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Hillary supporter: Women supporting Bernie good argument for repealing

voting rights for women.


It's a comment in a thread responding to an op-ed piece supporting Bernie.

Clearly a good argument for repealling voting rights for women. Thanks for handing the Presidency (and both the other two branches of the Federal government as well as the vast majority of State legislatures, Governors' mansions and Supreme Court for the next 50 years) to Ted Cruz, The Kochs and A.L.E.C., gals. What...you're surprised the American voters chose a morally bankrupt, fascist war monger over a 74 year old, self-confessed, Jewish Socialist?
Ok, fait-accompli! Go celebrate your victory by drinking the purple Koolade with Ralph Nader. Oh, good luck getting an abortion without a rusty coat hanger now. Is it any wonder that Muslims don't let women drive and the Malaysians slice the genitalia from their young girls (70 MILLION annually) or that there are still stonings of females when you're most "educated and enlightened" gals' decision is to hang Hillary out to dry?????? Just natural selection, huh?



Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, who already has received the nod from Democratic Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva, has scored more endorsements from state Latino leaders.

State Senator Martin Quezada (D-Phoenix) and Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo joined about a dozen other Latinos — most of them members of the Arizona Legislature — to announce their endorsement of Sanders. Among those endorsing him also were non-Latinos, including state Representative Reginald Bolding (D-Laveen) and state Senator Andrea Dalessandro (D-Sahuarita).

Quezada said he is behind Sanders because he believes the Vermont senator has stayed true to the ideals that Americans want in an elected official.

“He’s an individual who puts American ideals before special interests,” Quezada said. “He’s a candidate who puts the voters ahead of lobbyists. And he’s a candidate who puts people ahead of corporations. Those are things that so many politicians nowadays do not do anymore.”


Among Democrats, Hillary's favorable rating sink as Bernie's rise

Heading into Tuesday's New Hampshire primary voting, the biggest shift we are monitoring in Americans' big-picture look at the candidates comes among Democrats. Bernie Sanders' image is becoming more positive to Democrats across the country by the day, even as Hillary Clinton's sinks.

I'll get to the data in a moment, but the question in front of us is: Why are Democrats now looking at Clinton more negatively and Sanders more positively?

Sanders' more positive image began to be evident before what was interpreted as a strong showing in the Iowa caucuses, so that is not the major cause. The main answer must lie with what Democrats are hearing and seeing about the two in the news media (social or traditional), including the continuing focus on Clinton's emails while she was secretary of state, and Sanders' and Clinton's debate performances.


In the most recent three-week period, Clinton and Sanders have switched places. Interviewing ending Jan. 13 showed Clinton with a +57 net favorable rating among Democrats, and Sanders with a +47. Now, interviewing ending Feb. 6 shows Sanders with +57 and Clinton with +47.


Hillary Clinton tweaks her 'safe, legal and rare' abortion mantra

Is Hillary Clinton recalibrating her position on abortion as she seeks the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination?

It sure looks that way. In her last presidential run in 2008, Clinton said that she thought abortion should be “safe, legal and rare, and by rare, I mean rare.” She added that abortion “should not in any way be diminished as a moral issue,” and portrayed the choice to have an abortion as a wrenching one for “a young woman, her family, her physician and [her] pastor.”

But questioned on Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” about a claim by Sen. Marco Rubio that “she believes that all abortions should be legal, even on the due date of that unborn child,” Clinton replied: “You know, I’ve been on record for many years about where I stand on abortion, how it should be safe and legal and I have the same position that I’ve had for a very long time.”

So what happened to “rare”?

It's likely that Clinton’s sharpening of her pro-choice stance will help her in the Democratic primaries. It might not be such an asset in a general election — in which (assuming she’s the nominee) she might rediscover “rare.”



Bill's Message to Brock: Throw the kitchen sink at Bernie

This isn't only stupid and ugly, it's reactive. All Hillary had to do with Bernie is sit back. She is the one with the massive, unbreakable firewall, we're repeatedly told. But no, in typical shit smearing, dishonest Clintonian way, they freak out and attack Bernie and his supporters.

This helps Hillary in the general, just how?

that Wall Street money now will be employed through the PACs to try to destroy Bernie’s reputation. The Clintons (and it is now Bill and Hillary) appear to have given up on a positive message and will just try to drive Bernie’s negatives up:

WJC accomplished his goal of signaling to pro-Clinton outside groups that they should start throwing the kitchen sink. David Brock, whose outside group coordinates directly with the Clinton campaign, called Bill’s comments “a strong call to arms.” As Brock told Politico, “Senator Sanders is trying to live in the purity bubble, and it needs to be burst.”

Red-baiting and other nasty attacks are going to be everywhere. And with a PAC, Hillary has deniability. [mini-update: Gallifreyan Jedi points out in the comments that people are hip to these tricks — hope so]


Well of course: Ted Nugent posts unbelievably anti-semitic Facebook post

Not content with being racist, sexist and xenophobic, he adds anti-semitism to his repertoire of hate.

Ted Nugent Goes Full-On Jew Hater in Facebook Rant

Nugent posted a photo of prominent Jewish Americans to Facebook with the caption, “So who is really behind gun control?” and put an Israeli flag next to each of their faces

There is and has always been an undercurrent of anti-Semitism in conservative ranks. It rears its ugly head from time to time, such as when Ann Coulter claims Jews are “unperfected” Christians who are therefore oh so close to being actual human beings.

Nothing so “subtle” for Ted Nugent, who recently called Obama a Racist Child-Killing Freak. This time the admitted sexual predator and ex-rocker went to Facebook to publicly air his anti-Semitism, posting a photo with the caption, “So who is really behind gun control?”

The problem is that all those pictured are Jewish, like the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and attorney and pundit Alan Dershowitz, to name just a few.

Just to reinforce that point, Nugent got his Julius Streicher on and put an Israeli flag next to each of their faces:


Why Hillary Clinton shouldn’t get a pass on a New Hampshire loss

Hillary Clinton high-fives a supporter outside a polling place in Derry, N.H. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
To hear Hillary Clinton and her supporters talk about her chances in Tuesday's New Hampshire presidential primary, you would think she was an underfunded upstart challenging a sitting president of the United States.

It's an "uphill climb." Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), who is challenging Clinton for the Democratic nomination, is a native son (or close to it) in a state that has shown a tendency to favor neighbors. He's way ahead in polls. Some people said Clinton should just skip the state, but she said no way. And, just in case you missed all of that dampening of expectations, the former secretary of state spent the day in Flint, Mich., on Sunday — just two days before the primary vote.



* Clinton has the endorsement of the state's Democratic governor (Maggie Hassan) and the state's lone Democratic senator, who used to be its governor (Jeanne Shaheen).

* In 2008, Clinton won the New Hampshire primary in stunning fashion, collecting more than 112,000 votes (just over 39 percent of all the votes cast in the primary)

* Sixteen years earlier, her husband, Bill Clinton, finished second behind Sen. Paul Tsongas (Mass.), promptly declared himself "The Comeback Kid" and went on not only to win the Democratic nomination but also the presidency. Clinton carried the Granite State in the 1992 and 1996 general elections as well. "We have a pretty big part of our heart committed to New Hampshire," Clinton told a group of Democrats at an event in the state last April.

* Although Sanders has held a steady — and wide — lead for the past few months, it wasn't always so. In June 2015, when Sanders proclaimed he would win the state, he trailed Clinton by as many as 40 points. As late as November, the two were still neck and neck.


Live results and map sites for New Hampshire

What to watch for, etc. Polls close at 7:00 p.m.




How Hillary twists the truth

She does quite a bit of outright lying, but Hillary does more of this:


Notice that Sanders didn’t say he isn’t a member of the establishment. He said he doesn’t “represent the establishment.” That strikes me as a perfectly defensible claim.

Hillary Clinton didn’t dispute it. But she did take umbrage at how Sanders characterized her. “Honestly, Senator Sanders is the only person who I think would characterize me, a woman running to be the first woman president, as exemplifying the establishment,” she said. “And that it is really quite amusing to me.”

Did you notice how she changed his words?

Sanders said that she “represents the establishment,” not that she “exemplifies the establishment.” But even the stronger claim strikes me as true. There may not be one true definition of “the establishment,” but Hillary Clinton is a member by any reasonable definition.


Very lawyerly, very Clintonian, very dishonest.

Justice Brandeis: We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated

in the hands of a few.


Go New Hampshire Bernie voters!
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