solution to these terrorist attacks can be solved with stricter gun control laws? If Democrats are so clear-eyed, how could Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton say that Philando Castile would still be alive if he’d been white?

This is another jaw-dropping statement:

We will not ban a religion. We will work with all Americans and our allies to fight and defeat terrorism.

It isn’t that I can’t believe Hillary would say this. It’s that I don’t believe that her administration is serious about defeating terrorists. If there’s anything that we’ve learned about Democrats and terrorists, it’s that they pull their punches far too often.

We have the most dynamic and diverse people in the world. We have the most tolerant and generous young people we’ve ever had. We have the most powerful military. The most innovative entrepreneurs. The most enduring values.

Mrs. Clinton, if we have the most powerful military, which I think is true, why couldn’t US military assets get there to rescue Christopher Stevens? Mrs. Clinton, our military is the most powerful military in the world but it’s been getting ripped apart by the administration you served in. Why should we trust you to fight for our military when you won’t fight for our diplomats?

This part is jaw-dropping:

Don’t let anyone tell you we don’t have what it takes. We do. And most of all, don’t believe anyone who says: “I alone can fix it.” Those were actually Donald Trump’s words in Cleveland. And they should set off alarm bells for all of us.

Remember this?

Then-candidate Obama sounded awfully narcissistic in saying this:

I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth.

Now Hillary is preaching the gospel of collectivism. Why didn’t she speak out against President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty executive action? Isn’t our Constitution worth fighting over? After all, she spoke passionately about the Founding Fathers earlier in the speech.

If I wanted to critique Hillary’s entire speech, I’d need to write a Part II, which I’ll do in the morning. Check back then.

The messaging from Joe Biden’s and President Obama’s speeches seems to have been ‘We’re on the right path. Elect Hillary to President Obama’s third term.’ Karl Rove thinks that they missed an opportunity. According to his article in the WSJ, he thinks that Bill Clinton blew it, too. Rove cited a “June 26 Pew Research Center survey found that 24% of Americans are ‘satisfied with the way things are going in this country today’; 71% are ‘dissatisfied.'”

From that, Rove concluded that “President Bill Clinton’s speech Tuesday night didn’t significantly alter this dynamic. Even his political talents couldn’t transform his wife into a “change-agent,” a phrase he repeatedly invoked. If anything, Mr. Clinton reminded voters that Mrs. Clinton has been a political fixture for decades.” It’s pretty difficult for a president who left office 16 years ago to talk about his wife as a change agent. It’s especially difficult considering the fact that he left office but she hasn’t, except to run for president. It’s virtually impossible considering that the elites in the Democratic Party rigged the nominating contest in Hillary’s favor. (It’s impossible to think that the Democratic Party’s insiders would rig a system in the outsider’s favor, isn’t it?)

More than all of that, the truth is that this is going to be a national security election, thanks in part to increased ISIS attacks on western Europe and radicalized Muslims killing people in an Orlando night club. Hillary’s record on national security sucks. The Democrats’ “Birkenstock-and-granola wing” is still living in la-la land by thinking that ISIS won’t really hit us. There’s nothing serious about their thinking, if it can be called that.

The truth is that the Clinton campaign is still stuck too often in a defensive posture. Yesterday’s Trump press conference confirms that. Trump said that he’d appreciate it if Russia would turn over 33,000 emails that Hillary deleted because they were personal and not work-related. Charles Krauthammer exposed the folly of that defense:

Rather than criticizing Trump, the Clinton campaign took the bait:

After Donald Trump’s comments at his press conference today Hillary for America Senior Policy Advisor Jake Sullivan released the following statement:

“This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent. That’s not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”

I don’t know if that’s technically a Freudian slip or not but it’s essentially admitting that the emails Hillary deleted because they’re personal actually have national security, government-owned emails. If the Russians got Hillary’s yoga schedule or her helping Chelsea with wedding plans, that isn’t a matter of national security or espionage.

For all their supposed experience, that was still a rookie mistake.

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During his speech to the delegates attending the Democratic National Convention, Vice President Joe Biden was at his BSing best. At one point in his speech, Biden attacked Donald Trump, saying “lack of empathy and compassion can be summed up in a phrase I suspect he’s most proud of having made famous, ‘you’re fired,’. How can there be pleasure in saying ‘you’re fired?’ He’s trying to tell us he cares about the middle class? Give me a break!” That’s when Biden deployed “his own well-used tagline: “That’s a bunch of malarkey!”

In another part of the speech, Biden praised Hillary, saying “Everybody knows she is smart. Everybody knows she is tough. But I know what she is passionate about. I know Hillary. Hillary understands. Hillary gets it.”

When Biden praised President Obama, he went way overboard, saying that President Barack Obama was “the embodiment of honor, resolve and character, one of the finest presidents we have ever had.” What a bunch of malarkey.

First, if Hillary is so smart, why did she expose her emails to Chinese, Iranian and Russian hackers? If Hillary’s so smart, why did Russia experience a revival after Ronald Reagan killed it? Why did the Muslim Brotherhood take control of Egypt? If Hillary’s so smart, how did Christopher Stevens not get the security he needed?

Next, saying that President Obama is “one of the finest presidents we’ve ever had” isn’t just dishonest. It’s verifiably false on issue after issue. Obamacare was supposedly President Obama’s “signature accomplishment.” Today, Americans were forced out of policies that they were satisfied with and into policies with ever-increasing premiums and skyrocketing deductibles.

President Obama’s stimulus didn’t revive the economy. It’s been the most anemic economy since WWII. In June, 2012, the workforce participation rate was at a 30-year low of 64.3%. Four years later, the labor force participation rate dropped two-tenths of a point to 62.6 percent, near its 38-year low.

In terms of keeping Americans safe, President Obama is a failure. Police officers are getting assassinated, thanks in large part to President Obama’s unwillingness to call out #BlackLivesMatter activists and Al Sharpton for the ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ hoax. In terms of preventing terrorist attacks and terrorist attacks increasing thanks in large part to President Obama’s unseriousness in destroying ISIS, he’s failed the US and the world.

If that’s the resume of “one of the finest presidents we have ever had”, I’ve got something to say to Vice President Biden: that’s a bunch of malarkey.

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Over 2,000 protesters have gathered outside the Democratic National Convention. They apparently didn’t get the memo that tonight’s theme was supposed to be Unity Night.

The article opened by saying “The convention begins: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake gavels in the Democratic National Convention (though she forgot to rap the gavel initially and had to return to the podium). The mayor is opening instead of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who resigned her post as party chair amid the email leak scandal. Protesters marching on the arena, still, as convention opens.”

Saying that the Democratic Convention isn’t off to a strong start is understatement.

If this CNN/ORC poll is right, then Hillary will need a healthy bounce coming out of this week’s Democratic National Convention. If Debbie Wasserman-Schultz sticks around, that bounce will be virtually impossible to picture.

In the horserace poll, Donald Trump leads “Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, topping her 44% to 39% in a four-way matchup including Gary Johnson (9%) and Jill Stein (3%) and by three points in a two-way head-to-head, 48% to 45%.” That’s the least bad news for Hillary.

There’s more. Another thing that the convention did is that it “helped Trump make strides in his personal image. A majority (52%) now say Trump is running for president for the good of the country rather than personal gain, just 44% say the same about Clinton.”

Meanwhile, the Democratic National Convention is off to a tough start for Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. It’s so bad that she got booed by the Florida delegation’s meeting this morning:

Robbie Mook is making matters worse by insisting that the WikiLeaks email dump was instigated by Russian President Vladimir Putin:

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook tells CNN’s ‘State Of The Union’ on Sunday morning that a vast conspiracy is behind the release of damaging DNC emails this week. He puts forward the theory that the Russians hacked the DNC, and then gave that information to Wikileaks, who released it at the perfect moment in order to help elect Donald Trump.

Sources are saying the Russians are releasing these emails for the purpose of actually Helping Donald Trump,” he said. “I don’t think it is coincidental that these emails are released on the eve of the [Democratic National] Convention.”

“And that is disturbing, I think we need to be concerned about that. We also saw last week at the Republican convention that Trump and his allies made changes to the Republican platform to make it more pro-Russian.”

Notice that he didn’t say that the emails were false. He just pulled a trick out of Hillary’s VRWC playbook.

This isn’t helping Hillary either:

He’s increased the share who call him honest and trustworthy (from 38% to 43%), and who would be proud to have him as president (from 32% to 39%). And nearly half now say he’s in touch with the problems ordinary Americans face in their daily lives (46% say so, 37% did before the convention).

This is just one poll so it’s best not to draw too many conclusions from it. Still, the Hillary campaign can’t like what they’ve seen in terms of Trump’s post-convention bounce.

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When Elizabeth Warren endorsed Hillary Clinton, Sen. Warren’s supporters accused her of selling out to Wall Street and Goldman-Sachs. They were right. Sen. Warren sold out to Wall Street without hesitation.

During her interview with Rachel Maddow, Sen. Warren said “I’m ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton to become the next president of the United States and to make sure that Donald Trump never gets any place close to the White House.” Tonight, Bernie Sanders became the final sellout. Tonight, the hard left learned that Sen. Sanders and Sen. Warren talked tough about fighting Wall Street but then endorsed Wall Street’s bought-and-paid-for candidate.

This isn’t shocking. The Democratic Party is the party that sells people out. Another example of the Democratic Party selling out the people is how Hillary Clinton is selling out police officers in the hopes of increasing minority turnout:

The mothers of several African-Americans killed by police or gun violence will be put in the spotlight at the Democratic National Convention. The Mothers of the Movement will put presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement at center stage.

I wrote this post last week to highlight the police officers’ outrage with Mrs. Clinton. John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 in Philadelphia, wrote this statement last week:

The Fraternal Order of Police is insulted and will not soon forget that the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton are excluding the widows and other family members of police officers killed in the line of duty who were victims of explicit and not implied racism.

Democrats aren’t hiding their motivation for inviting Mothers of the Movement:

Obama won more than 90 percent of black voters and well over half of women and younger voters in both 2008 and 2012, exit polling shows. Clinton has a strong lead over Trump among blacks, according to a June survey by Quinnipiac, and tends to carry big margins among female voters, but she has to shore up support among millennials and young voters, who are only slowly warming to her.

Hillary Clinton doesn’t stand with law enforcement. Period. She’s made statements about standing with law enforcement and that violence is never justified but when push comes to shove, Hillary will push law enforcement officers off the stage. Then she’ll invite Mothers of the Movement, the New Black Panther Party and #BlackLivesMatter onto that stage.

This weekend has provided Americans with lots of proof that Democrats will sell the American people out for their special interest allies. Let’s hope they decide they won’t tolerate the Party of Sellouts to live in the White House for another 4 years.

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You can’t make this stuff up. If ever there was something that proves that the system was rigged, it’s the news that WikiLeaks provided in the form of 19,000+ emails from the DNC showing that the DNC intentionally tipped the scales in Hillary’s favor during the primaries. Thanks to that leak, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was forced to resign as the chair of the Democratic National Committee, effective the day after the Democratic National Convention.

If you think that’s proof that the DNC rigged the primaries to guarantee a Hillary nomination victory, you’re right. It’s definitely proof that the system was rigged in HRC’s favor. If you think that’s where the corruption and the rigging stops, you’re wrong. You’re extremely wrong. One of the women that assisted DWS rig the system in Hillary’s favor is Donna Brazile. According to multiple news reports, including this one, Ms. Brazile has just been named the interim chair of the DNC.

If you think that’s the end of the corruption, you aren’t cynical enough. You’re not close. The RightScoop is reporting that Ms. Wasserman-Schultz has found new employment. Late this afternoon, I tweeted that Ms. Wasserman-Schultz could always get a job with the Clinton Foundation because it’s obvious she has the connections to make it happen. That might still happen but it’ll have to wait because — wait for it — Ms. Wasserman-Schultz has a new job … as “honorary chair” of Hillary’s “50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country…”

That isn’t just proof that the system is rigged. It’s proof that corruption pays, especially if you’re pandering to the Clintons. I’ve heard the Clintons complain about corporate execs getting golden parachutes before. When it comes to their friends, they don’t believe in golden parachutes. They apparently believe in soft landings on 1,600-thread count sheets. That’s apparent because that’s what HRC just gave Ms. Wasserman-Schultz.

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Bernie Sanders will get what he asked for. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is stepping down as chair of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the Democratic National Convention. CNN is reporting “Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she is stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the party’s convention, which is set to begin here Monday.”

CNN is also reporting that Wasserman-Schultz’s resignation was the result of “pressure from top Democrats” because of “the release of leaked emails showing DNC staffers favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the party’s 2016 primary contest.” In other words, they pushed her out because the scandal was getting all of the attention while effectively squashing Mrs. Clinton’s announcement of her running mate pick.

In her statement, Wasserman-Schultz said that she “remains committed to seeing Clinton elected president” and that she had talked with both President Barack Obama and Clinton before making her announcement.

This video sums things up quite nicely:

Wasserman-Schultz’s legacy won’t be an illustrious one. She presided over the party’s wave election defeats, though it’s fair to blame those defeats on President Obama and Harry Reid as much as on Ms. Wasserman-Schultz.

This doesn’t take away from the fact that the DNC felt they had to tip the scales to help Hillary win the nomination over a nobody governor and a 74-year-old socialist. That doesn’t project confidence in their candidate.

I’d bet that other heads will roll, too. Don’t be surprised if this sucks the media oxygen out of the room for Monday’s open of the convention in terms of the media. They’re pro-Clinton but they love a scandal, too.

UPDATE: Wasserman-Schultz didn’t preside over the 2010 landslide. My bad.

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According to this article, the spigots have opened from GOP donors and the money is starting to pour into the pro-Trump superPACs. It’s quite the change from a month ago when “Trump only had $1.3 million in his campaign account. Both SuperPACs were also cash poor. One only had $500,000 in funds, and another only had a little over a million dollars in useable funds.”

That’s a far cry from this weekend because the Rebuilding American Now superPAC “received a single $3 million donation from Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus and held a fundraiser at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Cleveland Wednesday evening, with 25 high-powered donors in attendance.” Thanks to those things, the pro-Trump superPACs have started showing signs of life.

That isn’t the only good news on the pro-Trump superPAC front. Another bit of good news is that another “pro-Trump superPAC called Great America PAC held a 100-person dinner on Monday. Dorothy Woods, a widow of the terror attacks in Benghazi spoke in an attempt to rally the crowd.” As a result of these events, Hillary will face a mini-barrage of ads this upcoming week:

Trump ended June with $41 million in reserves, according to FEC records. The large fundraising boost granted by the convention will enable the Republican Party to take control of a portion of the news cycle during the Democratic National Convention starting Monday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Let’s hope Trump uses some of that money to run a negative ad that asks this simple question: Are you safer now than you were 8 years ago? Finish that ad by asking if the threat of terrorism is greater than it was 8 years ago. The other ad would be about the economy. I’d have that ad ask whether the Obama recovery passed you by. Finish that ad by saying that Wall Street did well but Main Street didn’t do so hot, that green energy got guaranteed loans while coal miners got pink slips with more heading their direction.

In June, Hillary outspent Trump $57,000,000 to $4,000,000. The polls tightened in Trump’s favor. Let’s see whether the polls start shifting in Trump’s direction if the advertising is competitive.

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I’m certain that Politico’s article, especially the headline, was published with the intent of attempting to smooth over the bitter feelings Bernie Sanders voters are experiencing. I’d be surprised if Ms. Brazile’s non-apology apology will have that effect.

Eight paragraphs into the article, it’s reported that “National Democrats tried to smooth over the bitterness. DNC vice chairwoman Donna Brazile had dropped in on the meeting of Sanders-aligned Rules Committee members and apologized for how the emails came out.”

I’ve paid attention to Twitter today. Specifically, I’ve paid attention to #DNCLeaks. I can say with total certainty that Bernie’s supporters were upset with what they perceived as the DNC’s corruption. They especially were upset with Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to the point that they started a separate hashtag, this time creating #Demexit. While there’s little doubt a majority of Bernie’s supporters will vote for Hillary, it’s highly likely that many will vote for Jill Stein or stay home. Hillary can’t afford that. She needs turnout to be better than Obama’s 2012 performance. That’s impossible if 30% of Bernie’s voters stay home or vote for the Green Party candidate.

Throughout the meeting, Sanders adviser Mark Longabaugh and Clinton counterpart Charlie Baker went in and out of backroom negotiations to try to hammer out some kind of compromise on superdelegates, and Sanders’ moves to open up caucuses and primaries, a big wishlist item.

In the end those negotiations satisfied both parties. “We strongly support the unity commission,” a Clinton aide said. “It appears we’re going to come out here with a great big win on Rules,” Longabaugh said.

That’s all nice at that level but it doesn’t do a thing to heal the rift that was caused by the DNC intentionally and unjustly tilting the nominating process in Mrs. Clinton’s favor. It remains to be seen whether that gets smoothed over or whether this divide doesn’t heal. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess which it will be.

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