Hillary will not be the nominee

Posted by Christine & John on August 30, 2015 at 7:52 PM

I asked if Hillary is toast a couple posts ago. Now I think it is becoming clearer. Hillary will not be the Democratic nominee for president. Her tide almost came in and then receded. She is now down to 37% in Iowa when her only competition is a man who is not a Democrat (Sanders) and one who is not running at this time (Biden.) Democrats are desperate to dump Hillary. The problem is that the put all their chips down on her way too long ago. So what is it gonna be?

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A Late Start From Biden Would Still Worry Hillary

Posted by Keeley on August 27, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Right after Iowa and New Hampshire things go south. The contests are held in southern states where the Democratic vote is often dominated by black voters. That means that despite all the fuss and focus on immigration and the Hispanic vote that one presumes Clinton will largely be able to attract, the African-American vote is possibly a little more tricky and definitely a crucial factor in deciding who wins the Democratic nomination. Tricky because if Biden finally decides to run, he just may have Obama's endorsement. That's hardly a shocking prediction: Obama had to fight tooth and nail with both of the Clintons in 2008, and Biden has been a loyal VP for almost two presidential terms now. So if Biden runs, he almost certainly will have Obama's blessing, so to speak.

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Is Hillary toast?

Posted by Christine & John on August 25, 2015 at 9:21 PM

Hillary is looking more and more fragile. She just does not have "it" but she seems to have lots of problems and is seriously "integrity challenged." Joe Biden is warming up and it looks like Obama would support such a run. Biden would certainly be more fun than Hillary. Biden could not stand up to the Clinton machine, but Democrats are clearly getting worried that their once and future queen may not be up to the task.

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Ring out the clowns

Posted by Christine & John on August 24, 2015 at 8:46 PM

I hate to watch Hillary Clinton, with her schoolmarm lecturing style and arrogant feeling of entitlement. But I am coming to hate to watch Trump even more, with his glib defense of truly stupid ideas and his constant pulling himself up by pulling others down. It makes me despair for my country that these are the two front runners in the respective parties. My only hope is that more sanity will set in before November next year.

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Buying and borrowing to be president

Posted by Christine & John on August 23, 2015 at 9:35 AM

We are watching a big test of whether money and power can buy elections. The obvious is Donald Trump. Can a man w/o political experience buy an election with money & celebrity? On the Democratic side we have Hillary Clinton. She is a very poor candidate, yet she remains the front runner, called inevitable. Can a woman become president borrowing on her husband's organization and influence?

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Sometimes it is shameful to be poor

Posted by Christine & John on August 21, 2015 at 10:22 AM

I saw a note from the Bernie Sanders campaign claiming that Bernie's net worth is only $330,506. They seem to think this is an honor. I consider it a significant shame. The man has held well-paying jobs for a whole lifetime. A reasonable and prudent man who merely put money commensurate with his high income into a retirement savings fund would/SHOULD have much more than that. I am sick of this idea that being poor is virtuous. Being poor may be unavoidable but it is not a virtue. And a person should take pride in having done enough to take care of himself and others.

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Birthright citizenship

Posted by Christine & John on August 20, 2015 at 1:51 PM

Birthright citizenship has been American practice since the foundation and American law for more than 150 years. Birthright citizenship is one of the factors that made American great and one of the big difference with Europe. It is a big reason why America has assimilated immigrants so much better than Europeans and a big part of what made America exceptional for the last couple centuries. Even if it were legal to change it, I would oppose the change absolutely. It is un-American in a very real sense.

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Hispanic immigration

Posted by Christine & John on August 19, 2015 at 9:40 AM

If we are going to talk about immigration, we should at least talk about it properly. First, the situation we are living with now is not the one we can expect in future. Birth rates south of the border have been dropping like stones. The demographic push of Latino immigration has run out of steam. In demographics, there is always a lag time, but demography is as close as we can get to destiny. It is simple. Nobody not alive today will be born before today. No more can be created.

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I would not vote for Trump

Posted by Christine & John on August 17, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Trump appeals because he says stupid things that lots of people would like to say just to rile people up. It is the same urge that comes with a Dirty Harry movie. In real life you would not want this guy blasting away on the streets, but it is cathartic to see the bad guys get what they have coming. Trump gets to say any dumb thing that pops into his mind and we would all like to have that power. It appeals to that general anger you cannot quite explain. Trump, BTW, does not appeal only to Republicans. Democrats happily quote him when he says something about Republican candidates.

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Members of the community often know the killers. If black lives matter, maybe share that information with the authorities

Posted by Christine & John on August 16, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Distrust of the police has deadly consequences. We are talking about a small number. Most victims and perpetrators come from a surprising small number of young men who often know each other. Witnesses and members of the community often know the killers too. It would be helpful if that information were more often shared with the authorities.

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How did we lose Iraq?

Posted by Christine & John on August 13, 2015 at 6:28 PM

"ISIS came out of the terrible turmoil in Syria ... I worried that terrorists would take and occupy territory, and that has come to pass, not only with ISIS but other Al-Qaeda affiliates and terrorist networks." As I have written on many occasions in the past, when I left Al Anbar in 2008, it was reasonably peaceful with a chance for prosperity. Something happened between then and now make it into the deadly mess it became. The trouble in Syria is a leading cause and I agree with Hillary (whose quote that is, BTW) that our failed policy is Syria was a cause of the general trouble in the region today.

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The Clinton method

Posted by Christine & John on August 12, 2015 at 3:58 PM

This is how it works. Clinton lies and gets caught. She denies the charges and her surrogates attack the people who caught Hillary in her deception. When the balance of evidence gets too heavy, she claims to have misspoken and claims that it really doesn't matter anymore. By the time all the facts come out, Clinton surrogates have fought long and hard to confuse the issue and generally succeeded. Hillary's lies become the new floor and are now to be ignored by polite journalists.

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Any color, as long as it is black

Posted by Christine & John on August 10, 2015 at 1:34 AM

Republicans may have too many choices. But the Democrats have none. They have already settled on one candidate. They can change the packaging and slogans, but it is always the same Hillary. They have to double down because they have nothing else. Henry Ford had a similar Model T strategy. When asked about variety, he said that customers could have any model as long as it was the Model T and any color, as long as it was black. Hillary is a lot like the Model T. It was a great vehicle in its day but its day is long past. Actually comparing Hillary to the Model T is not fair to Ford.

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The great energy shift

Posted by Christine & John on August 9, 2015 at 4:30 PM

The stone age did not end because we ran out of stone and the oil age will not end with the last drop of oil. Few imagined it possible even a decade ago. We have moved from managing scarcity to dealing with abundance. Fracking has given us more fossil fuel than we need. Energy efficiency has made us less energy intensive and lowered increases in demand, and development of renewables makes it almost certain that significant amounts of oil will be "stranded." This will generally be good for the environment and the geopolitical situation but it does mean a change in behavior?

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Maybe it is time for a woman president

Posted by Christine & John on August 6, 2015 at 10:27 PM

But the best woman in the race is not Hillary Clinton, with her wooden delivery, old fashioned ideas and feeling of entitlement. Cary Fiorina did a great job in her debate today. She demonstrated her intellectual superiority to the men on stage with her and to Hillary Clinton who was hiding back at the scooby van, or wherever it is she hangs out these days.

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