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Name: Steven Leser
Gender: Male
Hometown: New York, NY
Home country: USA
Current location: NYC
Member since: Tue Jan 4, 2005, 05:36 PM
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Reports coming in now of Sanders supporters bullying and harassing Clinton caucus goers

I wonder if we will see the same calls for an investigation we saw after Arizona

https://twitter.com/HunterHRC2016/status/713854128359747584

HunterHRC2016 ‏@HunterHRC2016 58m58 minutes ago
Reports from all HRC caucus goers that they are too afraid to stay because of the Berniebros

Bristola ‏@bristola48 2h2 hours ago
Bristola Retweeted Debi129
My daughter just called real upset she said someone called her an evil bitch for staying with Hillary

Bristola ‏@bristola48 57m57 minutes ago
@HunterHRC2016 @NYTNarrative @Debi129 Daughter reported many HRC voters left b4 2nd vote because of harassment.

Anne Sagebiel ‏@AnnieSage 29m29 minutes ago
@HunterHRC2016 @bristola48 @NYTNarrative @Debi129 that happened here at my Caucus too.
People were berated and mocked. I was hoping it -

Celeste McCabe ‏@mccabe_celeste 11m11 minutes ago
@HunterHRC2016 @bristola48 @NYTNarrative @Debi129 I nearly left as well. Really glad I stayed; met some amazing women!

ProChoice Sneak ‏@word_34 60m60 minutes ago
At my caucus today 6 Bernie Dudebros harassed some women in line into leaving. I reported it.

Me on Newsmax TV Discussing Trumps issues with women, brokered GOP convention & more

All the Clinton foundation based attacks on Hillary have a similar structure

Something bad happened in the world, and somehow, someone related to that bad thing made a donation at some point to the Clinton foundation. Oh and there is a shocked surprise that the Secretary of State, who basically travels everywhere and meets with the most powerful people in each country making deals and conducting diplomacy on behalf of the US, at some point either met or was in the same location as that person. So without any evidence, quid pro quo and all kinds of other scurrilous accusations are made.

The problem is, as we have told folks posting these things several times, the plural of anecdotes is not data and quid-pro-quos have to be proven by direct evidence, not innuendo and scurrilous accusations.

Looks like tonight is going to be a good night!

Woohoo!!!!

Hilarious yard sign: IDK Not Trump Tho 2016

Homepage of Detroit Free Press: "Hillary Clinton hits Bernie Sanders on auto rescue vote in Flint…"

This is on their home page

http://www.freep.com/

FLINT – With Michigan issues consuming much of the back and forth in a spirited debate Sunday night between the Democratic presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton surprised rival Bernie Sanders by accusing him of failing to support the 2009 auto rescue
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Women react to Sanders' "Excuse me I'm talking"

http://bluenationreview.com/bernie-sanders-to-hillary-clinton-im-talking/

Yikes

Every member of the Republican Party should be forced to resign in disgrace tomorrow

This is literally the basest possible discourse. To have it at a Presidential debate is disgraceful. This is no spin, it's just completely disgusting and juvenile.

If it is Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton in the General Election, Latinos will play a decisive role

If it is Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton in the General Election, Latinos will play a decisive role and Trump will lose

http://steveleser.blogspot.com/2016/02/if-it-is-donald-trump-vs-hillary.html

Before I get into the crux of this article, I want to provide some background that I think will make a lot of things clear about why Trump has done some of the things he has done. After his comments back in the 2004-2005 time-frame that the Iraq war was a disaster, I thought he might run for President as a Democrat. Back then, Trump was a moderate who, in my opinion, could have chosen to run for either party.

The first mistake Trump made in trying to run for President was to decide to run as a Republican. I can imagine some of the reasons why and discussions had by his team as that decision was made, but that's mostly supposition on my part and immaterial. The result of deciding to run as a Republican meant that he had to try to appeal to Republican grassroots.

That would have posed a serious problem for any political team trying to solve the obstacles in his way to getting the nomination. As Trump's GOP primary opponents have said, he had expressed support for many Liberal positions in the past. If he reversed positions on those things he would immediately be seen as non-genuine and a hypocrite. Those perceptions are the exact opposite of those that team Trump was trying to create. His teams goals were to develop positions that Trump could adopt that would both signal to Conservative grass roots that he was one of them and deserved their support and would also not conflict with anything he had said previously.

It was clear to me with the birther position Trump took back during the run-up to the 2012 primary that this was a first attempt to reintroduce himself to Conservative grassroots as someone they should consider supporting. See my article on that here: TRUMP'S BIRTHER STRATEGY MAKES SENSE IF YOU UNDERSTAND ITS PURPOSE

The second position that Trump's team had him adopt was that of being radically against undocumented immigrants having a path to citizenship, and the creation of the wall on the border with Mexico.

Both the birther and anti-immigration positions fulfilled the requirements of endearing him to the Republican base and not putting him in danger of appearing to be a flip-flopper or someone willing to say anything to be elected. In fact regarding the latter, it did the exact opposite. It helped foster the impression that Trump says what he means and doesn't care about being politically correct. This impression has stuck with Trump throughout the Republican primary process and has him on the verge of becoming the presumptive Republican nominee.

The problem with some of the things that Trump said regarding immigration was that they were extremely offensive to Latinos. Trump claims that the media unfairly characterized his statements but I am not sure you can say that. Huffington Post did a good job back in August of capturing, to that point, the Nine Most Outrageous things Donald Trump has said about Latinos and that includes such gems as:



and lest you think Trump's negative statements and opinion was just about Mexicans and not other Latinos:



As a Latino myself, those things Trump said are upsetting to me, but I also don't happen to think that Trump really believes those things anymore than he believed that Obama was born in Kenya. I think this was all part of the salesmanship job Trump has been doing to win over the Conservative base. I also don't think he really understood how offensive those things were that he was saying. That doesn't excuse it. Whether someone really is a really a racist and believes racist things or is just saying race-baiting things for political objectives doesn't change how it makes me feel about that person. I am very unhappy with Donald Trump for having made those statements and I am not alone. Latinos are seething over these statements both here in the US and abroad. This is very important and I am going to come back to that.

Right now if you look to the general election polls describing the results of a potential Trump vs Hillary race, most have it close and some even have Trump winning. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/general_election_trump_vs_clinton-5491.html I wouldn't pay too much attention to general election polls at this time. As Nate Silver said, A year out ignore general election polls . Polls at this point had Clinton losing badly in 1992 and had Carter beating Reagan in 1980. General election polls don't start meaning something until the summer and even then don't start to completely shake out until early to mid September.

What does give you a hint right now about how the election might turn out is to look at individual demographic groups and use the political parties and past campaigns demographic targets to tell you where someone might have an edge and where someone might have problems.

Past Republican Presidential campaigns have said that their target is to get at or close to 40% of the Latino vote to win the general election. After Mitt Romney's loss in 2012, some of which was believed to be because of his poor showing with Latinos (Romney lost the Latino vote to President Obama by 71%-27%), Republican politicians and pundits for several months afterwards were saying how they needed a new approach toward Latinos and immigration and were willing to change on both counts. One of my favorite statements along these lines was Sean Hannity's:



This was said by Sean one or two days after Mitt Romney's election loss in 2012.

Many Republican strategists came to the same conclusion as Hannity and realized that continuing to anger the Latino community created an impossible situation for them when it came to winning national elections. That is one of the reasons for why the Republican establishment has been and is still searching for a way to stop Trump from winning the nomination. That 40% number is in their head and they are concerned about it and it turns out they have good reason.

A recent Washington Post-Univision poll of Latino voters shows that in a general election match-up, Latinos would vote 72% for Hillary and 16% for Trump. See http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/national/washington-post-univision-news-national-survey-of-hispanic-voters/1970/

Even more telling in that poll is that 81% of Latinos have a very unfavorable or somewhat unfavorable opinion of Trump and only 17% have a very favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of Trump. Conversely, 67% of Latinos have a very favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of Hillary Clinton while only 31% have a very unfavorable or somewhat unfavorable opinion of her.


This demographic poll is more telling than a normal general election poll this far out because it not only gave the results of who folks would vote for it provided favorable-unfavorable ratings. Unfavorable ratings are very hard to change and Trumps unfavorable ratings among Latinos are in the stratosphere. As I said earlier, Latinos are angry at Trump and it's hard to imagine that he can change that significantly.

It's hard to imagine Trump winning or even being mildly competitive in a general election with Hillary Clinton with those kinds of numbers. It's also very difficult to see how he would change those numbers between now and November. It would take years to repair the kind of damage Trump has done to his relationship with Latinos.

In a general election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Trump will lose and Latinos will play a decisive role in that loss.

Former NJ GOP Gov Whitman: "If Trump is GOP nominee, I'm voting Clinton"

http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/02/whitman_scorches_christie_over_trump_prefers_hilla.html

Gov. Chris Christie's endorsement of Donald Trump is giving many people in New Jersey indigestion, but none more than former Gov. Christie Whitman, a Republican who has watched in horror as her party drifted rightward for the last decade.

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First, she says she's planning to vote for Hillary Clinton if Trump gets the nod. She's keeping her options open, in case we find out something new and horrible about Hillary. But that's her plan now:

"You'll see a lot of Republicans do that," Whitman told me. "We don't want to. But I know I won't vote for Trump."
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"I am ashamed that Christie would endorse anyone who has employed the kind of hate mongering and racism that Trump has," she said. "I would have thought being from a diverse state would have given him more awareness and compassion."



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