The mainstream press and political pundits are bombarding us with a stream of warnings that Donald Trump and the other Republican candidates are driving minority voters away from the Republican Party by their “extreme” proposals and rhetoric. Whether or not one believes there’s any truth to this, Trump and every other Republican candidate can prove the dire predictions wrong with one simple act — sign a pledge that they support education savings accounts (“ESAs”) for all families and will work to pass legislation authorizing ESAs. No single policy proposal will do more to attract low-income black and Hispanic voters than treating the dreams and aspirations that those voters have for their children to be as important as those of families who can afford to move to the right zip code or pay private school tuition.
Someone needs a nap.
Hillary Clinton had been ducking the #BlackLivesMatter protesters who are dogging Bernie Sanders, but they finally caught up to her after a speech in New Hampshire on August 11. While they didn't manage to throw her off her game during a speech (she had apparently agreed to speak with them in private after the event if they didn't disrupt her), they did manage to get on what seems to be her last nerve, questioning her about her role in the 1994 Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act, which provided tons of money to prisons, and led to mass incarcerations. The video, which #BlackLivesMatter released yesterday, shows Hillary Clinton snapping at their leadership in a very undemocratic way.
Glenn Beck doesn’t get it.
Specifically, Beck turned to a lengthy post on his Facebook page and asked (in part here) this about conservatives and Donald Trump:
This is not an attack, this is an honest question….
I really want to understand.
I get that Trump is reflective of what people are feeling; secure the border; fight to win; don't give in to china etc. I really do understand that he is saying things that people are feeling. Justifiably.
I get the fact that he is saying that America is a great place and that we can be great again. That is rare and refreshing.
I understand that he is seen and has the proof in New York City, as a guy who can get things done.
I understand and like the fact that he just says what he is thinking. No politically correct bs; no focus groups and he does it with out apologizing.
But here is what I don't understand.
I don't really know how you get a poll result this low. Even when you're using Gallup to conduct a poll of unmentionables - say, the approval ratings for things like zombies, pond scum and members of Congress - you get at least a 5 - 10% favorability from any given group of registered American voters.
But regardless of general expectations of the American public, according to a Fox News poll of registered voters, only 2% - two percent - of Americans believe that Hillary Clinton was telling the truth when she said that no emails containing classified information ever passed through the hallowed walls of her ClintonMail server in her Chappaqua basement. The poll sample, which leanded somewhat Democratic by a few points, demonstrates pretty confidently that when we say "literally no one actually believes Hillary Clinton," we're not even being metaphorical.
The Clintons were in chatty moods over the weekend, as they took a break from the grueling Iowa State Fair routine to catch a little R&R in Martha's Vineyard. After all, there's a limit to how much "folksiness" even Hillary Clinton can stand, and she'd spent all weekend pretending to eat corndogs, dressed like Martha Stewart in a cute wide-collared blue gingham shirt, designed to coordinate with the ribbons on the pies she'd never even consider touching for fear of "proletariat cooties" (she was upstaged there by Trump, who was giving free rides in the helicopter he came in).
The Gallup poll. December, 1979.
President Jimmy Carter — 60%. Former California Governor Ronald Reagan — 36%. So confident was Carter White House Chief of Staff Hamilton Jordan of the coming year’s presidential election that he boasted: “The American people are not going to elect a seventy-year-old, right-wing, ex-movie actor to be president.” Hamilton Jordan was a smart guy — and he was also wildly wrong. A little less than a year later the American people — ignoring that Gallup poll — elected Ronald Reagan to the presidency in a landslide — in a three-way race. Reagan won 50.8% of the vote to Carter’s 41%. Third party candidate John Anderson, a liberal Republican who had been defeated by Reagan in the GOP primaries, won a mere 6.6% of the vote. Reagan carried 44 states to Carter’s six plus the District of Columbia.
This morning, Hillary Clinton "voluntarily" turned what's left of her email server over to FBI agents investigating her email setup, after they found out just this week that at least two "top secret" emails passed through the Clinton database. After months of ducking from Congressional investigators, looking to examine the smoking remains of ClintonMail, Hillary Clinton has finally - finally - been forced to give up that which she holds dear above all else, at least, as far as email servers are concerned.
There may not be much, however, for the FBI to lookover. Accroding to Hillary's spokespeople and attorneys, the server was wiped long ago, and nothing remains of the backups, so she's left very few traces of her time using it to trade in Top Secret information, just copies of the emails that led investigators to demand the server in the first place. But investigators are, at least, going to give it the old college try.
Hillary Clinton is very disappointed in her old friend Donald Trump.
Apparently, Hillary found Donald Trump's commentary about Megyn Kelly's "blood" utterly dehumanizing and patently offensive. According to Hillary, Megyn Kelly is smart and impressive and any criticism of Kelly is undeserved, outrageous and "pick your adjective." Although, she says, every other Republican Presidential candidate — lumping Carly Fiorina in with the men, apparently — is just as bad, because they all hate women and want to oppress them. Or something.
“I said it was outrageous, I stand by that,” Clinton said of Trump’s words. “I think more people should say the same.”
So, obviously, closing the door on a single state doesn't a total collapse make. But pulling staff out of a key first primary state, this far out of the first round - it means something is, at least, seriously wrong.
Rick Perry did not fare particularly well in last week's debates, though he had been working on lowering expectations earlier in the week. And now, as other Texans have emerged as front runners - specifically Ted Cruz, who also seems to be the heir apparent to The Donald's grassroots fortune, once Trump tires of this game - much of Perry's funding has dried up, and as a result, he's having to focus what few resources he has on states other than South Carolina.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign team in South Carolina is no longer being paid by his presidential campaign, National Journal has learned.
"Pay is only one reason people do this," Katon Dawson, Perry's South Carolina state director, said in an interview. "We'll be able to live off the land for a while."
America's foremost crusader for the "middle class," Michael Moore, lost his multi-million dollar Michigan mansion in his last divorce, and now the house is on the market for a cool $5.2 million.
The house, which Moore bought with his producer and then-wife Kathleen Glynn, purchased the property just a few short years ago for $290,000, but put in extensive repairs and remodels (some of which, according to Mike's divorce papers, went way beyond what he was expecting). Now, if you'd like to see what the life of a liberal power player is really like, in the lap of luxury in one of Michigan's most exclusive lake front areas, you - yes you - can own a piece of Moore-morabilia.