Wednesday :: Jun 17, 2015

Oh Please, Stop It

by Deacon Blues

Our friends at MSNBC believe Hillary is in trouble because of her declining poll numbers on trustworthiness and honesty in recent polls. They will find validation in today’s latest Quinnipiac University poll, which shows that Hillary trails some GOP challengers in the key battleground states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida. The polls show that in certain cases, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and John Kasich (Ohio) lead Hillary in head-to-head matchups, and that the respondents felt the Republican candidate shared their concerns more than Hillary.

This poll was mostly taken before Hillary’s recent campaign events, where she focused on middle class concerns, how the political system is rigged in favor of the wealthy, and pointed out that the House GOP budget maintained hedge fund and other tax subsidies while rejecting pre-K services to working families. The poll also assumes that Rubio, Paul, or Kasich will be facing Hillary at the top of the general election ballot next November when in fact none of them will. That won’t however stop the MSNBC crowd from feeding their narrative over the coming days that Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren is a real Democratic player for the nomination.

Even if lightning struck, and one of these guys got the GOP nomination, does anyone really believe that Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, or John Kasich will be able to convince middle class voters in battleground states that the GOP will suddenly adopt an economic and tax agenda in 2017 benefitting Main Street at the expense of Wall Street, or that they'll be a better advocate for Main Street than Hillary? When I see any of these guys take on the Koch Brothers or the rest of the right wing oligarchs and reject their money, then come talk to me about Hillary being in trouble.

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