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Trump on Russia and Hillary’s deleted emails – just joking? Yeah right…

Trump: I hope Russia has Hillary’s deleted emails

Hillary (and NY times front page, TV, etc): Treason!

Trump [the setup]: Just joking

to which Hillary’s campaign, if they are still punch-drunk from their DNC embarrasment, may say: A presidential candidate doesn’t joke about matters of national security!

… and Wham!

Decline the “joke” gambit, let him off the hook, and the accusers look like idiots after going 0 to 60 in like 2 seconds on the faux-outrage. Accept it and you’re back on the subject of e-mails (or worse yet, foreign influence of a presidential campaign). I actually think the H campaign will figure a way out of this (hint: change the subject, quick!). But we’ll see. At the moment, Trump is still leading them around by the nose. Which could’ve been avoided if the D party had a candidate with.. you know… integrity, or a positive record… oh well, maybe next time.

WikiLeaks to blame for DNC pay-to-play scandal [Marc Thiessen / WAPO]

Acclaimed George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld speechwriter Marc Thiessen writes in a Washington Post Op-Ed, that WikiLeaks is an ongoing threat to American national security, by revealing secrets vital to our freedom, such as the “Gitmo Files” which showed the world the enhanced interrogation methods (aka torture) the Bush administration relied on to keep us safe. Presumably, by revealing these vital secrets, WikiLeaks (but not the torturers) damaged America’s reputation abroad.

Holy sh*t.

They’re pulling out the really good arguments now.

VA gov: Clinton expected to support TPP “after some changes”

Hmm, is she trying to alienate voters? What have we seen to try to rebuild confidence in the Clinton campaign?

(1) accuse critics of the DNC of treason

(2) bring out warmonger Leon Panetta to remind us of her pro-war stance

and now (3) lower our expectations in preparation to water down her claims of opposition to the TPP:

VA governor McAuliffe made some clarifications on behalf of Clinton. Rather than “opposed to the TPP”, we should expect “support the TPP after acceptable changes”

Given Clinton supported the TPP effort in its original form until discovering it is quite unpopular, I would expect whatever changes/concessions are made will be the minimum they can get away with and still get elected. Ugh.


[via NC]

–Update 20160728: apparently the DNC banned any anti-TPP signs, and all other homemade signs, which many Sanders delegates have been showing, as they are representing the progressive wing of the party and all. That makes it pretty clear where the party stands on the TPP. Why make the progressives feel like we’re unwelcome in the Democratic party? Beats me. Its not like Hillary is asking for our vote…

Hillary + DNC vs Putin (aka Wikileaks + Trump + angry Bernie supporters)

In response to Wikileaks exposing the DNC’s collusion with the Clinton campaign, the Clinton campaign is trying to paint all of their critics as agents of Putin.

This includes:

  • Bernie supporters who now have proof that the Democratic primary was not conducted fairly (with DWS’s instant resignation as further confirmation)
  • Trump supporters who are no doubt enjoying this moment of chaos
  • Anyone who brings up any kind of hypocrisy in the Democratic party’s conduct
  • Anyone who questions the good faith of the Clinton campaign
  • Anyone who questions the honesty of the DNC’s media partners in the various under-the-table transactions that allowed Clinton to win the nomination
  • Anyone who questions the ethics of the pay-to-play action enjoyed by donors to the DNC fundraising machine. (And yes, the equivalent thing certainly exists on the Republican side and is equally despicable)
  • Anyone who reads Wikileaks and sees positive value, in bringing significant corruption and/or official wrongdoing to light — even if the sources are less than noble in their intent.

All of the above commie bastards have now been granted honorary Russian citizenship by the Clinton campaign.

At the risk of stating the obvious — this shows that the DNC and the Clinton campaign have no meaningful response whatsoever to the materials revealed by the leaks.

Trump as the Reagan Reboot [JP Sottile / Consortium]

JP Sottile writing for Consortium News, looks at Trump’s success with anti-establishment voters, his vague rhetoric, and his resistance to criticism — as a conscious effort to reprise Reagan’s 1980 campaign. A fascinating and original piece.

[via Stop Making Sense]

How the Democrats got over the Rainbow


July 25, 2016

After acknowledging that Hillary Clinton would win the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders called on supporters of his defeated primary campaign to continue working to transform the Democratic Party. But that strategy has been tried before. Lee Sustar, a veteran contributor to Socialist Worker, looks back at Rev. Jesse Jackson’s “Rainbow challenge” in the 1980s–and explains how the Democratic Party absorbed that effort and killed the left’s hope for a mass membership Rainbow Coalition.

Jesse Jackson speaks during the 1984 Democratic presidential primary campaign

Jesse Jackson speaks during the 1984 Democratic presidential primary campaign

CAN BERNIE Sanders succeed where Jessie Jackson failed three decades ago in attempting to transform the Democratic Party?

Following his speech last month in which he conceded that Hillary Clinton would win the nomination, a reported 7,000 supporters answered Sanders’ call to declare that they would run for public office–including challenging Democratic incumbents in primary campaigns–and carry on the values that his…

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Bern’s DNC speech

not normally into liveblogging but hey. Lot of delegates crying there. wow.

Sanders just made a whole bunch of lovely progressive promises on behalf of Clinton. I hope she keeps them….

“Hillary Clinton understands ______(issue) ”

Even took a direct shot at the TPP! yea

… endorses clinton, goodnite!

Why is he not the nominee?


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