Monday, August 24, 2015

Hillary News & Views 8.24: Clinton's Democratic Popularity Remains Steady as a Former Rival Endorses

See if you can spot Tom Harkin in this photo!
Hi everyone...Scan here. Lysis is on a well-deserved vacation, but he gave me the go-ahead to continue the Hillary News & Views series in his absence. Keeping up Lysis's level of excellence will be a challenge, but I will certainly try my best!

First up: a former U.S. Representative, Ambassador to the United Nations, Clinton cabinet official, governor, Chairman of the 2004 Democratic Convention and 2008 presidential candidate has resolved his differences with a former rival and made an endorsement:
Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he will support Hillary Clinton in her bid for the presidency.
“I have spoken to President and Secretary Clinton and we have patched up our disagreement from the 2008 election,” the statement read. "I am pleased to announce I wholeheartedly support Secretary Clinton's candidacy for the Presidency. Her leadership on issues like foreign policy, immigration, climate change and economic populism are important to the future of the country."
In August, Gallup surveyed over 8,000 Democrats and Democratic leaners and noticed a striking consistency over the summer:
The Democratic presidential campaign arguably has not produced quite the same drama that the Republican field has. Periodic bouts of interest or intrigue have emerged, such as Clinton's email scandal and Sanders' growing campaign rallies in the early primary states.

But in recent weeks, Democrats' ratings of the Democratic presidential candidates' images have been highly stable. Clinton is the best-liked candidate running for president among Democrats, as her steady, towering net favorable score demonstrates. Sanders clearly leads the rest of the field in both overall familiarity and favorability, but he still lags well behind Clinton on both metrics. And the images of all five candidates have seen virtually no change since early July, despite ongoing news coverage of their campaigns. But it is early in the process, and the Democrats, unlike the GOP field, have yet to hold a nationally televised debate. It would be premature to say these dynamics are locked in place, but thus far, little has changed.
Republicans and the bored news media can say whatever they want...Democrats still love Hillary and that's not about to change.

On Friday, I wrote about the bang-up job that Clinton's press secretary is doing in fighting back against all manner of malarky. But did you hear about what he did the next day on Twitter? It was novel and extremely effective.
31 tweets and 29 minutes later...
To read the whole thing, I once again recommend following Mr. Fallon on Twitter, but the #HillaryMen have also helpfully compiled this epic 32 tweet series for posterity. If you want to understand what's really going on with this email business, it is a must-read.

Speaking of which, a certain Ragin' Cajun was mostly just annoyed that he had to interrupt his vacation to push back on the supposed "full-scale Democratic freakout". Classic Carville, folks:

Ryan Fecteau, a 22-year-old freshman state representative from Maine, has written an op-ed in the Bangor Daily News entitled "Behind titles, Hillary Clinton is the passionate champion we need".
First Lady. United States senator from New York. Secretary of State.
All high-profile roles and all avenues through which the American people came to know Hillary Clinton. In one way or another, we all know her and have observed how strongly she advocates for the American people at the local, state, national and global levels.
Notwithstanding those achievements, their limelight can cause one to forget Hillary Clinton began her political career in grassroots movements that yielded her no prominent political fame while improving the lives of Americans who most desperately needed a champion.
I was privileged to hear her speak about this at an event in 2013 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She recalled her time in law school, when she went door to door for the Children’s Defense Fund, surveying families about why so many children were not attending school.
“I found some children weren’t in school because they had to work to help support the family,” she said. “But I mostly found children with disabilities, who in those days were not really welcome in our schools, children whose families couldn’t afford the wheelchair or the hearing aid … that might have made it possible for [their child] to attend school.” The data collected by Clinton and her colleagues resulted in the organization’s first report, called “Children Out of School in America.” As a result, Congress passed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act in 1975.
That is the Hillary Clinton who would represent the American people as president of the United States, someone who will roll up her sleeves, grab a clipboard and assist in paving the way for children, including those with disabilities, to receive an education.
Hillary sent her personal congratulations to Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, the first two women to graduate from the Army's elite and grueling 62-day Ranger School:

For more on Hillary Clinton's campaign for the presidency, check out…

The Hillary 2016 Platform Series

Part 1: Criminal Justice Reform

Part 2: Immigration Reform

Part 3: Voting Rights

Unfiltered Hillary: The Transcripts

August 14, 2015: Iowa Wing Ding Dinner

July 31, 2015: National Urban League

July 20, 2015: Facebook Q&A

July 17, 2015: Iowa State Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner

April 23, 2015: Women in the World Summit

1 comment:

  1. All great stories! I'll bet the Secret Service hates all these selfies, with Hillary in the middle of a crowd like that. I think the large African-American guy behind her is security.