Welcome to the not-scary-at-all Halloween edition of Hillary News & Views! Lysis is out shopping for trick-or-treat candy and an awesome costume so I'll be handling the duties today.
Democratic superdelegates continue to flock to the Clinton campaign:
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has extended her already sizable superdelegate lead by several dozen since August, and is deploying former President Bill Clinton to bring more of the powerful endorsers on board.A reminder: Superdelegates have been a part of this process for decades and can switch their allegiance to another candidate all the way up to the convention. But this is unlikely, and their support along the way is absolutely crucial to victory.
Based on a memo from campaign manager Robby Mook and delegate figures provided by the Democratic National Committee, Bloomberg Politics estimates Hillary Clinton has well over 500 superdelegate commitments, putting her even closer to securing the minimum number needed to win the party's nomination before ordinary voters cast a single ballot in a caucus or primary.
“Today, Hillary has more support from superdelegates than all the pledged delegates awarded in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, and a third of delegates awarded on Super Tuesday combined,” Mook said in the memo, which was sent to supporters on Tuesday and obtained by Bloomberg.
If you're wondering how many superdelegates Bernie Sanders has, my guess is around 5 or less. I'm not trying to be mean, that's just the situation. Sometimes it pays to be a lifelong Democrat I suppose.
I like this next one a lot: The Clinton Cash nothingburger (AKA Donategate) did nothing to stop the flow of charity funds to the Clinton Foundation. In fact, maybe it helped?
Donors to the Clinton family’s charitable foundation have not been scared off by the intense media scrutiny brought on by Hillary Clinton’s run for president, new disclosures show.
Bruised and muddied by controversies this election season, the Clinton Foundation says it has nonetheless raised more money so far in 2015 than it did during the same period last year.
Not only has more overall money been raised, unwanted media scrutiny of donations from foreign governments and incomplete bookkeeping during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State has had the opposite effect to what many expected. Instead of these controversies driving donors away, more people sent checks to the foundation during the first three quarters of 2015 than they did over the same period last year.
Hillary has a big speech today in South Carolina:
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton returns to Charleston this weekend to make her most crucial speech to a predominately black audience since her ill-fated 2008 campaign.Hillary has personally lent her support for an equal rights proposition in Houston:
Clinton is the keynote speaker at Friday night’s Charleston NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend.
At least one high-ranking Clinton supporter says that any ill will from her previous South Carolina campaign appears to have evaporated, saying the former secretary of state is now on firm footing, strongly reconnecting with the black community.
As evidence, former Gov. Jim Hodges pointed to the level of warm applause she received during her appearance at the funeral of Emanuel AME Church pastor the Rev. Clementa Pinckney earlier this summer. The reception was second only to that for President Barack Obama.
“That reaction alone told me about how people felt about Hillary Clinton,” said Hodges, the state’s Democratic governor from 1998 to 2002.
“It communicated that whatever damage occurred after that ’08 election had been repaired,” he said, adding, “and I don’t think it was all that great.”
No one should face discrimination for who they are or who they love—I support efforts for equality in Houston & beyond. #HERO #YesOnProp1 -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 29, 2015
The editorial board of the Des Moines Register has added its voice to the growing chorus calling for an end to Trey Gowdy's sham committee: House panel on Benghazi wasted millions
There is a time to fish, and there is a time to cut bait.Speaking of Iowa, check out this snazzy video:
Congressional Republicans have spent almost three years examining the 2012 deaths of four Americans at a diplomatic compound in Benghazi. Now, despite the fact that no new information has been unearthed for well over a year, the House Select Committee on Benghazi seems poised to continue its work and issue some sort of a report on Benghazi in the fall of 2016, shortly before the general election.
The House committee is the eighth congressional panel to look into Benghazi and the manner in which the Obama administration publicly portrayed the attack on the U.S. embassy in weeks leading up to the 2012 presidential election.
It was matter deserving of close congressional scrutiny. Legitimate questions were raised about whether State Department employees were provided with adequate security and whether the Obama administration deliberately tried to conceal the cause of the attack.
But these questions were answered definitively more than a year ago: Security was lacking in the sense that it clearly wasn’t sufficient to prevent the deaths of four Americans. The State Department miscalculated the growing risk to the U.S. ambassador and his colleagues. As for the cause of the attack, it has been confirmed that American intelligence officials did, initially, believe the now-discredited theory that an inflammatory anti-Islamic video, rather than terrorism, was behind the attack.
Despite these findings, the House Select Committee has reportedly spent 4.6 million tax dollars digging deeper into Benghazi and anything peripherally related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Libya. To date, it has found nothing of substance, which was made abundantly clear during last week’s marathon grilling of Clinton.
And this one, which is pretty adorable:
And this tweet, which is also a TV ad which I believe to be very effective:
"Do you think that when you’re president, you’ll be paid as much as a man?" https://t.co/2uQMq2v5ev— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 29, 2015
Finally, I just think this is cool. This week, Hillary appeared on Stephen Colbert's Late Show along with Carrie Brownstein, star of Portlandia and member of the iconic rock band Sleater-Kinney. (Note: I am huge fan of the former and an insane longtime fanatic of the latter.) Brownstein posted a backstage photo on her Instagram account...and Hillary humorously responded by posting the exact same photo in response (see captions below).