Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Hillary News & Views 8.5: Jabbing Jeb!, Gutting the GOP, and Happy Birthday, Boss Man!

Today's edition of Hillary News & Views has Clinton again making her biggest headlines by going after the GOP.

In Colorado yesterday, she focused her rhetoric on Jeb!

Time reports:
“Jeb Bush said he is not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues,” Clinton told nearly 300 Coloradans who had gathered in a Denver dance hall, many to organize for her. “Now, he has got no problem giving billions of dollars away to super wealthy and powerful corporations, but I guess women’s health just isn’t a priority for him.”

“This really isn’t complicated,”
Clinton continued. “When you attack Planned Parenthood, you attack women’s health, and when you attack women’s health, you attack America’s health.”
KCRA has more:
Clinton sought to make the most of his remark, knocking Bush at a Denver event Tuesday evening, saying the comment provides a window into what "Republican candidates really believe."

"I would like to ask him, 'Gov. Bush try telling that to the mom who caught her breast cancer early because she was able to to get screening in time. Was her health not worth the money?"
she said. "Tell it to the teenager who avoided an unintended pregnancy because she had access to contraception. Tell it to everyone who was protected by an HIV test."
And the Denver Gazette has even more:
"I'm really tired of women being shamed and blamed and dismissed," Clinton said. 
"The Bush campaign claims that what Jeb Bush meant to say is we should just de-fund Planned Parenthood, as if that makes it any better," Clinton said. "Where women go for cancer screenings and all kinds of other preventive health measures."
Just in case Jeb! missed her speech, she went after him on Twitter, too:
This is part of a larger strategy of framing the GOP in advance of the general election, following the blueprint of Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.  More on this after the jump!

As MSNBC reports, aggressively attacking Republicans is central to her campaign strategy:
Clinton has been working one-liners slamming GOP opponents into her stump speeches, especially at Democratic Party events. “Across the board, they are the party of the past, not the future,” she said at a Jefferson-Jackson dinner last month in Virginia.
And on her website, Clinton’s campaign has built out detailed pages slamming Republicans on everything from Medicare and economics to voting rights and more.
Clinton’s campaign says they’re calling out Republicans to make it more difficult for GOP candidates to adjust their policies throughout the campaign. “Hillary Clinton continues to lay out her bold progressive agenda to help Americans get ahead and stay ahead, and we’ll make clear to voters the stark contrast between that and Republicans’ out-of-date and out-of-touch agenda,” said spokesperson Jesse Ferguson.
Jeb! wasn't the first GOP candidate to face the ire of Clinton's Twitter, either. Here she is going after Marco Rubio:
And Scott Walker:
And a nice jab at all of the GOP field for wanting to revive W.'s foreign policy approach:
I want to start spotlighting some of the best resources on the internet that are supporting and analyzing Clinton's historic campaign. Today, I recommend that you check out #HillaryMen, which is doing some of the best deconstruction of the media's biased and often sexist coverage of Clinton.

One of their writers, Peter Daou, wrote this essential piece: "The Hillary Decoder."
It catalogs the various frameworks used by the media to dehumanize and diminish Clinton's character:
Below are the top anti-Clinton memes. See if you can spot them the next time you read about her. Better yet, see if you can find any Hillary Clinton coverage that doesn’t use some version of the following:
• CALCULATING (Scheming, crafty, manipulative)
• SECRETIVE (Suspicious, paranoid, uncommunicative)
• POLARIZING (Divisive, alienating)
• UNTRUSTWORTHY (Corrupt, deceitful, dishonest, unethical)
• OVER-AMBITIOUS (Will do or say anything to win)
• INAUTHENTIC (Disingenuous, fake, unlikable, insincere)
• INHUMAN (Machine-like, robotic, abnormal, cold)
• OVER-CONFIDENT (Inevitable, defiant, imperious, regal)
• OLD (Out of touch, represents the past)
Finally, we return to Twitter for a very special birthday wish from Clinton to her former boss:
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

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

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