Doing What Jeb Couldn't Do
by Deacon Blues
It’s a telling sign of how bad Team Trump thought they did that Trump and his people are complaining about his microphone, the moderator, and how easy they went on Hillary in last night’s debate. Stupid surrogates are even talking about turning tale and running.
In truth, apart from Trump’s well-placed jabs at Hillary on trade, The Donald had his balls handed to him last night, and no amount of threats from Trump or his serial-philanderer surrogates like Rudy Giuliani about what will come in the next debate hide the fact that Clinton did what she needed to do: stop Trump’s momentum in its tracks, and focus the issue back onto temperament and qualifications.
It is truly hypocritical for people like Trump and Rudy Giuliani to be attacking Hillary Clinton on the issue of marital morals, just as much as it is for Chris Christie to attack Hillary on any law and order issue.
Now all Hillary needs to do is come up with a better response on trade in general, and the Trans Pacific Partnership specifically. She could start by saying that NAFTA was negotiated not by her husband but by Bush 41; Clinton got it through Congress. She can also remind people that the largest impact upon American workers has come from China’s entry into the WTO, which happened under Bush 43, and not from NAFTA itself. She can then point out that as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State, her job was to sell the TPP as “the gold standard” while she was at Foggy Bottom without knowing the final package. Once she left Foggy Bottom nearly three years ago, she is free to have her own view of all such trade deals that she’d be responsible for as president, even to renegotiate deals as she and Congress see fit.
Christie Knew About Bridge Closure
by Deacon Blues
Under the category of "Duh", federal prosecutors this morning agreed with defense attorneys in their opening arguments in the trial of Christie aides that Governor Chris Christie did in fact know about the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, and knew they were political retaliation. And worse yet, he would have known that his staff were ignoring the public safety pleas from the Fort Lee mayor, which in and of itself would be grounds for impeachment.
And Chris Christie is the likely chief law enforcement official in any Donald J. Trump administration. Perfect symmetry there.
But hey, Trump's army of deplorables now own the national GOP, so once Trump wins, the country will get a corrupt and conflicted president and vice-president, an Attorney General who should be doing time himself, and one political party in total hock to millions of people who think corruption and lies are only attributable to Democrats.
Getting Back In the Game
by Deacon Blues
Hillary Clinton finds herself in a fix, and her campaign is responsible for how she could have frittered away a 10-point lead in August to half that now in the only national poll that has any relevance. Donald Trump’s brilliant campaign to be on offense all the time with a fusillade of lies too many to count, in order to keep any negative stories from getting traction, was aided and abetted by both the Clinton campaign and the media.
Team Clinton made the mistake of leaving the battlefield in August to raise money, instead of staying on offense with an economic argument and narrative against Trump. For its part, the media chased the faulty Associated Press story about alleged and nonexistent “pay-to-play” with the Clinton Foundation, and then chased the faulty “missing FBI emails” story that only the Washington Post noted was only about one actual email. The media’s mishandling of these “revelations” only played into Trump’s attack campaign of lies, allowing him to grab news cycles where he drives the media to look away from Trump himself. Then Team Clinton added insult to injury with the self-inflicted wounds over the “deplorables” comment and then the mishandling of Hillary’s pneumonia, and presto-chango, you’ve managed to stumble your way into a potential loss. Well done.
But sometimes things drop into your lap. Yesterday, Ford Motor Company made the tone-deaf announcement that it will be closing down all domestic small-car production and shipping it to Mexico over the next three years. This is a tailor-made opportunity for Donald Trump, and he has started seizing it. Hillary needs to get back onto the economic battlefield on this issue, and point out the following:
1. In light of this decision, she and Bernie Sanders are in agreement that NAFTA should be renegotiated;
2. She needs to remind Ford that the American taxpayers saved the auto industry.
But she can also go farther. The good news this week on rising wages clearly indicates that blue-collar and red-state America are being left behind, areas that are the core of Trump’s support. Hillary can use every day between now and the first debate to hammer home the message that the economic recovery needs to spread to blue-collar and rural America, and that unlike Donald Trump’s tax plan, her economic plan is actually focused on Main Street and not the wealthy.
And then she can remind audiences that House and Senate Republicans have had 7 years to help rural and blue-collar voters, and they've been AWOL.
The Clinton Rules Election
As Paul Krugman recently noted Election 2016 has taken a nauseating meander down Election 2000 memory lane, an evolution of barking GOP cacophony endlessly broadcast into a phony stupid reality that burdened the United States with the worst president we have ever had.
Our vaunted journalism corps has no memory, an extremely useful and necessary mental condition for chronic failure and dysfunction (been duped by that sleazy toad Trey Gowdy for a year by a sham committee meant to knife Hillary Clinton? Never mind!), but ordinary functional citizens still clearly remember Al Gore Invented The Internet.Continue reading "The Clinton Rules Election"
Letting It Slip Away
by Deacon Blues
I understand the need to raise money and make sure the DNC and state parties are well-funded for the final 60 days. And it is laudable that Hillary Clinton spent most of August fundraising for the national and state parties. But is also true that by doing so, Team Clinton left the battlefield at a critical time to raise those monies, and missed a chance to cement into place a negative narrative on Trump, and also failed to tie him to the GOP Senate incumbents that Democrats need to knock off in order to retake the Senate.
The result? Trump is pulling closer to Clinton nationally and in key swing states, as she squanders all of her lead that was built up right after the conventions, and the Senate is slipping away from the Democrats now as well. So what you are left with is a 2017 GOP Congress, ready perhaps to enable a President Trump. And one day we’ll look back at August 2016 and mark that as the month Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party gave away the election that destroyed the country.
Because if Team Clinton is counting on the debates and their messaging and money to win this thing, then she is toast. Trump will outperform the low expectations people have for him in the debates. Clinton’s messaging sucks and still 60 days out has no simple reason for her candidacy. And money has proven largely irrelevant so far in this cycle given how much Clinton has spent to be tied with a reality TV laughingstock.
Blind hatred, with nothing to rebut it, can easily overcome money.
A Commander In Chief Test
Memo to Hillary: Last night, Donald Trump told Matt Lauer that the United States should have stayed behind in Iraq to grab Iraqi oil for ourselves.
Make TV commercials with actual Iraq veterans, asking them on camera how it made them feel that a potential commander in chief thought their sacrifice and that of their mates, dead and alive, was reduced to plundering Iraqi oil.
Here Comes the Trump Fluffing
by Deacon Blues
Yes, NBC’s resident pussy Matt Lauer was Donald Trump’s bitch last night during the alleged Commander In Chief forum. While Lauer pinned Hillary against the wall for the first ten minutes of her half-hour with questions about emails, and cut her off during responses on the actual commander in chief issues, he let Trump lie and evade during the last half-hour with some softball questions.
You can send Lauer a set of official Trump knee-pads for Christmas. Unfortunately, NBC’s Lester Holt is the moderator for the first presidential debate, and since NBC is in the bag for Trump, perhaps you should buy two pairs of kneepads while you are at it.
Trump’s assertion that he could tell by body language that his CIA briefers were communicating agency displeasure with the White House was in itself a presidential disqualifier, and it has been roundly rebutted today by various sources. Trump’s own team misbehaved at the briefing, which calls into question why Trump should get any further in-person briefings from this point onward.