Archive for July, 2016
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.
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.
Technorati: Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Obamacare, Signature Achievement, Deductibles, National Security, Arab Spring, Reset Button, Christopher Stevens. Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, Iran, Democratic National Convention, Election 2016
This article offers proof that, for all their speechifying to the contrary, the Democrats aren’t the party of the little guy anymore.
We know that with certainty because they said no to a scholarship program that was helping minority and other low-income students escape the grinding poverty their parents endured. The opening paragraphs of the article says “Less than a month before the new school year starts, state budget cuts are hitting some parents hard. Some state-issued scholarships that allow low-income families to send their children to private schools have been revoked. Nicole Jack is looking forward to starting first grade at Our Lady of Prompt Succor, in Westwego, this fall. ‘My daughter is very gifted. She makes straight A’s, she reads beyond her grade level, so she deserves to go to a better school,’ said Nikesha Hudson.”
It isn’t surprising that Louisiana’s newly-elected governor isn’t keeping his campaign promise to not cut the scholarship program:
She was told her daughter would be placed on a waitlist, and she may be contacted at a later date if funding becomes available and the scholarship award can be reinstated. “The governor said no child would lose the scholarship because of the budget cuts,” Hudson said of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ campaign promises.
For now Hudson is considering finding a way to pay the tuition herself to avoid disappointing her daughter.
Rest assured that Gov. Edwards will return to these people to ask for their votes after cutting the budget on their highest legislative priority. It’s unfortunate that, with Democrats, it’s about the outreach, not the accomplishment.
There’s nothing new with Hillary, just like there’s nothing new under the sun with Democrats, either.
There are other programs that can be cut but this program was cut. It isn’t coincidence that this program is getting cut. The teachers unions are among the Democrats’ most consistent special interest allies. Like I said, however, there’s nothing new under the sun with Democrats. I wrote this post in March, 2009:
Last week, the Democrat-controlled House passed a spending bill that spells the end, after the 2009-10 school year, of the federally funded program that enables poor students to attend private schools with scholarships of up to $7,500. A statement signed by Mr. Obey as Appropriations Committee chairman that accompanied the $410 billion spending package directs D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee to “promptly take steps to minimize potential disruption and ensure smooth transition” for students forced back into the public schools.
Sounds incredibly similar, doesn’t it? When it comes to pandering to the Democrats’ special interest allies, there’s definitely nothing new under the sun.
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders were both right that the system is rigged. Sen. Warren and Sen. Sanders were both wrong, though, because they didn’t identify the Democratic Party as guilty of participating in rigging the system against those that need it most.
Technorati: John Bel Edwards, Campaign Promises, Budget Cuts, David Obey, DC Opportunity Scholarships, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Teachers Unions, Democrats, Nicole Jack, School Choice Republicans, Election 2016
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.
Technorati: Hillary Clinton, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Democratic National Committee, WikiLeaks, Democratic National Convention, Robbie Mook, Conspiracy Theories, Democrats, Donald Trump, CNN/ORC Poll, Post-Convention Bounce, Honest and Trustworthy, Republicans, Election 2016
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.
Technorati: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, Mothers of the Movement, New Black Panther Party, Democratic National Convention, Donald Trump, John McNesby, Fraternal Order of Police, Law Enforcement, Law and Order Candidate, Republicans, Election 2016
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.
Technorati: Hillary Clinton, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Donna Brazile, Democratic National Committee, Democratic National Convention, WikiLeaks, Golden Parachutes, Bernie Sanders, Corruption, Election 2016
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.
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.