Saturday, April 23, 2016

Hillary News & Views 4.23: Trump "On the Spearpoint of This Assault on Women's Rights"


Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with Clinton’s latest digital ad, which connects the dots between Trump’s offensive statements and his actual policy proposals:
As a framework, “On the spearpoint of this assault on women’s rights” accomplishes two critical things for the general election:

1. It explicitly connects Trump’s outrageous statements to what he’d actually do as president, which must be done to neutralize the “He’s just being politically incorrect. He doesn’t mean it” argument.

2. It then explicitly connects Trump to the larger conservative, GOP movement, which must be done to maximize downballot victories through association with Trump.

 Clinton is also connecting Trump to the long overdue national movement to combat bullying.

Politico reports:
Trump resurrected his line that Clinton will only be able to play the "women card" and began referring to her as "Crooked Hillary," while Clinton likened her would-be opponent to an online bully and urged Americans to "stand up" to him.
Clinton, who has recently addressed the role of online bullying in various contexts, spoke to a group of women at a Pennsylvania campaign event discussing pay equity on Friday in which she remarked, according to The Washington Post's account, that her campaign against Trump would be all about exposing his "insults" and "derogatory comments."
Those remarks echo what the former secretary of state told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday morning, after the show played a clip of Trump applying his new "Crooked Hillary" moniker and pointing to criticism from Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders.
"OK, there's the first attack," said co-anchor George Stephanopoulos, who served as a top adviser to President Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign and briefly in the White House.
Clinton replied, "I am not going to be responding to all the crazy stuff he says. I think we're going to talk about what's going to be good for America, how we're going to make potential and promise that every person in this country should be able to take advantage of."
Looking ahead to the general election is important. But the primary continues, and so do the endorsements.
Philadelphia Inquirer endorses:
And then there's Hillary Clinton. She's is a canvas, too, but many project either far less on to her than what she might deliver - or they project their negative feelings about her husband, or her power.
Today, she's more accomplished than any other candidate and, in our view, most qualified to lead the country with tenacity and intelligence.
Her time on the national and international stages has given her stature and authority, especially among other world leaders. Her deep knowledge of policy is informed by homework, just as her pragmatism has been shaped by consistent opposition. 
She also has been consistent and explicit in her message that women's rights are human rights.
While we're on the subject of gender . . . Being a woman doesn't make Hillary more qualified. But it makes her candidacy more compelling at a time when the battles over women's health and women's rights are still being played out as if Congress and other leaders were living in another century. In a world fraught with dangers – terroristic, environmental and economic - men in power in this country still spend far too much time obsessing over control of women's bodies and their health choices. And we're not talking only about abortion, but about contraception – contraception - and proper access to health care.
Voters have their pick of noisy curmudgeons this cycle.
You want radical, though? Come Tuesday, that's what a vote for Hillary is.
Also related to the primary, another smart article has surfaced about the visibility of Clinton supporters.

Complex reports:
Hillary Clinton won big in New York on Tuesday, taking a 16-point lead statewide over opponent Bernie Sanders and receiving 63 percent of votes in New York City alone—but walking around the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn ahead of the primary, you wouldn’t think so. Throughout the city, public support for Sanders seems to far outweigh that for Clinton, with his campaign posters filling the windows of bars, cafes, and apartments—without a Clinton sign in sight. Lest this disparity be attributed to allegations of voter suppression, the phenomenon goes far beyond New York: Online, #feelthebern hashtags appear to drown out Clinton’s #ImWithHer rallying cry, and a larger number of vocal celebrities can be seen showing their support at Sanders rallies and online. With so many voters evidently backing Clinton on paper and in the polls, why is real-life public support for her is so muted?
Sady Doyle, a writer who has openly endorsed Clinton, said she receives many messages from people admitting they are “secretly” voting for the candidate due to fear of being harassed by Sanders defenders, and private pro-Clinton Facebook groups have been formed for the same reason.
“When I hear from friends, or when people write to me from college campuses, that's the one thing I hear, over and over: ‘I feel like I can't speak up, because people will be so vicious about it,’” Doyle said.
It’s clear that until Sanders drops out, progressives will be divided, and that could take awhile. One person in a secret pro-Clinton group said she is avoiding posting about the candidate online until after she wins, at which point supporters can unite over something they all agree on: abject fear that Donald Trump could be the next leader of the free world.
“I've made a conscious decision in recent weeks to lay low until after she is declared the nominee,” she said. “I figure stay quiet, get the nomination, let them cool down for a while, let Trump/Cruz scare the hell out of everyone and then start pushing for her loudly again, when it really matters.”
Clinton is excited about Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, but she’s adamant that women get more of those bills in their pockets.

Politico reports:
"It’s not just enough to be on the money, you need to be making the money, and that’s what we want to talk about today," Clinton said during a discussion about economic barriers at a Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, café. Among those speaking alongside the former secretary of state was Lilly Ledbetter, the woman whose name graced the Fair Pay Act in 2009, which expanded employees' rights to challenge pay discrimination disputes in court.
Clinton said she was “very excited about Harriet Tubman and the other women who are going to be included on our money."
"But," she added, "I also want to make sure that women are making the money that we deserve to make."
Amidst talk of a female VP on Clinton’s ticket, an astute observation:



  1. Can you believe the spin of the Trump camp lately? Essentially: Trump has just been projecting an image of an ignorant, crazy person. Now he's going to let out his real, dignified, Presidential self. (Maybe he could do a calendar, to show another side of his versatility.) :)

    1. Who wants a split personality for President? A Jekyll & Hyde? So far all we have seen is Mr. Hyde.

  2. The Philly paper describing H as a "canvas": Exactly! Many people have created a fictional character named Hillary Clinton, and they collectively project a myriad of personal issues and peeves onto her. For some she's a commie, for others she was born in a country club.

    1. True. She gets the incoming from everywhere. But, to me, it still boils down to sexism or misogyny. She's a woman who's trying to break down the barrier of the highest glass ceiling. We can all see why it's been so hard to do.

  3. Off topic, but did anyone see Joy Ann Reid rip Jeff Weaver a new one this a.m. on MSNBC? He didn't get very far with her - she shut him down. LOL. Couldn't happen to a nicer fellow. ;)

  4. Trump had a plan to win the nomination, but not to win the general. He's been consistent, he plays to whomever is voting next, now that he's won the conservative south, he's working for the socially less conservative states.

    He has the big advantage of insincerity. The only sincere one who had an advantage over insincerity is Hillary, she is sincerely for government that works for the people.

    He's also playing to the Republican establishment, by promising rewards in his administration, and to working class fiscal conservatives, by protecting social security, and working class entitlements. What he says about Hillary is less toxic than what Bernie says, and way less than what Jane says, they really seem to hate her, they really seem to see her as someone who is getting in the way of their dream.

    I think Trump is also pretending to know who is on the DC Madam list, Cruz wink wink, and that that story will break before California, so promising he'll win big in California and thus sew it up with sufficient delegates, so get aboard before then if you want him to want you.

    I think the Republicans believe anyone could beat Hillary, with their various conspiracies, they think she really is a crook and so it's bound to come out. So they think it may well be Sanders, because he'd be all that's left before our convention, and clearly anyone really could beat Sanders, he's not secret, he's just unpublished, or she'd be indicted before the election, some October surprise, so they're not that worried about Trump or Cruz in the general, they're all quite delusional, it's amazing, or would be if we didn't remember Romney unprepared to lose, and Rove on the long walk to the wonk-center.

    Trump is consistent, just think consistently insincere, always blowing quality smoke.

  5. Facts on Bernie's Philadelphia Tribune endorsement:

    The Philadelphia Tribune endorsed Sanders and used Sander's campaign smears about Hillary Clinton, including “avid support for her husband’s draconian 1994 crime bill which led to a major increase in mass incarceration of African Americans.... She has since apologized for her support including her use of the race-coded term “super predator” to describe Black males involved in crime. But her previous stance raises serious questions.”

    But did not mention that Sanders actually voted for that bill, but also favored matching the powder cocaine penalty to the crack one, and that he had used the also not racially coded term “psychopath” and that he did not apologize.

    The Sanders campaign paid $ 252,648.84 to the National Newspaper Publishers Association of which the Philadelphia Tribune is a founding and leading member:

    National Newspaper Publishers Association 252,648.84

    member: The Philadelphia Tribune

    It's Sanders who thinks if you pay you get something, not Hillary.