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Trump's new aim: Poison a Clinton Presidency

The trick out of Brooklyn isn't just to make Hillary Clinton win but to make her win as something other than a brain-damaged crook who stole the election and will spend the next four years selling out the government from her deathbed.

The Clinton delegitimization project is now central to Donald Trump’s campaign and such a prime component of right-wing media that it’s already seeped beyond extremist chat rooms into “lock her up” chants on the convention floor, national news stories debating whether polls actually can be rigged, and voters puzzling over that photo they think they saw of her needing to be carried up the stairs.

The Clinton campaign has deliberately positioned its response as an offensive boomerang rather than a rebuttal: Don’t defend against the attacks, just redirect fire at the messenger. “It holds up a mirror to Donald Trump and what his campaign is about, and says everything you need to know about Donald Trump and where these kinds of crazy conspiracy theories are coming from,” as one campaign aide put it.

But the Democrat’s team is aware of how this might factor in beyond November.

“Some of the campaign and allies' conspiracies are designed to delegitimize her personally. Most are simply designed to spread fear and mistrust. And I am sure if she wins, the right wing will continue to spread these theories,” said Clinton senior adviser Jennifer Palmieri. Palmieri is in favor of ignoring most of the wackiness but warned: “Just because they may have zero basis in truth doesn't mean they can't be corrosive. So in this cycle I believe you have to call out the truly destructive theories calmly, but aggressively, and in real time.”

Posted by democrattotheend | Mon Aug 29, 2016, 12:46 PM (8 replies)

Emerson Polls: Clinton +3 in PA, +5 in MI, tie in OH

PA: Clinton 46, Trump 43, Johnson 7, Stein 2

OH: Clinton 43, Trump 43, Johnson 10, Stein 2

MI: Clinton 45, Trump 40, Johnson 7, Stein 3

Not great numbers. Does anyone know anything about this pollster? I am familiar with them but can't remember if they are good or not.

Posted by democrattotheend | Mon Aug 29, 2016, 12:10 PM (7 replies)

Does anyone know anyone who has benefited from the Clinton Foundation's efforts?

Either directly (preferably) or indirectly?

I am thinking it would be useful to put together editorials and maybe even a viral ad highlighting how people have benefited from the Foundation to help refute the impression the media is giving that money to the Clinton Foundation goes into the Clintons' pockets.

I am sure the Foundation has that information but they probably can't coordinate with the campaign or shouldn't even if they can, as it plays right into the narrative that the Foundation is too connected to Hillary's career.

It would be great if those of us who do not work for the campaign could get some grantees and beneficiaries to speak up about the good work the Foundation does to help rebut the narrative and help ensure that the important work the Clinton Foundation does is not jeopardized by the smear campaign.
Posted by democrattotheend | Thu Aug 25, 2016, 03:16 PM (4 replies)

Politico: Clinton campaign transition chief has pushed for TPP

The new chairman of Hillary Clinton's transition team has been an outspoken supporter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and works for a firm that lobbied for trade policy issues as recently as this spring, a review of congressional lobbying records and articles shows.

Ken Salazar, a former U.S. senator and secretary of the interior, praised the 12-nation Asia-Pacific trade deal late last year for its economic and environmental benefits. He called the pact the "greenest trade deal ever" and said it would help middle-class families get ahead.

"The TPP promotes and rewards American firms that export our clean energy ingenuity, creating good jobs at home while shaping a renewable energy future abroad," Salazar co-wrote in a USA Today op-ed in November alongside Bruce Babbitt, another former interior secretary.

The campaign announced Salazar's appointment earlier Tuesday. The transition team will work with Clinton to generate a list of potential Cabinet secretaries and fill lower-level positions. The decision to name Salazar, with his pro-free trade background, raises further questions around Clinton's anti-TPP stance as the former secretary of state has struggled to convince the liberal left that she will continue to oppose the deal if elected.

Posted by democrattotheend | Tue Aug 16, 2016, 04:47 PM (1 replies)

Reuters/Ipsos Tracking Poll: Clinton 41 Trump 36

I don't think this is a very good poll because the high number of undecideds means they are not pushing leaners hard enough. But here it is: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-poll-idUSKCN10R23K

At this point in 2012, President Barack Obama was ahead of Republican nominee Mitt Romney by nearly the same margin, favored by 46 percent of likely voters to Romney's 41 percent, with about 13 percent picking neither candidate.

Obama and Romney swapped the lead in the poll several times through the summer and early fall before the president took and held the lead in late October.

In a separate Reuters/Ipsos poll that gave respondents the option to choose from Clinton, Trump, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Clinton also led Trump by 6 percentage points.

Of the alternative party candidates, Johnson came in third with 8 percentage points. Stein had about 2 percentage points.
Posted by democrattotheend | Tue Aug 16, 2016, 04:36 PM (5 replies)

POLL: Clinton up 1 in North Carolina (PPP)

A new PPP poll of North Carolina is as follows:

2 way: Clinton 47, Trump 46
4 way: Clinton 43, Trump 41, Johnson 7, Stein 2

It's a narrow lead but I'll take it! Odd that she is doing better in Georgia than North Carolina though. It makes me think the poll that had her up 7 in Georgia was a bit overly optimistic.


May I suggest that everyone put the pollster in the thread title like I did when posting polls so we can see if the poll being posted is new or the same one someone else posted earlier?
Posted by democrattotheend | Tue Aug 9, 2016, 12:11 PM (2 replies)

Is this the famous "daisy" ad?

The 60's were well before my time, but I remember learning in my history class about a "Daisy" ad that Johnson ran that showed a nuclear bomb going off if Goldwater was elected. Is this the famous ad?

Posted by democrattotheend | Wed Aug 3, 2016, 10:18 PM (10 replies)

Politico: Few Republicans want to campaign with Trump

Over the past week, POLITICO surveyed nearly 50 GOP candidates in competitive House, Senate and governor’s races on whether they’d be willing to campaign with the Republican nominee. Only a handful said yes — and the rest said no, refused to commit or didn’t respond at all.

It’s an unusual turn of events. Typically down-ballot candidates — eager to generate excitement and media attention for themselves, to turbocharge fundraising, and to increase their stature — spend the fall months proudly campaigning alongside their presidential nominee.

But in the year of Trump, appearing on the same stage as the party’s standard-bearer — whose negative ratings are higher than any other GOP nominee's in recent memory — is perilous for those running in hypercompetitive states and districts.

“I would recommend they have a perpetual scheduling conflict,” said Rob Jesmer, a former National Republican Senatorial Committee executive director who advises a number of the party’s most prominent lawmakers.


I just hope he is not collapsing too early. If he does either he will drop out (unlikely but possible) or the GOP will have time to all distance themselves so that the damage to other Republican candidates is minimal.
Posted by democrattotheend | Wed Aug 3, 2016, 10:41 AM (2 replies)

Is Trump even playing to win anymore (if ever)?

I read that his original goal was to come in a strong second in the primaries and strengthen his brand. But now I think his ego has gotten to him and I thought he was playing to win, until I saw his campaign schedule for this week. Any Republican who wastes time campaigning in New York is not playing to win, especially when he can barely hold onto Georgia and Utah.

I could see the merits of campaigning in a Democratic-leaning but not rock solid state like New Jersey or Minnesota to potentially force Hillary to defend traditionally blue states, but New York? Obama got 63% of the vote here in 2012, and Hillary represented the state for 8 years in the Senate. Trump is nuts for believing he has a chance here.

His ridiculous campaign schedule, combined with how much he seems to be self destructing, makes me wonder if he is even playing to win, or if he has decided he'd rather make more money running his businesses?

Posted by democrattotheend | Tue Aug 2, 2016, 03:37 PM (8 replies)

CNN: Why Trump is Campaigning in Blue States

CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson noted that Trump is campaigning this week in Maine and New York, two states that traditionally go blue in presidential politics.
He'll also be in Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. But it's the two states he'll be in Thursday that are raising eyebrows among Republicans.
Maine makes sense because it's a funky state that splits its electoral votes, though that's never happened. Trump has also said he wants to play aggressively in his native New York, where some Republicans on the ground think he may do well in rural areas upstate.
But other Republicans say it's not a good idea for him to spend any time at all in New York, which Hillary Clinton represented in the Senate for eight years.

Maine's 2nd Congressional district is one of the few places that I think the Busters/JillNotHill movement could really hurt us. Maine, like Vermont, is more open than most states to third party candidates, and Maine's 2nd Congressional district is more conservative than the rest of the state. It's only 1 electoral vote, but I have at least one electoral map scenario that's 269-269.

With respect to New York, I say bring it on. No way Hillary loses here.

Posted by democrattotheend | Mon Aug 1, 2016, 01:52 PM (23 replies)
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