Monday, October 10, 2016

Hillary News & Views 10.10: Debate Coverage, Newspaper Endorsements, Sanders in PA

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Guest post by swiffy

Today we begin with Hillary’s own explanation of her goals and her view of what the country can accomplish from her response to last night’s first town hall question.
I have a very positive and optimistic view about what we can do together. That’s why the slogan of my campaign is “Stronger Together,” because I think if we work together, if we overcome the divisiveness that sometimes sets Americans against one another, and instead we make some big goals — and I’ve set forth some big goals, getting the economy to work for everyone, not just those at the top, making sure that we have the best education system from preschool through college and making it affordable, and so much else.
If we set those goals and we go together to try to achieve them, there’s nothing in my opinion that America can’t do. So that’s why I hope that we will come together in this campaign. Obviously, I’m hoping to earn your vote, I’m hoping to be elected in November, and I can promise you, I will work with every American.
I want to be the president for all Americans, regardless of your political beliefs, where you come from, what you look like, your religion. I want us to heal our country and bring it together because that’s, I think, the best way for us to get the future that our children and our grandchildren deserve.
Politics USA reports on the response to the debate, as measured by instant polls.
The post-debate polls are coming in, and while Donald Trump fared slightly better than his miserable first debate performance, debate watchers proclaimed Hillary Clinton the winner of the second presidential debate.
The CNN/ORC poll of debate watchers gave Clinton another strong victory.
CNN reported, “Donald Trump exceeded expectations, but Hillary Clinton won the second presidential debate, according to a CNN / ORC poll of debate watchers. The results showed a clear victory for Clinton, with 57% saying Clinton won, as opposed to 34% for Trump.”
The YouGov poll, which gave Clinton a much smaller victory in the first debate, showed Clinton registering a bigger victory in the second debate, “According to YouGov’s post-debate poll, which interviewed 812 registered voters who watched the debate, Hillary Clinton won the debate against Donald Trump by 47% to 42%. Clinton narrowly won undecideds 44% to 41%. She was also considered “more Presidential” by a 57% to 31% margin. 
One very interesting post-debate discussion was the Keepin’ it 1600 podcast with Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, Jon Lovett and Olivia Nuzzi.

There was a wide range of new developments from the debate which I will pass over here and leave for other stories.
Hillary has been endorsed by newspaper editorial boards from a broad range of political views, and more came in over the weekend. The Hartford Courant writes:
The Courant endorses Mrs. Clinton for president. She has the right values for a nation that has seen the evil that hatred does.
She would not indulge bigotry or foment fears. Her self-control — evident on both the international stage and in her direct exchanges with Mr. Trump — would serve her well as the nation's commander in chief. How can someone who launches middle-of-the-night personal attacks, as Mr. Trump did recently, be trusted with the nation's nuclear arsenal?
America needs a president who will lead with reason, not instinct; who will unite, not divide. Mrs. Clinton has, as President Barack Obama said, the compassion and the heart for the job.
She sees government as a force for good and has a long track record to prove it, dating from her time at Yale Law School and her work on behalf of children in New Haven. The late Sen. Ted Kennedy said she was crucial to helping him get health coverage for low-income children.
Democrat Hillary Clinton, the first woman ever to win a major-partynomination, is without question the most qualified candidate in the race for president and an easy call to make when considering the challenges confronting the nation. Her nearly 40 years in public life have instilled in her the temperament she needs to face the many challenges that await….
But a President Hillary Clinton on her worst day would be so superior to a President Donald Trump on any day that we marvel this race was ever competitive.
We urge voters to dump Trump and choose the clearly qualified candidate in this race: Hillary Clinton.
Clinton, the Democrats’ nominee, clearly has the experience, knowledge and temperament needed to maintain and improve America’s standing at home and abroad.
Yes, we need more outsiders and candor in politics. That does not justify electing an unqualified candidate whose policies and behavior contradict the values of most Washingtonians and Americans, Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals….
Clinton has demonstrated courage, strength and resilience — the traits we especially value in a president. She does this not by tweets and talking tough but through unflagging public service through personal and political crises that would crumble an ordinary person….
Clinton is the only choice for president. She is undeniably the candidate with the experience, skills, knowledge and self-control to do the job.
The magazine Foreign Policy has made an endorsement in the Presidential race for the first time ever.
In the nearly half century history of Foreign Policy, the editors of this publication have never endorsed a candidate for political office. We cherish and fiercely protect this publication’s independence and its reputation for objectivity, and we deeply value our relationship with all of our readers, regardless of political orientation.
It is for all these reasons that FP’s editors are now breaking with tradition to endorse Hillary Clinton for the next president of the United States.
Our readers depend on FP for insight and analysis into issues of national security and foreign policy. We feel that our obligation to our readers thus extends now to making clear the great magnitude of the threat that a Donald Trump presidency would pose to the United States….
Fortunately, not only is Trump opposed by a worthy candidate, but his opponent is, on foreign-policy and national security issues — all of the areas we cover here at FP — one of the best qualified candidates this country has produced since World War II. As first lady, New York senator, and secretary of state, Hillary Clinton regularly distinguished herself by her intelligence, dogged work ethic, ability to work across the political aisle, and leadership on difficult issues. She has devoted her entire life to public service and has been a powerful and effective advocate for women, children, and those in need at home and abroad….
Hillary Clinton is a quality candidate who is unquestionably well-prepared to lead this country. What is more, we do not think it is a small thing that by her election she will be righting a deep wrong that has compromised U.S. democracy since its inception: the exclusion of women from its highest offices. Were she to be elected as this country’s first woman president, not only would it be historic and send an important signal about both inclusiveness and Americans’ commitment to electing candidates who have distinguished themselves on their merits, but she would enter office having already put down one great threat to the United States of America — the grotesque and deeply disturbing prospect of a Donald Trump presidency.
Further endorsements came in from these papers. Note the Columbus paper typically endorses conservative candidates in normal cycles.
On Saturday, Bernie Sanders gave impassioned support for Clinton at separate events in Scranton and PhiladelphiaMorning Call writes:
Fans of Bernie Sanders wanted reassurance that they should vote for Hillary Clinton.
On Saturday, they got it.
Speaking before about 300 people in Scranton High School's gymnasium, the former Democratic presidential candidate excited many reluctant supporters of the party's ultimate nominee.
"In the next month, we've got to do everything we can to make sure that [Donald] Trump does not become president and that Hillary Clinton does," the U.S. senator from Vermont said. "We need millions of people to come together to stand together to tell the billionaire class that they cannot have it all, that we are going to create a government in a country for all of us, not just the people on top…."
Sanders, In his 35-minute remarks, said Clinton will support pay equality for women, expand health care access, work to make public college free and make sure the "billionaire class" pays its "fair share" in taxes.
"We cannot elect a president of the United States whose cornerstone of his campaign is bigotry and dividing us up," Sanders said. "We have struggled for too many years, too many people have stood up and fought and some have died. … We are not going back to those days."
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(originally posted at Daily Kos)

1 comment:

  1. James Carville and as usual weirdly, Nicolle Wallace, were the only ones at MSNBC to see Hillary's accomplishment, debating in a cesspool.

    Pre-game, the horrific specter of Trump abusing those women, getting them to claim his sexual-predator talk was fine, so that they could get publicity by helping Donald try to humiliate Hillary, was creepy par excellence. That was seriously sick. And then it turns out he was planning to give them his own children's preferred seats, so that the women could 'confront' Bill and Hil directly, reality television style.

    And they were going to do it.


    That's taking rationalization far farther than I would have supposed.

    Trump is a genius at getting others to go low, which he'd hoped he could do with Hillary too, as if she could ever be anywhere near that sort of human.

    Her accomplishment was many-fold.

    She was a lady, and she ignored his bullying, she neither defended herself, nor allowed him to get away with it. A master class in 'managing' aggression.

    Although of course she knew he would't actually slap her around, it was on television. Usually when men behave menacing like that, it's just a show of 'dominance' and women usually find those primate displays ridiculous. But some men who don't feel 'respected' for their phallic displays actually turn violent, as battered women know. (And for some of the self-claimed dominant, neither respect nor cowering nor pleading is satisfying enough, only physical violence brings them enough satisfaction.)

    She knew he was there, the sniffing was audible, and he was moving around, making sure she was always aware of his fury, his looming menace, but you'd never know it, she focused her attention on the questioner, and gave the questioner her respect.

    When Donald was blathering and threatening, she just looked sad. He only made her laugh a few times, when it was way-way-over-the-top ridiculous, but mostly she felt bad for everyone subject to witnessing Donald's display. Not for herself, she can take it, but for us, for me having to see that.

    And only James and Nicolle really got it, the others were in awe of Donald's ability to be a consistent, on-message lying creep.

    And in the end she played him, the question of what you admire in the other, the moderators gave Donald that question first, and she knew he didn't know how to answer it, so she saved him by answering first.

    She gave an answer he loved, that showed that, as icky as he is, he must seem vulnerable and insecure at home, or his kids wouldn't want to protect him.

    So he hears Hillary being gracious, and he gives her something he really admires her for, her stamina.

    And that, my good friends, is how she'll get stuff done.