Sunday, August 28, 2016
As you may remember, a couple of things happened last week. First, Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a bigot. Repeatedly and without evidence. Then Clinton gave a widely-praised, fact-based speech using Trump and his supporters' own words to expose his connection to the racist "alt-right". And that's not even getting into the shameful ongoing smear about Hillary's health (btw, which candidate above looks healthier to you?)
In response, Chuck Todd tweeted this today:
And sure enough, he delivered on that premise.This morning on #MTP: My interviews with @davidplouffe and @Reince on #Decision2016 and whether the campaign has become a race to the bottom— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) August 28, 2016
One must ask though, how can it be a "race to the bottom" if Trump has been there from the beginning? His very announcement speech accused the Mexican government of sending rapists into the United States! Since then, there have been dozens and dozens of new reprehensible lows from Donald with no end in sight. But when Hillary factually points this out it's a "race to the bottom"?
Get ready, folks...because this "both sides do it" nonsense is going to be the prime directive of the media until election day. They will keep on tipping the scale as best they can to keep it a "horse race" until the very end, because of course they will. Heck, even the AP is publishing highly-misleading stories, lying on social media about their findings and not correcting it.
It's going to be a rough and upsetting couple of months. But the media can only polish the Trumpturd so much, and we're going to fight back every single day to make certain he loses.
Posted by Scott Hopkins at 1:24 PM
Saturday, August 27, 2016
|Madam Speaker...Part 2?|
Could the Blue Wave of 2016 sweep in not only a Hillary Clinton presidency and Democratic Senate... but a Democratic House as well?
Famed political scientist/analyst Larry Sabato's site thinks so...but just barely:
Based on seven House Democratic seats being rated as only leaning to the Democrats, toss-ups, or tipped toward going to the Republicans, and 33 House Republican seats being rated as only leaning to the Republicans, toss-ups, or tipped toward going to the Democrats — a net of 26 more Republican than Democratic seats-in-trouble — the model predicts that Democrats will gain 32 House seats in November. This would bring the number of House Democrats up to 220 members, two seats more than required for a bare majority. The forecast was made on Aug. 18, 2016.This is an exciting development, but keep in mind there are numerous wild cards in play that could easily alter this prediction either way.
Based on one Senate Democratic seat being rated as a toss-up or tipped toward the Republicans and eight Senate Republican seats being rated as toss-ups or tipped toward the Democrats — a net of seven more Republican than Democratic seats-in-trouble — the model predicts that Democrats will gain seven Senate seats. This would bring the number of Senate Democrats (including two Independents who caucus with Democrats) up to 53 seats, a majority. The forecast was made on Aug. 19, 2016.
For instance, it's possible that Trump could turn the American people against the Republicans in general and cause the House to flip with more of a cushion. It's possible that a much-superior Democratic ground game could do the same or create an even bigger cushion. Conversely, it's also possible that the RNC will turn away from Trump completely and devote enough resources to barely keep the House. Or maybe the gerrymandering alone will be enough for them to hold on. Hard to say at this point.
Obviously, a Hillary Clinton presidency with the help of a Democratic Senate will do a world of good for our country. But with a Democratic House thrown in? That could be downright revolutionary. In other words...something might actually get done!
As we enter the post-Labor Day homestretch, Hillary HQ will be focusing more on winning both houses of Congress along with the presidency. Special attention will be paid to key Senate races in states like Florida, New Hampshire. Pennsylvania, Arizona, Ohio and Minnesota. Keeping track of 435 House races will be next to impossible, but I'll do my best to keep up with predictions and a few interesting races that could tip the scale.
Onward to total victory!
Posted by Scott Hopkins at 7:00 AM
Friday, August 26, 2016
Hillary Clinton on Morning Joe: "If Trump doesn’t respect all Americans, how can he serve all Americans?"
After being called a "bigot" by her White House rival earlier in the week, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton refused to directly return the insult when prompted in an interview today, instead reiterating her charge that Republican nominee Donald Trump is a man with a "long history of racial discrimination" and all she can do is "point to the evidence of what he has said and what he has done."This is an excellent follow-up to her incredible speech in Reno, and she fielded some tough questions. But I'm guessing this live 17-minute interview on national television won't count as "talking to the press" because it's not a chaotic press conference. Sad!
In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” she claimed Trump's campaign was "built on prejudice and paranoia," a theme she had brought up at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada.
"It is deeply disturbing that he is taking hate groups that lived in the dark regions of the internet making them mainstream, helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party," Clinton continued. "What I want to make clear is this, a man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids, and these kind of white supremacist, white nationalist, anti-Semitic groups, should never run our government or command our military."
Watch the full interview above.
Posted by Scott Hopkins at 5:12 PM
Posted by Scott Hopkins at 3:00 PM
As many of you know, I attended Donald Trump and Sean Hannity's "town hall" on immigration in Austin on Tuesday. I figured it would be painful, awkward and full of protests (which it was) but I was truly taken aback at this:
I wrote more about this chaotic six-minute exchange before it aired the following night, but it was so confusing and flat-out weird that it was difficult to properly describe. Frankly, it was hard to say anything other than "what the hell was that?!"...a sentiment that was shared by a great many of his supporters in the arena.BREAKING: Trump (w/ Hannity) is pivoting HARD on immigration here in Austin. The crowd is confused and divided. Honestly, this is pathetic.— Hillary HQ (@Hillary_HQ) August 23, 2016
Luckily, Fox News aired the entire scene unedited on Wednesday night. And even more luckily, Stephen Colbert tore the whole thing apart in a segment on Thursday night...and it's perfect.
Just how pathetic is the candidacy of Donald Trump at this point? Watch:
By the way, as anyone would expect after watching this, Donald is already flip-flopping on the flip flop...and I'm pretty sure he has no idea what his own position is at this point.
MIXED MESSAGES— Edward Mejia Davis (@TeddyDavisCNN) August 26, 2016
TRUMP “There certainly can be a softening" (8/23)
TRUMP “I don’t think it’s a softening-people say it’s a hardening" (8/25)
Posted by Scott Hopkins at 1:54 PM
The next Vice President of the United States stopped by the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night to discuss the race, meet his almost-twin and jam (quite convincingly!) with the band.
Do you love this guy or what?
Do you love this guy or what?
Posted by Scott Hopkins at 11:57 AM
*** SUPPORT HILLARY CLINTON ***
Melissa McEwan writes for Blue Nation Review:
Hillary’s transfixing speech was among the best of modern political speeches. It was not a fiery speech, although she showed flashes of welcome anger about the direction in which Trump is trying to lead this nation. Her steady, quiet delivery befitted the grave content of her message: We have a choice to make, and it is not just between two candidates, but about what we want our country to be.
This was Hillary Clinton as president. There is a threat to our nation and she gave a state address to name it, to condemn it, to tell us she’s got it, and urge us to step up to defeat it.
This is a moment of reckoning.
It is a moment of reckoning for voters, who must choose between two vastly different visions for the country.
It is a moment of reckoning for the Republican Party, who must choose whether they will limply concede the takeover of their party by white nationalists.
It is a moment of reckoning for the media, who must choose whether they will continue to mischaracterize Hillary and promulgate a grotesque caricature of her, even after she stood at a podium and delivered an important, powerful address in which she put the love of her country – and the marginalized people in it – above any pretense of reaching out (or indulging) extremists; above any sense of hesitation, as she called out the “racist lies” Trump has told and made clear how she feels about the Confederate flag; above any inclination to center herself, though she, too, has been targeted, in alarming ways, by Trump’s escalating rhetoric; above any worry about how this will be “spun,” because it was necessary.
Here’s some more coverage of the speech.
Reno Gazette Journal reports:
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gave one of her strongest rebukes against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday, criticizing him for embracing radical elements of the right and basing his campaign on racism and paranoia.“From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia,” she said. “He’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties. His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous.”
Clinton pointed to Trump’s non-denouncement of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, retweets of white supremacists and anti-semites and his leadership during the Birther Movement – a conspiracy theory-laden attempt to prove President Barack Obama was not born in the United States – as proof-positive of racism.
“The last thing we need in the Situation Room is a loose cannon who can’t tell the difference between fact and fiction, and who buys so easily into racially-tinged rumors,” she said. “Someone detached from reality should never be in charge of making decisions that are as real as they come.”New York Times reports:
“He is taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party,” she said.
Asserting that a racially charged and “paranoid fringe” had always existed in politics, she said, “It’s never had the nominee of a major party stoking it, encouraging it and giving it a national megaphone. Until now.”
Mrs. Clinton also noted that David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader, was “jubilant” on his radio show recently while describing Mr. Trump.
It was the kind of formal address that Mrs. Clinton had often pursued to communicate her general election message. She also set aside specific events to sternly criticize Mr. Trump’s plans for domestic and foreign policy, and took to the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., last month — the site of Abraham Lincoln’s “house divided” speech — to appeal to the country’s better angels.
Jeff Stein writes for Vox:
It all culminated in one brutal paragraph in which Clinton managed to hit on many of the key themes of her address: "A man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far reaches of the internet, should never run our government or command our military."
This short passage stitched together so many of Clinton’s main attacks today against the Republican nominee — that Trump’s business career involved racial exploitation; that his worldview is rooted in racist fringe ideas; that he takes cues from wholly disreputable sources; and that all of these characteristics make him unsuited to the most important position in the United States.
It also tied together two parts of Trump — his trafficking in racism and his conspiracy theorizing — that are often discussed as distinct phenomena.
Reporters, including myself, have sometimes written about Trump’s attitudes toward racial and religious minorities as a separate problem from his willingness to imply that Ted Cruz’s father helped assassinate JFK. But one of Clinton’s key contentions today was that these elements of Trumpism are really two sides of the same coin.
The "alt-right" belief that whites are a persecuted minority, she argued, is a conspiracy theory. The idea that Muslims have to be subjected to special treatment and the wild accusation that Hillary Clinton has a secret deadly illness may have entirely different casts. But they ultimately come from the same place — and belong in the same passage.
Jamelle Bouie writes for Slate:
As analysis, Clinton’s argument about Trump’s distance from the rest of the GOP is wrong. At various points in their campaigns, those Republicans gave their winks and nods to the most toxic elements in their party. And broadly, the Republican Party has long appealed to the white racial resentment and hostility that now fuels the Trump campaign in explicit form.
As strategy, however, Clinton’s approach is shrewd. She could tie the entire GOP to Trump, but at the risk of embattling Republican voters and activating a tribal loyalty to the party. By distancing Trump from the Republican mainstream, she offers those voters another choice: You can vote for me, or if that’s too much, you can just not vote at all. Either way, Trump’s margin shrinks. And if those voters decide to abandon the polls in November, it could bolster Democrats even further as they try to take the House and Senate back from the Republican Party.
In the meantime, by highlighting Trump’s prejudiced rhetoric and his close ties to white supremacists, Clinton disrupts his attempted pivot, forcing him to litigate these questions and even provoking him and his allies into reinforcing her argument.
*** SUPPORT HILLARY CLINTON ***
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Hillary Clinton just delivered of the most important speeches of her campaign...and Donald Trump will not be able to recover from it. In fact, this might end up being one of the most important political speeches by anyone in recent times.
That was an incredible and historic speech. It's now clear that Hillary will save us from the Trumpocalypse and be an awesome president!— Hillary HQ (@Hillary_HQ) August 25, 2016
This speech will go into the archives of 2016. Full-bore attack on Trump as embodiment of racist, extremist, paranoid fringe.— Trip Gabriel (@tripgabriel) August 25, 2016
Today's speech does not give Republican candidates a pass. They can choose--do they stand with Trump and his alt-right allies or not?— Christina Reynolds (@creynoldsnc) August 25, 2016
I've read the full Clinton speech excerpts. Not sure any speech like this has been delivered in prez campaign in many decades or ever— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) August 25, 2016
This speech has to be making Trump surrogates squirm. Yes, this is what you signed up to defend.— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) August 25, 2016
This Trump insanity, Clinton's speech on the alt-right & Q poll showing landslide...is today the day 2016 blows up? https://t.co/1b88FA6GDv— Hillary HQ (@Hillary_HQ) August 25, 2016
Now that I've seen Hillary's devastating speech, I'm thinking the answer is "yes". https://t.co/4kM9fsarYU— Hillary HQ (@Hillary_HQ) August 25, 2016
We had a focus group of Hillary supporters watching the speech. Here's one of the highlights. pic.twitter.com/ENTAUKDHm7— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 25, 2016
We'll have more on this speech and the aftermath shortly, but for now, watch the full speech above and read the complete transcript below:
Posted by Scott Hopkins at 4:07 PM
Check out this fascinating interview and White House tour from late 2000, right before the Clintons' departure. Maybe First Gentleman Bill can give a similar interview and tour next year?
In 2000, Stewart visited the White House again for a tour with Clinton. Clinton explained all of the decorating projects she consulted on during her husband's two terms as president. At that point, Clinton had just been elected to her Senate seat. She talked to Stewart about the redecoration and preservation projects around the house.
At the time, Clinton had just released her book An Invitation to the White House: At Home with History, which showcased the different rooms of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
"Most people will never get to come to the White House, so this behind-the-scenes look gives everybody a change to see what it's like," Clinton said.
Posted by Scott Hopkins at 2:00 PM